Indian fashion designer Rohit Bal, most known as the enfant terrible of Indian fashion industry, is also applaused and respected for his perfectly cut clothes and impeccable style. A proof of this is given by the presence of famous international designer Christian Louboutin at his last Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) finale, named Gulbagh.
The show was impressive, with the characteristics of a proper story-drama developed around the background of Qutub Minar. Models showcased ivory sarees and velvet lehengas, with red roses in their hair and dark make-up eyes. His capabilities seem endless. Bal is 50 years old now and everybody is searching for his attention and his friendship. For his part, he doesn’t care too much about his acquired reputation of hard-partying and high-rolling, arguing that is just exaggerated, he referred to himself as an impulsive and disorganised, but also honest and spontaneous, with the capacity of working at an incredible pace. It seems that the work is never enough for him.
We already know about his different prêt collaborations and involvements with brands like Linen Club, Mitsubishi, Zippo lighter, Rolls-Royce, Kirtial Jewellers and so on. Indeed with Biba, Linen Club and Jabong he designed some collections addressed to mass-market, that is to create something that could be accessible for more people and not just cosmopolitan ones. He explained that prêt is used to indicate the technique of making a print of the original painting. He also admitted to love couture and classic dresses, like lehengas and sarees, but at the same time he explained the difficulty observed in making them. However he put the same effort in everything he does without distinction between fashion and other products and is makes the difference. He just lunched his collection Gulbagh and is waiting for the start of the forth wedding season.
Moreover, soon we will see in stores the new tea packaging he made for Red Label as well as a luxury collection of bed linen from Bombay Dyeing. Within his next project, there are the Luxe villas in Goa and he is planning to concentrate on cars, home accessories and interior design. With the idea of developing these possibilities for the Rohit Bal Luxury Wedding brand. This is a new company specialised in luxury wedding management, with a team of specialists to handle everything from catering to on-the-day logistics. The company started in December 2013 and Jeh Bajaj, CEO of the enterprise, explained that they are really focused and dedicated, thus they can handle at least two or three weddings per season, because of the huge numbers of details that must be taken care of.
However the creativity of Bal doesn’t stop here. After 25 years of hard work in this industry, he also decided to test himself with two books: one will be published by Om Books and is about Indian craft, while the other will be published by Penguin and is a semi autobiographical work, talking about the Indian fashion industry seen through his eyes. We will wait for his next creations!