Payal Singhal’s French-Moroccan Collection at Lakme Fashion Week

From Sonam Kapoor’s beige sari to Neha Dhupia’s crop top and skirt, along with dramatic, yet sober looks for Lisa Haydon – Payal Singhal’s creations are everywhere. As Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 is coming up, we spoke with Ms. Singhal and got a sneak-peek into her gorgeous collections.

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Payal Singhal’s Spring Summer 2014 collection – Lady Sahara is a confluence of French and Moroccan culture and architecture. It is based on the period when the former occupied Morocco.

Just like her last collection – Char Bagh, which was based on Persian influences, this time too we will witness muted colours and sober hues on the runway. From linen to tulle, a range of fabrics will be highlighted with intricate Moroccan filigree work, beaten silver and gold embroidery, and more. All this will have a unique contemporary twist to suit the local tastes.

Last year in your ‘Char Bagh’ collection, there was Persian architectural influence, this year you have embedded French and Moroccan style. What was the inspiration behind it? How does architecture motivate you?

Architecture has a huge influence on my designs; geometric shapes, vintage prints are a major part of most of my collections. In fact, each construction has a link to decades of history and culture; I find art in every gate, statue, monument, windows and more.

For the Lady Sahara, I have added a cusp of elements from two varied cultures. The vintage French look combined with Moroccan murals is what defines it.

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Can you describe the overall collection vibe and look?

Lady Sahara is bohemian meets minimalistic gypsy. You will find apparel and accessories that suits a global traveller, yet has an Indian vibe. Rather than giving a pop art or OTT feel, I have opted for singular statement pieces like ear cuffs, rings, large motifs, etc.

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Can you tell us a few fashion, makeup accessory trend we may see on the runway for Lady Sahara?

Keeping in mind the global trends from New York, London, Milan and Paris I have incorporated a few styles to suit the Indian audience. You will see matched print, crop tunics, churidaar skirt, distorted anarkali, cut shoulders and much more.

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How may we incorporate Lady Sahara theme in our street style?

Our entire collection is designed keeping the Indian woman in mind. Thus, you may find that we have a range of wearable separates. The idea is to mix and match indo-western apparel, bridal pieces and more. We encourage everyone to create a melange of different pieces of clothing and accessories.

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Which celebrity would pull off the Lady Sahara collection/theme the best?

My favourite style icon, who is also underrated, is Nicole Richie. I think she may pull off our current collection very well. I would like to style her in a cropped tunic or create a print on print look with an Indian vibe, yet keep a global touch.

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