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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Backstage-Felix Bendish-IISW

IISW season 2 (India International Style Week) day 1 saw grand opening by accessory designer Felix Bendish. Felix showcased his autumn/winter 2017 Ready-To-Wear collection which was also presented earlier this year at London fashion week . The collection merged accessories & clothing together. Felix is also know for mixing humour with fashion. The statements pieces were quite eye popping & were all handcrafted. The show was choreographed by show director Abhimanyu Singh Tomar. So here are some exclusive behind the scenes images I shot at backstage. I will also be posting the backstage highlights from day 2 of IISW in my next post. Till than enjoy this post.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Preity Sinha.

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I can’t talk. Model Aishwarya Joshi in one of the key pieces by Felix Bendish.
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Model Garima Chauhan.
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Model Akanksha Maurya.

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Very glamorous Apala Rajvanshi, also known for her panther like killer catwalk on the runway.
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Red alert. Model Shipra Srivastava of Style Skool, Jaipur.
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Model Antima donning the showstopper outfit.
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Model Devika trying to take a perfect selfie.
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Model Priyanka Parashar quickly poses moments before the show.
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Golden girls.

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Designer Felix fixing the showstopper outfit before the show.

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From the runway.
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An excited viewer recording the show on his smart phone.

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.

Humans of Jaipur Design Carnival 2017

Photo series shot at Jaipur Design Carnival (13th & 14th May 2017)

Pearl Academy, Jaipur

Shot by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Ace designer Manish Malhotra talking about his love for designing clothes & Bollywood.
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That smile-When one of the media member asked about how his mother inspired him. (Also it was mother’s day)
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During his interactive session with students of Pearl Academy.
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Manish Malhotra with Ramalingam Seetharaman, director-Pearl Academy, Jaipur.
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Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy
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Manish Malhotra with Nandita Abraham while appreciating student’s work at jewelry exhibition.

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Candid moment.
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Very graceful & gorgeous, Nandita Abraham.
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Portrait-Craftman Hazarilal, Black Smithy.
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Errol Pires Nelson teaching students the art of braiding.
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“Talk of shining like stars and we Pearlites aim for the moon. An important affair – Pearl Academy’s very own Design Carnival hosted on May 13 – 14 was the perfect place to get a taste of innovation, direct insight to young minds with their work put up for discussions, taking up various interesting craft workshops and a lot more. The most ecstatic of them all being the theatrical act curated by the graduating batch of 2013-17 with their collections”.-Sonali Patel, graduating batch 2017.
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Weaver at Jaipur Rugs workshop.
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“It’s my first time in Jaipur & am very excited & happy with the kind of support Pearl Academy has shown in our craft Tangalia which is now a dying craft”- Baldev Bhai Rathod
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The magical world of toys. Shot Lalon while he was having fun with his students during his Make & Learn Toys workshop.
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Kavita Jain,  Facilitator of Lime Jaali workshop.
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“I always had passion for something fresh and unique which i got to see during Jaipur Design Carnival.  I like the idea of how students got inspired by things around them and expressed their ideas in an innovative way which unquestionably inspired me”. –Akansha Chauhan, Pearl Academy Alumni.
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“Tangalia weaving is 700 years old craft from Gujarat & am happy to share this art with students at Jaipur Design Carnival”- Abhinav, Craftsperson, Tangalia.

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Antonio Maurizio Grioli, Faculty-School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles at Pearl Academy.

Best of Menswear-Street Style-New Delhi

Street Style-New Delhi

Best of Menswear trends 2017

Captured at Amazon India Fashion Week A/W 2017

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Rohan Dahiya, Designer.
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Victor Stadnichenko, model.
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White & gold.
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Gosh Gaurav, Make up artist.

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Kaa Lee Rajput, Fashion blogger.
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Mayank Chauhan, Graphic designer
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Sahil Gulati
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Anurag Dubey
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Fabio
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Prabhav Gautam

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Suraj Dhalia
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Rahul Ahuja, Entrepreneur at Pandolin

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Nitish Arora, Designer & blogger
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Mayank Bajpai, Fashion model
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Varun , Blogger at Beards Eye View
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Sahil Gulati, designer at Mintblush

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Ishaan Singhal, Menswear Blogger & model.
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Edward Lalrempuia, Fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar India.
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Models off duty-Stuart, Sherwin & Ric Guite.

Style Diaries: Dolly, Charuta & Komal

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

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

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Dolly Singh

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

Blog name- Spill the sass

Instagram @spill_the_sass

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

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

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

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

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

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Komal Pandey

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

Blog- The College Couture

Instagram- @thecollegecouture

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

AB: Why “The College Couture” ?

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

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AB: Blogs you look upto?

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

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

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

AB: Worst fashion era ?
KP: 2000’s.

AB: Favorite shopping destination in India?

KP: Sarojini, New Delhi

Komal Pandey, kitschy quirky

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

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

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

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Charuta Arvind Yadav

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

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Instagram- @charuta_modayalda

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

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

AB: Favorite style inspirations?

CY: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

AB: Heels or sneakers?

CY: Heels handsdown.

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AB: According to you the best era in fashion?

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

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

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

AB: Fashion film you love watching?

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

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AB: Your take on latest trends here in India?

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

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AB: Music on your playlist currently?

CY: Lana del ray, Coldplay & Hozier 

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

CY: None

AB: Manish Arora or Ashish UK?

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

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Backstage-Pankaj & Nidhi A/W 2017

Backstage diaries

Designer-Pankaj & Nidhi

Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Anna Bhasin smiling at the camera.

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Model Sangeeta Gharu
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Model Alice Rosario getting her dress fixed.

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Monochromatic checks.
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Model Surbhi.
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Final touch-ups before the runway. Model Aishwarya Sushmita.
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No paparazzi please. Supermodel Alesia Raut.(my favorite shot from this series)
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High glamour.

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Happy moments.

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Model Krishna Somani.
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Supermodel Rachel Bayros.

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Sapna Kumar.
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Details.
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Final line-up before the show.

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-A Sari Story

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

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

 

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

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

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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