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.

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.

Backstage-Ken Ferns

Ken Ferns runway show was definitely a party but what you might not be aware of is the backstage was equally a party in-fact a beachwear Hawaiian party to be precise. Ken Fern showcased his latest spring/summer collection at Jaipur for the first season of IISW (India International Style Week). Models were seen donning colorful floral headpieces, Geek glasses & were covered from head to toe in funky prints. Male models went a step ahead and were seen flaunting bare chested oiled bodies with summer tan & were wearing just printed beachwear shorts.

It seems like the print game is on in India with new designers & labels like Siddhartha Bansal, Quirk box & now Ken Ferns the quirky print trend has finally arrived to add lot of fun to your style. So through this photo essay I am taking you to the other side of runway i.e. backstage & giving you a closer look at Ken Ferns latest summer collection.

Text & Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Electrifying party at backstage.
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Model-Dushyant.

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Chips Time!
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Miss India Elite 2014 Bhavyata Sharma in quirky printed top with matching skirt.
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The screen at backstage helps the designer, stylists & models to coordinate & enjoy the runway moment.

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Model Jitesh Thakur in matching printed shorts & T-shirt.

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Flower Power
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Model Jatin Khirbat in printed speedos.
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Matching bag-packs with shorts.
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Models lined up for the sequence.
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Print connection. Yes there was a lot of similarity in terms of prints for both menswear as well as women’s wear.
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Hawaiian beach kind of look. Model-Anjeet Tushir
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Flower, flower everywhere.

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Geek-chic.
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How cool is that, insects as quirky motifs. Geek glasses adding more fun element to the look.

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Print on print for men.

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Lot of fun on runway.
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Show was not just about the typical catwalk, models were swirling & twirling on the runway. Models were also seen blowing whistles for the final run-through at the end.

Backstage-IISW-Jaipur

Pink city Jaipur witnessed another fashion extravaganza, this time it was India International Style Week (IISW) . The show was graced by Bollywood celebrities like Soha Ali Khan, Mandana Karimi & Nusrat Bharucha as showstoppers. The designers showcased their spring/summer line for the first season of IISW, city’s very own designer Gazal Mishra opened the show in neat silhouettes using vegetable dye mixed with kantha stitch. While designer Ken Ferns showcased his beach wear collection (which I will share in the next post) designer Shivina Agnani displayed the red carpet glamour & designer Akash Chaudhary presented his menswear line. Ace models from Delhi & Mumbai like Pooja Bimrah, Jitesh Thakur, Hida Siddhiqui, Jyotpriya Sud to name a few participated & increased the much needed glamour quotient of the event.The ornate show was choreographed by Lokesh Sharma who is also the show director (this time used a lot of grovy music on the runway).

I like always had fun time shooting at my favorite place-Backstage. Like I always say the real fun is backstage & I madly love the behind the scenes chaos at the fashion week( I also had an awkward moment ‘Bhaiyaji meri bhi photo lena’ which every fashion photographer hates, fashion blogging is an age old concept now but it seems it is still very new & developing atleast in Jaipur). Surprisingly the models were very cooperative as my photo essay was kinda invading their privacy, some of them refused & some agreed but overall it was a fabulous experience as I went home with some good clicks.

So this time presenting the show from the other angle & to let my viewers/readers to know (a little) about the glamorous & hectic lives of indian fashion models at the fashion week through this photo essay.

Text & Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model-Bhavyata Sharma.

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Model Tridisha & Ishika (left) Miss India Heritage 2015 Pooja Bimrah in red carpet kinda pose (right)

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Frilly affair- Model Shweta Kaushik

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Candidly Mandana Karimi.
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Happy smiles! Soha Ali Khan (left) Bigg boss 9 star Mandana Karimi with designer Gazal Mishra (right) both the celebrities were showstopper for designer Gazal Mishra.
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Starry eyes-Model Tridisha Baruah

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Let me take a selfie. Model Pooja with Jitesh Thakur.
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All smiles- model Nikita Yadav
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Model Dushyant Katewa in four piece sky blue suit by Gazal Mishra.
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nervous moments.
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Model Tridisha Baruah & Ishika Agnihotri in sequinned gowns.
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Men in bandhgalas by designer Gazal Mishra.
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Designer Shivina Agnani presented her metallic evening gown designs inspired by theme ‘Drama Queens’.

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Model revising the choreography sequence.
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Model in headgear.
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Model Pooja Bimrah.

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All that glitters!

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Model Ishika right before going for the catwalk for designer Shivina Agnani.
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Go Green- Models in nature inspired creations.

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Make-up moments before the runway.
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This tribal jewellery is so kitsch. 
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Model-Jyotpriya Sud.
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Model Hida Siddiqui.
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Metallic jacket.
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Provogue Mr Photogenic winner Jitesh Thakur, dressed up in formals.
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Model Hida Siddhiqui all ready for the runway.
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Yes! men can wear pink.
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That look! male model in intense beard.
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Men in cool pastels.
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The wait- models lined up before the show.
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Model Jitesh Thakur in Gazal Mishra’s menswear line.

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Love this folk inspired metallic neckpiece.
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It is a very hectic moment for models as they have to run after every show for the next change & sometimes just have few minutes to change the clothes & get ready.
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Models in Gazal Mishra‘s creation.