I would love to be a thing: Kamiar Rokni

Published: July 4, 2010

Fashion designer Kamiar Rokni on abstinence, Lucky Santangelo and the desire to be lantern-jawed.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A lifetime of love and laughter with obscene amounts of money.

What is your greatest fear?

To be buried alive.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I can be a bit lazy.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Sanctimonious behaviour.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books and magazines — I am an information junkie.

What is your current state of mind?

Engrossed, Stieg Larsson has me hooked.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Abstinence.

On what occasion do you lie?

To avoid hurting others and myself.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My weak chin…to be lantern-jawed is an unfulfilled dream.

Which living person do you most despise?

All bores are worthy of disdain.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Ruggedness.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Poise.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I mean really…

When and where were you happiest?

Before and after, anywhere.

Which talent would you most like to have?

A God given talent for singing would rock.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would love to be a bit more calm.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My disposition.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I would love to be a thing, perhaps a Fabergé egg.

Where would you most like to live?

In Paris with a lover.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

To be the victim of gross injustice.

If you didn’t do your current job, what would you choose to do?

I would choose to be a rock star.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Apparently I can be quite charming and I can chew lego to a pulp.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Lucky Santangelo.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Elizabeth I — I am a big fan of sleeper hits.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Doctors.

What is your greatest regret?

I am not big on regret.

What’s your favourite quote?

Just do it.

How many hours of loadshedding did you experience yesterday?

Three. I’m still thanking the lord for my genny.

Published in The Express Triune, July 4th, 2010.

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