Backstage- JJ Valaya- Spring/Summer 18

Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 18

Designer- JJ Valaya

Collection- The PUNJAB (Kapurthala)

Place- NSIC complex, New Delhi

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Hida posing with Aasttha Ssidana.
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Model Erika Packard (left) & Saloni Khanna (Right).
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Model Shashi Bangari with Mili Soni.
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The process. Model Mili Soni.
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Model Sony Kaur opened the grand show by JJ Valaya.
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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.

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Model- Klaudia Kováčová

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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma James.
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Model- Ashanti.

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Model-Ikram Kebdani.

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Model Mansi Kadian  & Divya Mishra
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Happy ending. Models posing happily with couturier JJ Valaya.
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Best of Street Style-Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018

Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 18

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Doodle print.
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Pranav Misra.
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Awoka Awomi with Lirminta Rongpipi.

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Indian Kitsch. Fashion blogger Charuta Yadav & Garvita Garg.
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Actor Milind Soman with Ankita Konwar.
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Kashvi Chauhan.
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Pallavi Chaturvedi of That Desi Girl.
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Pavleen Gujral with Anushka Manchanda.
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Distressed Denims.
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Flower Power.
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Kaleidoscopic shirt. Kim Kimmi.

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Garvita Garg.
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Sheena.

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Stripes & checks play.
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Carol Humtsoe with Van Sangmawia.
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Eshan Hilal.
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Devanshi Tuli.
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Desi Chic.

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Awoka Awomi.

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Stuart Court.

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Surbhi Suri.
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Sarthak Kathuria.
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Pallavi Chaturvedi.
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Sequin Slogan.
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Model Malkeet Singh.

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Surbhi Suri.
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Stuart & Sherwin Court.
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Kajal Mishra of India Fashion Blogger.

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Kashvi Chauhan.

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Charuta
Charuta.
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Stuart Court.
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Aanchal Rai with Sherwin Court.
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Joshya Sethi.
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Isshaan Singhal.
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Designer Nitish Arora.

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Model Anurag Gupta. (I am sensing a major trend here)
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Surbhi Suri.

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Stuart Court.

Tourism Chic-Street Style India

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

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

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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

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Laid back is the new cool?
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Messy hair.

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

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

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

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At last, Namaste!

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.

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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Rishabh Chadha
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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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That quirky suit!
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Sidhant Sudhan & Sameer Madan
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Karan Torani
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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.

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-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

Street Style-Best of Menswear at AIFW S/S 17

This season take inspiration from the best of Menswear at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 17. 

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Hugo ,fashion designer. Wearing-Dhruv Kapoor.
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Nitish Arora, Menswear Blogger. Love-Cowboy fringed jacket with 60s polka dots.
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Pranav Misra, Fashion designer-Huemn
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Nathaniel Weller, Fashion Blogger
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Trend– Military colors
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Nitiz Kaila, wearing denim over sweet pastels.
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Love– Katy Perry California Girls T-shirt with classic black blazer.

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Trend– Military punk
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Men in skirt, love how men of New Delhi are exploring & breaking gender barriers.
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Isshaan Singhal, Style Blogger. Trend-Print on print paired up with marsala colored shoes.
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Prabhav Gautam. Trend:Statement neckpiece.
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Rahul Krishna. Trend-Androgyny
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Saurabh Singh, Fashion Stylist. Trend-Athleisure vibes
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Sameer Madan, Menswear designer. Love-Velvet & Bling details.
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Maurizio Grioli
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Kaa Lee Rajput, Fashion stylist & blogger. Love– Tropical trend mixed with classic checks.
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Stuart & Sherwin Court, fashion models. Trend– Black & white.

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Narendra Kumar Ahmed, creative director at Amazon.com
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Pranay Jaitly, Fashion Stylist at Who Wore What When. Trend– Scarves replacing classic tie.