Photo essay-The New Indian Men

What I notice in terms of indian men’s fashion is how dramatic it has became over the past two years. Love how designers are pushing the boundaries whether it is about the new tones of colors, model castings for runway or innovative styling ideas. Something really interesting is happening on the runway & streets of India. Whether it is the new & young breed of indian designers in men’s clothing or models with strong personalities on the catwalk, menswear is definitely shaping into something unique & stylish, like never before. So here is a small photo essay compiling the pictures I took at the major fashion weeks of India as well as the fashion on the streets in last two years which visually defines how menswear has witnessed a drastic change. I feel it is the new era. Don’t you? Please mention your unfiltered thoughts on the comment section below.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore


Television star Vishal Singh (left) & model Rinku Pahel in designer Sourabh Kant Srivastava‘s ensemble.
Men in distress. Designer Arjun Saluja completely shocked me with this presentation, I was happy that I was able to capture the models so closely, it was kind of an exhibition which gave media a closer look at the clothes & details. Also the casting for this show was done artistically as every model looked poles apart from each other with individual personalities & at the same time all in distress.
Dhruv Vaish‘s new collection at Lakme Fashion Week was definitely breathe of fresh air as he provided multiple options for men, love the colors, cuts & layering.
Whether it was print on print or the high waisted dhoti pants, it was hard to ignore this collection which was subtle as well as unique at the same time.
Withe the recent years all I see is a blast of colors whether on the runway or on the streets.Model Danish in Wendell Rodricks‘s creation.(right)


Dreadlocks as seen on the streets & on Nor Black Nor White catwalk show at Lakme Fashion Week.
This was by far one of my favorite show at this season of Lakme Fashion Week. Look at the models castings for this show, which includes people of all body types & more importantly  so different from each other.
Modern cuts, futuristic tones & sensational vibes at Huemn by Pranv Misra & Shyma Shetty.


Men donning fake eyelashes & dramatic head gears, designer Shilpa Chavan definitely broke the gender barriers. Also you can notice a hint of feminine floral lace in the headgear.
I won’t call this androgyny, as men in kilt is very manly (check the great history of this iconic piece which stretches to 16th century). Supermodel Namit Khanna in Manish Bansal‘s Summer/Resort 15 collection at Lakme Fashion Week.
When it comes to mixing tradition, culture & fashion, Ashish, Viral & Vikrant always impresses with their distinctive take on style & fashion. Yes!! gone are the days when the occasional wear fo men was made in just 5 to 6 metres of fabric, the creations above show how grand Men’s fashion can be when it is about India.
Fashion industry’s two biggest maestros Rajesh Pratap Singh (left) & Rohit Bal (right) believes in breaking the boundaries in terms of men’s clothing.
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Kaa Lee Rajput, fashion week regular is a complete style chameleon always seen experimenting with fashion & trends in his own way. 
Prominent new faces on the runway as seen in last two years were Saud Khan & Saagar Gera. Designer-Divyam Mehta
People say every men is donning beard these days,umm maybe but look at these two men so different & stylish. Pranav Guglani (left) of was seen wearing interesting optical art shirt paired up with all pastels while in Mumbai, blogger Al Claudius (right) was seen beating the summer heat in designer Manish Bansal‘s T-shirt, so if you think men can’t carry bling, than you might have to reconsider your statement.
All braided. Model Saagar Gera breaking the style rules at Divyam Mehta show.
Designer-Rohit Kamra. Model-Jitesh Thakur
The new dapper? Casting of models for the runway has also changed a lot in recent times. Model Amit Ranjan in Rohit Kamra‘s show with long hair & beard.
Another game changer in menswear, designer Ujjawal Dubey creates relaxed as well as unique clothing for men.
Gothic men at Rohit Bal‘s show. Rohit Bal always breaking the gender roles, remember the male models donning sindoor years ago?
From the top if you see, one can easily imagine that the shoes are going to be some formal brogues but the it is a relaxed version of suits which is paired with dramatic flats. Model Jitesh in creation by Ashish N Soni.
Dots & pom pom. Just love it!
Purple florals for men. Himanshu Bhasin in Siddhartha Tytler‘s creation for AIFW S/S 2016.
Wear the art. Model in designer AartiVijay Gupta‘s outfit.
Men in powder tones, creations by Jaipur based designer Gazal Mishra. Shot at season 1 of IISW. Model Dushyat Katewa with Jatin Khirbat.
Sartorial splendor of colors & prints. Model Sumit Singh(left) in a creation by Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna at the finale of AIFW AW 16, also the only menswear which was seen at finale of Amazon India Fashion Week this season. Model-backstage(right) in a resort wear collection by designer Ken Ferns. So we can print on print working in both the ways, one is very occasional & another is for very relaxed holiday wear.

The Fashion i-Workshop- Pearl Academy

Last week was full of fun & was completely memorable as I had this wonderful opportunity to do a collaborative fashion visual making workshop with photographer Tarun Garg at Pearl Academy, Jaipur. It was completely a different experience as I graduated two years back from Pearl Academy & now conducting this workshop with the students of the academy as a guest faculty. The 3 day workshop included lot of fun activities & of course the best part was photoshoots. It was interesting to see new students coming up with fresh ideas & even more fun was to guide them throughout the whole project & also to work so closely with the upcoming designers.

I won’t say much but I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the students & here is how we worked together on this workshop.

Photographs & Text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Official Poster for the workshop designed by Kunal Dutta




Final Result– Proud to see my students work being appreciated in exhibition at PORTFOLIO 16. Here are the credits for the images. 1. Shot by Gunjan Jain, Styled by Anjali, Model-Drishti, 2.Shot & Styled by Rajat Mittal, Model Shreshtha, 3.Styled by Mansi, Shot by Palak, Model Sakshi Khanna, 4. Designer & Photographer-Shubhangi Jain, Model-Vaishali,     5.Shot & styled by Palak Jain, Model-Mansi, 6.Shot & Styled by Drishti, Model-Vasudha Tiwari

Some behind the scenes action

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Me working on Styling( Picture Credits-Rajat Gupta)
Photographer Tarun Garg guiding students on image making.
Student capturing the images.
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Want to see more Behind the Scenes action? check out a small film I shot while students were working on the workshop. Click the link below for the Fashion Film


I can’t thank enough to Pearl Academy for making me part of this creative effort. Thank you so much Dr. Veena Dutta & Kunal Dutta for this amazing experience.


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.

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


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

Street Smart Looks


Trend-Denim on denim


Geek chic.
Modern grunge.
Stripes play.

Accessories Alert

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


Futuristic sunglasses.


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

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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


Electrifying party at backstage.


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


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


Flower Power
Model Jatin Khirbat in printed speedos.
Matching bag-packs with shorts.
Models lined up for the sequence.
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
Flower, flower everywhere.


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


Print on print for men.


Lot of fun on runway.
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.

Style Diaries:Abeer Hoque & Mona Eltahawy

ZeeJLF is a perfect platform to flaunt your personal style, though it’s a literary festival but in recent years the festival has taken a very stylish twist & also became a place to find people fashionably dressed. So I had a great chance of capturing two fierce ladies with strong opinions & style at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival this year, Abeer Hoque & Mona Eltahawy & would like to share & talk about their personal style one by one.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

1.Abeer Hoque- is a Bangladeshi American writer & photographer. 

At Day 1 Zeejlf seen in traditional Anarkali.


At Day 5 Zeejlf Abeer was spotted wearing houndstooth printed long kurta with front slit, designed by Humaira of Anokhi(Dhaka).

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2.Mona Eltahawy– is a columnist & International Public speaker on Arab & muslim issues & global feminism.

Mona was spotted wearing navy blue top paired up with high waisted polka dotted skirt & completed the look by teaming up with black boots.
Mona with Robert Rutledge.
at Day 5, Mona was seen wearing a red long dress with tie-up back & she teamed the dress with metallic cuffs.

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Wish I had captured both these ladies in one frame.(though you can find a picture of both of them on Mona’s Instagram )

Aren’t they fabulous?

Street Style- Quirky Prints

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 saw women in lot of colorful quirky prints & yes on all the age groups literally. Funky prints are definitely treat to eyes & was fascinated to see how these ladies styled them differently, after all jaipur lit fest is all about donning your personal style. Looking for a quirky style inspiration? Have a look at this photo essay I shot recently at the festival.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore


Loved the Mac D inspired french fry print with colored reflector sunglasses.

You can carry a colorful stole if you are bit hesitant in enbracing a colorful print. You can even tone down the colors of your patchwork top by simply pairing it with denim.
We saw quirky prints in various silhouettes.
Mix black & white print with colorful print for a soothing touch. An aztec print also works well to keep up with the festive mood at Zee JLF.
Prints are not only limited to clothes, you will find them almost everywhere, be it bagpacks,clutch or even on sneakers.
Riot of colors.
Florals for every age. I love people who dress up boldly without caring much about fashion or trends.


Street Style-Published work for Vogue India

Street Style at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

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Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Street Style-Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

Young boys at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 didn’t shied away from showing their stylish sides. Style diaries at ZEEJLF included lots of sunglasses, hats & creatively draped scarves.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore


Jaipur Art Summit 2015

Jaipur Art Summit is a 5 day art affair. It’s a distinctive art event which is a premier platform for budding artists who are into modern & contemporary art. With regular workshops going on for kids as well as adults this event was a must visit for all (whether art is your cup of tea or not).

Have a look at this photo story shot by me at the event.

Creative hands-Kid during paper mache workshop session
Art is not what you see, but you makes other see.-Edgar Degas
Paint the world
Every artis was first amateur-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now have a look at some of my favorite artwork at exhibition area.

Ganesha Graffiti by Jaipur artist.
Artist-Pawan Kumar Sharma. Used the popular images like water tank,indian gods to create something interesting. I am a big fan of kitsch vehicle art in India & absolutely loved this piece of art.
Art work by Sheetal Chitlangiya
Artist Shalini Anand. Am sure a lot of fashion and especially Burberry trench coat lovers would like to style their wall with this quirky art.
Hungarian artist Zsofia made an unique installation about weaving. Love the way she has presented the whole process in form of images and 3-D installation.
Artist Sanatan Saha



Art is never finished, only abandoned-Leonardo da Vinci