Jodhpur bandhgalas & saris get a global colour
From venturing into interior design, making chocolates and indulging in his passion: designing clothes, Raghavendra Rathore, a graduate from Parson's School of Design, New York has been there and done it all. So what if his chocolates are salty!
Now Rathore's gearing up for LIFW. Jodhpur-born Rathore's experience with Donna Karan and Oscar De La Renta have added that much needed 'good work experience' to his impressive resume and royal lineage. From designing Amitabh Bachchan's wardrobe for Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2001, to Shah Rukh Khan for watch giant Omega, Rathore's 2003 collection is a rehashing of what has been a runaway hit in the last two years. "I am not inspired by anything in particular this year. I've tried to balance the men's and women's wear line in the 45 pieces I'm showcasing on July 19 (his show's at 1 p.m at NCPA. Mumbai)," says Rathore.
Beneath that veneer of royal sophistication there is a sharp mind working hard, dressing trendy people and setting off trends. "I've tried to minimise jackets so that its hip and cuts out the older age profile. With the market already flooded with denim, we've limited that too, but what is new are the plunging necklines, no saris and very leftover army look with ties and knots running across the collection," says Rathore.
Though no show is complete without Rathore's trademark bandhgala or achkans drawing inspiration from his Jodhpur roots but the look and feel of Rathore's 2003 collection is certainly fresh and appealing. "It's more global rather than regional but with a feel of Rajasthan in its colour palette," says Rathore.
But when most of his contemporaries are sticking to pret and diffusion Rathore has jumped the gun and kind of LIFW rules to show a few couture pieces. Rathore's range is priced between Rs 2000 to Rs 15,000: with basic stylised pants in Raj Kapoor style reviving the L-pocket in mostly linen and cottons. Rathore stays judiciously away from synthetic fabrics. "I would say that the men's line is European and simple and certainly not hi-fashion. The trousers are just tapered a bit at the bottom and the embroidery on shirts are kept minimal. The shirts are in darker colours carefully chosen for the evening," concludes Rathore.