Highlights: Asian Designer Week 2017

From runways to the streets to backstage, here are the fashion photo stories I shot at season 4 of Asian Designer Week summer/resort 2017.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Naina Khan in Anaam.
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Classic white shirt re-invented.
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Artist Nimisha Verma in Anaam.
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Designer Sumiran Kabir Sharma with his muse Nimisha Verma.
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Model R L Bond.
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Ethnic galore. Designer- Ashikur Rahman Pony.
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Men donning nose ring & bindis.
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Kajal Srivastava.
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Models Dushyant & Ashanti in Bangladesh based designer Ashikur’s creation..

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Aishwariya Joshi.
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Designer Sweety Sharma.
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Kitschy Saree.
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Naina Khan
Backstage

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Model Tridisha Barua getting dolled up at backstage of Asian Designer Week.
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Model Parul Mishra looks regal donning desi bauble.

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Model Sangeeta Gharu.

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Street Style

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Dimple Chaudhary.
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Aaron Ian Lyngdoh, Talk show host of WION’s Unscripted.

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Hair game on point. Pratibha Chaudhary
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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.

Street Style-Models Off Duty at AIFW A/W 16

We see them on runway channeling attitude & personality according to the designer’s theme & collection. But what is the real side of fashion models? what they like? how they dress up off the ramp? These were the certain questions I had in my mind,  so I stalked the top models of our country for 5 days during Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 & this photo essay is the answer. I didn’t want the models to pose for this photo story particularly looking into the camera (like we see in most of the fashion publications & websites) so I just followed them like a paparazzi.

Of course they look amazing on ramp but it’s their off duty style which tells a bit about their personality & the style they follow, isn’t that interesting? Have a look.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Perfect Model Moment- Smita Lasrado, Archana Akhil Kumar, Preeti Dhata, Surelee Joseph & Arshia Ahuja (left to right)
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Coolest girl gang at fashion week.
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Caught in happy moment, model Arshia Ahuja.
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Models were later joined by Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.
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Model Ugochi in aztec printed shirt styled with pale pink denims.

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Model Kanishtha Dhankar was seen wearing strapless black top with black slim denims.
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Happy Smiles! Model Patricia(extreme left)
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Models from Gaurav Gupta show, seen donning grunge look off duty.
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Model Klaudia kovacova.
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Androgynous look. Model Sonalika Sahay.
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Model Swathi Bhandary opted for monochromes.
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Tall, Dark & Beautiful- Model Radhika Bopaiah

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Model Krishna Somani was seen in summery dress, love those shoes.
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Model Smita Lasrado teamed up denim shirt with wide-legged denim trousers & black boots.
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Pair elongated long kurta with rigged denims & brogues. Model Rachel Bayros.
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Model Klaudia & Donna Masih.

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Candid Candice Pinto.

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This is not exactly a street style shot, as model Sucheta Sharma was shooting for designer Shruti Sancheti. But I love the way Sucheta has made the entire ensemble so playful & full of quirk plus they were shooting around the show venue.
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Joyful moment.

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Model Kanika Dev was seen in summer jacket with long black dress.
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Model Ashwati Ramesh.
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Busy, busy & very busy!

And spotted few male models with interesting style.

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Model Jitesh Thakur kept it simple with hat & sunglasses.

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Beard with kohled eyes.
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Model Rinku Pahel was seen in denim on denim look paired with white plimsolls.

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Model Udit Gaur in printed zippered jumper & denims. Love the blue sneakers.
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Print on print Trend- Model Sanjeet Singh
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Round peepers looks cool on his face.
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Happy Happy!
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Looking Dapper- Model Saud Khan
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Love the floral brooch & Stripes.

Photo Essay-Backstage-Dhruv Kapoor

Shooting backstage is always fun, it is the main process room where models are getting dressed up & all not so fashionable things happen. Everybody is running here & there, make up artists are working on giving touch ups at the same time designers/stylists are giving the final touch to the collection, before the models go for catwalk. So I had a great opportunity of shooting backstage for Vogue India Fashion Fund winner Dhruv Kapoor’s Autumn/Winter 16 collection at recently happened Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. The collection was blend of sports-luxe which is also his signature style (Remember the jumpers with  slogans ‘Cool’ & ‘India’ on Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh respectively in Vogue India) mixed with evening wear details. Fur with exaggerated sleeves, unfinished hems, buckle straps, sequins & combat boots were the main highlights of the collection.

There were ace photographers like Mehtaab Mann, Manasi Sawant of Elle India & Jimmy Granger shooting the backstage portraits & beauty shots with humongous equipments, directing the models confidently for the perfect shot. I was very much fascinated by seeing top models like Lakshmi Rana, Sony Kaur & Smita Lasrado to name a few posing for the camera backstage. I wanted to capture the ongoing backstage madness so this photo essay focuses on the action going on behind the scenes-making of a successful fashion show.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Lakshmi Rana (left) Smita Lasrado with Sony Kaur (right)

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Model Sony Kaur (left) & Alicia Kom (right)

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