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Designer Payal Jain unveils ‘Crescent Moon’ at Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week, SS’20

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One of India’s most notable fashion designers, Payal Jain who is highly acclaimed for her classic and timeless contemporary design, unveils her latest collection ‘Crescent Moon’ at FDCI Lotus-Make up India Fashion Week, SS’20’ on the third day.

A picture-perfect blend of Indian recherché and craftsmanship with modern day western silhouettes, the all-new collection is synonymous with eternal resplendence. As an ode to Payal Jain’s muse and guru both, her father the entire collection embodies the mantras like purity, simplicity, honesty, integrity and austerity which Payal’s father lived and believed by. The all new collection promises a mélange of masterpieces in all whites to symbolize most valuable attributes in every sphere of life.

The collection “Crescent moon” is inspired by Neo-classical Costumes from the early 19th Century with a reverence for antiquity; simple lines and linear silhouettes. Traditionally, these costumes were made in Indian fabrics with hand-embroidered leaves and tendrils winding down bodices, giving them a sense of casual informality. It is an evocation of Elizabethan costumes; free flowing gowns, dresses, skirts, blouses and fluid coat shirts, interpreted in fine Indian muslin and linen. Long white dresses are embellished with high decorative collars, puffed voluminous sleeves, oversized bows and wristbands, lace detailing, ruffled necklines and ribbon trimmings. This is an experiment in fine linen gauze, translucent Chanderi, gossamer silk organza, chiffon and georgette. Embroideries hail back to our ancient Indian heritage of Chikankari, Zardozi, Resham-Dori, Shisho-bharat, Mokaish, Tilla-Marodi, Daraz and Stitch-tie techniques. Weaves have been explored and intertwined; textiles created from starch, detailing painstakingly intricate, and multiple textures juxtaposed in each silhouette.

Talking about the collection, Payal Jain said “I have always wanted to pay homage to my dearest father who had supported and inspired me throughout my journey. Even though he is no more with us but his blessing and teachings have always stayed with me. He revered Rabindranath Tagore and his collection of poems; ‘Crescent Moon’ was closest to her heart and hence, this collection is a humble tribute to him and his life”

‘Crescent Moon’ has been a journey of designer’s self-discovery, from pain to grief, abandonment and a deep sense of loss, learning to take small steps out of darkness and pulling herself together bit by bit for the sake of those she loves. In a quest to find answers to her zillion questions, she finds herself evolving. Thus, she shares the saga of her life In “Crescent Moon”, a solitary, reflective and retrospective walk with textile, texture and form, reminiscent of a bygone era, in a time and place that exists only in the depths of her imagination.

The plus size market has been an under -served opportunity for long in the industry. It is also true that many parts of the fashion industry have exhibited both overt and unconscious bias against images of women that did not conform to their unrealistic–and often unhealthy–“ideals” of feminine beauty. Also from the last two decades there have been groundbreaking milestones within the transgender community. Clothing for the trans community in India is no doubt one of the most visual and instinctive expressions of their acceptance and their transition to womanhood.However there has always been some kind of discrimination on things like size, height and skin color and also the third gender community. Breaking all these misconceptions designer Payal Jain showcases a collection which is for all! She believes in the concept that fashion is for everyone and all these things do not describe fashion for one.

They say, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. In “Crescent Moon”, when you look closely in the darkness, you will see Magic!!

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Barkha Arora

She has been there and done that. After graduating from Delhi University she completed her diploma in Journalism from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Delhi. Down the line, she completed her internship with National Herald and Akshar Bharat, multilingual newspapers successfully and went on to Join Mainline Business daily, Business Standard newspaper. She has also dabbled in image management and brand consultancy. Apart from being a prolific writer on lifestyle entertainment, lifestyle, travel and politics remain her forte.

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