I t's not officially announced yet but you know how news spreads. Twenty-eight-year old designer Vineet Bahl is barely two seasons old and has been selected to show at the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in October, as an initiative by the Lakme Fashion Week.
Oh, and he's not even doing a Spring-Summer or an Autumn-Winter.. he's into Trans-seasonal.
Delhi-based, Bahl's been trained under Tarun Tahiliani. He was quite an established name in the capital before he gave LFW a try last year. "Every designer needs Fashion Weeks.. not that one can't survive without them, but the weeks do give that extra boost to our career," he admits.
He explains the definition of trans-seasonal'. "Australia has two normal seasons Spring Summer and Autumn-Winter, but they also have an additional season - the trans-season. That is because they are in the southern hemisphere."
He smiles, "Ah, yes it's a tricky to come up with ideas for a collection that will match the odd season there. The problem is that one garment cannot have both extensions of the concept but should be able to work in both conditions."
Bahl isn't setting out to woo international buyers. He's already doing business with stores like Apo in Paris, In Diva in Toronto, Krause Miller in Germany and Mann in Amsterdam.
"I always wanted my fingers in the International fashion pie. Even when I was training under Tarun I was looking for options, he says candidly."
So, why was he a part of the Mumbai Fashion Week? "When I started out five years ago, the Indian market was not that mature.. now it's come of age. Also LFW has a better international perspective and has given me good opportunities.. so why not?"
Same to same
Designers Neeta Lulla and Pria Kataria Puri did it too. And Bahl has no qualms in admitting that he too will be showing the same collection at LFW after he comes back from Australia. He shrugs, "It's normal to do that. After all I'm landing directly in Mumbai from Australia."