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Indian Designer Rohit Bal about Bollywood and Fashion
About Bollywood - Rohit Bal
08 th Aug 2012

Aside from his very successful Indian fashion creations, indian designer Rohit Bal has carried on to be versatile and flexible regarding design and beeing a real role model to younger designers. Although the popular designer occupied an important advisory position in the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012, he had decided not to do a fashionshow this time. “I did not have a show, only because I had other projects going on. As part of my business expansion plan, we are opening 14 more stores and I’m also working on home projects and interiors, more restaurants. So I’m taking a break from shows, and trying to make some money instead,” he says. Talking about the impact of Bollywood on the fashion world Rohit Bal says, “Bollywood is the God of style and fashion in the country, so that would make Mumbai the fashion capital. But the one point where New Delhi scores over Mumbai is that it’s seasonal and people can actually dress up. But at the end of the day it’s what Priyanka Chopra and what Arjun Rampal wears, that matters. That’s the be all and end all of fashion in India. Bollywood rules and we are fools!” Speaking about the Mumbai vs Delhi fashion week affair, Rohit acknowledges that he’s in a tricky situation as he is representing both. “Mumbai fashion week gives a far more interactive platform to young designers and to new talent, which I think is fantastic. The thing about Delhi fashion week is it concentrates a lot on business. It’s about fashion at the end of the day, and I feel responsible. I hope I have the power that comes with being the brand I am. But like they said in Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility,”. The indian designer, who had watched several shows at the Mumbai fashion week was very impressed by designer Vaishali S. Guddu. About the high number of fashion weeks all over the country he comments “I don’t think they should even be called fashion weeks, because they’re not, they’re just fashion galas and tamashas. Basically each indivdual just wants the 15 minutes of fame. I think the more sensible designers should not participate in these fashion weeks. They’re like fly-by-night operations, here today gone tomorrow!” Shop Indian Designer Wear at Strand of Silk

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