Indian men are more fashion conscious than women, says designer Rahul Mishra

The designer feels that a beautifully-draped sari is one style that would suit every Indian woman

If not a fashion designer, Rahul Mishra would have been a cricketer. (Rahul wears a shirt and blazer from Troy Costa, jeans from Energie and shoes by Stan Smith for Adidas)
If not a fashion designer, Rahul Mishra would have been a cricketer. (Rahul wears a shirt and blazer from Troy Costa, jeans from Energie and shoes by Stan Smith for Adidas)(Dinesh Madhavan)

If you weren’t a designer, you would have been...?

A cricketer.

Whose style sense have you admired over the years?

I admire fashion legend Iris Apfel.

Your favourite decade in fashion is...?

I’d say the ’60s.

As a kid, what would you consider as your first design?

As a kid, I knew very little about designing but I had an inclination towards art. So, observing nature and my pet dog, and drawing him from different perspectives used to make me really happy.

Your favourite international designer is...?

That would be Rei Kawakubo.

One fashion trend you want to do away with...?

Extra-exaggerated boxy silhouettes. It’s overstayed its welcome. We need a fresh perspective to define femininity in fashion.

One old fashion trend that you would want to revive...?

Exaggerated enlarged prints.

One Indian fabric you love to use...?

I love working with Chanderi.

What is more complicated, designing for men or women?

I think design in itself is not complicated. The process might be complex, but nothing is complicated. Though presently I enjoy designing women’s wear more.

Do you feel that Indian men are fashion conscious?

Indian men are probably more fashion conscious than women. I say this because for them, wearing a brand or a label gives them a sense of recognition, whereas women are more experimental and carefree.

What’s the biggest risk you have ever taken?

When I started showcasing on the official calendar of Paris Fashion Week. It’s not just monetarily expensive, but the level of competition is fierce!

One thing nobody knows about you...?

I used to stammer when I was younger, in my school days.

One style that would suit every Indian woman...?

A beautifully-draped sari.

What’s the one thing you think modern love lacks?

Time for one another, because we’re so busy caught up in our personal space.

An old style of romance you would still prefer...?

Love letters.

What’s the biggest surprise youʼve given your partner?

When I was studying in Milan and Divya was in NID, I took a flight back during my Christmas break and surprised her.

What did your wife wear the day you got married?

She wore a red handwoven Banarasi brocade lehenga.

Did you design something especially for her?

Of course, and I consider it one of my best work till date.

Your strategy in a crisis is...?

Change the perspective and look at the situation from a distance.

You de-stress by...?

Playing with my daughter, Aarna.
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