Curtain Raiser-IISW Season 2

After the first successful season , it’s time for the second season of India International Style Week . Last night was full of classic glamour & high fashion drama. The curtain raiser for IISW displayed the latest hair & make-up trends which will also be the look for runway presentation on 12th & 13th August. Show director Abhimanyu Singh Tomar explained the beauty trends are inspired by vintage fashion which includes french bouffants & edgy hairdos. Jaipur based salon Sizzlin Scizzors stylized these looks especially for the fashion week. The event is organised by Ekang events. Ensembles by Vibha Parwani, Geet Vaishakh & Antara Goswami were showcased for the opening scene of the act. Along with them on the upcoming days designer Felix Bendish, Gazal Mishra, Jaya Mishra, Chirag Nainani, Niharika Pandey & Anshu Raja Sen will be displaying their collections. All I can say is the fashion mayhem is about to begin & am super excited to be part of IISW as the official blogger.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Model Preeti Sinha donning the classic french bouffant hairstyle.
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Wild and messy hairdo displayed here by model Manvi Saroya.
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A closer look at vintage inspired make-up.
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Antima Prajapat in tribal inspired hairdo.

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Model Aishwarya Joshi in crimped version of bouffant hairstyle.
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Shipra Srivastava in backcombed dramatic hairdo.
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Pearl Academy-Portfolio 2017

Well it’s March already & we are fortunate to witness Pearl Academy’s Portfolio 2017 (as it usually happens by mid of May) & that too at 5th day of Amazon India Fashion Week, india’s most sought after fashion event. It couldn’t get bigger & better than this I guess(lucky students). Over 350 students showcased their design collection on this prestigious platform of AIFW. From fashion to jewelry to textiles to media & make-up students amazed everyone with their creative projects. Top models Sucheta Sharma, Aastha Ssidana, Donna Masih & Kanika Dev among various others strutted down the runway donning the student’s creation. Show was choreographed by one & only Rashmi Virmani. Have a look at these marvelous designs I shot at Portfolio 2017.

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Text & photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Gujarat Re-invented.

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Accessories Alert!
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Vintage vibes.
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Model Laxmi Pandey.
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Fishnet stockings with white sneakers.
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Model Kanika Dev.
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Menswear collection.

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Designer Sonali Patel from Jaipur campus.

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Donna Masih wearing textured bustier.
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Neo indian bride?
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Texture details.

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Exhibition area at Portfolio 2017.
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Textile student Joshya Sethi posing happily in front of her work.
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Designer Vandana Nair.
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Textile student Samreen Kaur‘s Moroccan architecture inspired work.
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Designer Sancharee Das.
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Designer Shreeya Khemka.
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Designer Vishant Singh
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Filmy diary by Shreya Bajaj.
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Structures.
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The veil.

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Androgynous vibes, Jaipur student Sonali Patel‘s creation using felt.
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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma.

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Media & Make-up student’s work

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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

Portraits-Jaipur Literature Festival

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival the annual literary festival happens every year in the heart of pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan. As the festival is just 3 days away so I thought this would be the right time to publish the portrait series which I shot last year in 2016. This year is going to be special as it also marks the 10th anniversary of the festival.There is something mesmerizing about the festival which drags me to Jaipur every year ever since I first volunteered in 2012. The people, the culture & the music everything is so perfect. Whether it’s the diggipuri chai, the venue diggi palace, clueless crowd or the beautiful voice of anchor Catriona Mitchell, I love everything about the festival.

Last year I thought to do black & white series of portraits capturing the important faces of festival in 2016 starting from the festival director William Dalrympal to controversial indian columnist Shobha De. I felt very lucky to capture these intriguing faces very closely. Every portrait is very special for me & I am very proud to share this photo series with all of you.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

 

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English comedian Stephen Fry.
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Legendary photo journalist Steve Mccurry.
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Transgender rights activist Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi
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Scottish historian & festival director of Jaipur Literature Festival, William Dalrymple.
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Columnist & novelist, Shobha De.
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Writer & photographer Abeer Hoque.
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A brief history of seven killings writer, Marlon James.
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Actress & singer, Ila Arun.
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Jamaican poet & fiction writer, Kei Miller.
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Founder of Siyahi, Mita Kapur.

 

Photoessay-Rajasthan Style Fest 16

Pink city’s fashion enthusiasts came together to celebrate last day of Rajasthan Style Fest. The fashion extravaganza saw endless talent display from Paris Fashion Week designer Felix Bendish to Lakme Fashion Week’s Chirag Nainani, from city’s top models  to celebrity showstoppers, the show had it all. What also caught my attention was the unique styling especially the braided hairdos on models looked very verve. The show director & stylist Abhimanyu Singh Tomar successfully bought fashion & style factor together in the Jaipur city to celebrate the last day of Rajasthan style fest. While designer Felix Bendish had everyone captivated with his exaggerated & eccentric accessories, city’s very own designer Gazal Mishra went all patriotic with her line on handloom fabrics, saw models dressed in tricolor (which is a rare sight to see in a fashion event).

I placed my myself backstage(like always) to have a closer look at designer’s creation & also I have a thing for backstage photography which not only allows me to get candid with the models but also to explore a whole new different area of photography. Somehow I also managed to capture some action from the runway too.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Sangeeta Gharu with Priyanka Singh in designer Chirag Nainani‘s creation.
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Model Dushyant Katewa (left) looks suave in handloom kurta styled with Nehru cap.
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Models in handloom kurtas by designer Gazal Mishra.(right image- model Vishwaraj Singh Lavera with Akshay Rathore)

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Model in Chirag Nainani’s menswear line.Isn’t this perfect for hot summers?
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Model Alia in Felix Bendish‘s creation.
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Models in eccentric metallic jewels. (right-model Priyanka Parashar)
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Model Elly Emily (left) & Alia Gh (right)

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Backstage with model Monika Singh.

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Shirtless dusky men donning statement jewels by Felix Bendish.
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Indian or western, braids goes well with any style this season.

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The braided heads.
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Happily posing-Model Naina Khan.
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Bollywood actress Ruhi Singh in designer Gazal Mishra‘s ensemble.
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Some fashion moments backstage with Mrs Asia International, Komal Kalra Pagarani.

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Dusky beauty Sangeeta Gharu opened the show for designer Felix Bendish in an eccentric headgear.

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Model Rushali Yadav.

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Model Sharon Alexander in dazzling red ensemble.

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Statement necklace for men.
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Miss diva universe Apoorva Sharma was showstopper for Felix Bendish.

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Editorial-Starry Eyes

One fine morning I decided to do some portraits of my friend Ashlesha (glad she agreed finally) & this photo editorial is the result. Ashlesha always had a keen interest in writing. From being my college friend to now one of my muse, her life quotes always inspired me. Her serene beauty, mesmerizing eyes & her natural charm was all I wanted for this photo editorial. Well I won’t say much & can’t say much (I am not good with my writing, am just a photographer) all I hope that you enjoy my this attempt at black & white photography (I still love colors, but black & white is simply divine)

Styled & photographed by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Jewels by Voylla.com (every piece of jewel defines the mood of my dear friend)

 

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Ashlesha Vashistha is a fashion designer by profession & writer by choice. You can follow her writings & life quotes on her blog at https://ashleshavashistha.wordpress.com/

Street Style India-Sunglasses

There is something undeniably unique about sunglasses. Statement sunglasses are the new street style favorite among New Delhi fashionistas.This season seems to be all about going bold & trying out unconventional combinations. Strong , eccentric & assertive are the words which completely defines these stylish folks I captured at Amazon India Fashion Week 16. So here is small photo essay on people with their sunglasses fetish at the fashion week.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Cherry Jain,Vlogger at POPxo
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Style blogger Surbhi Suri of The Fashion Flite.
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Jewel head with cool sunglasses.
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When Indian Kitsch meets Pop art. Fashion blogger Dolly Singh of Spill the Sass.
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Folk jewels with statement glasses.
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Men  with mustache, donning round reflecting sunglasses trend. And do not forget to notice the beautiful details of golden collar with colorful florals.
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‘The Man’ of Indian fashion industry Mr. Sunil Sethi of FDCI (fashion design council of India)
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Acid tones on aviator.
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Beauty Blogger Naina Ruhail of I speak what you love. Leopard print eye details looks very verve & cool.
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Bollywood actress Saba Azad. The kitschy bag adds bohemian vibes to the monochromatic outfit.
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Bearded dapper Aksheev Puri of Mens Xp looks suave in round frames.
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Love how this lady paired statement glasses with Pop art scarf & hot pink bag.
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All Black. Fashion designer Shyma Shetty opted for classic round black peepers.And that hairstyle rocks!
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.From floral head-gear to white Pop frames to gingham checked shirt teamed up with black noodle strap slip dress, everything about this look is so adorable.
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Gauri Verma, designer.
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Designer duo of Nor Black Nor White seen channeling retro sunglasses. Their personal style is one of a kind, very much like Bollywood desi kitsch.

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Fashion Stylist Sidhant Sudhan.
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Anuj Bhutani, Fashion designer.
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Cat-eyes.
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Rujuta Vaidya of Vogue India.
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Mayank Chauhan, Graphic designer at Amazon India.

Street Style – Hair

I will start this blog post with the famous quote by legendary actress Joan Crawford “I think that the most important thing a woman can have-next to talent , of course is her hairdresser.”

Well which clearly tells how important hairstyles are, right hairstyle can add much needed panache to a simple outfit. There is another famous quote which tells the importance of a hairstyle is by American actor Christopher Walken who once said “my hair was famous before I was.”

In India Bollywood remains the strongest fashion inspiration for common people on the streets. However at this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival saw people in some of the most intriguing hairstyles. Talk about color, texture, length & volume people at ZEE JLF had it all.

So here is a photo essay I shot at this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival. The most interesting part is these people are not fashion celebrities , they are common people, tourists, delegates who have traveled to the city of Jaipur exclusively to attend the literature festival. I was so impressed to see lot of people experimenting with their hairstyles. So are you looking out for some hair inspiration?

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Braids-braids-braids.
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Decorating hair with beautiful natural flowers, afterall Frida Kahlo was not the only person to did that.
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Ombre hair.
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Beautiful Braid.This reminds me of last year’s hairstyles at last year’s Paris Fashion Week.

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Fierce Red. This color reminds of character Miranda Hobbes(played by Cynthia Nixon) from 90s famous television series Sex and the City.

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Some shots with face visible.

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Love those curls.
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Isn’t she stunning?

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Portfolio 2016-Pearl Academy, Jaipur

Pearl Academy, Jaipur witnessed another trendy season of their annual event Portfolio 2016. The event showcased creations by the graduating batch of fashion design & jewellery design on the ramp & textile design along with the first batch of Interior design presented their work in the exhibition before the runway show.The show was choreographed by ace choreographer Rashmi Virmani of The Ramp. Top models like Donna Masih, Radhika Bopaiah, Rinku Pahel & Saud Khan to name a few graced the runway in students’ creations. Veteran designer Rina Dhaka was the chief guest of the event.

Here are few of the best designs by the graduating batch of Pearl Academy, Jaipur.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Classic shapes.
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Models in surrealist fashion.
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Robotic Mughal women? Love this statement creation by designer Kinnori Talukder.
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Model in avant garde design by student Dinesh Kumar.
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Model Donna Masih was seen in all happy mood in colorful creation by designer Sukriti.
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Corsets again.
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Texture play.
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New checks. Model Saud Khan looked dapper in this print on print creation by student Nikhil Dawani.
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Delicate details.
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Who need shoes when we have divine white dresses like that.
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Model Aanchal in creation by Harshika Kewalramani.
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At the end all the hard work paids off.
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Reminds me of Panchatantra illustrations.
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Model Radhika Bopaiah in monochromatic dress.

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Arabian nights
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Beautiful cape created out of jute.
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Print Mania-Model Runa Laha with Subhamita

Street Smart Looks

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Trend-Denim on denim

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Geek chic.
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Modern grunge.
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Stripes play.

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Models Namrata Shetty & Aanchal Oberoi in creations by jewellery design student of Pearl Academy,Jaipur.

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Futuristic sunglasses.

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Model Rinku Pahel donning warrior inspired jewellery.
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These boots are meant for walking.

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New Concept of Beauty at 11.11 Cell DSGN show

 

Runway shows are no longer just about models sashaying down the runway & posing expressionlessly. At least the current group of young designers are breaking the norms & utilizing those 5-10 mins of show time to not only showcase the clothes but also to set the aura & mood according to their theme/inspiration. At recently happened Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 16 the pret label 11.11 by designer Shani Himanshu & Mia Morikawa re-introduced the concept of beauty with their latest collection. It was backstage themed show, models were styled in out the bed look with loose clothes & some with puffy eyes. Instead of posing on the head ramp models were reading inspirational quotes, model Kanishtha Dhankar, Alice Rosario & actress Sarah Jane Dias impressed everyone with their stay strong speeches & effortless performances. I enjoyed capturing the ‘in process’ concept of beauty & would definitely love to see more fabulous shows like this in future.o

Text & Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Hair color in process & I love this ‘in-process’ look.

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How about this lip color with muted dress? I think it works!

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Model-Aishwarya Singh
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Model-Carol Humtsoe

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Beautiful details.

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Model-Kanishtha Dhankar
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Bollywood Actress Sarah Jane Dias
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No that’s not a rehearsal picture, it’s the actual show!