Designer Rohit Bal's take on menswear is as fun as womenswear. Image: Facebook
No wonder Rohit Bal is often referred to as fashion's enfant terrible. The ace designer just patented his newly-introduced cock motif like bawse, in order to fight plagiarism. The collection and especially the motif became the talk of the town after he showcased it at the just-concluded India Couture Week. Looks like Bal has had enough of people ripping off his designs.
Not so long ago, he had shamed his copycat on his social media profiles. He'd posted pictures of the copied designs and said, “I've tried my best to stop them but nothing has worked. These are the sort of establishments that need to be targeted. Am posting a few examples. They even have the audacity to put their name on the images when they advertise them. It's gut-wrenching and infuriating and really cuts into my business. But they have been doing it blatantly and without any sense of shame. Despicable parasites.”
For Bal's latest show, friend and fellow designer Raghavendra Rathore walked the ramp. "His initiative to bring awareness on the issue of plagiarism will do the industry a lot of good, especially for the younger generation of designers," said Rathore after the show ended. "The process and the cost of copyrighting every design, season after season, is tedious no doubt, but key designs must be protected. Plagiarism in India is different from that in the West, as the motives are different — in the West, fake products with logos of established brands are imitated, unlike elements, motifs and silhouettes in India," he reasoned.
Well, looks like Bal is in no mood to spare copycats. And there's no reason why he should be forgiving.