Kallol was given a well deserved ‘finale’ show at Lakme Fashion Week, Mumbai in August. Not following the normal cycles of a season in advance, Lakme chooses to showcase ‘festive’ in second half of the year for the festivities that are to be followed in the months after the week. And during summers, they show ‘Resort’ collections for the span of winters-preceding-spring and spring-summer season.
Back to Kallol. He has found a growing fan in me. The clothes are conceptual and original in design. They have a place in global fashion and can be (and is) worn by women all over. As easy his dresses are to slip into, it has a niche fan base. And I imagine it to be intentionally designed like that. Prints of snails humping each other, penises with angry faces drawn on them and bird droppings, straitjackets, elephant skin effect (just the effect. no elephants used) oversized clutches. His collection narrated a story of difficulty – whether in mating, stitching, seeing beauty in an otherwise not so exotic animal skin, Suko singing about killing her lover’s new lover suffering from that heart trauma.. Garments could be confused from front with back, but never uneasy to wear. With beautiful, almost unnatural drapes and folds on the fabric, this is the most comfortable a designer ready to wear could get.
I always struggle to define his collections in words. He is a hidden thinker and would like us to believe that design is kid’s play and he barely spends time making collections. If it was so easy, then we wouldn’t have this much unwearable and unpleasing designs as done by many of his peers. No?
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