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Stars let down Rocky at India Fashion Week

Few amongst designer Rocky's famed stable of star clients turned up to support him in his moment of triumph, writes Khalid M Ansari.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2003 17:08 IST

As a designer Rocky S came into his own with a Goth inspired Street Vamp collection. Unfortunately few amongst his famed stable of star clients turned up to support him in his moment of triumph.

The corsets were tight and the skirts kept predictably short by a designer whose work has matured, but who hasn't lost his funky soul. But for the seven hundred strong audience it was disappointment as big Bollywood names remained conspicuous by their absence despite a forty-minute delay before the show.

Rocky S, amongst the most sought-after labels in tinseltown, had to make do with the token presence of model-turned-actresses Diya Mirza and Suman Ranganathan. But both were praises for the bold, sexy attitude that defines Rocky's work.

"Even though all his regular customers are not here, it doesn't detract one bit from the fact that his clothes are the best tribute to a woman's sensuality and her modern outlook", says Ranganathan.

Even Mirza refuses to hazard a guess about the poor turn out. "While I have no idea about that, one thing is certain - his designs remain enthralling as ever and there's no stagnation in his work. In fact short skits, transparent tops and low hipsters in jet black denim and leatherite simply take one's breath away," she exults.

Vinod Kaul, executive director, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), warns against the danger of drawing conclusions about IFW's success or failure from attendance at the first show. According to him: "There could be any number of reasons why celebrities fail to show up. Let us not be too hasty in passing judgment before the event has concluded."

The designer himself is adequately apologetic about the fact that his show lacked star power, but puts up a brave front nonetheless. "Yes, I am disappointed at what happened. But can't we just look at the brighter side of things? It is wrong to measure a designer's creativity by the number of celebrities attending his or her show. I would appreciate it far more if my work was judged on its own merit", he says.

Rocky flaunts a 'street gothic' style

All the current trends were there in spades: cut off pants on men and women; asymmetrical hemlines: just below sea level, to knee skimming, to longer still - all well balanced; 60's style graphic prints, streamlined cargos, Indian embroidery and sequinery.

Silhouettes were varied: nothing radically new maybe, but well executed in interesting fabric combinations. Good looking linens, played against high quality synthetics worked with exciting surface treatments: slashing fraying, embossing, and funky screen prints.

There was a sprinkling of sharp tailored jackets, even a little pink check Chanel- inspired number, but the majority was jeans style.

The main colour palette was somber grey and black with splashes of electric orange and pink - baby pinks and tones so shocking that Elsa would have been rocking.

The girls' killer heels and the boys' footwear: moccasins, loafers and chunky flip flops complimented the mood perfectly.

(With additional inputs from IMG)

First Published: Jul 18, 2003 16:35 IST