Style Diaries-Madame Hall

Lisa Hall is the name behind the bespoke quirky label ‘Madame Hall’ whose collection was showcased this year at Lakme Fashion Week. It was her personal instagram account which inspired me to do this photo story. I don’t really adhere the conventional idea of fashion where it changes with seasons as I feel it should be more about self-expression & how you feel rather than what people think. Lisa’s idea of fashion & style is also kind of similar as she’s not into following regular trends but always curious to create what she feels like.  Her choice of colors, patterns, prints & materials is truly one of a kind just like her personal story. Lisa is from Sydney, Australia & now she is living in Bhuj from past 5 years as she fell in love with the textiles & embroideries of Kutch. Unlike other western designers who travel to India in search of inspiration & fabrics, Lisa is here to stay.

For this photo story I wanted to shoot in the streets of Bhuj using the old broken doors & rust like backdrops of Aina Mahal which is very close to Lisa’s design studio made a perfect backdrop for shooting her colorful bohemian clothes. Lisa curated & styled each look for this story. She has fabulous eye for details & penchant for traditional gujarati jewels which beautifully blends with her designs. Lisa always happily poses wearing her designs & her instagram account is full of that, visual treat for all boho lovers.

To know more about her label Madame Hall & details about her latest collection visit www.madamehall.com

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Pairing her printed kurta with blingy Miu-Miu shoes.

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Styling her outfit with local street bag which is kind of common sight , we used this for representing popular culture of Bhuj.
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The final shot in front of Aina Mahal.

Style Diaries: Dolly, Charuta & Komal

Fashion blogging is more than posting a pretty picture on instagram. We are living in the age where selfie cameras are elevating narcissistic tendencies to a whole new level. To be relevant it is very important to have an opinion & you need a voice. What irritates me the most is how boring the trends are getting on the runways & most importantly on streets (as street fashion is not meant to be boring & predictable atleast). The designers  seems to be obsessed with boxy silhouettes & are more inclined towards everything very clean & chic. Where is the originality?  Why sudden love for everything anti-fit or handlooms? Why everybody is trying to fit-in instead of standing out? I think they all are working on similar mood boards. Thankfully when Elle India recently posted an article I was finally relieved that someone reputed atleast pointed it out.

Fortunately three Delhi fashionistas are breaking the style norms without following any particular fashion trend & keeping the street fashion alive with their quirky & unpredictable personal style which they have developed in years. Also I had a great chance to interact with these 3 style bloggers who were kind enough to take some time & answer all my fashion curiosities which I always wanted to ask & to know more about their style inspirations.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Dolly Singh

Dolly Singh is a style chameleon. She keeps on re-inventing her style, rising from her india modern avatar of kitschy fashion to more provocative & dramatic version of high-street it girl.

Blog name- Spill the sass

Instagram @spill_the_sass

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Abhimanyu (AB): Tell me about your blogging journey?
Dolly Singh (DS): I was always interested in clothes and shoes as far as I can remember. When I first started reading blogs I came across the dearth of relatable bloggers, bloggers who not only talked about fashion but also my budget. I also wanted to talk about how you don’t really have to have a huge wardrobe, you CAN repeat clothes, just know how to do it right. This is why I started my own thing about 2 years back.
AB: Trend you hate the most?
DS: Hi-low hem dresses. Never wore them, never will.

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AB: Recently Indian bloggers were featured on a reputed fashion publication’s magazine cover, your take on that?
DS: I loved it. The fact that the community is growing so strong and in some way the work done is being appreciated always counts. I do feel strongly, however, that we must stand our ground and talk about what the readers want, what we want, instead of what the big corporations are trying to make us do.
AB: Any dreams to be on a magazine cover someday? If yes which magazine?
DS: Well, who doesn’t right? Any magazine would do, as long as it’s the cover haha. If I had to choose, my favorites would be Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

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AB: Favorite TV series?
DS: At the moment, I can’t wait for the second season of Stranger Things.
AB: Celebrity you would like to style someday?
DS: I would love to style Rihanna, not because she needs it but because it will be a dream come true.

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AB: Who would you choose as ideal fashion week front row partner?
DS: That would be one of my favourite youtuber, Grace Helbig. She gives hilarious fashion reviews.
AB: Favorite Pop icon?
DS: Ed Sheeran, currently.

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AB: Blogs you look upto?
DS: Man Repeller, of course!
AB: Things one should take care during Blog photoshoots?
DS: The makeup, it can make it or break it.

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Komal Pandey

Komal Pandey is a fashion blogger at The College Couture. She is a popular face of Popxo youtube channel & has become a quintessential face of pretty much everything in everyday life of a young girl. Her personal style is quite visible on her blog & yes she wears it all in real life (on the streets ) too!

Blog- The College Couture

Instagram- @thecollegecouture

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AB: -Story behind the name The College Couture?
Komal Pandey (KP): My blog was the result of a really bad break up. Same old story, how you get out of a bad relationship and you wanna do something rebellious…. different? So that was it. I stared my blog The College Couture.

AB: Why “The College Couture” ?

KP: Because all of this happened in College. Sounds really random, but yeah.

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AB: Blogs you look upto?

KP: I love a lot of blogs and follow them but I don’t look upto any. I look upto people on the streets and it’s the real fashion on real people that motivates me.

AB: What inspires you in terms of fashion & style?
KP: Same answer, people on the streets.

AB: Kate Moss or Gigi Hadid?
KP: Gigi Hadid.

AB: Worst fashion era ?
KP: 2000’s.

AB: Favorite shopping destination in India?

KP: Sarojini, New Delhi

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AB: Who would you choose as ideal fashion week front row partner?
KP: My boyfriend. He is an Engineer. It would be nice to have someone from a different spectrum watch it with me. Fascinating, no?

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AB: Favorite movie you love watching just for style & fashion?
KP: All bollywood movies from the 90’s. Especially Karishma Kapoor‘s. I think she wore the dopest outfits in the 90’s!

AB: Favorite fashion week moment in India?
KP: Obviously meeting you and seeing a new colourful outfit EVERYDAY. I am being VERY honest, right now.

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Charuta Arvind Yadav

Charuta’s sartorial choices told girls it is okay to be whimsical, kooky & quirky about fashion. She also runs a DIY label known as Adagio . Her mother helps & supports her immensely to curate each of her creative looks.

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Instagram- @charuta_modayalda

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AB: Your blog is also known for quirky DIYs, how it started?

CY (Charuta Yadav): I do not like mass produced fashion, I feel like it makes us all look like sheep, in my quest to wear something unique, something that has a sense of individuality to it I started doing DIYs which also led to my brand. Also I had seen my mom make clothes for me when I was a kid and those clothes were nothing like what other kids wore so that inspired me too.

AB: Favorite style inspirations?

CY: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

AB: Heels or sneakers?

CY: Heels handsdown.

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AB: According to you the best era in fashion?

CY: It has to be sixties and seventies. Sixties and seventies were a game changer for women’s fashion. Sixties gave birth to the iconic mini and seventies was all about being bold and powerful. Women started suiting up. Hippie fashion, punk, goth, tailored dressing, these two era’s gave birth to so many trends and I can’t possibly chose between the two. It was a time of beautiful transition.

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AB: Favorite Bollywood movie who you enjoy watching for the sake of fashion & style?

CY: It has to be all of Sanjay Leela Bansali‘s movie.

AB: Fashion film you love watching?

CY : Cliche but Devil wears Prada, though I immensely enjoy watching biopics like Coco Chanel and House of Versace to know these designers started and eventually grew into fashion giants that they are today.

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AB: Your take on latest trends here in India?

CY: We need to keep up with the international trends.

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AB: Music on your playlist currently?

CY: Lana del ray, Coldplay & Hozier 

AB: Fashion book you highly recommend to aspiring fashion bloggers?

CY: None

AB: Manish Arora or Ashish UK?

CY: Manish Arora hands down. His clothes truly aren’t for the weak-hearted.

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Best of street style-AIFW A/W 17

Street Style-Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017

Best of street fashion from New Delhi

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Charuta of Moda Yalda Blog
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Anisha Oberoi, Fashion editor of Amazon fashion India.
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Suryakant Sawhney with Surabhi Tandon in Nor Black Nor White
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Kayaan Contractor of Shapeshifter.in
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Surbhi of The Fashion Flight.
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Fashion editor Mia with model Malkeet Singh.
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Samar Rajput, Fashion stylist of Cosmopolitan magazine (India)

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Shaurya Mohan & Nitish Arora
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Tetseo sisters.

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Style Blogger Garvita Garg in a suit.
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Rashi Verma, Fashion stylist
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Kaa Lee Rajput with fashion blogger Dolly Singh
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Model Sherwin Court with his mother Sabrina Court (styled by Sherwin himself)

 

Backstage-DNA Fashion Connect

Pink city Jaipur witnessed another fashion extravaganza in form of season 1 of DNA fashion connect  which bought city based popular designers as well as upcoming designers on one platform to celebrate fashion & style. Fashion designer Gazal Mishra, Pooja Miglani, Suvigya Sharma, Karn Pratap Khuteta, Kirti Rathore &  Jaya Gajawat showcased the latest trends on the catwalk. The event also saw Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli, famous TV actor Aman Verma, Mr India finalist Bharat Sainani & top model Mudit Malhotra who walked the runway as showstoppers along with city’s popular faces Sangeeta Gharu, Dushyant Katewa & Priyanka Parashar. The show was directed by Abhimanyu Singh Tomar. Bollywood groovy tracks as well as international chartbusters like Cheap Thrills by Sia or Sorry by Justin Bieber were played on the catwalk.

Here I am sharing the personal portraits I shot at backstage (as usual) of the collection to give a closer look on details of the ensembles. While I was having fun shooting backstage, official photographer Jiten Agarwal was having blast shooting the runway (check the runway images on JPIC.in)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Location-Grand Uniara, Jaipur

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Model Dushyant
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Mudit Malhotra
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Dhruv Soni

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Pooja Miglani
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Sangeeta Gharu

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Manvi Saroya
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Model Bharat Sainani for designer Karn Pratap Khuteta.
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A happy selfie. Designer Gazal Mishra with model Aishwarya.
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Sangeeta Gharu

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Manvi

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Royal & regal. Model Mohit
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Men wearing statement jewels is a common sight in Rajasthan Rajput weddings.Model Vishwaraj

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Model Dushyant Katewa.
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Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli moments before the show.
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Television actor Aman Verma joining the hand of designer  Kirti Rathore for the final bow.

Street Style-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Rajasthan Heritage Week

Place-Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Models off duty.
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The punk shoes.
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Saagar Gera in black leather jacket styled with classic aviator shades.
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Dewanshi Verma.
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Mr.India Prateik Jain in printed mesh T-shirt & bright colored shorts.
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Antima in striped top & denim shorts.
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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana in black choker coordinated with distressed denims & cold shoulder top.
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Svelte lady in beautiful black sari styled with vintage pair of glasses.
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Rural woman from Rajasthani seen in traditional jewels.
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Fashion photographer Haider Khan.

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Rajasthani rural women in poshak (costume).
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Bearded dapper. Vishwaraj Singh Lavera
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Kanika Toure
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Sharon Rose.
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Pair your denim jacket with pop art printed skirt.
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Tropical vibes. Model Sandy Malik
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Model Bharat Sainani
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Fashion designer Rohit Kamra wearing hat & kaleidoscopic printed shirt.
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Dev Paimal.

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Happy girls are the prettiest! Pragathi Belliappa
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Tasseled outfit by designer Nivedita Saboo.
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Swathi Bhandary.
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Leggy beauty. Naina Khan
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Model Lakshmi Rana with Saagar Gera.
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Model Heena Bhalla making notes during fashion week rehearsals.
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Sonalika Sahay.
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Arry Dabas.

Portraits-Jaipur Literature Festival

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival the annual literary festival happens every year in the heart of pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan. As the festival is just 3 days away so I thought this would be the right time to publish the portrait series which I shot last year in 2016. This year is going to be special as it also marks the 10th anniversary of the festival.There is something mesmerizing about the festival which drags me to Jaipur every year ever since I first volunteered in 2012. The people, the culture & the music everything is so perfect. Whether it’s the diggipuri chai, the venue diggi palace, clueless crowd or the beautiful voice of anchor Catriona Mitchell, I love everything about the festival.

Last year I thought to do black & white series of portraits capturing the important faces of festival in 2016 starting from the festival director William Dalrympal to controversial indian columnist Shobha De. I felt very lucky to capture these intriguing faces very closely. Every portrait is very special for me & I am very proud to share this photo series with all of you.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

 

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English comedian Stephen Fry.
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Legendary photo journalist Steve Mccurry.
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Transgender rights activist Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi
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Scottish historian & festival director of Jaipur Literature Festival, William Dalrymple.
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Columnist & novelist, Shobha De.
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Writer & photographer Abeer Hoque.
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A brief history of seven killings writer, Marlon James.
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Actress & singer, Ila Arun.
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Jamaican poet & fiction writer, Kei Miller.
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Founder of Siyahi, Mita Kapur.

 

Street Style India-A Sari Story

Is sari age appropriate? Well there is no such term applicable here, whether you are young or middle aged or above, the sari is for everybody, it is a quintessential timeless piece in your wardrobe. Interesting part of sari is, it has a emotional value to it, like classic jewels saris too get transferred from one generation to another, from  “classy” grandmother to “elegent” mother to the “edgy” daughter . Young fashionistas these days are opting for desi cool rather than being uber chic, even for not so occasional events too. It is now a common sight to see young girls experimenting with hand-loom saris & drapes. Some prefer mixing it with western pieces & some keep it completely traditional. So I came to this conclusion that as far as saris are concerned age is just a number, so here is a photo series I shot at various places of India majorly New Delhi, Mumbai & Jaipur, that celebrates SARI for everybody (literally!)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

 

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Classic white Saree.
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Saree with kurta blouse.
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Solid colored bright tangerine saree with striped T-shirt.
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Geeta Athreya.
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The magic of silk. Shot at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.
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The modern indian women.
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Saree with quilted jacket. Viji Venkatash at Zee JLF 2016.
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A Sari for everybody.                                                                                                                                   Make up artist Jason Arland & Fashion Blogger Pallavi Chaturvedi of ‘That Desi Girl’ blog.
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A closer look at the ethnic coined jewelry Pallavi teamed up with handloom sari.
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The Badass Sari. Shot at Lakme Fashion Week Mumbai 2016.
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Street Style Jaipur.
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Who needs a petticoat (skirt worn under saree), when you have saree that shows legs for more glamour quotient.

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The sophisticated drape.
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Street Style Mumbai.
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Poonam Sinha at Lakme Fashion Week
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Rasna Bhasin, Social Media Influencer in designer Anavila’s sari.
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Ex-fashion editor of Marie Claire & the author of ‘The Powder Room’ Shefalee Vasdev in a parrot green leheria saree. (Leheriya is a traditional style of tie-dye practiced in Rajasthan)
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Street Style New Delhi.

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Backstage-The Hottest Male Model Portraits

Since Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016 was full of crafts & celebrating the handmade in Rajasthan, the day 2 of the fashion week seems to be entirely dedicated to the handcrafted indian saree. The fashion week overall was high on womenswear but what grabbed the attention of the female attendees majorly were the handsome indian male models donning the 6 yards of grace (saree) with lot of panache & confidence. It was interesting to see how handcrafted sarees by the national awarded weavers were draped on male models, taking inspiration from ancient indian saree drapes.Talk about sarees as stole or sarees with denims, it included all the major possible experiments with 6 yards of fabric but on a male model body this time . So here is a small black & white photo essay celebrating the beauty of indian men in saree, which is very rare & completely deserves the attention.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Rishabh Bajaj.
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Harshvardhan Ahlawat.

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Dev Paimal with lord Shiva tattoo on his back.

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Model Mohammed Iqbal (left) & Rishabh Bajaj (right)
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Prajwal Ponnanna

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Well once Vidya Balan said “Saree is the only garment which covers the right amount & shows the right amount” . Does that applies on men too?
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Model Sandy Malik with Harshvardhan
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Siddharth Vijayvargie
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Irfan Shaik
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Well it’s not easy to look masculine in sarees, take a note from these boys.
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Sandy Malik.

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Vibhu Verma

Photo essay-Backstage-Day 3-Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016

Day 3-Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016

Khadi board & government of Rajasthan in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates.

Show Director-Prasad Bidapa

Show Choreography by Kevin Oliver & Nayanika Chatterjee

Fashion Stylist- Mohan Neelakantan & Anu Jha.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Designer- Bibi Russell

Trend– Riot of Colors

Highlight-Men in nose rings & Nehru cap.

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Jewels for men. Model Prateik Jain.
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Bangles & beauty.
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Supermodel Nayanika Chatterjee with designer Bibi Russell.
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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana getting ready for the show at backstage.
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Show director Prasad Bidapa with Bibi Russell.
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Top model Sonalika Sahay.
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Model Adarsh Nair.
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Model Ashanti.
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Candid moment with model Rhea.
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Beard with beads on model Nikhil Hariwansh.
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Model Marcela Ayesha.
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Fashion choreographer Kevin Oliver with models Adarsh & Prateik.
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Model Mohammed Iqbal.
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Model Rakshitha Sunaina.
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Model Rishabh Bajaj.
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Model Harshvardhan Ahlawat.
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Model Swathi Bhandary.
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Hint of androgyny. Model Saagar Gera.
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Colors, colors & more colors.
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Model Birendra Singh.
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Model Roshmitha.
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Beautiful parrot tassel details.
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No show is complete without a backstage selfie moment.
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Love the safety pin details on hair.
Designer- Nivedita Saboo

Trend-Evening wear with eccentric tassel details.

Highlight-Men in royal suits.

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Bringing the sexy back. Model Tanya Shetty.
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Regal & powerful. Model Saagar Gera.
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Femme fatale.
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Mr. India 2016 Vishnu Raj Menon.
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Military smart.
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Model Sandy Malik.
Designer-Shilpa Chavan

Trend– Concentric cirles in headgear.

Highlight-Classic checks.

Category-Avant garde.

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Model Sharon Alexander.
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Model Tanya & Medha Rana.

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Supermodel Sonalika Sahay.

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Designer Ajai Vir Singh

Category– Menswear

Trend-Print on print.

Highlight-Colorful khadi bomber jackets for men.

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Trend-Print on print.
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Model Sandy Malik.
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Quirky jumpers for men.
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Model Vibhu Verma.
Designer-Rimzim Dadu
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Model Pragathi with Medha Rana.
Designer-Puja Arya

Trend-Quirky Patchworks

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Cold shoulders. Model Priyanka Singh.
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Model Ashanti with Payal.

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Designer- Madina Kasimbaeva
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Mixing culture & fashion. Model Dewanshi Verma.
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Model Naina Khan with Sharon in vibrant kimonos.
Designer-Wendell Rodricks
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Jewelery by Twines & Pellets.
Designer- Paridhi Jaipuria
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Dewanshi Verma.
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Model Antima.
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Model Manvi Saroya.
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Dusky beauty Sangeeta Gharu.
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Jewels for the show by Sangeeta Boochra of Silver Centree.
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Model Naina Khan.
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Model Kanika Toure.
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Model Jesenka.
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Model Heena Bhalla.
Designer-Hemant Trevedi

Trend– Tone on tone palette.

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Mr. India Prateik Jain.
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A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
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Blue on blue.
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Color-coordinated head to toe.
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Men with nose ring seems like the new fashion statement for 2017.

For more images of Rajasthan Heritage Week visit my instagram account @abhicolorsmanyu

Photo essay-Day 2-Backstage-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Day 2 of Rajasthan Heritage Week was all about celebrating creations by the national awardee weavers & artisans. Along with the artisans the show also witnessed collections by veteran designers including Rohit Kamra, Rajneeral, Bangalore based Manish Saksena & Pavithra Muddaya.

I placed myself as ususal at backstage, observing & shooting the collections closely. For Day 2 I wanted to explore the minimalist photography with clean frames focusing on the colors of the creations & mostly with only one or two models in a frame. A big thanks to all the models who were very patient & comfortable with me to create some nice portraits. Also it was interesting to shoot so many female models donning beautiful saris by the weavers of Rajasthan. I personally loved the collection by Rajneeral as it was very edgy & full of prints with quirk. The day ended with the collection by Jaipur’s very own Rohit Kamra who presented his line of contemporary menswear in woollen khadi in well tailored cuts. The silhouette included breeches, sherwanis, bandhgala & achkan.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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The hair texture is amazing.
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Beauty look for day 2.
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Sangeeta Gharu.
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A smile is the best make up any girl could wear. Model Devanshi Verma.

 

Sari Not Sorry!

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Miss Diva 2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy.

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Model Dewanshi Verma
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Model Rakshitha Sunaina
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Model Manvi
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Model Jasenka Bijelic
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Model Kanika Toure

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Model Rhea Subbaiah
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Model Sangeeta Gharu 
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Model Swathi Bhandary in a colorful sari.
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Model Marcela Ayesha
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Designed by Gramin Sansthan, Barmer by Vikram Singh & Ruma Devi. Model-Antima
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Model Ashanti.
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Model Heena Bhalla.
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Designed by national awardee weaver Sitaramji from Barmer. Model –Naina Khan.
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Love this quirky patched work outfit by designer Pavitra Muddaya from Banglore.
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Model-Medha Rana

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Model Priyanka Singh

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Kitschy hair accessories.
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Mohan Neelakantan styling supermodel Lakshmi Rana.

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Designer-Rajneeral Babutta

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Sharon Alexander in one of the quirky creation by Rajneeral.
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Geek chic.
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Nerd Fashion.
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Model Roshmitha.

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Designer-Rohit Kamra

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Model Sandy Malik.
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Model Nikhil Hariwansh.
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Cool dapper. Model Harshvardhan Ahlawat.
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Mr India Prateik Jain in classic dhoti inspired ensemble by Jaipur’s very own Rohit Kamra.
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Model Saagar Gera.
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Fashion week also saw Jaipur based male models Akshay & Vishwaraj from the agency StyleSkool showcasing designer outfits on the runway.

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Mr. India finalist Dev Paimal.
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Mr India. Arry Dabas.
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Model Vibhu Verma.
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Model Akshay Rathore
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Model Siddharth Vijayvargia & Dushyant Katewa.
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New face spotted at Rohit Kamra show.
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Model Iqbal & Irfan.