Tourism Chic-Street Style India

Tourism chic has emerged as one of the biggest trends as far the recent european fashion weeks are concerned. Seems like ‘being unfashionable’ is the latest style on the runway. Whether it’s the classic khakis, colorful hawaiian shirts teamed up with flip flops or the casual travel ready look, the fashion inspiration for most of the recent  spring/summer 18 catwalk shows especially in menwear seems like inspired by this new trend.

I have been photographing tourists on the streets of Rajasthan for quite some time now as I find the clothes they put up as interesting & sometimes extremely stylish. More or less this style is definitely a stand-out one. So here are some of the trends I spotted on the local streets of Jaipur & Pushkar.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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The loose fitted Hawaiian shirts are very common among tourists visiting India especially Rajasthan.
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For an effortless bohemian look this local street bag is must. Also it allows you to carry so much of stuff while travelling, so it makes sense.
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Beat the heat with these statement pairs of sunglasses.

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Laid back is the new cool?
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Messy hair.

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This look is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
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When east meets west, the style magic happens instantly.

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The common accessories spotted on the streets of Rajasthan, includes hats & scarves for women & stack bracelets for men.

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Reminds me of “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai”.
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The power of color indigo, as it gets mixed with any style without making it visually loud.
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For an instant standout look, opt for kitschy colorful skirts which are easily available on the local streets of Jaipur.
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The classic T-shirt with shorts look is still very common on the streets.

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At last, Namaste!
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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.

Pearl Academy-Portfolio 2017

Well it’s March already & we are fortunate to witness Pearl Academy’s Portfolio 2017 (as it usually happens by mid of May) & that too at 5th day of Amazon India Fashion Week, india’s most sought after fashion event. It couldn’t get bigger & better than this I guess(lucky students). Over 350 students showcased their design collection on this prestigious platform of AIFW. From fashion to jewelry to textiles to media & make-up students amazed everyone with their creative projects. Top models Sucheta Sharma, Aastha Ssidana, Donna Masih & Kanika Dev among various others strutted down the runway donning the student’s creation. Show was choreographed by one & only Rashmi Virmani. Have a look at these marvelous designs I shot at Portfolio 2017.

For more photographs visit https://www.facebook.com/Ishtailista-617980808228777/

Text & photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Fashion Design students

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Gujarat Re-invented.

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Accessories Alert!
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Vintage vibes.
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Model Laxmi Pandey.
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Fishnet stockings with white sneakers.
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Model Kanika Dev.
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Model Ikram Kebdani
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Menswear collection.

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Designer Sonali Patel from Jaipur campus.

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Donna Masih wearing textured bustier.
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Neo indian bride?
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Texture details.

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Exhibition area at Portfolio 2017.
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Textile student Joshya Sethi posing happily in front of her work.
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Designer Vandana Nair.
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Textile student Samreen Kaur‘s Moroccan architecture inspired work.
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Designer Sancharee Das.
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Designer Shreeya Khemka.
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Designer Vishant Singh
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Filmy diary by Shreya Bajaj.
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Structures.
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The veil.

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Androgynous vibes, Jaipur student Sonali Patel‘s creation using felt.
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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma.

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Media & Make-up student’s work

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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.

Best of Street Style-Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

It was 10th anniversary of the most awaited event of the year i.e. Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. This was my 5th year at JLF & I was very much excited, I was literally preparing for it for a week to be precise. The Lit fest plays a silent role in staging street fashion of people from around the globe & a great platform to exchange ideas with people from all walks of life. This year as I was shooting photo stories for various publications, that allowed me to meet like minded folks & to know a bit about them.

So here are my top 10 picks of best of street style at Zee Jlf. Please comment below & let me know your thoughts about this photo story.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Ghazelle, dancer. 
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Ariel Dandelion, Artist from New Delhi, you can check her work here
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Gita Vishwanath, Writer.
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Suman Bajaj, Fashion designer at Suman Bajaj. This is a beautiful print melange of polka dots & alphabets, now you are ready to rock in a sari.
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Anushka Seth. Who said black & tan can’t go together?
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Inna Modja, Malian-French singer, find more about the singer here. The singer was seen rocking a red jumpsuit paired up with kitschy Jaipuri bag.
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Nimisha Verma, founder of Home for Artists. From hair color to fringes to gypsy jewels, this jogan was talk of the town.
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Pallavi Chaturvedi. Fashion Blogger at That Desi Girl
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Priyasha Khandelwal, Style Blogger at Pout Out Proud. Well, I can’t stop clicking this beauty, completely picture perfect beautiful.
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Protima Tiwary, Food & Fitness blogger at Dumbbells & Drama

Street Style India-Best of 2016

Looking for some style inspiration to welcome 2017? Here are the best of street fashion moments from this year & the trends which will be huge in 2017 as well. From fashion insiders to bloggers to models, street style this year has reflected a new approach to fashion in India.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Stripe Play. Angelique Raina
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Eyes for details. Komal Pandey.
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High on doodle print. Fashion Blogger Natasha Shrotri.
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Shereen Sikka & Trishala Sikka of Love and Other Bugs.
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Whimsical white. The very stylish Tetseo Sisters wearing Pero by Aneeth Arora.
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Slay it like a supermodel. Model Malkeet Singh.
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Denims forever. Take inspiration from fashion features director of Vogue India,Bandana Tewari.
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Printed dresses for every body types.
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The glamorous pink & powerful black. Lirminta
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Dots, dots everywhere. Artist Tanya Maheshwari in polka galore.
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Athleisure, talk about net mesh, visible metallic zippers, sneakers, bold slogans & logos, this trend has it all. Fashion designer Shyma Shetty with fashion blogger Kayaan Contractor.
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Green will be the color for 2017. Take a cue from fashion stylist & blogger Shaurya Mohan of Morphology blog.
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Metallic gold skirt paired cleverly with classic white shirt. And love the ombre tone pair up on this guy.
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Sheer beauty. Fashion blogger Sharmila Sharma paired sheer black cape with rigged denims & white sneakers.
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Feminine florals. Blogger Aanchal Rai.
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Menswear Blogger Varun of Beards Eye View blog.
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Bling for men. Style curator Kaa Lee Rajput.
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Who said black is boring? take a note from Shradha Kochhar.
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Music Festival Vibes. Purple dress with white sneakers.
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Nude buttery beige tones from delicate to sharply tailored. Fashion bloggers Garvita Garg & Charuta Yadav.

Street Style-What Bloggers wore at AIFWSS17

Street Style of fashion bloggers who impressed with their eccentric style at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 17.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Shereen Sikka & Trishala Sikka of LAOB.
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Pallavi Chaturvedi in Pero by Aneeth Arora.
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Monalisha Mahapatra in Rajdeep Ranawat‘s creation.
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Fashion & lifestyle photo blogger Naina Redhu in designer Felix Bendish‘s statement necklace.(remember her famous hashtag #Eyesforfashion)
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Kayaan Contractor of LAOB.
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All nude tones. Blogger Charuta all belted-up.
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Happy smiles, Blogger Aien Jamir.
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Blogger Komal Pandey in her kitschy avtaar, mixing bollywood popular culture images with indian kitsch.(love the iconic Madhubala images on classic white shirt)
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DIY blogger Cherry Jain.
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Surbhi Suri of The Fashion Flight.
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Bhavna Khiwani of Bae & Kae blog.
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Bindi & Beauty.Shraddha of Lil miss Gurung blog.
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Quirky slogan. Blogger Garvita Garg.
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Aanchal Sukhija of Delhi Style Blog.
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Shaurya Mohan of Morphology Blog.
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Shreya Kalra of For the love of fashion & other things blog.
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Blogger Pratibha Bhaduria in designer Samant Chauhan‘s chanderi ensemble.
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Devyani Kapoor of Breviloquent blog
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Blogger Apurva Saxena‘s desi twist. Who said sarees was only for festivals.
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A behind the scenes moment. Fashion blogger Akansha Redhu.
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Srishti Soumya of Style Fashion Etc blog.
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Aanam Chashmawala of What When Wear blog.

Style Diaries-Masha

Masha, one of the most stunning face of this season at Amazon India Fashion Week. Whether it’s her carefree curly hair or quirky personality, the model was definitely one of the most talked about this fashion week. I couldn’t help myself but to follow her wherever she went. All I wanted was to capture this unconventional beauty on & off the runway through my lens.Check this entire photo story dedicated to electrifying model debut of this season, Masha.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Masha’s off duty attire.
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Backstage at Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna’s show.
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Make up artist Elton Fernandez giving final touch-ups.
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Her energetic personality impressed every photographer at backstage.

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Moments before going for the catwalk.

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with fellow model Deepti Sharma.

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That candid laughter.(looks like a Ray Ban ad?)
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at Amit Aggarwal’s show.
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I remember the hooting Masha received at Masaba Gupta show as she strutted down the runway.
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Exotic beauty all jeweled up.

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Curls tied up at HUEMN by Pranav Misra & Shyma Shetty show.
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Mesmerising AIFW grand finale by JJ Vallaya with Alpana & Neeraj.

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.

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.