Interview with Juby Mcdonald

Juby Mcdonald
Juby Mcdonald
Founder and Creative Head
Juby Mcdonald
Juby Mcdonald

What does your label design? Do you only deal in Indian womanswear or do you also deal in menswear? What inspires you to design for India?

Juby McDonald is known for its range of women’s ready-to-wear using the best material, mainly exotic pure silks and exquisite trimmings sourced from around the world. The detailed and impeccable quality in craftsmanship makes this label a coveted luxury purchase. Our current collection speaks of fine silhouettes, defined cuts, sequinned outfits, intricate work and a vibrant yet classy colour palette. At this stage, we do not design for men, but it is on the cards. I am inspired with all things Indian, mainly the intricate use of beading, embroidery and colour. I grew up watching Indian women in elegant saris, even while doing household chores. Many of my designs are inspired by the humble sari and how a piece of fabric draped on a woman can be the most elegant fashion the world has witnessed.

What do you believe is the current trend when it comes to fashion in India?

In westernwear, Indian women will be seen in a lot of jewel-toned outfits. Reds and blacks will remain in trend. We are expecting a lot of metallic and sequinned fabrics. For ethnic Indian trend, comfort is the key. Fusion of a singlet over dhoti pants and lungi-style skirts is a no-brainer. Kurtas with leggings or palazzos are expected to be a huge trend.

Do you think e-selling is better than brick-and-mortar retailing as the world is now buying online?

Our products are sold exclusively online. Women are busy, and online shopping is an easy way to own an outfit or brand that they have always loved, without making the effort of a trip to the store. The online shopping trend proves that we are at par with the world and willing to change and make it easier for our clients to own a Juby McDonald design. Online shopping is catching up in India, mainly with the youth. With easy exchanges and returns, there is no excuse.

How has your experience been with NRIs in Australia? Are foreigners interested in your brand?

We do not limit our brands to NRIs alone. Our main client geographies include Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore and countries like South Africa and Dubai. We are now planning to launch in India, and this is an exciting time for our brand.

What do NRIs prefer in Australia?

NRIs in Australia dress like any other Australian. They wear local trends. They also love a lot of ethnicwear in western cuts for traditional occasions.

Do you take inspiration from Indian designers?

We are always inspired by each other. Designers like Rohit Bal, Masaba Gupta and Manish Arora are a great source of inspiration.

How do you foresee your business growing? What are your plans for expansion?

We have received immense confidence from India. We are in the process of discussions for tie-ups with exclusive multidesigner stores and online portals to make our range easily available in India.

What is your forecast for other designers who also cater to customers globally?

We will see a lot of white and jewel-toned swimwear and peekaboo throws. Dresses with off-shoulder, frilly sleeves accompanied by a halter neck strap, knife pleats and metallic fabrics in oranges and reds will top the charts. We will be seeing a lot of quirky and wicked accessories this season. A big one will be the shoulder-grazing earrings. Buy two different pairs and wear one each for a dramatic look. Or pick old favourites from your existing jewellery box. Metallic Grecian necklaces, headbands and cuffs will be seen all over. Fine body jewellery with an X shape reaching the waist or hips will be the most attention-grabbing piece you will wear this summer.
Published on: 06/05/2016

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