Payal Singhal has been in the business of fashion for the last two decades. She exhibited her collection for the second year running at the Vogue Wedding Show 2017 held at Taj Palace New Delhi. The master of the Indian ethnic wear space, Payal has dressed Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and other big names. Evesly spoke to this charming and skilled fashion designer on what are the trends every bride should look out for this year.
Evesly: What is the color Indian brides should look out for this year?
Payal Singhal: Two colors always work- Pastels and deep jewel tones. Navy blue is big this season! Especially for Mehendis and cocktails. Rose pink is the most favored color in pastels for brides this season.
Evesly: What kind of fabrics have you included in your collection?
Payal Singhal: Lightweight fabrics. I know a lot of designers use velvet but our customers love airier and very comfortable fabrics. They look grand and are not too heavy to move around. These days brides want to have fun with their families and friends so lightweight fabrics are best for that.
Evesly: What is the one fabric brides can afford to drop?
Payal Singhal: I work mostly with silks. I don’t like velvet. I know many designers use it but I don’t believe in that.
Evesly: What is the trending design that brides should look out for?
Payal Singhal: Anti-fit bride is very popular right now. It’s a more comfortable fit. You see brides mostly going for tight-fitted cholis, but now they want the comfort of western clothing with the Indian ethnic wear. So, A line trapeze tops are a huge trend this season and I used them.
Evesly: How important are nets in your collection?
Payal Singhal: I use net sparingly. I don’t use it as a fabric but as a texture. Like if an outfit has a paneling with brocade, then I use net to show the paneling.
Evesly: What are your favorite fabrics?
Payal Singhal: My favorite are silks. You can have both embroidered and printed lehengas in silks. These lehengas are for functions like Mehendi, Haldi, sangeet and all.
Evesly: What’s unique about your collection?
Payal Singhal: Our collection is more inclusive. We don’t just work with the bride. It’s more like the bride’s sister, mother, the groom’s family and all. There’s a little bit for everyone.