As the I Am Fashion Weekend comes to a close we catch up with the infamous Rishi Raj after he leads a workshop on what it means to be a stylist. Here’s what he had to say -
On being asked about the workshop
“Today’s workshop was a very informative one. It wasn’t about makeover and grooming tips that stylist end up giving, I wanted to bring the focus on what exactly a stylist is because nobody actually knows what we do. The fact that we are meant to be a jack of all trades, we need to be the best friend, confidant at the same time aesthete, fashion guru, so many different roles we play together put as one. What kind of career opportunities there are, what kind of revenue generation is possible through stylists, what kind of product placement is possible so all of this is what I focused on at the workshop. It’s a topic that everybody pretends to know about but nobody actually does.”
On being asked about his favorite projects
“The one thing I look forward to at the end of the year every year is the calendars that I do for the following year because that’s where I have complete creative freedom, that’s my own baby. I get to choose what it looks like, I get to collaborate with the photographers I like, it’s totally a labor of love. ”
On being asked “What is your latest fashion addiction?”
“My latest fashion addiction, the only one I’m ok with and will be able to carry off, is brooches. I love animal and insect shaped brooches a lot. Also as a man, who is in the field of fashion, they way you dress needs to be like your very own advertisement; because I am a man with not as many options, the brooches allow me to have some fun to add a little bling, a little spark or some quirk to my style. You can match different things with a brooch to tell a story. ”
At the after party, we join in on the fun and catch up with a few other fashion connoisseurs who agreed to share their thoughts as well -
On being asked ‘What is it about fashion that inspires you?’
Gaurav Jagtiani and Ritika Gupta (Gaurav & Ritika) – “The possibilities to innovate with colors, body shapes and designs – it’s a wonderful tool for self transformation and empowerment.”
Rakesh Agarvwal – “Women. Raakesh Agarvwal has always been a sexy, glamorous, red carpet look inspired label. "
On being asked ‘What do you think is the trend for the festive season?’
Ketan Bhatia– “The comfort fashion statement is here to stay. If people feel great they look great too.”
Rishi Raj – “Fashion is becoming more enjoyable and approachable, a less serious turn I see that coming into the festive luxury dressing more as well.”
What is your Signature Style?
Rakesh Agarvwal – Sexy!
Gaurav&Ritika – Minimalist and Quirky!
Ketan Bhatia – Comfortable fashion!
Manjari Fadnis – Casual and sexy!
On being asked “What are some fashion do’s and don’ts for men?”
Ketan Bhatia – Pay attention to clothes that fit and complement your body type.
Raakesh Agarvwal – Indian men need to do a lot of catching up and are usually very sloppy dressers. Its not always about the bling, spice up your wardrobe with some fitted jackets, dress sharp, baggy jeans are out.
Rishi Raj – KISS – Keep It Simple Silly, stick to the basics but don’t forget to add in a splash of your personality every now and then – you can do this by adding in interesting sneakers, brooches or other accessories. Short men should avoid wearing pointed shoes as it makes you look shorter and fatter.
Manjari Fadnis – Don’t try to be cool, just be yourself. Everybody has their own style, it’s about expressing yours, not copying others.
Gaurav&Ritika – Try to be a minimalist but spice up your style with a touch of quirky socks, shoes, hats or even bags.