Archive for April, 2011


April 30, 2011

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Ekta Rajani. Senior Fashion Editor, Graziaendorsing my visiting card..wearing head band & floral brooch from H&M, top from Forever 21, belt – a vintage sash from some flea market, silver chain from Accessorize, and gold chain from Chanel.

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A young drifter in Police Bazaar, Shillong…a little hesitant to talk, wearing his father’s shawl as a head wrap, and other old hand-me-downs, acquired from people he couldn’t seem to recall.

Adventures In Solitude

April 25, 2011

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

April 24, 2011

Likes to read fiction, autobiographies, bills+ anything else that has text on it and is legible; likes to knit, paint, and collect shoes-  has about 110 pairs; likes to window shop at jewelry stores; loves Sushi & ghar ka khana- is a good cook; studied fine art at school and fashion design at Pearl Academy of Fashion; loves Delhi parks; is 5’10”; is currently reading The Ramayana Series by Ashok Banker; is formally trained in Bharatanatyam & Kathak; knows nothing about fashion blogs but promised to check the night we talked.

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I was an introvert at school..most of my time was spent either in the library or in the painting room. I also stood back in the line at school because I was the tallest. There is a connect? Anyway, it was ridiculous!

I like modeling because it allows me to travel..see new new people. I traveled to places like Ecuador, Zambia, Cannes..places I never thought I’d see.

I am biased about Delhi- was born and brought up there. I think it gives one more freedom and space. It is more culturally inclined. And the most you can sit in a jam is 45 minutes and not 2 hours.

I like the idea of modeling for personal doing it for a friend maybe. I have done it for 9 years now. After a point there’s everything you’ve done…challenges get over. So once you’re done with all that, and the moment it starts becoming a job, it’s time to move on. I would love to do something in design and art, not clothes. I’d like to get back to maybe studying art again. In a year I’m shifting base to LA.

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On the ramp
I’ve fallen many times! My worst fall was at Wills about 2 years ago. It was an acrylic ramp with rose petals and all. And I just fell. Many girls fell…it was like a chain reaction.
It always happens – one wrong step..ankle twist..stiletto comes off – you fall! People are used to watching it or are expecting it? Many in the audience find it hilarious…but it’s not. So you get up and walk on with a blank face or a smile. And later photographers ask each other did you get it? Did you get the fall? It’s no big deal.

Neha Kapur, 27.  Fashion model | Miss India ’06. She is mad about Tolkien, and her favorite film is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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April 23, 2011

That’s what her friends call her.

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Khushboo,25. Fashion Designer.
Dress – self made
Bag – River Island
Headband – Primark

This is an old draft from LFW A/W 2010. I’m late..and overworked.

Men of Bombay & few other things

April 15, 2011

I spent last 20 days documenting men’s fashion on the streets of Bombay. Most of the photos in this series are exclusively for Bungalow 8. Read more about this herehere, and here.

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The main course, later tonight, is the launch of men’s wear by Bungalow 8 & Pero + footwear by a.k.a. | along with the presentation of my street photos as a side dish on the walls.

Photos below are from the main course: Bungalow 8 | Pero | a.k.a. bespoke. 

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Event starts at around 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

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Out of Mayonnaise: Memoirs of a Cat.

April 5, 2011

Lesley is obsessed with tumblr, torrents, writing letters, participating in giveaways, her diana mini, mayo, cheese. Is stalker obsessed with leopard, her last obsession was Camel, and she thinks she is a cat-a distracted one; loves angry birds; wishes she was Gogo Yubari, is distressed by the fact that each time she saves up money to buy Jeffrey Campbell Litas..the money almost spelling bankruptcy for her family; has recently started using the AC; wants to go to a beach, kick her shoes off, and sing some Beatles real loud; hates talking on phone; hates Espadrilles…because they look tacky and cheap; thinks muffin top is too ugly a word to be included in Oxford Dictionary, is currently reading a book called ‘Secrets: A memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Papers’ by Daniel busy with googling articles, facts, and all of the works of the US Secret Service…and calls her laptop Slim Pig.

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What do you do when you’re not blogging?
Before the blog came about, or even now when I don’t blog/study, I am usually reading a book or always jotting down little things .. mainly stories and poetry. But yeah, I’m pretty much always reading. ^____^

You make this all the time – ^____^ What does it signify?
This was introduced to me by a really good friend of mine called Ahji. She’s Korean and she used to use that emoticon a lot when we’d write/text/chat often, and I just sort of got it from her and it stuck. 🙂

And how do you make a cat?

They all look like owls. And this ^____^ could be..umm..a boat? What if they all sat in this boat?
Here’s an Ode to the 3 Owls on a boat:
There once were 3 owls who sat on a linear boat.
while the little one in the middle sang songs of revelry,
the other two looked troubled.
‘whoooo’ said the little one and looked on mysteriously,
up and down, left and right.
Yet he saw nothing that could give them a fright.
T’was unfortunate because the little owl in the middle was too stout too see.
A great storm brewing in the distant sea.
The two great owls gave their lives to shield the little one,
but alas, all 3 lives were lost in the deep blue abyss.
So henceforth, be warned.
Never sit on a linear boat.
They never stay afloat.
Every now and then, when you hear an Owl ‘whooo’,
remember the little one in the middle who had sung songs of revelry.
The boat rocked not one bit for him,
and down he went so silently.
This is sort of what I do with my time. It’s a classic example. 🙂

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How would you explain your blog to your 5 year old niece?
I put pictures in the computer.
what pictures?
Pictures of me.
and why?
So that they circulate through the entire world and everybody can see them.
I will make her sit in front of the computer and point finger at the photos saying look “your me.”
but why do you put YOUR photos?
Is it too vain to say I love myself?

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Most of your photos are self taken using a timer on a tripod. Is it a task? and who else photographs you?
All the home ones in the balcony, I place my camera on these white railing pillars. Ones taken indoors are on a tripod. I’m quite an expert with the tripod now. Camera on self-timer. Yes. 10 seconds it is,  and I’m in front of the camera in a 10ms dash. It’s not much of a hassle although I’d like to have that wireless shutter release remote but I’d need a new camera for that. Task trying to smile..BIG those photos are strange. I am smiling at no one. I feel retarded. Most outdoor photos are taken by whichever friend is around with me[usually 2 of them: Debbie & Naro].

What inspires you to take photos for your blog?
Anything that catches my eye..and is not quite conventional.

What’s the most difficult aspect of blogging?
I rant on and on. And I write just the way I talk. My fingers won’t stop typing. I wish I’d stop.

Do you face blogger’s block?. How do you get past it?
ALL THE TIME! I usually get it when I’m ‘trying’ to blog. My over-coming method is: open microsoft word, listen to some prodigious music like Mt. Desolation, The Beatles, Mates Of State, and start typing whatever comes to mind. That’s the reason why my blog posts are usually not fashion related.

First fashion blog..
Cherry blossom sister told me to check it out. This was in 2007.

Indian fashion blogs you LOVE?
LahLah. There are many good ones now, and I have 3 to 4  favourites, and you know them all too, but I think with Esther’s blog, it’s like, we started pretty much around the same time, and hers was the first Indian blog I came across so I guess I feel a sense of solidarity with her blog!!

Lulu Chang’s luluandyourmom!!

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What did you study after school? What do you plan to do next?
I studied a lot of things ranging from an A level in English Lit, History, and Geography. But most importantly, I studied the arts of fucking up and growing out of it. Honest. And next on the list is to conquer Art & Aesthetics in JNU.

“I studied the arts of fucking up and growing out of it?”
The teenage years. You do exactly what you’re told not to do. You don’t think or care about the consequences. I had major life lessons and so, more than education. I think my life after a highly protected life in school was an experience in the art of growing up.

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Why did your internship at Cosmo put you off fashion?
Dark waters! I was styling. I suck at it and it definitely isn’t my line of interest. I can’t do it. Styling others and styling yourselfisn’t the same at all. Had I been doing some other things, maybe it would’ve been different? But to be clear on one thing: my decision about not continuing on fashion wasn’t really from that experience. It just added to the line up.

So what exactly did?
To be honest, you’re going to find my answer vague. Its an amalgamation of 2 things that merged together. My childhood fascination with Art and Egyptian History in particular was slowly creeping its way back into me. Most people who get into fashion have always had some sort of love for it even when they were young. Playing dress up, putting on mom’s make up… etc. Not me. apart from my love of hearing heels going ‘clank, clank,’ I didn’t do any of that. In fact, I hated anything that had to do with dressing up and shopping. I liked being a loner. I thrived for it because it gave me time to read my books on space, history and art. Of course, all suited for my age then. I was happiest in those times. And once I began to get back to those…reading books or even articles online, something just clicked. Yes. I really do love fashion very much, but I know that I am not in this for the long haul. If something that I loved so much since I was 6 or 7 could stay with me all this time, it’s got to mean something!

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And now you’d just pursue ‘fashion’ blogging as a hobby?
Yeah. I like Fashion as it is, how I see it. I don’t want to ruin it for myself. That’s just my view though. It made me shallow. And I hated that. I am 22 and I feel really old already but in a great way. Life is much clearer to me now. And the road ahead seems less winding. But I can’t write off fashion from my life. I am consumed by my obsession of dressing up that it gets me into a high.Although I know my style isn’t all that appealing to most eyes, that’s just bagatelle for me!

Do you know what got you all obsessed?
Not really. It just sort of happened! I was a late bloomer in fashion, trend wise. But I was always a little bit flaky in my dressing since school. I think somewhere in 2008 I told myself “Lobeni. You’re not a kid anymore. Let’s try to dress a little bit your age shall we?” and so I did. And little by little, the tale of my obsession of going all out goes on… the road seems less winding + things are clearer, what do you think, now, you’d really want to do/end up doing?
Life is so unexpected that I don’t even know if I’ll live to see tomorrow. In an alternate universe where my life is not bound by these beliefs of mine, I see myself studying hardcore journalism and writing for TIME magazine, or working as an Art Curator in the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Arts, or The National Gallery in London. I don’t mean to be morbid, but it’s terribly sad that we are made in such a way that we get used to living. What will I do? what will you do? what will we do? Always in future tense.

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Lesley Lobeni, 23. Fashion blogger.
Lesley is one of the nicest, oldest fashion bloggers from the country. Hers is one of the first fashion blogs that I saw when I started mine. She’d complete 2 years of blogging this May. About two weeks ago when I was working on this post, Lesley ran out of Mayo, although she had loads of cheese. I’m hoping she bought some Mayo. ^____^

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Cryptic Ink|Myoho

April 4, 2011

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Myoho by Kiran & Meghna..originated in the August of  2007. They met while designing under Priyadarshini Rao for Sepia…started out as Generation Next designers at LFW 2 years ago, and have showcased at LFW 5 times so far. Kiran thinks showcasing at a fashion week is important because it creates brand awareness, and establishes a strong client base.

Retails at: Ensemble, Melange, Aza, Zoya, Fuel, Samsaara in Bombay; Collage in Chennai; Elan in Ahmedabad, Samsaara and Ensemble in Delhi; and Sauce in Dubai.