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This season our muse is a little bolder. She is statuesque, sensuous, uninhibited, elegant. She marries menswear essentials with more feminine elements to create her own design voice that is neither masculine, feminine or androgynous. Mostly because her personality is defined by neither and her spirit embodies them all. The emphasis is on shape but proportions are paramount. The silhouettes have a structural quality, but become softer and more fluid to accommodate the human form. In addition to the geometry, draping, and pleating, architecture is central to the design process this season but not in an obvious way. A concerted focus is on space, not just between layers of different textures and fabrics, but also between skin and the garment. So careful attention is given to comfort. Natural fabrics allow the skin to breathe, silhouettes maximize all shapes, cottons stretch with ease so the body can relax and so can we. We also continue our association with master craftsmen in Bengal to create unique hand-woven textiles and saris. White generously punctuates and compliments our signature colors this spring summer.
About the Designer
Payal is based in Bombay, India. She studied at Parsons and graduated in 1999. Her collections are produced in India.
Born in 1974, brought up in Mumbai, Payal received her first Art Scholarship at the National Board Level in 1990.
She is a fashion design graduate from SNDT in Mumbai and graduated with several awards for Illustration, Design and Construction and won ‘Designer of the Year’ in a nationwide competition held by ShoppersStop in 1994.
She interned with designer Krishna Mehta in Mumbai before moving to New York City in 1995 to pursue a degree on scholarship, at the Parsons School of Design. She graduated in 1999 with honors, with a BFA in Fine Arts and Illustration.
Whilst in New York she also worked with designer Sandy Dalal, CFDA’s winner of the Perry Ellis Award for menswear in 1997.
After her return in 2002, she completed a diploma at Metafora, an international workshop for Contemporary Art in Barcelona in 2005.
In 2007 she received Society Magazine’s Young Achievers Award in the Fine Arts category.
Her works have been exhibited extensively in Mumbai, Delhi, New York, London, Barcelona, Tokyo and Singapore and her works are currently on consignment in galleries in New York, Barcelona and Mumbai and in several private collections in the US, India, France, England, South Africa and Belgium.