Rohit Bal showcases ash-inspired collection

Kolkata: Celebrated designer Rohit Bal showcased his new collection inspired by the Persian work `Khakastari`, which means colours of ash, in the city.

At the second edition of the Chivas Studio last night, the designer`s collection depicted the simplicity of monochromatic colours and delicate shapes of romantic memories created with distinct minimalism.

"This collection is inspired by the resplendent glory of India`s rich cultural heritage and reflects the splendor, grandeur and luxury of the Indian couture," said Bal, who is known for his flamboyant designs.

In tune with the theme, the colour of ash got its subtle luminosity from Swarovski crystal pearls in white opal, silver shade and crystal golden shadow in his collection.

Bal`s collection included a wide array of garments - sarees, gowns and lehengas.

The textures were kept rustic and rich, colours infinitely shaded with warm, generous, burnished and intense ashen tones.

Intensely concerned with design as an art form, the maverick designer brought together history, fantasy and folklore to create the timeless masterpieces.

Described by Time magazine as `India`s master of fabric and fantasy`, Bal has also designed for international names like Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford,
Uma Thurman and Anna Kournikova.