He’s dressed the who’s who of Bollywood and the worldwide jet set — from Varun Dhawan and Shahid Kapoor to Giambattista Valli and Peter Dundas. At all times impeccably dressed, Kunal Rawal’s suave and sporty private type usually mirror in his collections. In an unique interview with Outlook’s Eshita Bhargava, the ace Bollywood designer Kunal Rawal spoke about his journey, the newest menswear assortment, what retains him going, widespread mistake males make when curating their seems, and way more.
Excerpts from the interview:
When did you first realise you needed to pursue a profession as a designer?
As a child, my father used to take me and my sister, Sasha, to the manufacturing facility for late-night drives. Shasha and I used to run straight into our favorite room, which was the material room. We used to sit down upon a tower of various supplies and play a sport. We used to shut our eyes and try to guess which cloth and texture every cloth was. Ever since then I’ve all the time been intrigued by to course of of materials and the method of how the change into a full outfit. I feel that’s after I knew I needed to be a designer.
Very early I realised that males’s vogue wasn’t a distinguished business in India – Again within the day, we didn’t even have aspirational male iconic as a result of vogue choices have been made by the lady of the family. I needed males to stroll into my retailer and be overwhelmed with the variety of choices that they had! We launch round 15 items each fortnight and all most all our items could be customised for various physique sorts – in order that there’s one thing for everybody!
Out of your first enterprise in 2006 to 2021, describe your journey?
I feel through the years the main focus has shifted to consolation and personalisation. I feel that males at the moment have gotten concerned within the technique of choosing and buying their seems versus 2006.
I feel the most important shift that has taken place between 2006 and at the moment is the truth that vogue has change into extra acceptable and extra individualistic. I feel males’s vogue is shifting to “You be you”!
Artistic freedom in menswear has been the necessity of the hour and it is good to see males coming in who’re open to enjoying round with silhouettes, cuts, and even the styling of every outfit, making it private and particular person. We’re lastly reaching the stage the place male magnificence and styling is as essential as it’s in womenswear.
At the moment’s clients have an interest to know whether or not a chunk is handmade in India or machine produced. Individuals are on the lookout for versatile separates, one thing that they will type in another way at a later day to look fully completely different reasonably than restoring an previous outfit.
They’re on the lookout for multitasking clothes that can be utilized for capabilities as numerous as a purple carpet occasion to a Sangeet look and even intimate gartering to a vacation spot marriage ceremony.
How would you depict the trendy Indian man?
At the moment’s clients have an interest to know whether or not a chunk is handmade in India or machine produced. Individuals are on the lookout for versatile separates, one thing that they will type in another way at a later day to look fully completely different; providing the consumer a bang for his or her buck. General I really feel like at the moment’s clients are shifting in the direction of aware consumption reasonably than mass-produced clothes and we’ve all the time targeted on creating for the client reasonably than a mass viewers.
What’s the widespread mistake males make when curating their seems?
Match is vital and so is grooming, an “Away from bed Look” is just not an off the bed look.
Who’s the one superstar you like to see your designs on?
I feel all of them! Every of them has had their type and that what I get pleasure from. I imagine that type is a really private factor so I like to include every particular person’s type is what I’m curating for them! I’ve liked working with Ranbir, Arjun, Harsh, Sahid & Akshay! In case you return and have a look at the seems we’ve performed for them you’ll realise that every one the seems are catered to every particular person’s type!
Describe your work in a single phrase.
Inform us one thing about your newest assortment. When did you begin designing your new assortment and what’s the inspiration behind the identical?
Our newest assortment is named “Bonnie & Clyde” and it is shot in dwell places throughout New York Metropolis! I’ve all the time felt that our shoppers will not be certain by geographic places and are linked by a typical mindset! This assortment is impressed by individuals on the go and the transfer. We’ve created outfits which have elevated mobility and are a fruits of versatile separates. Every bit of this assortment could be put collectively or damaged right down to create a number of silhouettes and types. You get extra seems which enhance the garment’s wearability and ensures worth to your cash.
What makes your newest assortment completely different?
This 12 months is all about pastels and we needed to strive one thing we’ve by no means performed earlier than. It’s the primary time we explored the color lemon.
I’ve all the time believed within the versatility of garments. On this assortment, our 3 piece vanilla set could be damaged down into round 7 seems should you break up the set.
I really feel like this piece represents the “New Aesthetic”. With tone-on-tone embroidery with lovely geometric patterns and versatile separates coming collectively to make a terrific piece, this piece amalgamation of every little thing we love.
You’ll be able to break this outfit and put on it simply as a kurta, or a Bundi kurta set, or a 3 piece suite relying on the event. I additionally gravitate in the direction of this look essentially the most as a result of our philosophy has all the time been that our shoppers will not be certain by geographic location. We design holding in thoughts the worldwide fashionable man and this piece attracts inspiration from each deep-rooted conventional and modern-day luxurious to create the proper fusion.
What you do anticipate menswear developments to be in 2021?
Evidently that the occasions of 2020 will play a serious function in setting the temper for 2021. I feel 2021 might be a 12 months of consolation, customization, and personalization. With weddings getting extra intimate and efforts shifting in the direction of sustainability I feel males might be trying extra for one in all a form, hand-made personalised items. Consolation will change into an important aspect for a person, whether or not it is comfy materials or consolation pushed silhouettes. Versatile separates might be a giant pattern too, I feel males will purchase items that they will later multitask to create a number of seems giving them a bang for his or her buck.
This 12 months, in my view, will see a variety of rise up, on the subject of vogue. Folks have been restricted in 2020 and can now seize the chance to face out. I imagine we are going to see layers of streetwear make their approach into event put on – I can think about a pair of drop-crotch pants being styled with a sherwani. One other pattern that we now have seen this 12 months that I feel will proceed in 2021 is army tones for event put on. I feel males are shifting in the direction of extra versatile shades and army tones like olive, gunmetal gray or our deep charcoals are right here to remain.
If we ever bought a sneak-peek into your wardrobe, what would we discover?
I imagine dressing up is an impulse. So I take it because it goes, relying on my temper throughout the time. I like to decorate us & I like to combine and match versatile separates to create a glance. So should you go into my closet you’ll discover a variety of versatile items that may be put to create completely different seems. I additionally like to layer a variety of outfits so that you’ll discover a variety of completely different coats, waistcoats & jackets in my closet.
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