It is a glad, glad vibrant day. Having a long-standing historical past with style, Punit Balana’s ‘Utsav’ projected the fantastic thing about Indian heritage and hues that had been canopied by royalty and glamour on the Lakme Style Week in partnership with FDCI which is on its final legs. Collectively, we moved forward collectively from Day 3 of style learnings the place designers made us tune in to tassels, tulle, prints, and all funkiness with western ensembles which steadily become an ethnic dialog.
For sure, a group of kurtas, sarees, Anarkalis and others that emerged from folklore and tradition as its key themes is one thing to speak about and really perceive by somebody who by no means appears to neglect and recognize what his nation has to offer. Pinkvilla’s unique chat with Punit Balana was full of particulars of his new assortment known as Utsav, Rajasthan’s Kalbelia group, Sara Ali Khan as his dolled-up showstopper in a lehenga, his life as a designer and a lot extra.
Punit Balana discusses Utsav, the expansion of his model, and extra
What’s the secret to Utsav’s stellar-ness?
All the pieces about this assortment is particular, grand and starry! From the colorful dyes to the embroidery, to the development strategy of the clothes, every part is phenomenal for me. I’ve launched three new colors on this assortment ‘Surkhlaal’, ‘Gulabi Gulaal’ and ‘Kacha Aam’. Every color has a particular significance. With regard to the garment development, I’ve used numerous new strategies and launched fascinating silhouettes and totally different cuts which you will notice within the assortment. In terms of embroidery, we have now used numerous coin work and hand-woven doris which actually makes this assortment stand out.
How as a clothier do you keep grounded in your roots?
Truthfully, it comes very naturally to me. I come from a metropolis that’s inspirational in so some ways. I’m very happy with our wealthy tradition and craftsmanship, and I feel the correct factor to do is to honour it. My designs are a mirrored image of my core beliefs and I’ll always remember my roots in relation to my persona in addition to my design philosophy.
Why is it so important to embrace and empower the folklore and tradition of our land right this moment?
Handmade is taken into account to be a luxurious, even internationally. There’s a shift in the direction of customisation, craftsmanship, and personalisation and persons are able to spend a bit of extra for that further detailing. In India, we have now been made to avail of such a luxurious for a very long time, due to the native artisans. India as a rustic is so wealthy in tradition and that is simply an extension of what it has to supply. I really feel privileged to have the ability to give again to this tradition by my work and would encourage others to take action in relation to creating and even consuming.
How would you persuade somebody sceptical of experimenting with colors to don an ensemble from Utsav?
My assortment itself means a competition. Whenever you suppose festive, you suppose vibrant colors, you suppose opulence, you suppose celebration. For me, Utsav captures all of it. I wish to consider that the wearer could be celebrating themselves by these outfits. The colors that I’ve chosen for this explicit assortment won’t ever exit of development.
What was your focus space whereas engaged on Utsav? How did you chart out on hues to embroideries and every part in between?
With block prints impressed by Rajasthani historical past, significantly that of the Kalbelia group, and bandhani, Utsav represents masterful craftsmanship when it comes to silhouettes, starting from my traditional designs to new, up to date ones – reimagined lehengas and peplum units, closely embellished kurtas for males and lots of extra to swimsuit the easy sartorial sensibilities of the fashionable lady and man. Dropped at life by vibrant hues of surkhlaal and gulaabi gulaal and a daring shade of kacha aam, this assortment is a symphony of embroideries in marodi, resham, gota, mirror and coin and a step forward on the planet of the label’s prints.
Sara Ali Khan appears gorgeous as your muse right this moment. How was her outfit delivered to life?
I’m so proud of the result of this outfit, and I couldn’t consider anybody aside from Sara to current this lovely ensemble. I envisioned this assortment round 3 months in the past, and I’m so glad to see this vibrant end result. Like I’ve talked about earlier I wished to dedicate a group that might make my wearer really feel like celebrating not solely events however themselves. The surkhlaal banarasi lehenga has a wonderful hand-embroidered dupatta with intricate work.
Are you able to shed some gentle on the Kalbelia group of Rajasthan? How are they a present to the style world?
I’m really blessed to be born and introduced up within the cultural hub of India. Rajasthan has a lot to supply in relation to artwork, dance, meals, and design. The Kalbelia dance is a folks dance which is taken into account to be essentially the most sensuous dance amongst Rajasthani dances. This group represents celebration, dance and glamour which I’ve tried to translate into my assortment.
How has the Punit Balana empire grown from design to design?
I’m at all times looking out for brand new strategies and designs, and that’s one thing that evokes me to construct on my collections each season. I consider anybody and everybody can discover one thing from my assortment, it’s that versatile. I consider my wearers shouldn’t really feel restricted when carrying one in every of my creations, I need them to have the ability to rejoice and be free-spirited, and I can proudly say I’ve lived as much as my beliefs. That is one thing that my prospects like and I’m right here right this moment solely due to them.
What’s it that you simply love about you being a clothier?
I like the truth that I’m at all times open to studying new strategies and implementing them in my designs. Be it my strategies, or my data to create one thing new, I’m able to tackle a problem as a result of I do know that each time I overcome a problem, I solely consider it as a chance to do one thing higher and greater.
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