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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Style Diaries-Kayaan Contractor

Kayaan Contractor is a fashion blogger at Love and other bugs. LAOB is one of the most influential blog of India(read this month’s Grazia India) which comprises of three beautiful ladies Kayaan Contractor(Style director), Shereen Sikka(creative director) & Trishala Sikka(beauty director). LAOB was also featured as Elle bloggers of the year(how cool is that!)

So here in this photo story you will see unusual side of blogger Kayaan, which is more fun& quirky  & which we usually don’t see on LAOB.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

 

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At day 5 of Amazon India Fashion week A/W 16.
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Kayaan at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 16.

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Kayaan in Huemn by Pranav Misra & Shyma Shetty.

Street Style India-Women in White

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Fashion blogger Masoom Minawala
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Sabina Chopra paired white with metallic statement neckpiece.
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Fashion Designer Vaishali Shadangule.
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Aparna Badlani.
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Fashion Blogger Prerna
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Adhuna Bhabani
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White & Colors, so kitsch.

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Vogue India’s Bandana Tewari

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White with denims & sneakers.
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Love this off-white maxi, highlighting the colors of traditional inspired borders.

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-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