For fashion designer Payal Khandwala art and fashion have always gone hand-in-hand. She painted for 10 years before launching her eponymous fashion label in 2012 at the Lakmé Fashion Week. As part of a fun fashion experiment, we decided to change things up a little and have Payal play muse. We gave her a modern romantic makeover and here’s what it looked like:

1. Cotton maxi, price on request, Péro; flower neckpiece, Rs 3,500, Payal Khandwala; leather wedges, Payal’s own

2. Silk bralet Rs 7,500, silk skirt Rs 8,500, both Shift by Nimish Shah; leather stilettos, Payal’s own

PAYAL’S CURRENT STYLE:

The designer’s personal style can be defined as Indian fusion and she is often seen in her own creations, featuring a mix of feminine and masculine elements. Her personal style is strong, tailored and artsy. In addition to her own label, Payal wears select pieces from Indian labels like Rohit Bal, Péro and Pankaj and Nidhi. Among international designers, Issey Miyake is her favourite.

What Payal says about her style:

“I don’t like anything too dainty.”

“You’ll always see me in colour or whites. I find that black is too stark for my taste—I prefer a charcoal grey instead.”

THE TRANSFORMATION:

To keep things different from the usual for Payal, Femina decided to give her a modern romantic look complete with pastels and pretty prints. Since Payal’s look always has an Indian undertone, we decided to change things.

Payal’s feedback:

“I can be a real control freak when it comes to the way I dress. It was tough to let go in the beginning but once I did, I really enjoyed myself.”Read more at:marieaustralia | evening dresses