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Komal goes glam
Komal Sood takes a bow at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013

There’s been a major change in your style and designs in the last two seasons. What brought about this new Komal Sood? I was receiving a lot of critique and that is something I take very seriously — be it from the media or from my clients. Any person who I feel can affect my collection in any way is someone whose opinion I consider worthy. Negativity in any form provides scope for improvement and when faced with a challenge, I always push my boundaries and encourage myself to do better. My design direction has also been heavily influenced by Delhi-based stylist Gautam Kalra, who recently joined the Komal Sood team.

The new DNA of your label? Earlier my designs were bending towards couture making it very flouncy. Gautam has pushed me to think on the lines of classic designs, aiming to make my garments modern and wearable. When I think of Komal Sood now, I think glamour, I think red carpet!

Your design influences and inspirations today? I am inspired by several international designers like Marchesa, Elie Saab, Reem Acra, Zuhair Murad and closer home Tarun Tahiliani. Having said that, I am deeply into embroidery, inspired by historical architecture, mostly during the Mughal times.

How has the Calcutta market received this new collection? Women all over India are now becoming extremely fashion conscious. It’s more of a wedding market now and when it comes to the bachelor party or the red-carpet night, Komal Sood, the label, is quite a favourite. However, the Calcutta market is very price-conscious, so that’s a factor you need to keep in mind. But they are very open to experimentation. One of my best-sellers is the toga-sari dress — simple yet chic.

What defines your men’s line? I launched the men’s wear line at Lakme Fashion Week, in August 2012, with tuxedos, bandhgalas and waistcoats. Sidhartha Mallya was the show-stopper. I am very into this whole glamorous mood and I thought these garments would be the best fit. The line has been very well-received and I am considering expansion. I will be launching a Komal Sood store in Delhi soon and it will also be available there.

And now you are part of Team IPL! How did that happen? About three weeks ago, Delhi-based DNA Networks approached me to do a fashion show alongside Manoviraj Khosla for IPL in Calcutta on April 14. I was so excited — despite it being so close to my show at LFW. I was willing to push all boundaries and say yes. It’s my first show in Calcutta and who wouldn’t be overjoyed to showcase on home turf!

A sneak peek of the collection to be displayed? I can tell you it’s going to be sexy and flirty and in tune with the IPL spirit of entertainment and fun. Low-backs and sexy cuts with a slit or two here and there in champagne golds, browns and blacks. I’m too excited and I cannot wait!

Any celebrities walking the ramp? (Laughs) Not yet… but you never know!