|Kallol (centre) with Rii and Q
Calcutta never seems to have a creative commune of sorts. If it does, I haven’t accessed it yet. However, I cherish chance run-ins with individuals who possess an inimitable point of view.
I ran into Q during fashion week in Delhi in October. We got talking about Taasher Desh and the film’s nomination in the competition section of CinemaXXI at the 7th Rome Film Festival. He asked me if I was interested in styling the cast/crew during the film festival and I said yes. I mean how often do you get to work with people whose body of work intrigues you so?
By mid-October, I was wrapped in post-fashion week bliss when I realised there were just a couple of weeks left for the film fest. This brought about an insane number of hours spent cajoling and threatening my designer friends, spread across the country into sending in garments, jewels and accessories for me to try on Q, Rii and Celine (director, cast and producer).
Styling is different from design and yet when you have a clear direction to move in, vis-à-vis the vibe/presentation of the cast and crew, then your work becomes easy. Or so you thought. Trust courier companies to cause stress. MAJOR stress. All the looks shortlisted for the fest came in just about in time. Barely.
The vibe I got of Q took me back to my favourite character Johnnie Walker, from my first-read (Haruki) Murakami novel, Kafka on the Shore. The looks I pulled from designers for Q were to heighten his quirk without messing with his vibe. Rii’s looks would take her from ‘updated old school glamour’ to ‘grunge’. Dare anyone call her ‘chic’!
Fittings during the final looks session just got over a few hours before my writing this. Considering the activity-filled itinerary that they have in Rome — numerous photocalls, press conferences and media interviews, screenings, opening and closing ceremonies, and the all-important premiere of Taasher Desh on November 11, everyone involved in the styling process is happy.
Q has been fitted in bespoke menswear by my favourite designer label in India — Rishta by Arjun Saluja, along with Delhi-based Josh Goraya. Rii has a wardrobe that would make any fashion-forward woman jealous! Lush gowns by Sailex NG, textured pieces by Anand Bhushan, clothes made out of metal which look like art by Rimzim Dadu and archival pieces from Kallol Datta 1955. Additional key pieces from Shivan & Narresh, SKS, beautiful wood clutches from Rachana Reddy and standout conceptual jewellery by Eina Ahluwalia complete her wardrobe.
There is a huge buzz about this film and what was heartening to note was that the aforementioned designers had heard of the filmmaker and had been exposed to his earlier work and hence there was no hesitation whatsoever on their part on giving these amazing pieces. Q, Rii and Celine have been a pleasure to work with. They get clothes, off-beat as the clothes might be. That perhaps is no surprise considering how tapped in they are with the ‘artist’ within.
Here’s wishing the team of Taasher Desh all the very best for the Rome Film Festival — premiere, competition et al. Cannot wait to see images!
P.S. A major/global/you-will-die brand has agreed to provide accessories for Rii’s red-carpet appearances. See if you spot them in the pictures that will follow. Watch this space!