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On a new ‘Bal’ Game

Fashion designer Rohit Bal embarks a new design journey by getting creative on a lighter brand.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 28, 2010 00:57 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

Flamboyant fashion designer Rohit Bal has always been associated with all things grand and luxurious. And this time again he is in news thanks to his recent association with the American Iconic lighter Zippo. Rohit has designed Windproof Zippo lighter for the brand. And becomes the first designer to design for a lighter brand.

Talking about his association he says, " When I first got to know about the collaboration, I was overwhelmed. I completely enjoyed working with Zippo and the fact that it is the first time that the brand has collaborated with any designer is incredible. It makes the association more dear to my heart"

As a contract to the brand's rough image, Rohit's design boasts of a simple motif - that of Bal's ubiquitous lotus - against a white background. "This lighter is like blending of two different cultures. The lighter in itself somewhat stands as a rebellious object but the floral design somewhere calms it down."

Ask him why he chose lotus and pat came the reply, "The lotus is like an extension of me; wherever I am there is a lotus. Lotus for me stands for purity and is a sign of humility.

Talkig about his upcoming projects he says, " At the moment I am busy working on designing some luxury suites for The Park hotel, then a tie up with an international fabric company is also in the pipeline. I want to design a luggage range as I felt that we Indians travel a lot and even shop a lot but have limited options when it comes to nice luggage. So that is a interesting category to look at"

As Bal will also be showcasing at the Van Heusen Men's Fashion Week as the grand finale designer this Sunday, we asked him about what is in store for us at his much awaited show. He says, " My line is called Shararat and it is going to be all about a naughty boy,it will be sexy, raunchy and about boyswho dress up as dudes."

"There's a lot of strong Indian influences in terms of what I've done, but it's actually a fairly western collection. It'll have some Indian silhouettes, but I'll also have a strong mix, "adds Bal.

Any Bal show is incomplete without the essetial drama bit. About that element the designer tells us about his impulsive plans. He says, "I don't plan anything in advance. It's all done at thelast moment for me." he says."