Right at the onset of his career, Rocky S rose to unparalleled heights. ''As a student my stream was commerce though I had an inclination towards a more creative, artistic field. So I undertook formal training at J.D. Institute of Fashion Designing, following which I joined 'Roopam' as designer and cemented this technical foundation by joining 'Benzer' as fashion director and consultant,'' he explains. In 2005, Rocky participated in Milan Fashion Week where he was bestowed the honour of opening it alongside Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Armani.
Back home, he launched prêt, couture, home, perfume and accessory lines following which he courted Bollywood A-list with red carpet looks and costumes. ''Akshay Kumar was the first actor I designed for. I gradually set up my own small scale-manufacturing unit and inquiries to design costumes began pouring in. Today my clientele includes Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Rekha, Manisha Koirala, Bipasha Basu and Katrina Kaif,'' he smiles. In recent shows—chastened by evolving tastes—he's been showcasing ambitious separates. And he now has a line for Shoppers Stop! But whomever his audience, Rocky S' love for life is as bright and upbeat as his starry front rows. Can you blame us for naming the S in his name 'STAR'.
— JASMEEN DUGAL