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June 17, 2024

#lockdown: Fashion Designer Payal Singhal teaches us how to make funky masks

Pratishtha Rana

While everybody is trying to figure out what to do next while at home, we catch up with fashion designer Payal Singhal to learn what it’s like for her to stay indoors 24/7.
Payal Singhal
Payal Singhal shares what she is up to during the lockdown
What is your everyday lockdown routine?
I have been trying to maintain my normal schedule as much as possible. So, I wake up and read my emails and social media for work, and then I spend some time in the kitchen to prepare and plan meals for the day. Post that, I’m back to working with my team on designs/collaborations or sometimes taking online courses, webinars and art classes. Then, after dinner, I spend time chatting with my friends on Houseparty and finally wind down with a game of Monopoly or a movie with my husband and son.

Revisit Payal Singhal’s Lakme Fashion Week S/R’2020 collection here

Are you binge-listening to any podcasts and music currently?
I’ll be honest, news takes up a lot of my spare time. So, I don’t have too much time for music and podcasts. But I love listening to podcasts by Oprah and Jay Shetty, whenever I can.
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Many new movies and series have been released on Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime; what are you watching currently?
I’m watching Self made and The Test. And, on my to-watch list is Little Fires Everywhere.
Could you suggest some handy fashion DIY hacks to try at home?
First of all, everyone can make a bunch of masks at home for themselves and their family. It’s really simple and I’ve done a video on it too. You can also find tutorials online. I believe that we will all be needing them for a while.


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Additionally, the best way to use this time is to de-clutter and organise your space. One hack for that is to take old shoe boxes and make them into storage drawers for your work or cupboard. You can use them to organise your things by category. Quirk it up by doing a fun DIY activity of decorating all the boxes in the same way to give an identical and neat look.
Are you eyeing any new products that you would like to purchase as soon as the lockdown is over?
To be really honest, no. I don’t think I’m in that frame of mind to think of what to wear, when I don’t even know where to go right now.
Post the lockdown, how do you think the world and the luxury consumption in India will change?
I think it will change quite drastically. I see the entire world shifting in terms of consciousness, mindfulness and consumption. I think less will be more and buying quality over quantity will be the new norm like it used to be before consumerism and industrialisation took over.

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