John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Beyonce Knowles are all his clients. Yes, we are talking about none other than the ace designer Rocky S who has carved a niche for himself in the fashion industry. In conversation with is India's one of the foremost design masters Rocky S...

Rocky S needs no introduction in the fashion world. How has been the journey so far? What keeps you going?
The journey, right from the beginning, has been like a wonderful roller-coaster. Disappointment in oneself only stems from the knowledge that we can do better is what I believe. Deep down, we all know what we are really capable of. I yet have a long way to feel content about being successful as for me, this is just a beginning.

Rocky S bridal collection

Your signature style is flamboyantly elegant and regally opulent. Please tell us something about it.
In all these years in the industry, I have truly believed in one thing, fashion is the variant while style is elemental. So create your own style and wear it with elan. It has been over a decade for me, and at this benchmark of my career, adding to the vast array of my creative endeavors, from film costumes to home furnishings, fragrance and accessories, I firmly hold on to the mantra 'Be confident in who you are'. Fashion should be something that makes you feel good about yourself, compliment your personal style... and not victimize you. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses in only; it's in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

Every bride's dream is to have at least one Rocky S in her trousseau. What, according to you, should an Indian bride be adorned in on her big day?
A Rocky S bride would always be a blend of traditional ensemble with a touch of contemporary style. It is extremely essential to enhance the bride's features, choose the shades of color that complement her skin tone and accessorize suitably.

I would suggest a bride to go for a magnificent lavish bridal sari or lehenga with a perfect blend of texture, surface ornamentation on subtle tones of deep red, maroon, emerald green, royal blue which is a nice blend of deep earthy Indian traditional colors. Color blocking is also a trend which can make the outfit interesting. It is time to revolutionize the colors of Indian bridal wear and modify the same old traditional Indian bridal outfit into contemporary colors, style and silhouette.

Rocky S bridal lehenga

Accessories also play a very important role in a bridal ensemble. I believe accessories are so important in a person's wardrobe that it can work wonders to change the look of one outfit. Highlighted waistlines with ornate belts not only accentuates a woman's body structure but also add a zinc to the sari which we have been seeing over the years. My whole idea behind accessorizing is to give a complete makeover to the Indian traditional wear.

What should be the must-haves in a bridal trousseau?
Anarkalis, saris with a twist of contemporary style, bridal lehenga with a touch of contrasting colors are must-haves. A classy small boxy clutch, a nice pair of stilettos, a flat pair of sandals and black pumps also should find some space. Finally, a bridal trousseau can never be complete till it holds some precious jewels within it. Hence, some heirloom pieces, the majestic kundan-meena set, the subtle pearl set and a pair of diamond solitaires.

Rocky S wedding collection

Rocky S has recently ventured into the wedding industry in a big way. Kindly entertain us about Vilasa. What will be its USP?
Vilasa is all about fulfilling dreams of every bride and groom, who have dreamt of an exquisite wedding. With an embodiment of incomparable style and fashion, Rocky S's creativity is extended into creating unforgettable weddings and memories.

The hallmark of Vilasa will be designer Rocky S's signature aesthetics in every minute service that we will offer. As no two weddings are the same, we do not offer set packages. We provide consultation, after which we present an elegant package based on your vision, requirements and preferences. Vilasa is a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs and flawless execution to boot. It would take care from design & concept, food & beverage, hospitality, entertainment, invitation cards & gift packing, capture memories, wedding attire & trousseau, destination weddings, everything that would be a dream of any bride and groom.

Rocky S ethnic wear collection

What should we expect from Rocky S this season?
Rocky S is known for manipulating drapes and knots, creating exquisite designs that incorporate fascinating details all expertly tied together with a restrained and clever use of embroidery. My sensibilities are modern and approach to designing is different and exciting. In my current collection, I am playing with traditional adornment and interesting chain details, use of lace, different mix of modern and traditional embroideries and pretty colors to make a strong collection without appearing gimmicky.

My clothes are unconventional, refreshing and stand out from the usual garish colors, heavy embroideries and overdose of bling that most Indian bridal wear designers fall crime to. My designs would proclaim out and out sexiness and confidence, along with a mix of traditional and bright color palette and trademark eye-catching embroideries. Strong silhouettes, draping and understated embroideries form a big part of the Rocky S design philosophy.

Rocky S Vilasa collection