Style Diaries-Madame Hall

Lisa Hall is the name behind the bespoke quirky label ‘Madame Hall’ whose collection was showcased this year at Lakme Fashion Week. It was her personal instagram account which inspired me to do this photo story. I don’t really adhere the conventional idea of fashion where it changes with seasons as I feel it should be more about self-expression & how you feel rather than what people think. Lisa’s idea of fashion & style is also kind of similar as she’s not into following regular trends but always curious to create what she feels like.  Her choice of colors, patterns, prints & materials is truly one of a kind just like her personal story. Lisa is from Sydney, Australia & now she is living in Bhuj from past 5 years as she fell in love with the textiles & embroideries of Kutch. Unlike other western designers who travel to India in search of inspiration & fabrics, Lisa is here to stay.

For this photo story I wanted to shoot in the streets of Bhuj using the old broken doors & rust like backdrops of Aina Mahal which is very close to Lisa’s design studio made a perfect backdrop for shooting her colorful bohemian clothes. Lisa curated & styled each look for this story. She has fabulous eye for details & penchant for traditional gujarati jewels which beautifully blends with her designs. Lisa always happily poses wearing her designs & her instagram account is full of that, visual treat for all boho lovers.

To know more about her label Madame Hall & details about her latest collection visit www.madamehall.com

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Pairing her printed kurta with blingy Miu-Miu shoes.

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Styling her outfit with local street bag which is kind of common sight , we used this for representing popular culture of Bhuj.
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The final shot in front of Aina Mahal.
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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.

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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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

 

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Television star Vishal Singh (left) & model Rinku Pahel in designer Sourabh Kant Srivastava‘s ensemble.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)

 

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Dreadlocks as seen on the streets & on Nor Black Nor White catwalk show at Lakme Fashion Week.
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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.
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Modern cuts, futuristic tones & sensational vibes at Huemn by Pranv Misra & Shyma Shetty.

 

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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Prominent new faces on the runway as seen in last two years were Saud Khan & Saagar Gera. Designer-Divyam Mehta
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People say every men is donning beard these days,umm maybe but look at these two men so different & stylish. Pranav Guglani (left) of Cord.in 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.
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All braided. Model Saagar Gera breaking the style rules at Divyam Mehta show.
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Designer-Rohit Kamra. Model-Jitesh Thakur
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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.
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Another game changer in menswear, designer Ujjawal Dubey creates relaxed as well as unique clothing for men.
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Gothic men at Rohit Bal‘s show. Rohit Bal always breaking the gender roles, remember the male models donning sindoor years ago?
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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.
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Dots & pom pom. Just love it!
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Purple florals for men. Himanshu Bhasin in Siddhartha Tytler‘s creation for AIFW S/S 2016.
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Wear the art. Model in designer AartiVijay Gupta‘s outfit.
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Men in powder tones, creations by Jaipur based designer Gazal Mishra. Shot at season 1 of IISW. Model Dushyat Katewa with Jatin Khirbat.
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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.

Street Style-Indian Men

What’s with indian men these days? It’s all good atleast in terms of style & fashion. Street fashion of indian men is improving year after year. Gone are the days when a well dressed gentlemen was all about suits & tuxedos. Men are opting for bolder choices, now they are seen in bright colors, quirky prints, interesting textures & also with cool hairdos. Be it the accessories or shoes, men are having full fun with the wide range of styles available. I had a great chance to attend both the major fashion weeks( AIFW & Lakme Fashion Week). All I can say is it looks like the street fashion in India is finally emerging & it’s the best time so far to spot trends on the desi streets.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Pranay Jaitly, Fashion Stylist
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Preetham Jukalker, Fashion designer
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Armaan Randhawa, Fashion designer 
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Atinirmal Pagarani, Fashion curator.

Shot at Amazon India Fashion Week, New Delhi

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Ken Ferns,Fashion Designer
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Karan Torani, Designer
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Sidhant Sudan, Stylist
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Tejeshwar Sandoo, Fashion Blogger in designer Divyam Mehta‘s creation.

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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-Lakme Fashion Week-Fashion Industry’s Insiders

Street Style- Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 16

Street fashion at Lakme Fashion Week this season was edgy, experimental yet was full of comfy clothes. This photo essay focuses on what Indian fashion industry’s insiders wore at the fashion week which includes fashion designers(of course), also includes fashion stylists, photographer & editors working at the leading fashion magazines of India. I always used to wonder what’s the personal style of leading stylists & editors who creates beautiful visual stories in the fashion publications, how they react to the trends with their personal style & was lucky to spot ( or say stalk) few of them at the fashion week in Mumbai.

Last time I did post on male models at the fashion week (and received great response, thank you so much my Ishtailish readers!) & my next post will be about fashion bloggers & their style diaries at Lakme Fashion Week ( Remember the post on Delhi Fashion Bloggers at AIFW? Now it’s time to explore what Mumbai bloggers wore)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Pranav Misra, Fashion Designer at Huemn
Chandni Bahri, stylist
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Harper’s Bazaar’s Edward Lalrempuia with Vogue India’s Bandana Tewari
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Bandana Tewari, Fashion features director
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Jayesh Sachdev, Designer at Quirk Box
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Pernia Qureshi, Actress & entrepreneur 

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Chandni Sareen, fashion stylist
Chandni Sareen, Fashion Stylist

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Fashion Stylist Kshitij Kankaria with Chandni Sareen.( Love this picture, white surrounded by prints)
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Karuna Laungani, Fashion Designer at ‘Jodi Life’ & Fashion Stylist
Urvashi Kaur, designer
Urvashi Kaur, Fashion Designer
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Divyank D’Souza, Fashion Director at Harper’s Bazaar Bride India
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Edward Lalrempuia, Fashion director at Harper’s Bazaar India

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Niharika Khan (left), Bollywood Stylist
Nishka Lulla, Fashion designer
Nishka Lulla, Fashion Designer
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Dhruv Kapoor, DRVV
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Sabina Chopra, Fashion consultant
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Shyma Shetty, Designer at Huemn

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Prayag Menon, Fashion Stylist with Porus Vimadalal, Fashion Photographer

 

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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Just woke up.
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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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Model-Alice Rosario
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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!

Street Style-Male Models at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 16

 

Though everybody is aware of the fact that modeling in India is women dominated field and it’s quite visible on the runways too, we rarely get to see any menswear show in the fashion weeks over here. But it seems this scene is changing this year & like Amazon India Fashion Week this time, Lakme Fashion Week too witnessed some solo shows on menswear. There was a time when male models  in our country used to be a household name. Remember the 90s supermodels  brigade including Arjun Rampal, Dino Morea, Milind Soman & Kelly Dorji. We used to see them in the pop music videos(Milind Soman in Asha Bhosle’s Raat Shabnami & very famous Made in India music video by Alisha Chinai), Bollywood movies, endorsing big brands & campaigns of A-list designers of our country. Gone are those days? Maybe not, as far as with the current male model scene is concerned the modeling game has slightly changed (a bit). And fortunately some of the male models have made it up to the mark & we often see them in fashion weeks, editorials and advertisement campaigns. This time I thought to do a street style photo story on top male models in our country right now at the biggest platform-Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016.  As far as the style factor goes, most of the models keep it easy as the climate was too hot in Mumbai. Denims & slogan printed T-shirts ruled the male model street fashion. So here is my take on country’s top male model’s street style.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

 

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Rouhallah Gazi kept it very simple by just pairing t shirts with denims with white sneakers & bagpack.
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Mr India Arry Dabas paired printed Tshirt with muted denims & love the hint of color on shoes.

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Model Dhairya Karwa in trend normcore.
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Model Gyaltsen Chodar in Rolling stone tshirt, love how he paired black with navy blue.
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Gyaltsen opted for all dark & black look from head to toe at Day 5.

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Travelling all over the World? Model Prabh Uppal in cool slogan printed tee & distressed denims & love the adidas shoes.
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Prabh in classic aviator sunglasses at Day 3 of Lakme fashion week.
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Model Danish Qayoum teamed up the floral printed shirt with rigged denims & black sneakers.
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Model Farhaad Shahnawaz in classic checks & white sneakers.
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Model Saagar Gera in denim on denim look.
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Man bun looks cool on him.
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Model Ron Klamer was seen flaunting Calvin Klein T-shirts for most of the days at fashion week.

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Bearded Dapper model Himanshu Bhati.
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Model Sanjeet Singh in funky sunglasses at day 5 of Lakme Fashion Week.
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Keeping it simple & classy.
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Model Rishabh Bajaj in black shirt tucked in.
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Model Amit Dahiya in star motif printed shirt.
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Best way to survive in harsh heat of Mumbai, sip lot of water & juice.
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Lakshya Lathar in monochromes paired up with tan bag.
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beat the Mumbai heat.