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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Mirror-Mirror.
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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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Backstage-DNA Fashion Connect

Pink city Jaipur witnessed another fashion extravaganza in form of season 1 of DNA fashion connect  which bought city based popular designers as well as upcoming designers on one platform to celebrate fashion & style. Fashion designer Gazal Mishra, Pooja Miglani, Suvigya Sharma, Karn Pratap Khuteta, Kirti Rathore &  Jaya Gajawat showcased the latest trends on the catwalk. The event also saw Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli, famous TV actor Aman Verma, Mr India finalist Bharat Sainani & top model Mudit Malhotra who walked the runway as showstoppers along with city’s popular faces Sangeeta Gharu, Dushyant Katewa & Priyanka Parashar. The show was directed by Abhimanyu Singh Tomar. Bollywood groovy tracks as well as international chartbusters like Cheap Thrills by Sia or Sorry by Justin Bieber were played on the catwalk.

Here I am sharing the personal portraits I shot at backstage (as usual) of the collection to give a closer look on details of the ensembles. While I was having fun shooting backstage, official photographer Jiten Agarwal was having blast shooting the runway (check the runway images on JPIC.in)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Location-Grand Uniara, Jaipur

Designer-Suvigya Sharma
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Model Dushyant
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Mudit Malhotra
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Dhruv Soni

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Pooja Miglani
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Aishwarya Joshi
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Sangeeta Gharu

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Manvi Saroya
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Model Bharat Sainani for designer Karn Pratap Khuteta.
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Antima & Priyanka
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A happy selfie. Designer Gazal Mishra with model Aishwarya.
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Sangeeta Gharu

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Manvi

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Kirti Rathore
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Royal & regal. Model Mohit
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Men wearing statement jewels is a common sight in Rajasthan Rajput weddings.Model Vishwaraj

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Model Dushyant Katewa.
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Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli moments before the show.
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Television actor Aman Verma joining the hand of designer  Kirti Rathore for the final bow.

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.

Backstage-The Hottest Male Model Portraits

Since Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016 was full of crafts & celebrating the handmade in Rajasthan, the day 2 of the fashion week seems to be entirely dedicated to the handcrafted indian saree. The fashion week overall was high on womenswear but what grabbed the attention of the female attendees majorly were the handsome indian male models donning the 6 yards of grace (saree) with lot of panache & confidence. It was interesting to see how handcrafted sarees by the national awarded weavers were draped on male models, taking inspiration from ancient indian saree drapes.Talk about sarees as stole or sarees with denims, it included all the major possible experiments with 6 yards of fabric but on a male model body this time . So here is a small black & white photo essay celebrating the beauty of indian men in saree, which is very rare & completely deserves the attention.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Rishabh Bajaj.
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Harshvardhan Ahlawat.

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Dev Paimal with lord Shiva tattoo on his back.

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Model Mohammed Iqbal (left) & Rishabh Bajaj (right)
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Prajwal Ponnanna

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Well once Vidya Balan said “Saree is the only garment which covers the right amount & shows the right amount” . Does that applies on men too?
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Model Sandy Malik with Harshvardhan
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Siddharth Vijayvargie
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Irfan Shaik
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Well it’s not easy to look masculine in sarees, take a note from these boys.
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Sandy Malik.

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Vibhu Verma

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.