Day 5 FDCI India Couture Week 2016: Rohit Bal

“KEHKASHAAN” The Return of Opulence

Inspired by the grandeur of The Czarist Regime of Russia, this collection is deeply entrenched in the unmitigated philosophy of extreme luxury. This opulence has been interpreted and translated by me with my innate sense of understated glamour and elegance. I was overwhelmed by the incredible treasures and the immeasurable excesses of what was once, perhaps, the richest and most glamorous Royal Regimes the world has ever seen.

My time spent at the incredible palaces and museums of St.Petersburg – The Hermitage, The Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, The Church of the Spilled Blood all left me spellbound.

I travelled literally through time into a labyrinth of a bizarre reality of excess wealth and absolute power. It was plain to see that there had to be a Revolution in a land so brutally divided between an insensitive Aristocracy and the suffering peasantry.

In Moscow The Kremlin , The Armoury , The Almazny Fond ( The Diamond Fund) were bewildering and left me awestruck . This collection is my personal interpretation and understanding of this opulence and beauty . For me this is a contemporary collection of a bygone period of excess toned down only by my understated philosophy of style and timeless chic.

This story sees an amalgamation of two distinct cultures and thought processes, that of Russian Grandeur and the almost austere craftsmanship of my absolute true love, Kashmir . Here, rich golds meet fine silk threads. Zardozi meets fine Kashmiri Kaani , crewel work and petite point and chain stitch . Velvet meets hand woven silks. Rich jewels meet autumn leaves, poppies and irises in guilded frames of lustrous luxury to create one beautiful form.

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xx

AJ

 

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