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.

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.

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

Style Style Rajasthan- Exploring Bundi

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Shot during Bundi Utsav 2016.

Place Bundi, Rajasthan.

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Colorful shakra dance performers during Bundi Utsav.
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Details- florals.
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So kitschy, full of colors.
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Waist belt or Kamarband.
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Musical artist of Rajasthan.
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Men of Bundi were seen donning white attire with red Bandhani(craft technique for print) turban .
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Dhoti, Kurta & shawl.

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Costume-Front details.
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Costume-Back details.
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Pop culture-street art at Bundi.
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Checks & turban.
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Layering inspiration for winters? Local sadhu at a sweet shop.
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Colorful Cafes in Bundi.
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Do visit this small tea shop by Krishna in Bundi.
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Love the hippie inspired interiors of Krishna’s Chai.

Hippie Vibes- Pushkar Fair 2015

 

Want to live the 60s hippie culture now? Pushkar city of Rajasthan is the right place to re-live the 60s youth movement. From people in dreadlocks to tie-dye T-shirts you will find it all here. Special recommendation to visit the city during Pushkar Fair which generally happens in the month of November(this year the dates are 8th Nov to 15th Nov 2016).

This street Style photo story is about the tourists I captured in candid moments at Pushkar Fair 2015.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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That shade of hair color is so verve.

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I discovered a whole new culture out there which was young, free & full of madness.
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Printed headbands & nose rings.

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How beautifully this women has put together lace & florals & those dreadlocks are adding so much character to her look.

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Images of indian gods & goddesses are very common on T-shirts in the market of Pushkar.

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Metallic jewels with a floral head-piece.
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Those printed bohemian skirts looks so cool with oversized kitschy bags.

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At the end all I can say is I LOVE PUSHKAR & would love to spend more time in this city whenever I re-visit it.

Sakhi by Vedanta Hindustan Zinc -Fashion Show 2015

Vedanta Sakshi by Hindustan Zinc

‘Sakhi’ is an initiative taken by Vedanta Hindustan Zinc regarding women empowerment. They believe  when you empower a rural women, socially and economically, she bring prosperity in her family, village and ultimately the entire country and I completely agree with them. Once the rural and tribal women are part of ‘Sakhi’ they are groomed and trained in non-Farm based activities that included tailoring, stitching, tie & dye, meenakari, terracotta, embroidery, artificial jewellery making, etc.

Supermodels like Lakshmi Rana, Sonalika Sahay and Femina Miss India Koyal Rana walked the ramp in creations by rural & tribal women at ‘Sakhi’, presenting a line of ethnic wear. The show was choreographed by ace choreographer Rashmi Virmani and make-up was done by Anu Mehra. Front row witnessed the veteran fashion designers like Anand Bhushan,Jattinn Kochhar, Rajdeep Ranawat and princess Diya Kumari was the cheif guest.

In association with ETV Rajasthan.

Venue- Clerks Amer,Jaipur

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

This is how the show started, love the shadow play, very interesting way of storytelling along with a informative documentary. You see the documentary here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOE87J2thuE
This is how the show started, love the shadow play, very interesting way of storytelling along with a informative documentary.
You can see the documentary here-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOE87J2thuE
Decorated ramp with beautiful Rajasthan folk painting called 'mandana'.
Decorated ramp with beautiful Rajasthani folk painting called ‘mandana’.
Supermdel Lakshmi Rana sashayed down the runway in red Rajasthani bandhani saree.
Supermdel Lakshmi Rana sashayed down the runway in red Rajasthani bandhani saree.

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Supermdel Donna Masih.
Supermdel Donna Masih.
Model Nikita Sahay (left) Lakshmi Rana(middle) and Kanika Dev (right)
Model Nikita Sahay (left) Lakshmi Rana (middle) and Kanika Dev (right)
Kids were also sent on runway and showcased a line of school uniforms.
Kids were also sent on runway and showcased a line of school uniforms.
Supermodel Sonalika Sahay.
Supermodel Sonalika Sahay.
Femina Miss India Koyal Rana was showstopper.
Femina Miss India Koyal Rana was showstopper.

Vedanta Sakshi by Hindustan Zinc

'Kesariya Balam' was played as show music to make the aura culturally rich.
‘Kesariya Balam’ was played as show music to make the aura culturally rich.
The designers were the rural and tribal women of Rajasthan working for 'Sakhi' campaign.
The designers were the rural and tribal women of Rajasthan working for ‘Sakhi’ campaign.

Know more details about ‘Sakshi’ Campaign on their official blog- http://vedantasakhi.blogspot.in/