Sabyasachi’s packed schedule
Already the designer behind the wardrobe for Mani Ratnam’s film, Raavan, Sabyasachi is also heading to Paris soon to style Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for a magazine’s fashion shoot.entertainment Updated: May 22, 2010 12:49 IST
Already the designer behind the wardrobe for Mani Ratnam’s film, Raavan, Sabyasachi is also heading to Paris soon to style Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for a magazine’s fashion shoot.
While he won’t reveal the magazine’s name, he does admit that he hasn’t started designing the garments yet. "I think after working on two films together, we have developed a great equation. But I still need to start thinking about what I’ll make her wear," he laughs.
His most recent task was making sure that the leading lady rocked the Cannes red carpet when she finally decided to don a desi avatar. "She wanted to wear something Indian so we settled on a sari in that old honey-gold colour. I advised her to wear her hair parted down the center and pair that with minimal jewellery."
Rai Bachchan’s look was appreciated worldwide and Sabyasachi explains it saying, "I think she took people by surprise. At Cannes, she’s always in her gowns with bouffant hair. I made her wear something, which was very ornate and Indian with a strong sense of restraint. And people appreciated it."
Though he admits that he would have liked to push her even further. "If it were up to me, I would have made her wear pink glasses with burgundy lips and burgundy flowers in her hair, like a gothic Frida Kahlo."
Ask him if he manages to pack so much into his schedule and he laughs, "I can’t take more than six days of holiday in a year. I don’t even have a diary, but I work in an organised chaos. And my personal assistant is always threatening to quit."
Movie in the making?
Working on filmi wardrobes may soon be passé for Sabyasachi. The designer plans to direct a movie soon and is currently working on the script. “It will be a drama because I’m intrigued by films that talk about complex human relationships. It will definitely not be fashion related. But I can’t reveal anything more at this point.”
Fashion and more
Sabyasachi was to launch his eponymous chain of stores by the first week of June, but now thinks it might be pushed back to July. “There are a few things that I’m stressing over, like the lighting, and I want them to be done my way. I also require to come to Mumbai for a week and I just can’t find the time in between everything that I’m already doing.”
The store, which is housed in a heritage structure in Kala Ghoda, will feature his line of jewellery, menswear, womenswear and maybe even his home furnishing line. He also plans to launch his baby bridal collection sometime closer to the Diwali festive season.
Another venture he’s promoting – his art collaboration with budding artists in Kolkata. He reveals, “I already have an art camp where I basically pick up students from various art colleges around the area and help them find an audience.
By the end of the year, I will hopefully be able to launch a travelling art show.”