With an impressive list of Bollywood & Tollywood clients such as Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati, Sonam Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Ranveer Kapoor designer Kunal Rawal’s is the sought after men’s wedding wear this season.
The highlights of latest ‘Hide & Seek’ collection by Kunal Rawal include deconstruction and mock layering.
Functionality and non-conformist has always been the mark of the popular designer Kunal Rawal’s men’s wear which is a perfect fusion of modern and traditional. Be it the contemporary cuts that appeal to the sensibilities on young men or the aesthetics that are unconventional but yet deeply rooted in Indian ethos – he has created a brand that prides in being understated yet with enough sheen to qualify as wedding wear. Each element, fabric, cut, stitch on Kunal Rawal’s design has a story to tell and gain from Indian inspiration.
His flagship store in Hyderabad stocks among others his latest collection ‘Hide & Seek’. Interestingly his collection always carries with it the tell-tale elements – his designs are all about modern luxury, and he dabbles with a variety of cuts, metal highlights and buttons that are totally home-made (look out for crooked Ashoka buttons), mock layering, with embroidery, sometimes in zardosi or even plain thread but uniquely Kunal Rawal created…don’t miss out on the French knots.
The ‘Hide & Seek’ collection has all the above plus the de-constructed design to enable multi-functionality. Kunal Rawal team shares, “Keeping in mind the deconstruction and mock layering, this collection features suave bandhgalas and dhotis teamed with koti jackets and striped colourful shawls. Ivory kurtas in silk blocked with solid coloured patches, slim, sleeveless jackets and an Indian version of the sweatshirt came together with Rawal’s usual affinity for knotting, strategic placement of buttons and separates crafted for layering. Tone-on-tone thread work and underplayed sheen that glisten through some metallic details are recognisable as Rawal signatures.”
So a western silhouette for an embroidered jacket is arrived at by making it sleeveless and teaming it with a shirt whose sleeves has all the detailing. That makes it more flexible for an all-encompassing Indian wedding, where you attend a cocktail dinner or dance away to glory during an evening party wearing the ensemble. And, the jacket goes separately with a kurta or plain silk shirt. In this collection you see the amazing textures created by playing up the textiles, intelligent use of embroidery.
“Power of textile is the reason I got into fashion in the first place. I love manipulating with the fabrics and techniques,” kunal Rawal shares.