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Powerful eight

fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 03, 2008 15:12 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh
Jaydeep Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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Give reams of fabric to Rohit Bal and trust him to use them all in one garment. At the preview of Bal's Fall/Winter 2008 collection that he will showcase at the Wills India Fashion Week, we again discovered his penchant for creating something dramatic.

Bal's collection is themed Ashta Dhatu where he has used the age-old concept of an alloy of eight metals that has healing properties in his designs. Obviously the colour palette is of the eight metals and the essence of design is about positive energy .

"I haven't followed any trend. I have just created fashion," is what Bal clarified at the onset. Indeed his garments were something novel. He used layers of traditional gota fabric to create an ostrich dress that had a fitted torso and a voluminous skirt. The halter neck maxi dress had a leafy texture. Incidentally 350 metres of gota was used in the gown.

An off-shoulder puffball dress looked ultra chic. The glimpse that we got of Bal's Fall collection hints at his couture leanings. Bal was conversing with his design assistants about his Paris Show in July and if we are right, he is participating in Paris Couture Week. When asked, Gudda said, "It's early for me to make a statement on that." But the creations sure spilled the beans!