Rohit Bal is amongst one of India’s leading Indian Couture designers. He has not only secured a top spot in women’s wear but also in Men’s wear. A renowned personality, his creations are synonymous with grandeur and royal touch. The ensembles are luxurious with intricate embellishments. The designer works on a variety of fabrics, but sticking to his ideology of a regal and royal look, he uses a lot of velvet and high-quality silk. Adorned with richness, sophistication and sartorial style, his designs are a class apart. Rohit Bal brings together Indian aesthetics with western sensibilities in every collection. The embellishments are subtle, unique and adorned with lavish detailing, making the ensembles beautiful and breathtaking.
The ace designer, Rohit Bal recently participated in Breakthrough India’s biggest annual charity event, Designing Dreams. This fundraising event was held on the 30th of August at Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba. The charity event is held to empower females in the country and raise awareness about violence and abuse against women, education of the girl child and early marriage. Thus, making it an event, which depicts the spirit of ‘fashion with a cause’. Rohit Bal’s show was dedicated to battling the idea of marrying girls at a young age. It aimed to protect young girls from early marriages allowing them to lead lives of their choice and not out of fear. According to a report conducted by UNICEF, 27% of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday and 7% are married before the age of 15. Further, India has the highest absolute number of child brides in the world – 15,509,000. The funds raised through this event will be used to support Breakthrough development work in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Haryana.
Breakthrough is a young human rights organization that has been working hard for the last 20 years seeking to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable. With the use of partnerships and media platforms, Breakthrough is making a positive difference to the millions of girls and women who have been held back from participating in society. They further use fashion as a means to end discrimination against women.
Rohit Bal’s fashion show presented a range of traditional Indian wear designs and influential women across the country. The list included Pinky Reddy, Ritika Vardhan, Sangita Jindal, Namrata Shroff, Devaunshi Mehta, and Chhaya Momaya. Designs from his recent collection ‘Gul-dastah’ were showcased on the runway along with occasion wear designs. The collection is inspired by the floral of the city he was born in, Kashmir.
The collection featured Bal’s signature flowy anarkalis in hues of black and white with a touch of gold, saris and pleated skirts. White, gold, black and red hues defined the color palette with floral embroidery and prints in shades of red and green. The ensembles looked delicate, feminine, dreamy and whimsical with intricate detailing using lace and sheer. Some of India’s most influential women came together and graced the ramp to support the cause.
The show was a breath of fresh air and showed the true power of Indian women. Together we can change the vicious cycle of discrimination and violence against women and girls in our country. Together we should stand and make the change we wish to see.