India’s fashion czar completes 30 years in fashion

famous designer JJ Valaya celebrated them Thirty years of Haute Couture in India Through a retrospective of his best pieces sprinkled with light shades of costume, manila shawls And in the traditional fan patterns of what is already his second “weak” trip to Spain.

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Ring This week was paired with “Alma” as she christened her retrospective at a luxurious New Delhi hotel with the most traditional influence. opulence and royalty With a touch of modernity from its home state, Rajasthan, which made it famous in the Asian country.

JJ Valaya brought his Haute Couture to India. (Photo: AFP)

spanish shades

“Coincidentally, Spain was the inspiration for the 30th anniversary. We didn’t plan it, it just happened,” he explained. Ring From one of his stores in Efe, where he displays costumes that can be sold tens of thousands of dollars and personally takes care of deep-pocketed clients. “Everything had a very strong Spanish nuance,” recalls the designer a few days after a screening organized as part of Fashion Week in the Indian capital. Under the influence of Indian instruments, Isaac Albéniz’s musical repertoire begins with Asturias, as well as a staging inspired by the Alhambra in Granada.

Luxury and opulence in Indian haute couture. (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP)

Valaya highlighted “the bullfighter’s costumes among his influences, which cannot be ignored because they are absolutely fantastic (…), on the other hand that manila shawls With its red roses and splendid flowers”, as well as with fans.

“My daughter was the stylist for the show and she really brought out the Spanish influence. dark red lips And in addition to the shiny and wavy hair,” he recalled, before admitting that the Spanish inspiration “could have been much greater” if it hadn’t been for the retrospective character. “It’s a collection of 42 collections,” he said.

This is the second time that the designer born in 1967 and known as the “tsar of Indian fashion” has found inspiration in Spain after his collection entitled “Maharaja de Madrid”.

Spain inspired Indian designer JJ Valaya.  (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP)
Spain inspired Indian designer JJ Valaya. (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP)

soul of india

“I haven’t lost the soul of India because it’s my biggest market here,” he says. Ring, as an example of large Indian weddings that last a week or ten days and which the creator spent three decades on how they become “bigger, more festive”. The creator declares “to adore the Indian tradition”, but quickly adds: “I will never be a purist (…) to be historically correct I find the most boring”. This is why she recalls with a smile how the Queen or Princess of Kapurthala, during a visit to her studio in New Delhi, affirmed that Valaya is “the future of the past”.

India's fashion czar celebrates 30 years in fashion

Valaya explored Contrast in their plush clothes“In complete contrast to royalty” between the grandeur of the Maharajas of Rajasthan and the motifs of nomadic communities, passing through Art Deco.

An eclectic flair that the designer traces back to his childhood as a military son, with his constant activities every few years across India. “I’ve seen India back and forth and I think all nomadic souls come from there too, because we literally packed up after three years and moved to a new city. New school, new friends , a complete makeover. , “They said.

JJ Valaya is India's most famous designer.  (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP)
JJ Valaya is India’s most famous designer. (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP)

For the designer, everything from fashion to cuisine illustrates the “maximalist” spirit of India. “Look at our food, it’s not easy. If you go to Paris you can buy yourself a bread, some cheese and a bottle of wine and you are good to go. But here you need spices and flavors. that change from south to east and west,” he explains. “India loves extremism because it is in its soul. I’m just an Indian, there’s nothing wrong with that,” smiles Valaya.

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