|(In Aatma) Bipasha is a young mother… young-at-heart. And she wears clothes almost similar to that of her daughter. There are quite a few stills where both are wearing similar clothes
What are you showing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 in Mumbai?
I am showing a line from Rocky Star (on March 23) that I launched last year at Lakme (Fashion Week). It is a new label and it is a celebrity line, which is very high-end. It is mainly clothes for the red carpet and cocktails. And this time I am taking it to a much higher level, going more red carpet, more dressy, more over the top in the drapes and the layering. And of course, 90 per cent of the collection is in black because this time I want my signature colour to go very strong on the ramp. It has the same element of glamour, shine, diamond, silk, oomph and sensuality.
What’s the current red-carpet look?
A lot of layering is in this year. Also, volumes and drapes. Of course, one thing you have to keep in mind is that a red carpet is a very formal event. You should not wear clothes which are above the ankle, unless it is a dramatic outfit. Then you can go short and sexy. This season, the whole feel is the 1940s look, very vintage. The embroidery is beautiful. Always try to keep the jewellery very minimal, but keep it very real. A bag is a must when you are walking the red carpet, but a delicate, feminine clutch. Keep your hair and make-up as clean as possible because your outfit is going to be dramatic.
Which stars do you think rock the red carpet?
I love Bipasha (Basu) and Sonam Kapoor. I think these girls outshine themselves every time they walk on the red carpet. And, of course, Katrina’s (Kaif) there. Out of the Indian celebs, these three are quite rocking on the red carpet. I love Katrina in gowns, which are voluminous, shaped around her hips and then flowing all the way. She should wear clothes that are feminine and soft on her body and... soft colours. Sonam is the type who can carry a little over-the-top to the voluminous. She has started the whole trend of wearing different clothes and she does carry it off! And I think Bipasha can show off a lot of skin on the red carpet with lots of back, cleavage, legs and strong colours like red, emerald and deep blue.
You have given Bipasha Basu a very casual look in Friday (March 22) release Aatma.
She is a young mother… young-at-heart. And she wears clothes almost similar to that of her daughter. There are quite a few stills where both are wearing similar clothes. I have kept the look very minimal and young for her. She wears a lot of dresses, skirts and tunic dresses. It is realistic. The film is dark, so we have kept the colours monochrome from black to ivory. Certain times, I have used maroons and reds.
You and Bipasha go back a long way. How do you think her style has evolved?
She’s always had a great body and she’s always carried off clothes very well. She has the confidence to carry off anything. Her style has evolved because fashion has evolved. She’s one person who grows with time and catches on trends very fast. Any kind of hair, make-up and clothes look good on her. She’s always kept it sharp with her dressing. She always likes to challenge herself by wearing something different and she makes it her own trend.
Don’t you think she is getting stuck in an image rut?
She doesn’t look vulgar. She works out a lot and has a great body and why not show it off? It inspires a lot of people all over the country. That’s what her motive is… to inspire everybody that you can look great. She’s got her own space. She’s stuck to the image because she knows this is the best for her and she has created a space for herself, which nobody can touch.
What else is keeping Rocky S busy?
I have become the creative director for India Resort Wear Fashion Week and India Fashion Awards. After Aatma, I am working on Shilpa Shetty’s new production (Dishkiyaaoon) and we have already completed half the film.