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

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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.

Blog- Modayalda

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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Street Style India-Best of 2016

Looking for some style inspiration to welcome 2017? Here are the best of street fashion moments from this year & the trends which will be huge in 2017 as well. From fashion insiders to bloggers to models, street style this year has reflected a new approach to fashion in India.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Stripe Play. Angelique Raina
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Eyes for details. Komal Pandey.
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High on doodle print. Fashion Blogger Natasha Shrotri.
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Shereen Sikka & Trishala Sikka of Love and Other Bugs.
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Whimsical white. The very stylish Tetseo Sisters wearing Pero by Aneeth Arora.
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Slay it like a supermodel. Model Malkeet Singh.
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Denims forever. Take inspiration from fashion features director of Vogue India,Bandana Tewari.
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Printed dresses for every body types.
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The glamorous pink & powerful black. Lirminta
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Dots, dots everywhere. Artist Tanya Maheshwari in polka galore.
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Athleisure, talk about net mesh, visible metallic zippers, sneakers, bold slogans & logos, this trend has it all. Fashion designer Shyma Shetty with fashion blogger Kayaan Contractor.
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Green will be the color for 2017. Take a cue from fashion stylist & blogger Shaurya Mohan of Morphology blog.
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Metallic gold skirt paired cleverly with classic white shirt. And love the ombre tone pair up on this guy.
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Sheer beauty. Fashion blogger Sharmila Sharma paired sheer black cape with rigged denims & white sneakers.
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Feminine florals. Blogger Aanchal Rai.
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Menswear Blogger Varun of Beards Eye View blog.
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Bling for men. Style curator Kaa Lee Rajput.
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Who said black is boring? take a note from Shradha Kochhar.
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Music Festival Vibes. Purple dress with white sneakers.
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Nude buttery beige tones from delicate to sharply tailored. Fashion bloggers Garvita Garg & Charuta Yadav.

Street Style-What Bloggers wore at AIFWSS17

Street Style of fashion bloggers who impressed with their eccentric style at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 17.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Shereen Sikka & Trishala Sikka of LAOB.
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Pallavi Chaturvedi in Pero by Aneeth Arora.
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Monalisha Mahapatra in Rajdeep Ranawat‘s creation.
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Fashion & lifestyle photo blogger Naina Redhu in designer Felix Bendish‘s statement necklace.(remember her famous hashtag #Eyesforfashion)
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Kayaan Contractor of LAOB.
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All nude tones. Blogger Charuta all belted-up.
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Happy smiles, Blogger Aien Jamir.
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Blogger Komal Pandey in her kitschy avtaar, mixing bollywood popular culture images with indian kitsch.(love the iconic Madhubala images on classic white shirt)
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DIY blogger Cherry Jain.
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Surbhi Suri of The Fashion Flight.
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Bhavna Khiwani of Bae & Kae blog.
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Bindi & Beauty.Shraddha of Lil miss Gurung blog.
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Quirky slogan. Blogger Garvita Garg.
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Aanchal Sukhija of Delhi Style Blog.
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Shaurya Mohan of Morphology Blog.
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Shreya Kalra of For the love of fashion & other things blog.
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Blogger Pratibha Bhaduria in designer Samant Chauhan‘s chanderi ensemble.
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Devyani Kapoor of Breviloquent blog
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Blogger Apurva Saxena‘s desi twist. Who said sarees was only for festivals.
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A behind the scenes moment. Fashion blogger Akansha Redhu.
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Srishti Soumya of Style Fashion Etc blog.
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Aanam Chashmawala of What When Wear blog.

Models Off duty-Street Style-Lakme Fashion Week

Well! we all love what models wear on the runway, thousands of pictures are taken of the beautiful outfits on the catwalk, get published in ‘n’ number of magazines & newspapers but not much is mentioned about model’s off duty style. I was very much fascinated by the idea of capturing the models in their true style, focusing on what they wear off duty, when they are not on the runway, how they dress up & also was keen on capturing some candid moments on the street.Like a true paparazzi or say like a style stalker I followed the models on the streets to investigate their personal style. What’s your favorite model off duty style? Mention in the comment section below.

So here is a major throwback to last season of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 16.

P.S. it’s a long post with over 40 images, so keep scrolling 😉

Photographs By Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

 

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“Everyday is a fashion show & the world is your runway” this fashion quote is just perfect caption for this picture. Model Pallavi Singh.
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In the middle of hair & make up for shows, models love to chill outside for few minutes.
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Model Carol Humtsoe realaxing post show. Love her androgynous style.
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Capturing model Rikee Chaterjee like a paparazzi.
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Happy Smiles.
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Model Rikee seen channeling biker chic trend here pairing striped tee with leather jacket.
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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma loves to experiment with her wardrobe when it comes to off duty style. After all who said you can’t wear bling on daytime, learn from Sucheta & slay like a true fashionista.
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Model Rikee having fun time capturing model Sucheta Sharma.
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Sucheta was seen wearing sporty white sneakers but with some light drama.
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We can’t stop & we won’t stop.
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Love the mix of net-mesh with printed high waisted shorts on model Pallavi Singh.
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Bringing the sexy back. Model Krithika Babu (left) & Radhika Bopaiah (right).
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Time for some fun.
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Braid your hair like a supermodel.
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Easy, chic & minimal. Model Sanea Sheikh.
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High on doodle print. Model Alice Rosario.
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Add some tomboy drama & look super cool like model Alice Rosario.
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Printed tops. Kanishtha Dhankar (left) & Archana Akil Kumar (right)
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Model Shweta Dolli having a cool moment post runway show.

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Model Alicia Kom.

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Too much heat? Model Smita Lasrado looks cute in heart shaped sequinned motif t-shirt paired up with short skirt.

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Supermodel Archana Akil Kumar having fun time with fellow models.

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Model Aishwarya Sushmita.

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Trend-Back to school. Model Sony Kaur (left) & Shreya Chaudhary (right)
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Beat the Mumbai heat with quirky sunglasses. Model Nikita Sahay (left) & Sony Kaur (right)
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Quirky vibes. Model Kavita Kharayatk.
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Model Nikita Sahay.
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Supermodel Rachel Bayros with Pallavi Singh.

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Androgynous style. Model Aditi Mishra.
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Throw printed dress over classic white shirt & you are ready to win the style game. Model Smita Lasrado. Love the twin bun.
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Shirt dress with sneakers looks uber chic. Model-Ritu Chauhan.

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Denim Game.
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Alicia Kom was seen wearing sporty chic trend throughout the entire fashion week.
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Remember the April 2016 Elle India cover girl? Model Diya Prabhakar
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Bohemian Rhapsody. Model-Heena Bhalla.

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Trend-School girl fashion.
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Model Radhika Bopaiah.

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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-What Fashion Bloggers Wore at Lakme Fashion Week

Fashion Bloggers, without a doubt are the most stylish people at the fashion weeks. They know how to convert a trend you see on runway into reality. I will not say much as the pictures speaks a lot here. So presenting the most fashionable bloggers I spotted at Lakme fashion week Summer/Resort 16.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Shereen Sikka with Trishala Sikka, Fashion Bloggers at Love and Other Bugs

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Kayaan Contractor with Trishala Sikka, style bloggers at Love and other Bugs

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Aanam Chashmawala of blog What When Wear
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A behind the scenes shot.
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Santoshi Shetty of blog The Style Edge.

 

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Captured this look on day 1 of the fashion week.
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Santoshi Shetty in Shweta Kapur‘s outfit at day 2.

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New Blogger in the town, Prerna Mehra of The girl in sky high heels.
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Love the hint of color with all white look.
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Juhi Godambe of Juhi Godambe Blog
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Remember her street style videos last season at Lakme Fashion Week? Check them out on her youtube channel here.
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Scherezade Shroff spotted at Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week
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Blogger Sherry Shroff known for her Youtube Beauty & fashion tutorial videos..
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Sequin details of this beautiful skirt by Dhruv Kapoor.
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Masoom Minawala of Style Fiesta

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That moment when she was getting captured by a lot of street style photographers & she decided to capture them ! (of course I was one of them)
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Pallavi Singh of Modaninja Blog.
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In designer Siddhartha Bansal‘s printed quirky skirt.
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Ritu Arya of Blog Razzle Dazzle Pickle.

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Angelina Pongener Youtuber at The 97 Note Book

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Kajal Mishra of India Fashion Blogger.

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Rashi Verma, Vlogger. Also stylist behind Alisha The Web series, India’s first ever fashion inspired spy series, perfect blend of mystery & fashion. You can check the entire web series here 
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Rashi’s style is very kitschy & colorful.

Street Style-What Bloggers Wore at AIFW A/W 16

Besides runways at fashion week, a lot of fashion happens off the runways too, i.e. street style. Indian fashion blogging scene has evolved and grown over years. Take any fashion week, the style bloggers are the one who makes the fashion crowd look very verve with their unique style & persona. So here are few of the stylish bloggers I captured at recently happened Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 in New Delhi.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

1.Dolly Singh of Blog- Spill the Sass

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2. Naina Ruhail of blog I speak what you love

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Her make-up is always on point & I never miss to take a portrait shot of her face.

3. Aien Jamir of Blog Fashion & I

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Known for her feminine & elegant style, Aien Jamir was seen spotting bohemian style on Day 1 of the fashion week.

4. Shaurya Mohan of Morphology blog

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Mostly seen in kitschy avatar Shaurya was seen spotting classic Coco Chanel look at Day 3 of the fashion week.

5. Surbhi of Fashion Flight

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6. Rasna Bhasin of Rasnabhasin.com

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7. Charuta of Moda Yalda blog

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Charuta was definitely one of the most photographed blogger of the fashion week, her distinctive style made her talk of the town during the 5 day fashion week.

8. Zina & Zoya of Terrible Twos

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9. Naina Redhu of Naina.co

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One of my favourite Indian Blogger, Naina Redhu known for the visuals she creates or captures, but is also known for her personal style which is quite unpredictable, every time I see her in some different avatar.
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 Love the hint of paisleys on stole & of course the shoes looks very mode.

Street Style-Indian Models

Best of Street style of Indian Models at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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2. Mitali Rannorey & Sony Kaur

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3.Heena Bhalla

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You will mostly find Heena in cool printed jumpers & good sneakers, probably white.

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4.Palak Gupta

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It is interesting to capture models after they are done with their hair & make up for different shows as it adds an extra edge to the street style.

5.Meenakshi Rathore

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6. Sonalika Sahay

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7.Rinku Pahel

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Street Style-What Bloggers Wore at AIFW S/S 2016

Fashion Bloggers are definitely changing the perspective of fashion in India. You will find them wearing pieces from the runway to streets in a way never seen before.Whether it’s about mixing designer pieces with thrift clothes or styling it with cool accessories, they make sure to nail it everytime. So here is a photo story on ‘Indian fashion & style bloggers’ at Amazon India Fashion Week.

Photographs & Text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Kayaan Contractor,Shereen Sikka & Trishala Sikka of LAOB(Love & other bugs).

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Kayaan Contractor at Day 5 AIFW S/S 16
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Santoshi Shetty of ‘The Style Edge’. An artchitecture student turned fashion blogger,definitely knows how to transform a piece from runway to something very verve. P.S. it was a treat to capture her.
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Rashi Verma ,Fashion Stylist & Vlogger at MAVEGIRLS. Her style is quirky and you will always catch her in some statement accessories and innovative hairdos. And her Youtube videos are must watch for every style enthusiast. Check her video series on her channel Blush on Youtube.
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Naina Redhu of blog Naina.co, her  captures are fresh take on how the street style culture is growing in India, her pictures not only includes people at fashion week but can be anybody well dressed in a shopping mall,streets or various events around the country.
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Aanchal Sukhija of Delhi Style blog Day 3 AIFW s/s 16
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Love her kitschy style,always amazes me with some new and creative way of styling ensembles.
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Pallavi of That Desi Girl. Here beautifully channels trend ‘normcore’ for Day 4 AIFW s/s 16
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Her long hair look definitely cathes the attention and she always gracefully carries her look.
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Aien Jamir‘s blog is one of my favorite indian style blog. The Blog is visually appealing and her style is beautifully captured by photographer Rawky. 
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Day 4 at AIFW S/S 16
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Surbhi of Fashion Flight. At Day 5 AIFW S/s 16
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Her style definitely changes from day to day . One day you will catch her in a saree and denim the next .Her style is definitely unique and treat to all street style photographers.

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Zina Singh.You will find the fresh pieces straight from the runway in their wardrobe.Check the blog by Twin sisters Zoya & Zina Singh at Terrible Twos

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Sukhneet Wadhwa of Ms Coco Queen. I was hesitant at first capturing her because of the slogan but couldn’t stop myself capturing ,as her style is so effortless.
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Love the sequins & check combination.
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Dolly Singh of Spill the Sass. Her style is easy,affordable yet very unique.You will find kitschy accessories and lots of colors in her style.