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 Modern

This photo story is a style documentation of what people of New Delhi wore at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/winter 16, majorly focusing on traditional details & ethnic vibes of street fashion.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Actress & TV host Aarti Khetarpal in traditional sharara paired up with crop top & vibrant dupatta.
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Fashion blogger Devyani Kapoor of Breviloquent blog in stripe & floral saree teamed up with pop culture kitschy bag & red peep toes shoes. 
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Dolly Singh, style blogger at Spill the sass. Make your ethnic skirt look cooler by pairing it with quirky denim jacket & statement earring.
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Fashion Stylist Shaurya Mohan seen in Kutch work top with black choker & nose ring.
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Ishani Das. Saree with Boots, she nailed it!
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Popxo Vlogger Komal Pandey pairing denim top with leheria printed desi salwar & aztec printed sling bag.
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Prabhleen of the solo girl blog.
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Fashion designer Vikrant Mehta (left) of VIRTUES seen in flowy kurta teamed up with waistcoat & denim jeans.
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Nitish of Morphology Men blog.
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Classic indian bridal color combination-Red & gold.
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Blogger Kajal Mishra in outfit by designer Anupama Dayal.
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Traditional nose ring.
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Fashion & lifestyle photo blogger Naina Redhu seen wearing grand Kalidar ensemble with lace & sequin details.
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Dhoti with a twist.
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Men looking suave in Ikat kurta.
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Young girls seen donning saree & salwars.
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Bindi & beauty.
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Shruti Rane Gupta, writer at Bombay Mode.
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Seems like these bohemian Jaipuri skirts never goes out of style, love the mojaris & coined necklace.

Photoessay-Rajasthan Style Fest 16

Pink city’s fashion enthusiasts came together to celebrate last day of Rajasthan Style Fest. The fashion extravaganza saw endless talent display from Paris Fashion Week designer Felix Bendish to Lakme Fashion Week’s Chirag Nainani, from city’s top models  to celebrity showstoppers, the show had it all. What also caught my attention was the unique styling especially the braided hairdos on models looked very verve. The show director & stylist Abhimanyu Singh Tomar successfully bought fashion & style factor together in the Jaipur city to celebrate the last day of Rajasthan style fest. While designer Felix Bendish had everyone captivated with his exaggerated & eccentric accessories, city’s very own designer Gazal Mishra went all patriotic with her line on handloom fabrics, saw models dressed in tricolor (which is a rare sight to see in a fashion event).

I placed my myself backstage(like always) to have a closer look at designer’s creation & also I have a thing for backstage photography which not only allows me to get candid with the models but also to explore a whole new different area of photography. Somehow I also managed to capture some action from the runway too.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Model Sangeeta Gharu with Priyanka Singh in designer Chirag Nainani‘s creation.
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Model Dushyant Katewa (left) looks suave in handloom kurta styled with Nehru cap.
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Models in handloom kurtas by designer Gazal Mishra.(right image- model Vishwaraj Singh Lavera with Akshay Rathore)

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Model in Chirag Nainani’s menswear line.Isn’t this perfect for hot summers?
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Model Alia in Felix Bendish‘s creation.
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Models in eccentric metallic jewels. (right-model Priyanka Parashar)
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Model Elly Emily (left) & Alia Gh (right)

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Backstage with model Monika Singh.

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Shirtless dusky men donning statement jewels by Felix Bendish.
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Indian or western, braids goes well with any style this season.

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The braided heads.
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Happily posing-Model Naina Khan.
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Bollywood actress Ruhi Singh in designer Gazal Mishra‘s ensemble.
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Some fashion moments backstage with Mrs Asia International, Komal Kalra Pagarani.

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Dusky beauty Sangeeta Gharu opened the show for designer Felix Bendish in an eccentric headgear.

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Model Rushali Yadav.

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Model Sharon Alexander in dazzling red ensemble.

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Statement necklace for men.
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Miss diva universe Apoorva Sharma was showstopper for Felix Bendish.

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Editorial-Starry Eyes

One fine morning I decided to do some portraits of my friend Ashlesha (glad she agreed finally) & this photo editorial is the result. Ashlesha always had a keen interest in writing. From being my college friend to now one of my muse, her life quotes always inspired me. Her serene beauty, mesmerizing eyes & her natural charm was all I wanted for this photo editorial. Well I won’t say much & can’t say much (I am not good with my writing, am just a photographer) all I hope that you enjoy my this attempt at black & white photography (I still love colors, but black & white is simply divine)

Styled & photographed by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Jewels by Voylla.com (every piece of jewel defines the mood of my dear friend)

 

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Ashlesha Vashistha is a fashion designer by profession & writer by choice. You can follow her writings & life quotes on her blog at https://ashleshavashistha.wordpress.com/