Goa-based ace designer Wendell Augustine Rodricks, popularly known as Wendell Rodricks, has been named for the Padma Shri honour, announced on the eve of the 65th Republic Day.
Designer Wendell Rodricks on life, style, low and high points, food, fitness and movies.
Place of birth
St Michael’s High School, Ruparel College, Mumbai
When I became the chief designer at Garden Vareli
I have launched the couture spa bathing bar for Fiama Di Wills
High point of your life
I live a high every day
Low point of your life
I am too positive a person to dwell on the negatives
If you weren’t a designer you would have been
A Jesuit priest. I find the men serving in this order to be closest to compassion.
Bollywood’s most stylish person is...
Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and Sonam Kapoor. I also admire Rekha’s and Malaika Arora Khan’s style. Rahul Khanna is the most stylish man.
Whose sense of style do you admire?
My partner, Jerome’s. He can take an Indian garment and give it the classic French flair.
What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
I admired style, aesthetics and wanted to contribute to the industry. That is why I gave India minimalism and resort wear.
Your favourite decade in fashion.
Now! In fashion, you always live in the present.
As a child, what would you consider your first design?
The designs I did for my cousins.
Your favourite international designer.
Coco Chanel. She changed the way women dress.
A fashion trend you’d like to revive.
Headwear. When I see Rajasthani men in turbans, I realise what Indian men lost after Independence. I also like hats. They can make a simple yet dramatic statement.
One Indian fabric you love to work with.
Which is more complicated, designing for men or women?
Definitely men. They want slight changes from season to season. And getting that variation right is a huge challenge.
Do you feel that Indian men are fashion conscious?
Increasingly so. Look at the number of shops and beauty salons frequented by men.
If you were the editor of a magazine for a day, who would you put on the cover?
Definitely not a politician or a Bollywood star. Ideally, I’d like to put fashion’s newest face or the season’s best clothing on the cover.
A gadget you love to flaunt.
I am not a gadget fan. In fact, I am a tech idiot.
Five musts in a man’s wardrobe.
White and black kurta shirts, beach pyjamas, comfortable footwear, a Nehru jacket and Terre d’Hermès eau de toilette.
Your idea of a great weekend.
Spending it with my partner and my pets at home.
If you could ask for any talent or skill, what would it be?
To fly like a bird and see the world.
Your favourite junk food.
Goan crispy onion and green chilli bhajias.
Your fitness fundas.
Walk, climb and breathe yogic.
Your dream destination.
You destress with…
Music, art, books, walks in the hills in my village.
A dessert that best describes you.
Gulab jamun. Under that dark exterior lies a soft interior
The film you have seen more than 5 times.
The most overrated film.
Probably the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey
The most paisa vasool film.
Indiana Jones and Pulp Fiction are classics
A movie that was a part of your childhood.
The Sound of Music
The first movie you saw on the big screen.
Laurel and Hardy, in the school auditorium
From HT Brunch, November 10
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