FDCI x LFW, 16-21 MARCH 2021

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‘Kismet’: A collection of Indian athleisure by Payal Singhal

“It’s impossible to ignore the times we are living in when designing a collection now,” says Payal Singhal. Her observation of changing sartorial inclinations served as the starting point for her latest collection ‘Kismet’—a line of Indian athleisure which bridges the distance between traditional occasion wear and comfort wear.

With this one-of-its-kind collection of Indian athleisure, Singhal gives her signature bohemian occasion wear a laidback treatment to make it as comfortable as it is cool. Think of it as loungewear-meets-streetwear-meets-Indian-wear—a combination that has become increasingly relevant in the face of fashion’s changing axis. In classic PS style, versatility is the hallmark of every look, which can be worn to intimate weddings, festive celebrations, and also beyond. The key DNA of the line is to revisit Indian silhouettes with a global mindset so that they aren’t limited by context or occasions, but instead are all-encompassing.

The collection is replete with kurta-jogger sets, bomber and co-ord sets, dhoti saris, ribbed crop top-jogger saris and balloon lehengas with crop tops and dupattas. These have been dressed in 10 new #PSPrints, which are a playful Gen-Z-friendly amalgamation of western and Indian motifs.  Think aztecs, digital evil eye-inspired ikats, mosaic patterns, and classic florals. They have then been embellished with pitta kora work, cutdana, thread and wool embroidery, and Payal’s signature colourful tassels. 

“We’ve spent the past year in kaftans and loungewear, they have become wardrobe MVPs. Comfort is non-negotiable now. The next wave of clothing is all about minimal maximalism—which means that even when dressed to the nines, there will be a need for ease in silhouettes and fabrics. This is the exact sentiment that ‘Kismet’ captures. It’s a unique take on Indian wear merged with loungewear that I’ve never seen before. It is also heavily inspired by how I dress — I don’t have separate Indian and western wear wardrobes. My personal style is all about making transitional pieces work together no matter the occasion,” says Payal Singhal.