An ode to Gulmarg Valley—by Payal Singhal

Aditi Rao Hydari walks for Payal Singhal at Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

Aditi Rao Hydari walks for Payal Singhal at Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

‘Firdaus’ by Payal Singhal is an ode to the enchanting Gulmarg valley in Kashmir, where time seems to have stood still—where paradise is not a paradox. The designer charmed the audience at Wills India Fashion Week with her toned down, super elegant Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Payal Singhal for Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Payal Singhal for Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

The underlying inconsistency of freedom that the valley doesn’t really have, to the feeling of elation in being there is captivating and invigorating—exploring this juxtapose is the collection with its monochromatic colour palette of stone and black done in silk, chanderi, organza and tulle in modern interpretation of traditional Indian clothing.

Payal Singhal for Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Payal Singhal for Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

The silhouettes brought forth were palazzos with kurtas, long pants with cholis in silk, crop tops, linear jackets, and saris sporting pine tree prints and small floral dots, and more. Bollywood diva, Aditi Rao Hydari walked as the showstopper for Payal’s show.

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