Jodhpur royal, fashion designer, and our A-List member, Raghavendra Rathore offers a guide to dressing up like royalty on your travels. By Sumeet Keswani
T+L India: What are the different designs of the bandhgala at Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur, and who are they for?
Raghavendra Rathore: Bandhgalas come in different styles to meet the demands of the evolving customer. Principally classic in their overture, hundreds of designs are possible as subtle detailing makes [each of] them unique. Classic, festive, summer, or printed, there are endless possibilities, whether it is for weddings, formal dressing, or a casual look.
T+L India: What does the bandhgala mean to your Indian and international clients?
Raghavendra Rathore: It is an iconic piece of clothing that reminds us of our heritage. With modernised patterns and techniques, it has crossed geographies to become a strong competitor of the tuxedo, depending on which part of the world you are in.
T+L India: How can a T+L reader dress like a royal? Can you offer some styling tips?
Raghavendra Rathore: Dressing to emulate any genre is good only when one knows how to put things together. Well-travelled individuals do this brilliantly by combining different elements of aristocracy with everyday clothing and accessories. For example, an ivory band with driving shoes, paired with a blazer-inspired bandhgala with gold metallic buttons.
T+L India: Could you bust a few common fashion myths for our globetrotting readers?
Raghavendra Rathore: Travel to enjoy and not to punish yourself with a huge wardrobe! Clever combinations of knitwear and classic clothing need less maintenance and ironing, especially when you are travelling for leisure.
T+L India: If you were allowed only five things in your travel wardrobe, what would they be?
Raghavendra Rathore: The classic bandhgala with silver insignia buttons, denims without a washed taint, a classic light pink shirt, driving shoes, and colourful socks.
T+L India: Could you recommend five pairings of RR ensembles with destinations?
Raghavendra Rathore: Istanbul: A summary pistachio or cinnamon bandhgala with light ivory bands.
New York: Dark denims and crisp white shirt, paired with a classic bandhgala and a maroon pocket scarf.
Dubai: A bandhgala shirt with handmade cotton pants, printed socks, and a cardigan on the waist.
London: A handmade bandhgala with brocade trims, and a fuchsia India shirt paired with tapered dark blue pants.
Paris: A bandhgala waistcoat, bright lemon shirt, pink pants with a cardigan tied to the waist, and shaded sunglasses.