From reel to real

Mar 25, 2013, 01:42 IST | Ruchika Kher

Bollywood's newfound clothesmith, Kunal Rawal's collection on Day 2 showcased his quintessential casual style, after a gap of two years, with Shahid Kapoor and Arjun Khanna strutting down the ramp to reinforce the confluence of fashion and films

He is young, he is creative and is busy and it is this hustle-bustle in his work-life that designer Kunal Rawal wanted to bring to the Fashion Week ramp on Saturday. Show stoppers Shahid Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor extended his vision when they showcased his designs by walking (and even dancing) on the ramp.

Kunal Rawal

 “I’ve done great work for them, so I feel that they do justice to my clothes. Also both of them have swagger and a personality that goes well with my clothes apart from the fact that they are also friends,” says Rawal, adding, “My collection this year is a happy summer collection and all elements are basically inspired by my work place.

The different techniques and procedures that are employed to make a material into a garment is a very exciting process and I wanted to use those elements for this collection,” says Rawal, who featured hanger prints, shirt blazers and ‘crows hat’ stripes (inspired by the crow shit outside his office).
Accessories were a big part of the collection with even shoes designed by Rawal and inclusion of a lot of headwear.

His line is lightweight with sweat absorption benefit. Throwing light on his absence from the ramp for two years, the designer reveals, “I’m returning after two years because working on one collection means that I lock myself for at least a month and a half; I wanted to explore different things. I am a creative person and I also wanted to build my knowledge, so I did styling for films and costume design where I contributed to the look of the film.”

Ride of his life
Adlabs is making an amusement park in Panvel and Kunal will be designing the look of a few rides. For this, he worked with an animation team for the first time to get 3D effects.  He will also be creating merchandise for it.

Rawal has his hands full with designs for these films:

>Shootout At Wadala
>Once upon a time..2
>Rambo Rajkumar
>Fata Poster Nikla Hero  

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