ICW 2018: Suneet Varma on why he is not a diva and is mentally just 32
Suneet Varma is not a diva, and he says that is the reason he has lasted so long in the fashion industry. On day 3 of the India Couture Week 2018, the designer showcased 55 looks on the runway for his collection titled Nayantara, combining Indian sensibilities and European vision.
“I find that the word Nayantara evokes a certain emotion in me. Of course, my two nieces, one called Nainika and the other called Tarika are the love of my life, so it’s a combination of both of their names. And I also feel that the women who would actually wear me at a Parisian ball and meet her French prince, her name would be Nayantara. This is a story I have built for myself in my head,” says Varma about his collection.
The 54-year-old looks much younger than what his birth certificate says, but how does he manage to look that young?
“I read somewhere that in some point in your life you find a date that suits you the most and mentally you remain that age for the rest of your life. So for me I think that age is 32. I was so happy and engrossed and energetic and hard working and thrilled with my life at 32 that mentally I believe I’ve stayed at that age. I might have matured, but my energy levels are what they were then,” reveals Varma.
These energy levels also make him call up his staff at 2 am and 3 am saying, “The red is not right!”
“I think they don’t want to talk to me,” jokes Varma.
And what is the most ridiculous myth about himself or the industry has he heard?
“People have a notion that designers are divas, which is not true. I’ve been in the business for 32 years but I don’t think I would have lasted so long if I would have been a diva. You have to have your feet on the ground and be humble since you work with all sorts of people- the karigars, models and clients. I think you need to be a very balanced person to be a successful designer,” he explains.
And then, just when you feel he’s doled out enough wisdom for one night, Varma tries to explain why he feels people would want to believe that models are dumb.
“Models are super smart, but I think people think that models are dumb because they’re afraid of beauty. If they see someone very beautiful they don’t want to think that this person is beautiful and intelligent,” he says, and walks away into the wings.
Like he said sometime back, its finally time for his next collection, Sleep.
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