Street Style-India Modern

This photo story is a style documentation of what people of New Delhi wore at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/winter 16, majorly focusing on traditional details & ethnic vibes of street fashion.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Actress & TV host Aarti Khetarpal in traditional sharara paired up with crop top & vibrant dupatta.
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Fashion blogger Devyani Kapoor of Breviloquent blog in stripe & floral saree teamed up with pop culture kitschy bag & red peep toes shoes. 
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Dolly Singh, style blogger at Spill the sass. Make your ethnic skirt look cooler by pairing it with quirky denim jacket & statement earring.
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Fashion Stylist Shaurya Mohan seen in Kutch work top with black choker & nose ring.
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Ishani Das. Saree with Boots, she nailed it!
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Popxo Vlogger Komal Pandey pairing denim top with leheria printed desi salwar & aztec printed sling bag.
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Prabhleen of the solo girl blog.
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Fashion designer Vikrant Mehta (left) of VIRTUES seen in flowy kurta teamed up with waistcoat & denim jeans.
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Nitish of Morphology Men blog.
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Classic indian bridal color combination-Red & gold.
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Blogger Kajal Mishra in outfit by designer Anupama Dayal.
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Traditional nose ring.
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Fashion & lifestyle photo blogger Naina Redhu seen wearing grand Kalidar ensemble with lace & sequin details.
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Dhoti with a twist.
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Men looking suave in Ikat kurta.
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Young girls seen donning saree & salwars.
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Bindi & beauty.
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Shruti Rane Gupta, writer at Bombay Mode.
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Seems like these bohemian Jaipuri skirts never goes out of style, love the mojaris & coined necklace.
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Photoessay-Rajasthan Style Fest 16

Pink city’s fashion enthusiasts came together to celebrate last day of Rajasthan Style Fest. The fashion extravaganza saw endless talent display from Paris Fashion Week designer Felix Bendish to Lakme Fashion Week’s Chirag Nainani, from city’s top models  to celebrity showstoppers, the show had it all. What also caught my attention was the unique styling especially the braided hairdos on models looked very verve. The show director & stylist Abhimanyu Singh Tomar successfully bought fashion & style factor together in the Jaipur city to celebrate the last day of Rajasthan style fest. While designer Felix Bendish had everyone captivated with his exaggerated & eccentric accessories, city’s very own designer Gazal Mishra went all patriotic with her line on handloom fabrics, saw models dressed in tricolor (which is a rare sight to see in a fashion event).

I placed my myself backstage(like always) to have a closer look at designer’s creation & also I have a thing for backstage photography which not only allows me to get candid with the models but also to explore a whole new different area of photography. Somehow I also managed to capture some action from the runway too.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Sangeeta Gharu with Priyanka Singh in designer Chirag Nainani‘s creation.
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Model Dushyant Katewa (left) looks suave in handloom kurta styled with Nehru cap.
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Models in handloom kurtas by designer Gazal Mishra.(right image- model Vishwaraj Singh Lavera with Akshay Rathore)

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Model in Chirag Nainani’s menswear line.Isn’t this perfect for hot summers?
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Model Alia in Felix Bendish‘s creation.
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Models in eccentric metallic jewels. (right-model Priyanka Parashar)
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Model Elly Emily (left) & Alia Gh (right)

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Backstage with model Monika Singh.

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Shirtless dusky men donning statement jewels by Felix Bendish.
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Indian or western, braids goes well with any style this season.

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The braided heads.
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Happily posing-Model Naina Khan.
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Bollywood actress Ruhi Singh in designer Gazal Mishra‘s ensemble.
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Some fashion moments backstage with Mrs Asia International, Komal Kalra Pagarani.

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Dusky beauty Sangeeta Gharu opened the show for designer Felix Bendish in an eccentric headgear.

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Model Rushali Yadav.

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Model Sharon Alexander in dazzling red ensemble.

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Statement necklace for men.
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Miss diva universe Apoorva Sharma was showstopper for Felix Bendish.

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Street Style India-Sunglasses

There is something undeniably unique about sunglasses. Statement sunglasses are the new street style favorite among New Delhi fashionistas.This season seems to be all about going bold & trying out unconventional combinations. Strong , eccentric & assertive are the words which completely defines these stylish folks I captured at Amazon India Fashion Week 16. So here is small photo essay on people with their sunglasses fetish at the fashion week.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Cherry Jain,Vlogger at POPxo
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Style blogger Surbhi Suri of The Fashion Flite.
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Jewel head with cool sunglasses.
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When Indian Kitsch meets Pop art. Fashion blogger Dolly Singh of Spill the Sass.
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Folk jewels with statement glasses.
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Men  with mustache, donning round reflecting sunglasses trend. And do not forget to notice the beautiful details of golden collar with colorful florals.
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‘The Man’ of Indian fashion industry Mr. Sunil Sethi of FDCI (fashion design council of India)
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Acid tones on aviator.
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Beauty Blogger Naina Ruhail of I speak what you love. Leopard print eye details looks very verve & cool.
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Bollywood actress Saba Azad. The kitschy bag adds bohemian vibes to the monochromatic outfit.
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Bearded dapper Aksheev Puri of Mens Xp looks suave in round frames.
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Love how this lady paired statement glasses with Pop art scarf & hot pink bag.
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All Black. Fashion designer Shyma Shetty opted for classic round black peepers.And that hairstyle rocks!
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.From floral head-gear to white Pop frames to gingham checked shirt teamed up with black noodle strap slip dress, everything about this look is so adorable.
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Gauri Verma, designer.
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Designer duo of Nor Black Nor White seen channeling retro sunglasses. Their personal style is one of a kind, very much like Bollywood desi kitsch.

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Fashion Stylist Sidhant Sudhan.
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Anuj Bhutani, Fashion designer.
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Cat-eyes.
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Rujuta Vaidya of Vogue India.
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Mayank Chauhan, Graphic designer at Amazon India.

Style Diaries-Kayaan Contractor

Kayaan Contractor is a fashion blogger at Love and other bugs. LAOB is one of the most influential blog of India(read this month’s Grazia India) which comprises of three beautiful ladies Kayaan Contractor(Style director), Shereen Sikka(creative director) & Trishala Sikka(beauty director). LAOB was also featured as Elle bloggers of the year(how cool is that!)

So here in this photo story you will see unusual side of blogger Kayaan, which is more fun& quirky  & which we usually don’t see on LAOB.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

 

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At day 5 of Amazon India Fashion week A/W 16.
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Kayaan at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 16.

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Kayaan in Huemn by Pranav Misra & Shyma Shetty.

Street Style India-Women in White

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Fashion blogger Masoom Minawala
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Sabina Chopra paired white with metallic statement neckpiece.
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Fashion Designer Vaishali Shadangule.
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Aparna Badlani.
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Fashion Blogger Prerna
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White & Colors, so kitsch.

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Vogue India’s Bandana Tewari

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White with denims & sneakers.
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Love this off-white maxi, highlighting the colors of traditional inspired borders.

Photo essay-The New Indian Men

What I notice in terms of indian men’s fashion is how dramatic it has became over the past two years. Love how designers are pushing the boundaries whether it is about the new tones of colors, model castings for runway or innovative styling ideas. Something really interesting is happening on the runway & streets of India. Whether it is the new & young breed of indian designers in men’s clothing or models with strong personalities on the catwalk, menswear is definitely shaping into something unique & stylish, like never before. So here is a small photo essay compiling the pictures I took at the major fashion weeks of India as well as the fashion on the streets in last two years which visually defines how menswear has witnessed a drastic change. I feel it is the new era. Don’t you? Please mention your unfiltered thoughts on the comment section below.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

 

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Television star Vishal Singh (left) & model Rinku Pahel in designer Sourabh Kant Srivastava‘s ensemble.
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Men in distress. Designer Arjun Saluja completely shocked me with this presentation, I was happy that I was able to capture the models so closely, it was kind of an exhibition which gave media a closer look at the clothes & details. Also the casting for this show was done artistically as every model looked poles apart from each other with individual personalities & at the same time all in distress.
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Dhruv Vaish‘s new collection at Lakme Fashion Week was definitely breathe of fresh air as he provided multiple options for men, love the colors, cuts & layering.
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Whether it was print on print or the high waisted dhoti pants, it was hard to ignore this collection which was subtle as well as unique at the same time.
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Withe the recent years all I see is a blast of colors whether on the runway or on the streets.Model Danish in Wendell Rodricks‘s creation.(right)

 

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Dreadlocks as seen on the streets & on Nor Black Nor White catwalk show at Lakme Fashion Week.
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This was by far one of my favorite show at this season of Lakme Fashion Week. Look at the models castings for this show, which includes people of all body types & more importantly  so different from each other.
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Modern cuts, futuristic tones & sensational vibes at Huemn by Pranv Misra & Shyma Shetty.

 

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Men donning fake eyelashes & dramatic head gears, designer Shilpa Chavan definitely broke the gender barriers. Also you can notice a hint of feminine floral lace in the headgear.
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I won’t call this androgyny, as men in kilt is very manly (check the great history of this iconic piece which stretches to 16th century). Supermodel Namit Khanna in Manish Bansal‘s Summer/Resort 15 collection at Lakme Fashion Week.
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When it comes to mixing tradition, culture & fashion, Ashish, Viral & Vikrant always impresses with their distinctive take on style & fashion. Yes!! gone are the days when the occasional wear fo men was made in just 5 to 6 metres of fabric, the creations above show how grand Men’s fashion can be when it is about India.
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Fashion industry’s two biggest maestros Rajesh Pratap Singh (left) & Rohit Bal (right) believes in breaking the boundaries in terms of men’s clothing.
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Kaa Lee Rajput, fashion week regular is a complete style chameleon always seen experimenting with fashion & trends in his own way. 
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Prominent new faces on the runway as seen in last two years were Saud Khan & Saagar Gera. Designer-Divyam Mehta
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People say every men is donning beard these days,umm maybe but look at these two men so different & stylish. Pranav Guglani (left) of Cord.in was seen wearing interesting optical art shirt paired up with all pastels while in Mumbai, blogger Al Claudius (right) was seen beating the summer heat in designer Manish Bansal‘s T-shirt, so if you think men can’t carry bling, than you might have to reconsider your statement.
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All braided. Model Saagar Gera breaking the style rules at Divyam Mehta show.
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Designer-Rohit Kamra. Model-Jitesh Thakur
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The new dapper? Casting of models for the runway has also changed a lot in recent times. Model Amit Ranjan in Rohit Kamra‘s show with long hair & beard.
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Another game changer in menswear, designer Ujjawal Dubey creates relaxed as well as unique clothing for men.
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Gothic men at Rohit Bal‘s show. Rohit Bal always breaking the gender roles, remember the male models donning sindoor years ago?
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From the top if you see, one can easily imagine that the shoes are going to be some formal brogues but the it is a relaxed version of suits which is paired with dramatic flats. Model Jitesh in creation by Ashish N Soni.
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Dots & pom pom. Just love it!
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Purple florals for men. Himanshu Bhasin in Siddhartha Tytler‘s creation for AIFW S/S 2016.
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Wear the art. Model in designer AartiVijay Gupta‘s outfit.
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Men in powder tones, creations by Jaipur based designer Gazal Mishra. Shot at season 1 of IISW. Model Dushyat Katewa with Jatin Khirbat.
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Sartorial splendor of colors & prints. Model Sumit Singh(left) in a creation by Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna at the finale of AIFW AW 16, also the only menswear which was seen at finale of Amazon India Fashion Week this season. Model-backstage(right) in a resort wear collection by designer Ken Ferns. So we can print on print working in both the ways, one is very occasional & another is for very relaxed holiday wear.

Portfolio 2016-Pearl Academy, Jaipur

Pearl Academy, Jaipur witnessed another trendy season of their annual event Portfolio 2016. The event showcased creations by the graduating batch of fashion design & jewellery design on the ramp & textile design along with the first batch of Interior design presented their work in the exhibition before the runway show.The show was choreographed by ace choreographer Rashmi Virmani of The Ramp. Top models like Donna Masih, Radhika Bopaiah, Rinku Pahel & Saud Khan to name a few graced the runway in students’ creations. Veteran designer Rina Dhaka was the chief guest of the event.

Here are few of the best designs by the graduating batch of Pearl Academy, Jaipur.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Classic shapes.
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Models in surrealist fashion.
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Robotic Mughal women? Love this statement creation by designer Kinnori Talukder.
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Model in avant garde design by student Dinesh Kumar.
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Model Donna Masih was seen in all happy mood in colorful creation by designer Sukriti.
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Corsets again.
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Texture play.
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New checks. Model Saud Khan looked dapper in this print on print creation by student Nikhil Dawani.
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Delicate details.
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Who need shoes when we have divine white dresses like that.
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Model Aanchal in creation by Harshika Kewalramani.
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At the end all the hard work paids off.
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Reminds me of Panchatantra illustrations.
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Model Radhika Bopaiah in monochromatic dress.

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Arabian nights
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Beautiful cape created out of jute.
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Print Mania-Model Runa Laha with Subhamita

Street Smart Looks

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Trend-Denim on denim

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Geek chic.
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Modern grunge.
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Stripes play.

Accessories Alert

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Models Namrata Shetty & Aanchal Oberoi in creations by jewellery design student of Pearl Academy,Jaipur.

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Futuristic sunglasses.

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Model Rinku Pahel donning warrior inspired jewellery.
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These boots are meant for walking.

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Backstage-IISW-Jaipur

Pink city Jaipur witnessed another fashion extravaganza, this time it was India International Style Week (IISW) . The show was graced by Bollywood celebrities like Soha Ali Khan, Mandana Karimi & Nusrat Bharucha as showstoppers. The designers showcased their spring/summer line for the first season of IISW, city’s very own designer Gazal Mishra opened the show in neat silhouettes using vegetable dye mixed with kantha stitch. While designer Ken Ferns showcased his beach wear collection (which I will share in the next post) designer Shivina Agnani displayed the red carpet glamour & designer Akash Chaudhary presented his menswear line. Ace models from Delhi & Mumbai like Pooja Bimrah, Jitesh Thakur, Hida Siddhiqui, Jyotpriya Sud to name a few participated & increased the much needed glamour quotient of the event.The ornate show was choreographed by Lokesh Sharma who is also the show director (this time used a lot of grovy music on the runway).

I like always had fun time shooting at my favorite place-Backstage. Like I always say the real fun is backstage & I madly love the behind the scenes chaos at the fashion week( I also had an awkward moment ‘Bhaiyaji meri bhi photo lena’ which every fashion photographer hates, fashion blogging is an age old concept now but it seems it is still very new & developing atleast in Jaipur). Surprisingly the models were very cooperative as my photo essay was kinda invading their privacy, some of them refused & some agreed but overall it was a fabulous experience as I went home with some good clicks.

So this time presenting the show from the other angle & to let my viewers/readers to know (a little) about the glamorous & hectic lives of indian fashion models at the fashion week through this photo essay.

Text & Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model-Bhavyata Sharma.

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Model Tridisha & Ishika (left) Miss India Heritage 2015 Pooja Bimrah in red carpet kinda pose (right)

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Frilly affair- Model Shweta Kaushik

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Candidly Mandana Karimi.
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Happy smiles! Soha Ali Khan (left) Bigg boss 9 star Mandana Karimi with designer Gazal Mishra (right) both the celebrities were showstopper for designer Gazal Mishra.
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Starry eyes-Model Tridisha Baruah

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Let me take a selfie. Model Pooja with Jitesh Thakur.
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All smiles- model Nikita Yadav
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Model Dushyant Katewa in four piece sky blue suit by Gazal Mishra.
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nervous moments.
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Model Tridisha Baruah & Ishika Agnihotri in sequinned gowns.
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Men in bandhgalas by designer Gazal Mishra.
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Designer Shivina Agnani presented her metallic evening gown designs inspired by theme ‘Drama Queens’.

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Model revising the choreography sequence.
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Model in headgear.
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Model Pooja Bimrah.

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All that glitters!

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Model Ishika right before going for the catwalk for designer Shivina Agnani.
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Go Green- Models in nature inspired creations.

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Make-up moments before the runway.
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This tribal jewellery is so kitsch. 
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Model-Jyotpriya Sud.
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Model Hida Siddiqui.
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Metallic jacket.
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Provogue Mr Photogenic winner Jitesh Thakur, dressed up in formals.
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Model Hida Siddhiqui all ready for the runway.
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Yes! men can wear pink.
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That look! male model in intense beard.
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Men in cool pastels.
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The wait- models lined up before the show.
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Model Jitesh Thakur in Gazal Mishra’s menswear line.

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Love this folk inspired metallic neckpiece.
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It is a very hectic moment for models as they have to run after every show for the next change & sometimes just have few minutes to change the clothes & get ready.
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Models in Gazal Mishra‘s creation.

Street Style-Indian Men

What’s with indian men these days? It’s all good atleast in terms of style & fashion. Street fashion of indian men is improving year after year. Gone are the days when a well dressed gentlemen was all about suits & tuxedos. Men are opting for bolder choices, now they are seen in bright colors, quirky prints, interesting textures & also with cool hairdos. Be it the accessories or shoes, men are having full fun with the wide range of styles available. I had a great chance to attend both the major fashion weeks( AIFW & Lakme Fashion Week). All I can say is it looks like the street fashion in India is finally emerging & it’s the best time so far to spot trends on the desi streets.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Shot at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Resort 16-Mumbai4

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Pranay Jaitly, Fashion Stylist
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Preetham Jukalker, Fashion designer
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Armaan Randhawa, Fashion designer 
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Fabio Di Leonardo
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Atinirmal Pagarani, Fashion curator.

Shot at Amazon India Fashion Week, New Delhi

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Ken Ferns,Fashion Designer
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Karan Torani, Designer
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Sidhant Sudan, Stylist
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Tejeshwar Sandoo, Fashion Blogger in designer Divyam Mehta‘s creation.

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Street Style-What Fashion Bloggers Wore at Lakme Fashion Week

Fashion Bloggers, without a doubt are the most stylish people at the fashion weeks. They know how to convert a trend you see on runway into reality. I will not say much as the pictures speaks a lot here. So presenting the most fashionable bloggers I spotted at Lakme fashion week Summer/Resort 16.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Shereen Sikka with Trishala Sikka, Fashion Bloggers at Love and Other Bugs

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Kayaan Contractor with Trishala Sikka, style bloggers at Love and other Bugs

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Aanam Chashmawala of blog What When Wear
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A behind the scenes shot.
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Santoshi Shetty of blog The Style Edge.

 

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Captured this look on day 1 of the fashion week.
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Santoshi Shetty in Shweta Kapur‘s outfit at day 2.

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New Blogger in the town, Prerna Mehra of The girl in sky high heels.
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Love the hint of color with all white look.
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Juhi Godambe of Juhi Godambe Blog
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Remember her street style videos last season at Lakme Fashion Week? Check them out on her youtube channel here.
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Scherezade Shroff spotted at Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week
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Blogger Sherry Shroff known for her Youtube Beauty & fashion tutorial videos..
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Sequin details of this beautiful skirt by Dhruv Kapoor.
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Masoom Minawala of Style Fiesta

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That moment when she was getting captured by a lot of street style photographers & she decided to capture them ! (of course I was one of them)
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Pallavi Singh of Modaninja Blog.
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In designer Siddhartha Bansal‘s printed quirky skirt.
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Ritu Arya of Blog Razzle Dazzle Pickle.

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Angelina Pongener Youtuber at The 97 Note Book

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Kajal Mishra of India Fashion Blogger.

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Rashi Verma, Vlogger. Also stylist behind Alisha The Web series, India’s first ever fashion inspired spy series, perfect blend of mystery & fashion. You can check the entire web series here 
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Rashi’s style is very kitschy & colorful.