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    For more than two decades Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have been precursors of everything bold, edgy and contemporary. In a market cluttered with ethnic fashion the designer duo has been able to maintain their ultra-glam oeuvre by being commited to their craft; precision is something they thrive on. Celebrated for their menswear, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have looped in their sense of strong silhouttes even in womenswear. Be it their pant suits, asymetric shirts or tops with panelled detailing, their pieces have come to define what a wardrobe of a modern Indian woman can look like.

    Image: Courtesy Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna

    Having targeted the other end of the loop first, their brand has already enjoyed international retail success with the label selling from Anthropology US, Isetan Japan and Harvey Nichols in the Middle East. Some of the biggest names of Bollywood such as Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto to Diya Mirza have already given their stamp of approval to their pieces.

    With their Winter/Festive 19 collection ‘Interstellar’, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna are making a comeback to Lakme Fashion Week after a hiatus of 15 long years. In collaboration with NEXA, their latest collection promises to be a visual treat with metallic tones; intricate embroideries and just the right amount of bling.

    Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna spoke to Lifestyle Asia India giving a lowdown on what to expect from their latest collection.

    Image: Courtesy Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna
    Image: Courtesy Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna
    What brings you back to Lakme after 15 years?
    Our association with Lakme goes a long way back and we were infact among the founding members of Lakme Fashion Week, so some associations are always special
    What’s the story behind Interstellar, how did the idea come about?
    The RGRK Woman is strong yet feminine. We have tried to introduce structured details to delicate silhouettes, hence making the collection elegant yet bold. The overlap dress, unusual necklines, big flowy sleeves, and androgynous shoulders are few details which are highlighted this season. Showcasing classic menswear in constructed silhouettes with sharply cut blazers featuring detailed geometric lines, paired with layered shirts and tapered blacks.The color palette is influenced by the unique contemplation of celestial bodies and their planetary trajectories; black, with hues of platinum and hematite, mixed with dark neutrals and galactic blue tones of the midnight skies.
    Any specific silhouettes that you have experimented with?
    This collection brings out the perfect representation of modernity and luxury, with a glimpse of the 80s, in retrospect. Accentuated glistening elements with defined silhouettes, are combined with geometric patterns beaded with elaborate embellishments, all blending together harmoniously. There is a discernible luminousness reflected in the garments with a play of shadow. Distinctive silhouettes with sheer fabrics, translucent sequins, intricate techniques and crystals with fringe details are evident throughout the collection. Plush satins, frosted silk, fine tulles and suiting organza’s help bring this eclectic collection to life.

    The colour palette this collection is influenced by NEXA; black and white, with hues of grey, platinum and gunmetal, and the signature shade of ‘NEXA Blue’. Alluring luxurious fabrics have been used; plush satins, frosted silks, fine tulles and suiting organza’s that help bring this eclectic collection to life using techniques, silhouettes and designs that together create a surreal charm.
    Can you give us a lowdown on the materials you have experimented within your upcoming collection?
    Luxurious fabrics like plush satins, frosted silks, fine tulles and suiting organza have been used that help bring this eclectic collection to life; using techniques, silhouettes and designs that create a surreal charm. Free-flowing silhouettes with sheer fabrics, translucent sequins, intricate techniques and crystals with fringe details are evident throughout the collection. Metallic tones inter-twined with luster lend opulence this season.

    Tell us about a few hero pieces that standout?
    Each and every piece of Interstellar collection standouts and personifies opulence, do look out for the show and pick your favourites.
    Anupam Dabral
    Sr. Associate Editor
    It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.