Rocky S. on de­signer out­fits, home dé­cor and celeb styling

The Sunday Guardian - - Masala Art - BHUMIKA KHA­TRI

Prom­i­nent fash­ion de­signer Rocky S. has been ex­plor­ing var­i­ous av­enues with his creativity, the lat­est be­ing home dé­cor with the brand Bent Chair. One of the most sought-after de­sign­ers of au­then­tic In­dian de­signs, Rocky has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous fash­ion events across the world and has left his im­print all over. His home line is yet an­other feather to his hat.

Rocky Star is also the fash­iond irec­tor for In­dia’s Manushi Ch Chillar who won Miss World 2017 pageant.

The de­signer was re­cently in the na­tional cap­i­tal for the pre­view of his lat­est home dé­cor col­lec­tion—Rocky Star Home By Bent Chair—in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Natasha Jain, owner of Bent Chair. Speak­ing about his col­lec­tion to Guardian 20, he said, “All a de­signer wants is fin­ish, qual­ity and un­der­stand­ing. I am a cre­ative per­son and I can trans­late my fash­ion into lot of dif­fer­ent things. So, fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sory is some­thing new for me. Hav­ing Natasha with me was great as she guided me through­out. We have done every­thing viz. cups plates, cush­ions, mats, fur­ni­ture, sofa, cab­i­nets etc. We have to do a lot more.”

The cre­ative duo is al­ready dis­cussing their Spring/ Sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tion and Rocky be­lieves that the best part about his col­lec­tion is that “it’s a de­signer prod­uct at a rea­son­able price”. He be­lieves that the trend of var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers hav­ing their own home line is catch­ing up in In­dia as well and the re­sponses he has been get­ting about his home dé­cor have been great too.

Rocky S. has styled some of the lead­ing ac­tors in the In­dian film in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the megas­tar Ra­jinikanth for Ro­bot 2.0. Styling the iconic ac­tor was “great”, said the de­signer when quizzed about his ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Ra­jinikanth.

“The film has taken two years in mak­ing and is very dif­fer­ent in ev­ery man­ner. No­tably, it’s a first for Ak­shay [Ku­mar] in a neg­a­tive role and the char­ac­ters are very com­plex. Ar­rang­ing every­thing from var­i­ous places like Los An­ge­les, out­sourc­ing fab­ric from Lon­don etc. took a lot of time and ef­fort. But work­ing with a leg­end like Ra­jinikanth is a plea­sure.”

When asked if he faced any chal­lenges while work­ing on this project, he re­sponded, “I was work­ing with one of the most cre­ative di­rec­tors, he is very par­tic­u­lar about his vi­sion to be trans­lated and

to achieve that was one of the big­gest chal­lenges for me.”

As a fash­ion de­signer who has gone far and wide with his fash­ion wear, Rocky S. main­tains his links with tra­di­tional In­dian wear. “Even if I show­case at Lon­don Fash­ion Week ev­ery year, I don’t let go of my tra­di­tional In­dian self, from em­broi­dery to tex­tile to print etc. My vi­sion is def­i­nitely very uni­ver­sal and mod­ern in the as­pect where I cre­ate, but I al­ways have a hint of In­dian touch maybe in em­broi­dery or print and so on,” he said.

Talk­ing about his ex­pe­ri­ence at var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional fash­ion weeks, he says, “I have re­cently show­cased at Lon­don Fash­ion Week for the fourth time. I have done many fash­ion weeks, Mi­lan, Lon­don, Dubai, etc., and it’s the same ex­pe­ri­ence in In­dia now be­cause to­day we are at par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, from de­sign­ers

to mod­els to creativity. The only thing that’s dif­fer­ent with the in­ter­na­tional plat­form is that the me­dia is from all over the world and it’s not just fo­cused on one city be­cause it’s top four in­ter­na­tional fash­ion weeks of the world. So, they at­tract at­ten­tion glob­ally.”

The ace de­signer had this to say about the con­tem­po­rary In­dian fash­ion sce­nario: “I think it’s grow­ing a lot. As a per­son like me can launch a whole home dé­cor line, you can al­ready un­der­stand. I couldn’t have imag­ined this five years back. But to­day peo­ple un­der­stand that creativity can be trans­lated and that you can buy a Rocky Star can­dle or cush­ion and you can en­joy it be­cause some­times maybe you can­not af­ford an out­fit but you af­ford a cush­ion so you can take the feel of the de­signer. So your fans and fol­low­ers who be­lieve in your work will al­ways sup­port you in what­ever you do.”

Rocky S. is known for his state­ment cou­ture that screams young and vi­brant. “I think ev­ery­body wants to feel young at heart, it’s not about a cer­tain age group, it’s about your mind and how you feel

like. Ev­ery­body to­day wants to feel young at heart, the life­style is very stress­ful and I want to make peo­ple happy and con­fi­dent with what they wear. My clothes make them feel that and that’s my achieve­ment,” he said.

“I don’t use bright colours, it’s just a no­tion. I like the glam­our, I like the shine but I am very much into blacks, ivories, greys, beige and pas­tels colours per­son. As a de­signer I keep evolv­ing, and from sea­son to sea­son we do change.”

On the grow­ing in­flu­ence of so­cial me­dia plat­forms, like In­sta­gram, on defin­ing and re­defin­ing fash­ion and trends, the de­signer said, “I think it’s too fast, you have to be up­dated ev­ery day. Cre­ative peo­ple are ac­tu­ally com­pet­ing with other peo­ple who can just im­me­di­ately copy every­thing that are on the run­way. Yet it’s good be­cause fast mov­ing things are re­quired in this time. In­sta­gram is very use­ful as I can reach a per­son wher­ever I am sit­ting.”

He added, “It has to be your in­di­vid­ual style which will keep you go­ing. Be­ing in in­dus­try for 23 years, after 350 films, if I am still sur­viv­ing ob­vi­ously there’s some strength or some­thing which is very spe­cial about me and that is what is re­quired for ev­ery youth.”

So, what is his USP? Rocky says, “I like to prac­tice dis­ci­pline my­self. I am much fo­cused and I don’t give up.”

With the ease of ac­cess to fans with so­cial me­dia and fan­dom, var­i­ous ac­tors and ac­tresses, like Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Anuska Sharma, have come up with their own fash­ion brands. This, Rocky be­lieves is great as “the more the mer­rier, be­cause they are the trend- set­ters and they are the fash­ion icons. If they don’t start the line then who will? With bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion, the trend gets bet­ter and peo­ple be­come more aware too. To­day peo­ple are ready to change their wardrobe sea­son to sea­son, which wasn’t the scene 7-8 years back. This aware­ness has been cre­ated be­cause there’s a lot of fash­ion sense ev­ery­where.”

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