Sneak Peek-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Rajasthan Heritage Week is back with another spectacular season. It’s a great initiative by Khadi board along with Government of Rajasthan in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates. This edition brings some of the best designers & weavers together on one platform to celebrate the luxury of handloom masterpieces of Rajasthan. Few weeks back the campaign was shot at various heritage places of pink city, Jaipur. So here are some exclusive behind the scene pictures which I shot while the campaign was being photographed by ace photographer Haider Khan.

The event will be held from 7-10 December at Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Also do not forget to check out the entire schedule for the fashion week at the end of this post below.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Designer- Vidhi Sighania. Model– Chandni & Devika

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Designer- Vidhi Sighania. Model-Elizaveta
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Designer-Rohit Bal
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Designer-Raghavendra Rathore. Model-Akash Prabhu
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Designer- Vidhi Sighania. Model-Preity Sinha
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Designer-Rohit Bal. Model-Raksha Belliappa
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Designer-Rohit Bal. Model-Payal Ponnapa
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Designer-Rohit Bal

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Designer-Rohit Bal
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Designer-Raghavendra Rathore
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Designer-Raghavendra Rathore. Model– Devesh Khanduja
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Designer-Raghavendra Rathore. Model- Sajid Shaikh
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Fashion guru Prasad Bidapa.

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In-between the shots.
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Designer-Rajesh Pratap Singh. Models– Raksha & Arry Dabas
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Details.
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Show schedule.
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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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at Day 1 of the fashion week
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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.

 

Street Style-Models Off Duty at AIFW A/W 16

We see them on runway channeling attitude & personality according to the designer’s theme & collection. But what is the real side of fashion models? what they like? how they dress up off the ramp? These were the certain questions I had in my mind,  so I stalked the top models of our country for 5 days during Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 16 & this photo essay is the answer. I didn’t want the models to pose for this photo story particularly looking into the camera (like we see in most of the fashion publications & websites) so I just followed them like a paparazzi.

Of course they look amazing on ramp but it’s their off duty style which tells a bit about their personality & the style they follow, isn’t that interesting? Have a look.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Perfect Model Moment- Smita Lasrado, Archana Akhil Kumar, Preeti Dhata, Surelee Joseph & Arshia Ahuja (left to right)
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Coolest girl gang at fashion week.
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Caught in happy moment, model Arshia Ahuja.
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Models were later joined by Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.
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Model Ugochi in aztec printed shirt styled with pale pink denims.

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Model Kanishtha Dhankar was seen wearing strapless black top with black slim denims.
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Happy Smiles! Model Patricia(extreme left)
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Models from Gaurav Gupta show, seen donning grunge look off duty.
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Model Klaudia kovacova.
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Androgynous look. Model Sonalika Sahay.
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Model Swathi Bhandary opted for monochromes.
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Tall, Dark & Beautiful- Model Radhika Bopaiah

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Model Krishna Somani was seen in summery dress, love those shoes.
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Model Smita Lasrado teamed up denim shirt with wide-legged denim trousers & black boots.
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Pair elongated long kurta with rigged denims & brogues. Model Rachel Bayros.
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Model Klaudia & Donna Masih.

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Candid Candice Pinto.

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This is not exactly a street style shot, as model Sucheta Sharma was shooting for designer Shruti Sancheti. But I love the way Sucheta has made the entire ensemble so playful & full of quirk plus they were shooting around the show venue.
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Joyful moment.

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Model Kanika Dev was seen in summer jacket with long black dress.
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Model Ashwati Ramesh.
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Busy, busy & very busy!

And spotted few male models with interesting style.

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Model Jitesh Thakur kept it simple with hat & sunglasses.

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Beard with kohled eyes.
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Model Rinku Pahel was seen in denim on denim look paired with white plimsolls.

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Model Udit Gaur in printed zippered jumper & denims. Love the blue sneakers.
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Print on print Trend- Model Sanjeet Singh
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Round peepers looks cool on his face.
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Happy Happy!
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Looking Dapper- Model Saud Khan
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Love the floral brooch & Stripes.

Photo essay-Backstage-Dolly J

 

Ruffled sleeves, chic dresses & pastel colors, yes I am talking about Dolly J’s latest autumn/winter collection at Amazon India Fashion Week. The designer is known for feminine silhouettes with using pretty pastels as her color palette. This time what was surprising was the hint of androgyny in few of the pieces. Love the clean shapes with beautiful butterflies motifs on the hemlines of long dresses. In between the soft pinks & subtle red , black came as a refreshing yet bold surprise in Dolly J’s collection.

Photo essay shot by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Grazia India cover hunt winner Meenakshi Rathore posing with supermodel Candice Pinto.

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Model Erika Packard
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Model Rikee C & Krithika Babu posing backstage.
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Model Candice Pinto before going for the runway.

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The classic suit reinvented.

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Samant Chauhan-AIFW A/W 2016

Samant Chauhan‘s latest collection at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016 turned out to be a grand show full of extravagant evening gowns with magnificient details such as zardozi, dori embroidery & silk thread. I was also amazed to see hint of colors this time, as that’s not his signature style. Accessories looked chic & I can see them replacing the typical clutches for evening wear. The collection ‘The Silk Route’ was inspired by the designer’s journey to the routes of Nepal, Tibet and China. The look of the show grabbed the eyeballs & the braided hairdo especially on models Sonalika Sahay, Sucheta Sharma &  Ugochi looked very exotic & high fashion. Fabrics included cotton & Bhagalpuri silk.

I enjoyed watching the show through the lens of my camera & was able to capture the spectacular show. So here is a small photo series on his latest collection.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Ugochi leading the runway.

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Model Sanea Sheikh

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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma
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Supermodel Sonalika Sahay

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Photo Essay-Backstage-Dhruv Kapoor

Shooting backstage is always fun, it is the main process room where models are getting dressed up & all not so fashionable things happen. Everybody is running here & there, make up artists are working on giving touch ups at the same time designers/stylists are giving the final touch to the collection, before the models go for catwalk. So I had a great opportunity of shooting backstage for Vogue India Fashion Fund winner Dhruv Kapoor’s Autumn/Winter 16 collection at recently happened Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. The collection was blend of sports-luxe which is also his signature style (Remember the jumpers with  slogans ‘Cool’ & ‘India’ on Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh respectively in Vogue India) mixed with evening wear details. Fur with exaggerated sleeves, unfinished hems, buckle straps, sequins & combat boots were the main highlights of the collection.

There were ace photographers like Mehtaab Mann, Manasi Sawant of Elle India & Jimmy Granger shooting the backstage portraits & beauty shots with humongous equipments, directing the models confidently for the perfect shot. I was very much fascinated by seeing top models like Lakshmi Rana, Sony Kaur & Smita Lasrado to name a few posing for the camera backstage. I wanted to capture the ongoing backstage madness so this photo essay focuses on the action going on behind the scenes-making of a successful fashion show.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Lakshmi Rana (left) Smita Lasrado with Sony Kaur (right)

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Model Sony Kaur (left) & Alicia Kom (right)

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Backstage-Rajasthan Heritage Week-Part 1

Backstage-the place where the real fun lies. It’s fun to take photographs of models at backstage. This is the place where models are getting ready,chit-chatting with each other, some are relaxing & some are busy with their phones. Having a backstage access is like a dream for a photographer to witness & capture a world full of beauty & fashion. So I was there backstage shooting the creavite process, behind the scenes of Rajasthan Heritage Week, and I loved every moment (more than taking photos of the fashion show in the media pit). Sharing a glimpse of what really happens at backstage through this photo essay.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

More photographs in the next post.

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