“When Rohit Bal decided to take some of my outfits, it was nothing short of an aha moment”
Designer Shravan Kumar has been wowing people in Hyderabad and elsewhere couple of decades now with his creations for brides and grooms, models, film stars, socialites, artists, students the works. This season he debuted at the fashion week circuit at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013. SIMPLY HYDERABAD engages him in a casual chat. Q. How was your experience of participating in the Lakme India fashion Week this season? A. It was a matter of pride for me to showcase a mélange of designs in Indian textiles and weaves. When Rohit Bal decided to take some of my outfits, it was nothing short of an aha moment! Q. Tell us about your collection from the show. A. The collection featured dhoti pants, lehengas with peplum blouses, structured tops; inspired by the Udaipur Palace and crafted with motifs like the parrot and lotus on a soothing pink, white and grey palette with an Indo- Russian flavour. Q. Tell us about your association with various weaver groups. A. Despite their richness and variety, handlooms in general are losing out to new age fabrics like chiffons, georgettes and crepes. As a result, decreased sales of handlooms is impacting weavers’ lives.
I decided to make a small contribution in an attempt to promote handlooms and started An Ode to Weaves and Weavers, my annual fashion show last year that involved weavers from several areas of Andhra Pradesh. Q. How has Hyderabad inspired you as a city? A. I love the architecture of Hyderabad besides the culture and people themselves.