Backstage-IISW-Highlights

The final day of India International Style Week season 2 was a complete fashion extravaganza. From veteran to upcoming designers the show had it all. Top models like Carol Gracias & Lakshmi Rana graced the runway with Bollywood actress Mugdha Godse as showstoppers. The show also saw vivid range of color palette in the collections, from Chirag Nainani‘s indigo to Gazal Mishra‘s pastels to Niharika Pandey‘s quirky take on vibrant tones. The show ended with a thanking note by show director Abhimanyu Singh Tomar with event director Akhilesh Agarwal & promised for another fashion carnival in upcoming month of this year.

Here are some of exclusive backstage pictures shot by me at the final day of the fashion week to give you all a closer look at the collections. Also have a look at the runway images shot officially by photographer Jiten Agarwal here on his page JPIC.in.

Text & photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Designer-Chirag Nainani
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Model Akanksha Maurya
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Model Siddharth Vijaivargia.

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Model Priyanka Parashar.
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Model Siddharth with Dushyant Katewa.
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Model Kanchan.
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Model-Aishwarya Joshi
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Model Akanksha Maurya.
Designer-Niharika Pandey
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Model Kanchan(left) & Monica (right).

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Models- Akanksha Maurya with Kanchan.
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Wild & untamed. Model Aishwarya Joshi

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Model Bhanu Priya

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Designer-Jaya Mishra
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Royal & regal. Model Dushyant Katewa

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Model Preity Sinha (left) & Ishika Agnihotri (right)
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Model Devika Das
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Model Akshay (left) & Ravi (right)

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Designer-Geet Vaishakh

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Model Devika Das.

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Model Anjana.

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Designer-Antara Goswami

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Designer-Anshu Raja Jain

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Designer-Gazal Mishra
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Model Priyanka Khatri.

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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.

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-Backstage-Abraham & Thakore

Backstage-Abraham & Thakore

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016-Day 3

Show Director-Prasad Bidapa

Fashion Stylist-Mohan Neelakantan

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Supermodel Sonalika Sahay.
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Model Diwakar Dua
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Model Heena Bhalla in a striped sari.
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Model Adarsh Nair
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Model Rakshitha Sunaina in peter pan collared blouse styled with sari
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Model Swathi Bhandary.
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Classic black khadi kurta for men.
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Model Birendra Singh.
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Rakshitha & Medha.
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Intense make-up.

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Saagar, Kamal & Prateik Jain.

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Menswear range of Abraham & Thakore.
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Shoe game on!

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Rakesh Thakore & David Abraham moments before the show.

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.

Photo essay-Backstage-Day 1-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Day 1

Rajasthan Heritage Week

Venue-Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

After successful first edition of Rajasthan Heritage week the Khadi board & government of Rajasthan in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates announced the second edition of the fashion week. The three day fashion extravaganza celebrated handmade in Rajasthan & included collections from India’s some of the most renowned designers along with 8 national award winning artisans. The shows were choreographed by supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee & ace choreographer Kevin Oliver. Mohan Neelakantan (am a big fan of his work for Elle India) & Anu Jha styled the designer collections. The show included models from all over the country along with India’s original supermodel brigade including Lakshmi Rana, Sonalika Sahay & Deepti Gujral.

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Model Payal in Swati Ubroi’s creation.
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Rudra Pratap Singh of Diggi Palace.

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Swati Ubroi

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Model Kanika Toure
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Bharat Sainani.
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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.
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Model Rhea Subbaiah

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Sidharth & Rakshitha.

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Model Ashanti.
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Roshmita with Saagar Gera.
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Miss diva 2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy in classic red bridal made with kota doria.
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Heena Bhalla with Saagar Gera.
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Sangeeta & Iqbal.
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Model Heena Bhalla.

Rajesh Pratap Singh

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Model Priyanka Singh

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Model Nikhil Hariwansh
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Pragati Belliappa & Devanshi Verma
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Naina Khan.
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Rajesh Pratap Singh with supermodel Deepti Gujral.

Himmat Singh

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Model Sandy Malik in classic hollywood look by designer Himmat Singh.
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Rishabh Bajaj.
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Model Siddharth Vijaivargia in formal suit.
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Trend-Brooches & Bow ties.

Urvashi Kaur

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Model Sangeeta Gharu.
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Model Heena Bhalla

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Designer Urvashi Kaur having selfie moment with the models post show.

Ajay Kumar

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Vibhu Verma
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Florals for men.
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Mr India Prateik Jain in colorful floral printed shirt with statement metallic necklace.
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Model Rishabh Bajaj.

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Love the quirky shoes.

Samant Chauhan

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Military details.

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Soft side for men.
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Bharat Sainani.

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Trend-Statement Earcuff.

Raghavendra Rathore

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Raghavendra Rathore showcased his range of evening gowns & fomal suits.

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Feminine hair accessories.
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Naina Khan & Sharon Alexander.

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Rohit Bal

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Model Ashanti.
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Model Harshvardhan Ahlawat.
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Rohit Bal gave us some major shoe goals.

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Sandy Malik in classic black bandhgala sherwani.
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Folk dancers of Rajasthan.
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Beauty look for day 1 of the fashion week. Models Pragati & Dewanshi Verma.

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Model Rhea in Sunaina Sood‘s creation.
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Models having fun time-backstage.

Find more photos on my instagram account @abhicolorsmanyu

Street Style India-Models off Duty AIFW S/S 17

Models off duty at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 17

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

P.S. It’s a very long post (over 80 images),so  keep scrolling down 🙂

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Sony Kaur
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Pallavi Singh with Lakshmi Rana
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Erika Packard & Archana Akil Kumar

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Friendship goals! Supermodel Sucheta Sharma & Alesia Raut
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Arshia Ahuja
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Candid moment. Model Suraj Dhalia
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Bearded dapper, Saud Khan.
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Model dressing be like this! Sumit Singh
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Blow a kiss! Model Bahar shooting for a video.
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When I said POSE please!
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Sporty Chic.
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Model Anna Bhasin with fellow model.
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New face.
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Fun moment.Nikita Sahay
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Biker dude.Model Vivek Dhiman
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Surelee Joseph
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Model Ikram Kebdani in Vogue T-shirt.
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Surelee Joseph Shah

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Archana Akil Kumar with Diva Dhawan.
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Erica Almeida.

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Sucheta Sharma & Alesia Raut.
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Rajashree Singha.
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Alice with model Vishakha.
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Lakshmi Rana with Sanea Sheikh.
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Krishna Somani.

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Pallavi Singh.
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Rohmaan Shawl.

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Handsome florals. Ashish Kadyan.
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Archana with street style photographer Samir Rana.
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Bardeep Dhiman with Ana.

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Arshia Ahuja.
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Nikita Sahay.
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Model Sagar Gera.

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Preeti Dhata with Smita Lasrado.

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Apurav Nautiyal.
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Pallavi Singh & Lakshmi Rana.
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Preeti Dhata.
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Nikita Sahay.
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Model RL Bond.

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Preeti Dhata & Candice Pinto
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Supermodel Moment. Rachel Maria Bayros & Sonalika Sahay.
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Mudit Malhotra.

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Khushboo Kankan
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Manish Malik
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Mehr Sandhu

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Dipti Sharma with Hasleen Kaur.
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Hasleen moments before Anavila show.
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Arjun Zander.

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Erica Almeida
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Monochrome stripes. Dipti Sharma.
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Ravish Basist.

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Alice Rosario.

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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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Designer-Chirag Nainani
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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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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.