Without trying too hard, designer Kunal Rawal has managed to score some pretty hot deals. He was chosen to design the Being Human line of T-shirts and clothes sported by actor Salman Khan.
“The clothes were designed to support Salman’s charity,” Rawal says. “I also designed the entire menswear line that he showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week, along with Akshay Khan’s look for the ramp.” But while he’s confident that his line will hit the racks soon, Rawal is unsure of the date. “The project is very close to Salman, and when he does it, he will do it well. Right now, we are still developing the line, but mass production is slow.”
A few pieces have been gifted to Khan’s friends and family, and Rawal adds, “You only get one chance when launching a brand. At the moment, we aren’t working with a specific time line.”Recently appointed the creative head of menswear for fashion brand Provogue, Rawal has also styled the men in fashion extravaganza, Aisha. "I’ve been friends with Sonam and Rhea Kapoor for a long time, so when they decided to do the movie, they approached me to style the men."
Admitting that menswear, with all its restrictions, is more difficult to create than womenswear, Rawal says, “All the characters of the movie are so different from each other. I plan to come out with an Aisha-inspired line in the future. I will decide once the movie releases and I receive feedback on the clothes.”
Would Provogue launch the collection? “We recently did a Kites collection, and the tie-ups for the season have been decided. But I could do this on my own,” he reveals.
So did he sneak his own clothing line into the film? He laughs, “Actually, there’s a rafting scene set in Rishikesh, where the actors needed to wear flip-flops. Since I couldn’t find any cool versions for them to wear, I used my signature range. That’s as far as I have gone with branding in a movie.”