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Raghavendra Rathore

Fashion designer and entrepreneur on his new line for the Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW) 2004.

Raghavendra Rathore
Raghavendra Rathore
What is your collection highlighting?
Transition. Clothes that appeal to both East and West. The cuts and silhouettes are cosmopolitan, but the feel remains unmistakably Indian.

How have you achieved that?
There's emphasis on the slim skirt inspired by the Indian petticoat. I have used silks and jewel tones for the women's line.

What should men look for this season?
Tapered pleatless pants with hand finished hemlines, good shoes that match your watch, a good cologne and an impressive business card.

The trend at lifw has been towards a retro look, but you seem to be different. Why?
Foreign buyers want clothes with an Indian feel.

How far has lifw's objective of putting Indian fashion on the world map been achieved?
The number of international buyers at the event has been increasing every year.

Do you have complaints about foreign buyers copying your designs?
One should see it as a form of flattery. Ideally you should change designs before anyone copies them.

What's new on Rathore chocolates?
This is the wrong season to talk about chocolates, but yes, we are still making them.

What are your other new projects?
Home products and furnishings. I've also tied up with Shopper's Stop for women's wear.

What look is your Inde Pret label offering?
Styled with a French ethos, the shirts are narrow and made mostly from summer fabrics.

Do you design for your three-month-old son as well?
Not yet. But talks are on between the parents.

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