Pearl Academy-Portfolio 2017

Well it’s March already & we are fortunate to witness Pearl Academy’s Portfolio 2017 (as it usually happens by mid of May) & that too at 5th day of Amazon India Fashion Week, india’s most sought after fashion event. It couldn’t get bigger & better than this I guess(lucky students). Over 350 students showcased their design collection on this prestigious platform of AIFW. From fashion to jewelry to textiles to media & make-up students amazed everyone with their creative projects. Top models Sucheta Sharma, Aastha Ssidana, Donna Masih & Kanika Dev among various others strutted down the runway donning the student’s creation. Show was choreographed by one & only Rashmi Virmani. Have a look at these marvelous designs I shot at Portfolio 2017.

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Text & photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Gujarat Re-invented.

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Accessories Alert!
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Vintage vibes.
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Model Laxmi Pandey.
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Fishnet stockings with white sneakers.
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Model Kanika Dev.
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Model Ikram Kebdani
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Menswear collection.

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Designer Sonali Patel from Jaipur campus.

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Donna Masih wearing textured bustier.
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Texture details.

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Exhibition area at Portfolio 2017.
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Textile student Joshya Sethi posing happily in front of her work.
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Designer Vandana Nair.
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Textile student Samreen Kaur‘s Moroccan architecture inspired work.
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Designer Sancharee Das.
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Designer Shreeya Khemka.
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Designer Vishant Singh
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Filmy diary by Shreya Bajaj.
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Structures.
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The veil.

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Androgynous vibes, Jaipur student Sonali Patel‘s creation using felt.
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Supermodel Sucheta Sharma.

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Media & Make-up student’s work

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Backstage-DNA Fashion Connect

Pink city Jaipur witnessed another fashion extravaganza in form of season 1 of DNA fashion connect  which bought city based popular designers as well as upcoming designers on one platform to celebrate fashion & style. Fashion designer Gazal Mishra, Pooja Miglani, Suvigya Sharma, Karn Pratap Khuteta, Kirti Rathore &  Jaya Gajawat showcased the latest trends on the catwalk. The event also saw Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli, famous TV actor Aman Verma, Mr India finalist Bharat Sainani & top model Mudit Malhotra who walked the runway as showstoppers along with city’s popular faces Sangeeta Gharu, Dushyant Katewa & Priyanka Parashar. The show was directed by Abhimanyu Singh Tomar. Bollywood groovy tracks as well as international chartbusters like Cheap Thrills by Sia or Sorry by Justin Bieber were played on the catwalk.

Here I am sharing the personal portraits I shot at backstage (as usual) of the collection to give a closer look on details of the ensembles. While I was having fun shooting backstage, official photographer Jiten Agarwal was having blast shooting the runway (check the runway images on JPIC.in)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Location-Grand Uniara, Jaipur

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Model Dushyant
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Mudit Malhotra
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Dhruv Soni

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Model Bharat Sainani for designer Karn Pratap Khuteta.
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A happy selfie. Designer Gazal Mishra with model Aishwarya.
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Royal & regal. Model Mohit
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Men wearing statement jewels is a common sight in Rajasthan Rajput weddings.Model Vishwaraj

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Model Dushyant Katewa.
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Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli moments before the show.
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Television actor Aman Verma joining the hand of designer  Kirti Rathore for the final bow.

Best of Street Style-Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

It was 10th anniversary of the most awaited event of the year i.e. Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. This was my 5th year at JLF & I was very much excited, I was literally preparing for it for a week to be precise. The Lit fest plays a silent role in staging street fashion of people from around the globe & a great platform to exchange ideas with people from all walks of life. This year as I was shooting photo stories for various publications, that allowed me to meet like minded folks & to know a bit about them.

So here are my top 10 picks of best of street style at Zee Jlf. Please comment below & let me know your thoughts about this photo story.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Ghazelle, dancer. 
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Ariel Dandelion, Artist from New Delhi, you can check her work here
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Gita Vishwanath, Writer.
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Suman Bajaj, Fashion designer at Suman Bajaj. This is a beautiful print melange of polka dots & alphabets, now you are ready to rock in a sari.
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Anushka Seth. Who said black & tan can’t go together?
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Inna Modja, Malian-French singer, find more about the singer here. The singer was seen rocking a red jumpsuit paired up with kitschy Jaipuri bag.
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Nimisha Verma, founder of Home for Artists. From hair color to fringes to gypsy jewels, this jogan was talk of the town.
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Pallavi Chaturvedi. Fashion Blogger at That Desi Girl
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Priyasha Khandelwal, Style Blogger at Pout Out Proud. Well, I can’t stop clicking this beauty, completely picture perfect beautiful.
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Protima Tiwary, Food & Fitness blogger at Dumbbells & Drama

Photo Essay-Style

‘Style’ a term used many times when we read a fashion magazine or when we talk about fashion in general. As I always love documenting street fashion at the fashion weeks I thought to try out something new which defines the term ‘style’ more than clothes. This photo essay focuses on interesting faces I met at the fashion week & the result is below.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Shot at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 17, New Delhi.

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Mayank Chauhan (left), Lirminta (right)
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Alice Rosario
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Sumit Singh (left)

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Charuta Yadav (left), Pallavi Chaturvedi (right)

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Bardeep Dhiman (left), Sherwin & Stuart (right)
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Vaibhav Anand
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Jeremy Cabral (left) & Saud Khan (right)
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Saurabh Singh
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Shivi Tandon (left) & Rhyan Atrice (right)
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Shaurya Mohan (left) & Palak Gupta (right)
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Arya Bhat

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Peeyush Kamboj (right)
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Suraj Dhalia
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Devyani Kapoor (right)
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Alice

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Shivi Tandon & Srishti Agarwal

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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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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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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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/

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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Hippie Vibes- Pushkar Fair 2015

 

Want to live the 60s hippie culture now? Pushkar city of Rajasthan is the right place to re-live the 60s youth movement. From people in dreadlocks to tie-dye T-shirts you will find it all here. Special recommendation to visit the city during Pushkar Fair which generally happens in the month of November(this year the dates are 8th Nov to 15th Nov 2016).

This street Style photo story is about the tourists I captured in candid moments at Pushkar Fair 2015.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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That shade of hair color is so verve.

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I discovered a whole new culture out there which was young, free & full of madness.
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Printed headbands & nose rings.

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How beautifully this women has put together lace & florals & those dreadlocks are adding so much character to her look.

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Images of indian gods & goddesses are very common on T-shirts in the market of Pushkar.

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Metallic jewels with a floral head-piece.
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Those printed bohemian skirts looks so cool with oversized kitschy bags.

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At the end all I can say is I LOVE PUSHKAR & would love to spend more time in this city whenever I re-visit it.

Street Style at AIFW S/S 2016- Stylish Men

Rakesh Thakore, Fashion designer You never go wrong with the classics whether it's the crisp white shirt or the white sneakers.
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You never go wrong with the classics whether it’s the crisp white shirt or the white sneakers.

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Sumiran Kabir Sharma, Fashion designer label 'Anaam' His label 'Anaam' is definitely one to follow and so his style. I find this particular style very much inspired by the London Grunge in the 90s. Loved the way he paired vest with wide legged trouser along with dark boots.
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His label ‘Anaam’ is definitely one to follow and so is his style. I find this particular style very much inspired by the London Grunge in the 90s. Loved the way he paired vest with wide legged trouser along with dark boots.
love the Trophical Shirt with high waisted trousers.
Karan Torani, Designer
The trophical Shirt styled with high waisted trousers is unique & very verve.
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Mayank Chauhan, Visual Designer at Amazon India. Thinking of pairing stripes & checks? Well this can be a very good example of how to style these two classic patterns.
Ishaan Singhal Yes even men can carry florals. Loved the way Ishaan played with the tones of navy blue and brown.
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Yes even men can carry florals. Loved the way Ishaan played with the tones of navy blue and brown.
Love the quirky printed jacket paired with printed shirt and tan chinos. Did you notice the stunning Ed Hardy Shoes.
Loved the quirky printed jacket paired with printed shirt and tan chinos. Did you noticed the stunning Ed Hardy Shoes?
Rahul Wadhwa Thumps up to Rahul for artistically transforming the typical ethnic kurta into something ultra modern and futuristic. Loved the statement glasses and ofourse the punk studs on the shoulder.
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Thumps up to Rahul for artistically transforming the typical ethnic kurta into something ultra modern and futuristic. Loved the statement glasses and ofourse the punk studs on the shoulder.
Call it a long shirt or kurta I love the entire black on black styled well with grey brogues.
Ujjawal Dubey, Fashion Designer. Call it a long shirt or kurta I love the entire black on black styled well with grey brogues.
Kalee Rajput, Fashion Stylist You might be thinking that it's a jumpsuit but it's not. Fashion Stylist Kalee brilliantly paired the printed shirt with matching printed trousers. The metallic tribal neckpiece definitely makes this guy a complete  STATEMENT maker.
Kalee Rajput, Fashion Stylist
You might be thinking that it’s a jumpsuit but it’s not. Fashion Stylist Kalee brilliantly paired the printed shirt with matching printed trousers. The metallic tribal neckpiece definitely makes this guy a complete STATEMENT maker.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore