Bye, bye khadi

AT A time when it has become a fashion for every designer to seek inspiration from ethnic, Oriental or Western wear, designer Ravi Bajaj categorically states that his inspiration comes from money bags. "Inspiration comes from money. Fashion is not purely an art form. It is an applied art form, where ideas keep changing. It isn't necessary that the idea, which comes into your head, can necessarily be executed. Fashion cannot come in the same category as painting or writing. It is a balance of creativity and commerce."

Is designing in khadi a retrograde step? "Why should we go back to khadi when we are progressing? Our mills are churning out fabulous pieces of cloths. Khadi has its inherent disadvantages like there is problem in dyeing it and then finishing has to be done on it. Normally socialites and politicians wear khadi."

Bye, bye khadi

The designing done in Ravi Bajaj's men's wear-2003 is in tune with his 15-year-old endeavour to unveil collections which are style statements but are done in such a manner that they don't overshadow the wearer's own personal style. Bajaj in classic style showcases his spring summer collection at his men's wear store at New Delhi's Greater Kailash. The shirts have big collars, cuffs and the looks get accentuated with varied stripes and checks. Embroidered linen shirts meant to be worn in parties, T-shirts with floral embroideries, tie and dye in black cotton and vibrant hues in cotton are done with finesse. The jeans with tight fittings - available in white, beige, black, yellow, strawberry and bright orange - have been manufactured keeping in mind the needs of youngsters.

Why don't designers come out with collections for children? Says Bajaj, "One has to hone one's skills in children wear for producing stuff for the kids." Incidentally, his men's wear collection is pretty vast. It is for men between 18 and 50 years. The price starts off from Rs.1, 000 to 4,000. "I produce unisex wear. In the `80s I had gone to London to specialise in designing at the American College of London. I had to adapt to cater to the Indian market. The technique comes in handy."