The Kunal Rawal men’s wear label is the most coveted by Bollywood celebrities like Arjun Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and many fashion influencers as well as the international Who’s Who.


Having designed for 15 films, 300 ad films, and Kunal’s 3,000 sq. ft. Mumbai store with 400 styles is a favored haunt of the fashion followers. A graduate from the London College of Fashion, Kunal Rawal made a great fashion splash at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2007 Gen Next show.


His experiments with Sherwanis, jackets, bundi sets, kurtas, bundgalas and waistcoats - all showered with intense detailing like French knots, appliqués, pleating and metallic work, created in vibrant colours, has earned him accolades from his loyal fan following.


Kunal’s Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 collection “Perspective” was inspired by chaos that could offer many view-points. Following an unusual ‘anti’ approach towards trends but with multi-functional creations, Kunal was more liberal fashion wise and allowed the wearer to make his individual style statements with his clothes.


The over shirt sherwani was a great look, while the Kunal Rawal staple – the sleeveless jacket was reinterpreted with basic but innovative structures. Collarless soft jacket over a printed bundi kurta and churidars in beige and white was a relaxed casual option.


The colour play was relatively subtle for Kunal this season, as he allowed blends of monotones, earthy shades and some contemporary blocking to appear seamlessly for the garments. Fabrics were the stars as Kunal offered them in a selection of laser cut fabrics, mock suede, and linen for the base. But the use of sheer and denim was a debut effort that revealed how intelligently Kunal had merged the ambiguous textures to bring a duality in the garments.


Interesting trends that Kunal set were the lapel-less jackets/sherwanis, the fake waistcoat for the kurta, an occasional embroidered badge on the garment, white piping running down the trousers, two-tone trousers and a sheer biker jacket over a kurta.


The double-layered kurta and the quartet of layering for the kurta, waistcoat, bundi and churidars gave many mix and match options; while the attached scarf at the back of the waist coat could definitely appeal to men who plan to travel to cooler climes. Hemlines were given some unconventional treatment – angular and long in front and short/straight at the back but the silhouettes were cut close to the body for a more trendy and youthful profile.


The final group of brown, beige and black shimmering sherwanis was a very formal offering ideal for the destination wedding. Making a truly show stopping entry was Bollywood’s dashing hot star, Varun Dhawan who added a lot of class and pizazz to  the ivory button-less sherwani, kurta, slim trousers, but worn with a black bundi.


Kunal Rawal’s “Perspective” collection signaled to the audience that his men’s wear creations are far more fashionably forward when they wear them, than what was visible on the ramp.