The usually reclusive shy-guy of Indian fashion has spoken up, and how. In perhaps the most hard-hitting response to designers who lament that Bollywood rules the roost when it comes to setting trends, Sabyasachi Mukherjee says, “The high and mighty who sit on their high horses and criticise those who design for Bollywood stars are doing so only because they don’t get any work themselves.” Reacting sharply to a recent debate about whether fashion designers should focus on styling actors for films, Mukherjee, one of India’s most sought after designers in Bollywood apart from Manish Malhotra, says, “I have no qualms in admitting that I exploit Bollywood to advance my business. Why shouldn’t I? Bollywood is practically a religion in India. And if any designer says that they are not interested in designing for filmstars, it’s a classic case of grapes being sour.”
The 38-year-old Kolkata based designer, who’ll do the closing show at the ongoing PCJ Couture Week on Sunday, said he also couldn’t care less about rumours that he threw his weight around and demanded the finale show for choosing Delhi’s event over rival Mumbai’s Lakme Fashion Week. “The gossip mongers clearly have nothing better to do. In a couture week, all shows are equal and there’s no grand finale. I would’ve happily settled for a show on any day. In my entire career, I’ve never thrown tantrums or asked for sponsors. For me, the show is all about getting buyers, not pleasing organisers in Delhi or Mumbai. Because of this Delhi-Mumbai tussle, I don’t socialise with designers at all. I have no friends in the fraternity. And I don’t belong to any group. I live in the no man’s land.”
Who says sabya is demanding?
Clearly upset at rumours on some gossip blogs about senior designers including Sabyasachi throwing their weight around, FDCI president Sunil Sethi said, “Of all the designers, Sabya is the least demanding. He even foots the bill for his staff and extra models. It is a sheer privilege for Delhi’s Couture Week to have him do the last show. We pursued him, he did not!”