Street Style India-A Sari Story

Is sari age appropriate? Well there is no such term applicable here, whether you are young or middle aged or above, the sari is for everybody, it is a quintessential timeless piece in your wardrobe. Interesting part of sari is, it has a emotional value to it, like classic jewels saris too get transferred from one generation to another, from  “classy” grandmother to “elegent” mother to the “edgy” daughter . Young fashionistas these days are opting for desi cool rather than being uber chic, even for not so occasional events too. It is now a common sight to see young girls experimenting with hand-loom saris & drapes. Some prefer mixing it with western pieces & some keep it completely traditional. So I came to this conclusion that as far as saris are concerned age is just a number, so here is a photo series I shot at various places of India majorly New Delhi, Mumbai & Jaipur, that celebrates SARI for everybody (literally!)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

 

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Classic white Saree.
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Saree with kurta blouse.
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Solid colored bright tangerine saree with striped T-shirt.
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Geeta Athreya.
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The magic of silk. Shot at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.
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The modern indian women.
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Saree with quilted jacket. Viji Venkatash at Zee JLF 2016.
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A Sari for everybody.                                                                                                                                   Make up artist Jason Arland & Fashion Blogger Pallavi Chaturvedi of ‘That Desi Girl’ blog.
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A closer look at the ethnic coined jewelry Pallavi teamed up with handloom sari.
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The Badass Sari. Shot at Lakme Fashion Week Mumbai 2016.
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Street Style Jaipur.
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Who needs a petticoat (skirt worn under saree), when you have saree that shows legs for more glamour quotient.

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The sophisticated drape.
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Street Style Mumbai.
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Poonam Sinha at Lakme Fashion Week
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Love the entire styling , I must say this is so editorial, fashion stylists please make a note.
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Rasna Bhasin, Social Media Influencer in designer Anavila’s sari.
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Ex-fashion editor of Marie Claire & the author of ‘The Powder Room’ Shefalee Vasdev in a parrot green leheria saree. (Leheriya is a traditional style of tie-dye practiced in Rajasthan)
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Street Style New Delhi.

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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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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-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

Shot at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Resort 16-Mumbai4

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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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Fabio Di Leonardo
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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
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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

 

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.

 

Street Style-What Bloggers Wore at AIFW S/S 2016

Fashion Bloggers are definitely changing the perspective of fashion in India. You will find them wearing pieces from the runway to streets in a way never seen before.Whether it’s about mixing designer pieces with thrift clothes or styling it with cool accessories, they make sure to nail it everytime. So here is a photo story on ‘Indian fashion & style bloggers’ at Amazon India Fashion Week.

Photographs & Text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Kayaan Contractor,Shereen Sikka & Trishala Sikka of LAOB(Love & other bugs).

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Kayaan Contractor at Day 5 AIFW S/S 16
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Santoshi Shetty of ‘The Style Edge’. An artchitecture student turned fashion blogger,definitely knows how to transform a piece from runway to something very verve. P.S. it was a treat to capture her.
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Rashi Verma ,Fashion Stylist & Vlogger at MAVEGIRLS. Her style is quirky and you will always catch her in some statement accessories and innovative hairdos. And her Youtube videos are must watch for every style enthusiast. Check her video series on her channel Blush on Youtube.
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Naina Redhu of blog Naina.co, her  captures are fresh take on how the street style culture is growing in India, her pictures not only includes people at fashion week but can be anybody well dressed in a shopping mall,streets or various events around the country.
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Aanchal Sukhija of Delhi Style blog Day 3 AIFW s/s 16
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Love her kitschy style,always amazes me with some new and creative way of styling ensembles.
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Pallavi of That Desi Girl. Here beautifully channels trend ‘normcore’ for Day 4 AIFW s/s 16
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Her long hair look definitely cathes the attention and she always gracefully carries her look.
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Aien Jamir‘s blog is one of my favorite indian style blog. The Blog is visually appealing and her style is beautifully captured by photographer Rawky. 
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Day 4 at AIFW S/S 16
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Surbhi of Fashion Flight. At Day 5 AIFW S/s 16
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Her style definitely changes from day to day . One day you will catch her in a saree and denim the next .Her style is definitely unique and treat to all street style photographers.

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Zina Singh.You will find the fresh pieces straight from the runway in their wardrobe.Check the blog by Twin sisters Zoya & Zina Singh at Terrible Twos

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Sukhneet Wadhwa of Ms Coco Queen. I was hesitant at first capturing her because of the slogan but couldn’t stop myself capturing ,as her style is so effortless.
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Love the sequins & check combination.
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Dolly Singh of Spill the Sass. Her style is easy,affordable yet very unique.You will find kitschy accessories and lots of colors in her style.