Photo Essay- Take a Bow

There is something endearing about that moment, when the designer is taking a bow at the end of his/her show. It’s their moment of glory after spending months & days into making a collection. My photo essay focuses on how differently Indian designers celebrates the tradition of taking a bow which also tells a bit about their personality, some do it cheerfully, some do it along with bollywood stars & some just wave & go.

Enjoy this photo essay which I recently shot at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 & mention your views & thoughts in the comment section below.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Gaurav Gupta with his supermodel brigade, Kanishtha, Sapna & Rachel Bayros
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Anavila Misra
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Anupamaa Dayal with her tribal gang.
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Designer Nitya Arora.
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Doing it traditional way. Designer team at Virtues by Ashish, Viral & Vikrant.
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Samant Chauhan celebrating the electrifying moment of taking a bow.

And some designer duos.

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Hemant & Nandita
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Amrita & Gursi of Lovebirds
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Pankaj & Nidhi
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Shantanu & Nikhil with supermodel Lakshmi Rana.

And taking a bow with Bollywood stars as their showstoppers.

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Designer Rohit Kamra with Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda.
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Shruti Sancheti with Aditi Rao Hydari.
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Mandira Wirk with Bollywood Actress & yesteryears supermodel Malaika Arora.
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Sharing Aww moment. Designer Namrata Joshipura with actress Athiya Shetty.

And some young designers of the country.

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Ujjawal Dubey

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Chandrani Siingh Fllora
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Vogue India fashion fund winner Dhruv Kapoor
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Gaurav Jai Gupta
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Ragini Ahuja of IKAI
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Aneeth Arora 
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Pallavi Mohan

And some industry legends.

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Rajesh Pratap Singh
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Anita Dongre
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David Abraham with model Donna Masih.
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Malini Ramani
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Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna with Varul Behl, Troy Costa, JJ Vallaya.
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Rina Dhaka

And the best moment of AIFW A/W 16 will be this one, the moment when the president of FDCI (fashion design council of India) Sunil Sethi celebrated the moment with the designers of finale at the fashion week.

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Street Style-Models Off Duty at AIFW A/W 16

We see them on runway channeling attitude & personality according to the designer’s theme & collection. But what is the real side of fashion models? what they like? how they dress up off the ramp? These were the certain questions I had in my mind,  so I stalked the top models of our country for 5 days during Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 & this photo essay is the answer. I didn’t want the models to pose for this photo story particularly looking into the camera (like we see in most of the fashion publications & websites) so I just followed them like a paparazzi.

Of course they look amazing on ramp but it’s their off duty style which tells a bit about their personality & the style they follow, isn’t that interesting? Have a look.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Perfect Model Moment- Smita Lasrado, Archana Akhil Kumar, Preeti Dhata, Surelee Joseph & Arshia Ahuja (left to right)
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Coolest girl gang at fashion week.
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Caught in happy moment, model Arshia Ahuja.
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Models were later joined by Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.
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Model Ugochi in aztec printed shirt styled with pale pink denims.

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Model Kanishtha Dhankar was seen wearing strapless black top with black slim denims.
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Happy Smiles! Model Patricia(extreme left)
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Models from Gaurav Gupta show, seen donning grunge look off duty.
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Model Klaudia kovacova.
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Androgynous look. Model Sonalika Sahay.
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Model Swathi Bhandary opted for monochromes.
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Tall, Dark & Beautiful- Model Radhika Bopaiah

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Model Krishna Somani was seen in summery dress, love those shoes.
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Model Smita Lasrado teamed up denim shirt with wide-legged denim trousers & black boots.
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Pair elongated long kurta with rigged denims & brogues. Model Rachel Bayros.
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Model Klaudia & Donna Masih.

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Candid Candice Pinto.

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This is not exactly a street style shot, as model Sucheta Sharma was shooting for designer Shruti Sancheti. But I love the way Sucheta has made the entire ensemble so playful & full of quirk plus they were shooting around the show venue.
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Joyful moment.

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Model Kanika Dev was seen in summer jacket with long black dress.
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Model Ashwati Ramesh.
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Busy, busy & very busy!

And spotted few male models with interesting style.

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Model Jitesh Thakur kept it simple with hat & sunglasses.

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Beard with kohled eyes.
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Model Rinku Pahel was seen in denim on denim look paired with white plimsolls.

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Model Udit Gaur in printed zippered jumper & denims. Love the blue sneakers.
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Print on print Trend- Model Sanjeet Singh
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Round peepers looks cool on his face.
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Happy Happy!
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Looking Dapper- Model Saud Khan
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Love the floral brooch & Stripes.

Photo essay-Backstage-Dolly J

 

Ruffled sleeves, chic dresses & pastel colors, yes I am talking about Dolly J’s latest autumn/winter collection at Amazon India Fashion Week. The designer is known for feminine silhouettes with using pretty pastels as her color palette. This time what was surprising was the hint of androgyny in few of the pieces. Love the clean shapes with beautiful butterflies motifs on the hemlines of long dresses. In between the soft pinks & subtle red , black came as a refreshing yet bold surprise in Dolly J’s collection.

Photo essay shot by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Grazia India cover hunt winner Meenakshi Rathore posing with supermodel Candice Pinto.

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Model Erika Packard
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Model Rikee C & Krithika Babu posing backstage.
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Model Candice Pinto before going for the runway.

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The classic suit reinvented.

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Samant Chauhan-AIFW A/W 2016

Samant Chauhan‘s latest collection at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016 turned out to be a grand show full of extravagant evening gowns with magnificient details such as zardozi, dori embroidery & silk thread. I was also amazed to see hint of colors this time, as that’s not his signature style. Accessories looked chic & I can see them replacing the typical clutches for evening wear. The collection ‘The Silk Route’ was inspired by the designer’s journey to the routes of Nepal, Tibet and China. The look of the show grabbed the eyeballs & the braided hairdo especially on models Sonalika Sahay, Sucheta Sharma &  Ugochi looked very exotic & high fashion. Fabrics included cotton & Bhagalpuri silk.

I enjoyed watching the show through the lens of my camera & was able to capture the spectacular show. So here is a small photo series on his latest collection.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Ugochi leading the runway.

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Model Sanea Sheikh

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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma
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Supermodel Sonalika Sahay

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Street Style-What Bloggers Wore at AIFW A/W 16

Besides runways at fashion week, a lot of fashion happens off the runways too, i.e. street style. Indian fashion blogging scene has evolved and grown over years. Take any fashion week, the style bloggers are the one who makes the fashion crowd look very verve with their unique style & persona. So here are few of the stylish bloggers I captured at recently happened Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 in New Delhi.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

1.Dolly Singh of Blog- Spill the Sass

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2. Naina Ruhail of blog I speak what you love

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Her make-up is always on point & I never miss to take a portrait shot of her face.

3. Aien Jamir of Blog Fashion & I

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Known for her feminine & elegant style, Aien Jamir was seen spotting bohemian style on Day 1 of the fashion week.

4. Shaurya Mohan of Morphology blog

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Mostly seen in kitschy avatar Shaurya was seen spotting classic Coco Chanel look at Day 3 of the fashion week.

5. Surbhi of Fashion Flight

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6. Rasna Bhasin of Rasnabhasin.com

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7. Charuta of Moda Yalda blog

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Charuta was definitely one of the most photographed blogger of the fashion week, her distinctive style made her talk of the town during the 5 day fashion week.

8. Zina & Zoya of Terrible Twos

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9. Naina Redhu of Naina.co

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One of my favourite Indian Blogger, Naina Redhu known for the visuals she creates or captures, but is also known for her personal style which is quite unpredictable, every time I see her in some different avatar.
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 Love the hint of paisleys on stole & of course the shoes looks very mode.

Photo Essay-Backstage-Dhruv Kapoor

Shooting backstage is always fun, it is the main process room where models are getting dressed up & all not so fashionable things happen. Everybody is running here & there, make up artists are working on giving touch ups at the same time designers/stylists are giving the final touch to the collection, before the models go for catwalk. So I had a great opportunity of shooting backstage for Vogue India Fashion Fund winner Dhruv Kapoor’s Autumn/Winter 16 collection at recently happened Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. The collection was blend of sports-luxe which is also his signature style (Remember the jumpers with  slogans ‘Cool’ & ‘India’ on Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh respectively in Vogue India) mixed with evening wear details. Fur with exaggerated sleeves, unfinished hems, buckle straps, sequins & combat boots were the main highlights of the collection.

There were ace photographers like Mehtaab Mann, Manasi Sawant of Elle India & Jimmy Granger shooting the backstage portraits & beauty shots with humongous equipments, directing the models confidently for the perfect shot. I was very much fascinated by seeing top models like Lakshmi Rana, Sony Kaur & Smita Lasrado to name a few posing for the camera backstage. I wanted to capture the ongoing backstage madness so this photo essay focuses on the action going on behind the scenes-making of a successful fashion show.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Lakshmi Rana (left) Smita Lasrado with Sony Kaur (right)

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Model Sony Kaur (left) & Alicia Kom (right)

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Street Style- Tetseo Sisters

Tetseo sisters comprises of four sisters(Azi, Kuku, Lulu & Mercy) from Nagaland known for their folk inspired musical performances. I had a great chance of capturing three of them together to pose for my lens at last year’s Amazon India Fashion week Spring/Summer 2016. Tetseo sisters are also known for their personal style which is very colorful & quirky.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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In outfits by Pero by Aneeth Arora.

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Know more about Tetseo sisters on their Blog http://tetseosisters.blogspot.in/

Street Style- Quirky Frames

Spotted stylish crowd at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016. Street fashion always inspires me & I love photographing people with unique style. Here is my take on trendiest people who have penchant for statement sunglasses.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Kayaan Contractor, Style Blogger at Love & Other Bugs

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Dolly Singh, Fashion Blogger at Spill the Sass

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Cameron Kham, Fashion Designer

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Mayank Chauhan, Graphic Designer

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Rakesh Thakore, Fashion Designer

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Rahul Wadhwa
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Messy hair with vintage frames.

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Ujjawal Dubey, Fashion Designer
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The best part of this look is the man’s love for quirky prints & you can see me in the reflector sunglasses of how crazily I am photographing people at fashion week.

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Surbhi, Fahion Blogger at The Fashion Flite

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Santoshi Shetty, Fashion Blogger at The Style Edge

Street Style-Indian Models

Best of Street style of Indian Models at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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2. Mitali Rannorey & Sony Kaur

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3.Heena Bhalla

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You will mostly find Heena in cool printed jumpers & good sneakers, probably white.

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4.Palak Gupta

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It is interesting to capture models after they are done with their hair & make up for different shows as it adds an extra edge to the street style.

5.Meenakshi Rathore

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6. Sonalika Sahay

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7.Rinku Pahel

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