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25 years on, Ravi Bajaj's style redefined

Completing a quarter century in the fashion world, fashion designer Ravi Bajaj has come of age with his signature style. His newly adopted design language is a complete departure from his previous classic minimalist clothing.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 21, 2011 01:05 IST
Priyanka Monga

Completing a quarter century in the fashion world, fashion designer Ravi Bajaj has come of age with his signature style. His newly adopted design language is a complete departure from his previous classic minimalist clothing. The current is a luxurious couture, which is evident in his latest collection. Bajaj, 38, says, “It is a major shift and change from what I have been doing since years. The change is due to the changing demand of the masses; also, I am tired of doing the same thing.”

However, he says that his new designs still have the Ravi Bajaj constrain from being over-the-top. The new collection is on display at his new store in Gurgaon, where the interiors are also created by him. So will the designer and the restaurateur also enter the world of interior design? Bajaj says, “I will, but it will be only for concept spaces such as bathroom fittings etc. I have done some projects, but will reveal once the time comes.” He adds, “My heart lies in the food and beverage business. I am happy with my single outlet, Le café at N block, GK I, which was renovated recently.”

Reminiscing his days in the fashion industry, Bajaj talks about the new designers and says, “The new crop of designers, such as Gaurav Gupta and Prashant Verma, among others, are very talented.” However, he shuns the possibility of competition with his contemporaries or the new designers. “I don’t believe in competition as everybody has its own place under the sun. Though, I think healthy competition is good as it keeps you on your toes. But there will always be place for a Rs 2000 to a Rs 20,000 outfit. So everyone will find buyers and business.”

Being one of the big names in the fashion fraternity, his absence from the Fashion Weeks is a topic of discussion and so is a blank list of clientele from Bollywood. Talking about his one and only participation last year at the Van Heusen India Mens Week, he says, “I only do a show when I have something new to show and say. And I don’t believe that one can have something new to say every few months. If others do, then they are a genius.”

In an attempt to silence the doubts about his Bollywood following, Bajaj mentions actor Amitabh Bachchan —who he has styled for Kaun Banega Crorepati 5 — and rests his case.

Ravi’s top five
Indian designers: Rajesh Pratap Singh, Shahab Durazi
International designers: Etro, Elie Saab,
Restaurant in Delhi: La Piazza
Cuisine: Italian and Japanese
Delhi Hotel: Hyatt