Posts Tagged ‘fashion blog’

Annette

July 15, 2013

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Annette. In her 40s. Is a Khasi housewife, runs a kindergarten school, and is interested in fashion.

I took this photo back in January 2011 in Shillong. My host Mary took me to her father’s house. Annette is her half-sister. I wanted to photograph Annette in the attire she was in, but she felt those clothes were dirty, only meant to be worn indoors, and wanted to change into her finer clothes(jeans+booties). First she wore this. Then she changed again because her husband suggested she wore something else.

I imagined this photograph to have some sort of an old-world charm to it. A woman standing on the front lawn of her English home, wearing vintage clothes, awkwardly posing. This was close but not quite it.

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क श by Karishma Shahani

June 2, 2013

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karishma shahani lakme fashion week

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street style mumbai india

All clothes by क श(ka sha)|Karishma Shahani. Look them up here.

Women: Arshia Ahuja. Tanvi Singla. Ria KamatPhotographed in Bombay during Lakme Fashion Week August ’12 and March ’13.

Photoshoot|bhane.

May 18, 2013

Pronounced as bha-nay. Means sunrise in Gurmukhi. I did a ‘street style inspired’ shoot for them sometime in October 2012. We shot on the streets of Delhi(mostly south)…with old & urban structures as backdrops, in bylanes & back lanes, in parks & markets…

Delhi is beautiful; well, some of it. 15 years ago while growing up in Delhi I thought I’d never be able to leave the place. It was greener, and there were lesser cars and lesser people. It’s changed quite a bit now – there are more malls, many more flyovers, traffic jams are longer, & everything looks too clean like the entire city is trying to hide something. Some places look like they are about to explode..

However, it’s still amazing in winters, its back alleys have great character, and some areas still look the same as they did 15 years ago…

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bhane street style shoot india

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bhane street style shoot india

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bhane street style shoot india

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bhane street style shoot india

bhane street style shoot india

bhane street style shoot india

bhane street style shoot india

bhane street style shoot india

bhane street style shoot india

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bhane street style shoot india

bhane street style shoot india

Models: Kaka. Aditi. Odette. Carol. Pranav. Richa. Arshia. Shoot styled by Tania Fadte.

bhane clothes are simple and nice. Look them up here +credits(stuff used in the shoot). Read more about them here & here.

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Pallavi Singh

March 1, 2013

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huemn lakme fashion week

Pallavi Singh, 23 year old fashion model…has a pug called Angel, loves Mickey Rourke & Kate Moss, likes Ray’s pizzas & salad, would like to walk for Karl Lagerfeld, has been listening to Brand New Me on repeat, and is mad excited about walking the runway at LFW in March.
Is wearing Huemn in this photo. 
Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week in August ’12.

Rupfukhoyi Rhakho

February 6, 2013

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Rupfukhoyi Rhakho. 20 years old. Sociology student and a fashion model.

Tell me something about yourself. 
I’m majoring in Sociology and I like poetry. I started modelling at the age of 18 in 2010. My first show ever was winning Mr. Fresher(CSUK) at college. I was also one of the finalists and winner of Mr. Personality at Mr. Northeast 2012 held in Kohima.

How do you describe yourself?
I am compassionate and easy going. I also have good intuition.

People you admire.
I have always admired Maria Sharapova ever since I was a little boy. She is tall. And pretty.
Also Aung San Suu Kyi— the Burmese opposition leader. She is a very strong woman and an inspiration to me.

Favourite Naga designers.
Rosou Rhi(based in Kohima). Rensali Tungoe(based in Dimapur).

Favourite place in Nagaland. 
Dimapur, for its night life. It’s dusty and warm but it’s adjustable. I like late night strolls at the railway station there.

Most watched channel on television.
Star Sports.

Magazines you read.
People. The Eclectic(it’s a northeast based magazine).

A song you’re listening to on repeat.
Marc Anthony’s “Love is All.” I recently got single and it’s kind of hard. This song makes me more sad..but also brings peace.

Where do you mostly shop from?
I don’t shop much. I love Viliethie Complex in Kohima because it’s easy and affordable. The jacket I’m wearing in the photo was bought by my sister. I did some alteration to it.

Where do you hang out in Kohima?
No particular places. I like going for car rides with friends. We usually hang out at IG stadium. It’s really quiet and pleasant there.

Is there anything you don’t like about Kohima?
We are developing and we will change, but for now, what I don’t like  is the lack of civic sense among the young people. Most people chew betel nut and tobacco and spit on the road. Also, they throw the plastic wrap without caring. I wish everybody cared a little more about sanitation.

Future plans.
I plan to join an aviation academy and work as a flight steward. Maybe I’ll freelance as a model too. At some point later in life, I also want to teach sociology.

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
These are the last few lines from “If” by Rudyard Kipling — a poem I love.

Photographed near Kohima local ground in December ’12.

The Light Within.

March 8, 2012

“This collection is a gentle reminder that even though living can sometimes leave you bleeding, there is a place you can go to for all your answers and your strength. Deep within you is a place of magic, a river of gold and bliss. Dip your hands in the river and you’ll have what you need. Strength, love, happiness, contentment; all the answers and reasons…”
-Forgotten Jewel by Eina Ahluwalia, Conceptual Jewellery Artist.

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eina ahluwalia jewellery artist

eina ahluwalia jewellery artist

“A big neckpiece of many doors symbolizes that there are many doorways that open up to different answers, but the door to your inner self is the one that leads you to the light.

There is a human heart full of blood, pain, and hurt. And another heart full of gold with light running through its veins.

There is the eye. The Mind’s Eye watches, judges, & feeds the ego. The Heart’s Eye loves, trusts, & believes. The Soul’s Eye looks beyond, finds the lessons in the experiences, & searches for growth. There are monocles with all three eyes-a reminder that you decide which perspective you choose.”

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eina ahluwalia lakme fashion week

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eina ahluwalia lakme fashion week

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eina ahluwalia lakme fashion week

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“From the cracks with peeks of gold in the eggs, to the wide open doorways leading to the light, to the light beginning to flow through the veins- as we grow, so does the light. Until it bursts out of the body, no longer willing to be contained….”

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A collaboration & a curtain.

March 2, 2012

Sometime last year, I worked with people from Somesuch & Co. & BMB agency on a project for Cobra beer. They were shooting Cobra tv commercial in Bombay meant for UK television+making a city guide on fashion, food, and music for The Guardian website.

I was one of the collaborators along with B.L.O.T. & Vandana Verma(watch their films here & here). All 3 short films were directed by George Belfield & shot by Simon Pinfield.

The city guide on fashion that I worked on is here. Link. It has nervous me talking about what I do on this blog..+ shooting a lookbook for Nor Black Nor White in Dadar flower market, talking to Bandana Tewari & Little Shilpa..and just generally hanging out on the streets..

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Little Shilpa’s work desk.

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street fashion india dadar flower market

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priyanka bose dadar flower market
Priyanka Bose in NorBlackNorWhite at Dadar Flower Market.

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Simon & George at Simon & George in Colaba.

I also did street casting for the tv commerical(I’m also in it), & was helped by my friend Paloma(she knew all the ‘coolest’ kids).

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Alisha Netalkar. Trey Munroe. Shreya Dube. Gitanjali Dang. Rahul Chhab.
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At the trials/auditions in Versova.

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street fashion india
This boy is wearing his own stuff.

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Daniel Wolfe filming AJ at the trials.
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On the day of the shoot. 6a.m. call time. This is at 7.

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Kanakee.

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Namita Sekhar.

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Rachel Bayros.

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Vandana Verma.

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Amrita Bagchi.

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street fashion india
Saurabh Saple.

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shooting at vt

Most of the TVC was shot at VT station, on a moving train, & at an abandoned station about 3 hours away from Bombay.

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After 40 days of field work and two months of post-production, the video is finally up. It’s called The Train. Watch it here. Directed by Daniel Wolfe, ex-chef, also known as the “problem director.” Styled by Hannah Edwards, who also recently styled MIA’s Bad Girls video.

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It’s too late to call this a preview. It was meant to be one.

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Lakme Fashion Week started today. I’m supposed to be at the venue. Instead, I’m sitting in my room and staring at this curtain.

my room

Loise Braganza

February 12, 2012

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street style mumbai india

Loise is 29… studied fashion design at Wigan & Leigh, Bombay. Is a freelance fashion stylist/designer + often collaborates with various artists who work with clothing and fashion + is working on her first design collection.

She works out of a small studio in Bandra. I am looking forward to documenting her work when I get back to Bombay. She is also one of the many people in a TVC( for Cobra beer) I did street casting for in November. More on that soon.

She picked up the top from somewhere in South Goa. “There was a nomad girl selling Rajasthani bags on the street. I asked her if she had anything else. She had two blouses and this was one of them. She said her grandma made it long ago and they don’t make clothes anymore.”

Photographed outside The Bagel Shop, Bandra, Bombay.

Goodbye Jodhpur.

January 31, 2012

Things didn’t seem to have changed here much except those YSL for 60rs selling carts around the clock tower weren’t to be found and the famous Omelette man had shifted to a new spot.

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I was here for 5 days. Came here from Jaipur Lit Fest. Took too many photos.

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Tomorrow, I’m in Delhi; hoping to stay on till the fashion week begins…and ends.

Men:Jaipur Literature Fest

January 22, 2012

Photos from Day 1. I ended up photographing a lot of old men. Day 2 saw close to 10k people; and about 30k people estimated today.

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street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival
Stanley Pinto, 68.

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street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival

Rajeev Sethi. “Rajeev Sethi is noted internationally for his innovative contribution to preserving and celebrating India’s cultural heritage…His formative years were spent in Paris working with Pierre Cardin…/ is the first Asian artist chosen by Louis Vuitton to create special window installations across the globe…/was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1985, Read more here.

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street style men jaipur lit festival

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Kapil Sibal; The Enemy. He read out poetry he wrote mostly on his cell phone and  while traveling on airplanes. Most people I know attended this so they could secure seats for Tarun Tejpal who was speaking next.

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street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival
The Stereotype.

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street style men jaipur lit festival

There is an eclectic mix of people from all over; artists, poets, writers, intellectuals, pseudo-intellectuals, serious journalists, idlers, socialites…pretty much everybody. I don’t know many of these men. It’d be great if somebody, anybody, could point out who’s who so I could tag them.

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Kshitij Minglani, Entrepreneur.

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street style men jaipur lit festival

street style men jaipur lit festival
Raghav Chanana, actor.

It’s been difficult to find traditionally dressed young men but I’m looking; two more days to go.

Oprah was there today; I was nursing a mild hangover so I missed seeing her. Running to the venue now. Hoping to catch Ondaatje and Mohammed Hanif.

An Essay on Indian Street Fashion

January 12, 2012

This is a story I did for HT Brunch with some additional images & text. It’s about drawing analogies between trends I documented in small towns and urban fashion, and my experiences.

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Photos: My first photo in McLeodGanj; the town; Tibetan boy on Temple road.

“Photographing street fashion started as a weekend thing for me on a trip to McLeodGanj. I was living and working at an NGO there. I had weekends to kill, the place was new, people looked different. Everyday I’d sit by the sidewalk and take photos.

I’m often asked why I photograph the kind of people that I do. I don’t think I’m looking for anything in particular. I just want to make good photos that are socially and culturally relevant. I’m also taking photos for documentation and it’s exciting to make all these images a part of the global ‘street fashion’ conversation with the help of social media.

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Photos: Girls of Summer | Masoom Minawala, Fashion blogger.

Bollywood:The biggest trendsetter in India
Undoubtedly, Bollywood hero is the ultimate fashion idol for the common man whose style inspirations, conscious or not, are Bollywood films. For instance, men wearing unbuttoned shirts with their chests exposed, with or without accessories, is the most common trend seen on the Indian street romeo, “Indian MTV” niche, and Bollywood fans.

In small towns, many shops are still selling FRIEND caps from Maine Pyar Kiya & friendship bands from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Clearly, these Bollywood films still have an impact on the local fashion a decade later. In some towns, men are wearing skinny jeans – not a Bollywood inspiration & the only digression -possibly a remnant of the skinny jeans trend that became rampant when some Indian denim brands launched their range of skinnies and slimfits in 2007. A shopkeeper in Bareilly who stocks skinnies for men says his contacts in Delhi, where the stock comes from, tell him what’s in trend.

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Photos: Boys in Aurangabad; boys on Khar Danda, Bombay.

In small towns blind aping makes Bollywood the biggest fashion trend.

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Photos: Hoardings in Aurangabad(on a street +outside a men’s gym).

Why runway trends don’t permeate to mass fashion in India?
Fashion designer, Anand Bhushan says, “we don’t imitate runway but Bollywood. Remember SRK’s C-O-O-L neck chains?”

Bandana Tewari says in an interview, “Bollywood is by far the biggest marketing tool for anything that you do in India.” Fashion has to go through Bollywood if it has to reach the masses. Does the common man follow Indian runway fashion? Where is the vision and interest of the masses? 

Isha Bhansali, stylist at Femina adds, runway trends don’t go mass because there is no link between Indian high street fashion and Indian fashion on the runways unlike markets abroad. Just how Zara follows catwalk to boardroom procedure, Indian high street labels like Chemistry do not do that with catwalk; they follow international high street.

In Ramp Up, Hindol Sengupta blames the designers. “Unfortunately the appeal remains niche and confined as designers make little effort to really reach out to a wider consumer base. In many ways, runway fashion is the circus of the rich but that’s true for perhaps the entire high-end leisure industry. The thing about the clothes industry is that unlike caviar farming or customised jets, it does not necessarily have to be elitist. The young with dispensable incomes should be addressed by these designers.”

While Anand Bhushan designs for a niche market says, “These are the mega mansions one would expect out of a luxury label. I don’t want the world to own my clothes but crave in for a desire to own one. Restraining the supply chain in essential.”

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Trends in small towns
In small towns, it’s rare to find an urban middle class person wearing the same piece of clothing as the working class. Usually, clothing of working class people going about their daily jobs is comfort driven and practical. From the old town of Jodhpur to the streets of Shillong — style is everywhere. David Abraham of Abraham & Thakore agrees and says, “Often the most beautiful textiles and clothing are worn by the simplest and the poorest in our society and with great style.”

In Salem, I found an abundance of men clad in madras checks lungis. IOU a clothing brand based in Spain makes all its clothes out of these madras checks fabrics.

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street style india fashion
Photos: Man in Ellampillai, Salem; Paloma Monnappa in Bombay.

In Asansol, the daily wage workers wear Lungis with gamcchas out of practicality & necessity. In Jodhpur, men wear colorful turbans with buttoned-up shirts, tailored jackets with dhotis, and jewellery. Women wear vivid saris and plenty of jewelry. Shillong is full of fashion conscious young people unlike any other city in mainland India. Their influences vary from Korean pop stars, Japanese films, to American sitcoms and music videos.

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Photos: Man/Woman in Jodhpur; Old city near the Mehrengarh Fort.

Connecting street style and fashion trends. I am not looking out to do that on purpose but sometimes it’s just out there.

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Photos: a fashion writer for NYT at fashion week and a man on street in Aurangabad.

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street style india fashion
Photos: Man on street in Aurangabad and Katarina Levshova, a fashion model, in Bombay.

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Photos: Torn. Ekta Rajani, senior fashion editor Grazia at fashion week and a drifter in Shillong.

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Photos: Sacha, fashion stylist, at fashion week and a man on street in Salem.

Experiences
Taking photos on the streets is tiring and exciting. I was once detained & questioned for two hours by the police in Aurangabad as I was taking photographs inside the High Court premises.

In Salem, I was taking photos outside a church and the police asked me to produce an id. They told my cab driver in Tamil that my visiting card did not seem genuine as it didn’t say I was a photographer & didn’t have my house address.

I was mobbed in a small clothes market in Bareilly. People saw my camera and wanted me to take their photos. They were genuinely intrigued.

Once I was followed by two drunk men who first asked me to take their photos then asked me to give them money and my camera for taking their photo.

It’s easier to photograph people in tourist-drawn places like Pushkar & Jodhpur. People are used to photographers and they don’t give them much attention. While in small towns that are not on the tourist radar, it’s difficult to manage a single photograph without drawing some attention.

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street style india fashion
Photos: Recycling girls & Paloma Monnappa.

Indian streets are stimulating, colourful, unpredictable, and make for great photos.

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Documenting people on the streets requires patience. People talk, linger around you, stare, get curious. It’s all a part of it.

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Next up: Preview of the project I was working on during Nov-Dec. I did street casting + a few other things for a TVC.

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Fan Bingbing

January 7, 2012

dal chodha

Dal Chodha..is a Central St. Martins graduate based in London; works as as a writer, consultant, and is the editor of bi-annual b Magazine. He contributes regularly to Vogue India, Metal magazine and various independent titles; check his work here. Likes beanie hats2 pound pandas, and exotic Bollywood posters.

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“During my recent trip to Bombay and Delhi it struck me, how much the kind of clothes I wear are really versions of the traditional Indian kurta. Some of the cotton shirts I own from Dries van Noten for example claim to take their inspiration from vintage military uniforms, but to me, the reference, the pleat and the placket always say India. Wearing a thick cotton, round neck smock by Austrian designer Berthold, I still feel I’m wearing an urbanised version of the kurtas I saw on so many men pounding the streets of India.

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dal chodha street style india

My parents are both first generation East African Indians and my family moved to the UK in the sixties, making my relationship to India something I had never romanticised.

I think that the kurta is a symbol of cultural defiance. While growing up, traditional Indian dress was only worn during annual visits to the Gurdwara.

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I don’t come from a family tied down by its cultural roots. To be honest, the way I dress is probably more of a result of my disdain for shopping than anything else!

The way I dress has evolved since my days at college – I have a very limited number of styles and stick to what I know feels comfortable; which is always oversized shirts and jumpers in winter, cropped, pleated trousers and slippers. It’s a style I have grown into and a uniform I don’t often have to think about.”
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All photos taken during Oct ’11 while I was working with him on a project for 10 days in Bombay & Delhi.

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b magazine 5th issue. Read more about it here.

dal

Dal is a preparation of lentils; regularly eaten with rice and roti. Dal is a lake in Srinagar. DalDal in hindi means swamp.

Unsettled Man

December 24, 2011

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Man with a hatchet, chasing nobody. Photographed in Bareilly, U.P.

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Eating off a waste pile. Talking to self. Photographed in Asansol.

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Eating off the platform. Talking to self. Photographed at VT station, Bombay.

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Staring at nothing. Talking to self. Photographed in Yercaud, Salem.

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“When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
-Mark Twain

bombay versova sunset

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Merry Christmas everybody!

Mia Morikawa

December 21, 2011

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“Inspired by natural structures and emotional landscapes, Central St. Martins graduate Mia Morikawa learned a language of visual poetry while climbing mountains and crossing canyons. A self professed warrior of beauty: she is currently living, loving, & laughing in amazing India. Her label, Kapow Wow mainly produces constructed textile pieces which are exquisitely organic in form and spirit.”

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28 years old. Born in Japan; grew up in America. Studied Communication Design at CSM, London. Makes most of her own stuff, but also likes picking up vintage, inexpensive, and obscure clothing from random places while travelling.

“I have spent close to 2 years in India over several visits over the past 3 years. My work takes me to a lot of places around the world and India seems to call me back often now, but I don’t really try and time it with fashion week. Though that’s a nice time to come since there is a lot of action at the studios of my collaborators in India. Berlin is my base for the moment.

Delhi is where my immediate friends and collaborators are in India, so it’s kind of become home. I find Delhi quite inspiring for my sourcing projects, though I feel far more relaxed in rural settings.

Making accessories and cooking are both equally engaging activities. I spend a lot of time just exploring ideas for experiences, spaces, and activities that are sensorial and in touch with nature. Fashion and food both have deep dependencies on nature’s wealth and I find myself in these two worlds quite often now because of that.”

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Photographed in October at Wills India Fashion Week.

Christina M Hanghal

December 1, 2011

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Christina M Hanghal street fashion india

Christina Hanghal.25. Fashion designer/stylist. Originally from Shillong..been in Bombay for 2 years. Was one of the Indian Project Runway winners in 2010. Shares her birthday with Christian Dior.

As a kid she’d cut clothes to dress barbies up in outlandish garments, and make them walk on imaginary runways on the floor. Her first paid job was a month long housekeeping stint at home with her 4 sisters; she was about 10.

Likes strong chai, cigarettes, and snow. Hates restaurant meals. Blinks a lot. Her apartment turns in to a club post 1a.m. on the weekends. Will do anything to find the right window curtains…

Men in Checkered Gamchhas

November 29, 2011

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Picking up from where I’d left last…above: A cart pusher in Asansol.

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The term “gamchha” derives from the Bengali ga mochha, which means wiping (the) body-local term for a sweat towel. Gamchhas are most commonly found in check and striped patterns of red, orange, green, blue…They’re are also worn as lungis, belts, turbans – styles derived from practicality & nature of tasks the wearer is involved in.

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I found myself a spot in the middle of a Y junction in front of a closed shop. There was a small tea shop 10 yards ahead. Idlers there would occasionally look in my direction, talk amongst themselves, and at times smile at me. A little disconcerting. Two people came to me and asked “newspaper?” I said yes. (A lie, obviously.) After a while one of the workers came and sat next to me but didn’t say a word. Often he would smile and try to look into the camera.

We talked for a bit. Soon he got called out for some work and left. I sat there for two hours till I started to see the same men. I was finding it awkward to get up as I was all comfortable in the awkwardness of being in the middle of those occasional stares for long. Eventually I got up, went straight to the tea shop…had a cup of tea, a smoke, & said thank you to whoever listened..

Below:Rickshaw-walas in the main market.
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All photos from my July trip.

A gamccha costs 30Indian Rupees(less than a dollar).

Bodice

October 24, 2011
ruchika sachdeva bodice fashion designer
ruchika sachdeva bodice
ruchika sachdeva fashion designer bodice

ruchika sachdeva bodice
ruchika sachdeva fashion designer india
ruchika sachdeva fashion designer bodice
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ruchika sachdeva bodice
ruchika sachdeva street style india
Ruchika debuted here at LFW a year ago as one of the gen-next designers. This was her 2nd time here. I missed her show but I made up for it by shooting a few collection pieces on Nijhum. “Having created a buzz even before she showed, we had high expectations of the newbie designer and were happily, not disappointed. Right off the bat, Ruchika Sachdeva seemed to get it right; her mix of sexy, feminine fabrics…” read more here.
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Ruchika Sachdeva, 24…wearing clothes from her collection.
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Last week I was at her store. It’s all ready. She thinks it isn’t. She sits in a little cabin with 1 table and 4 chairs + cabinets with lot of papers & packaged food, an over head shelf with Wuthering Heights & other books, a red phone..
red phone
..in a corner inside the store..there is a Nappa-Dori umbrella on display…
nappa dori umbrella
Photo taken outside the store.
Photos from Ruchika Sachdeva’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection at Lakme Fashion Week. Sketches by Frodo.
Her label is called Bodice. She is retailing from Melange, Atosa, Fuel, and The Living Room in Bombay..and from her own studio/store(below Gunpowder) in Hauz Khas Village, Delhi.
gunpowder delhi
Still has to get signboards for her store. 

Buttoned Up

September 19, 2011

street style india
Street girl. Photographed in Santa Cruz.

street style india
Mathieu G. An old photo..taken precisely a year ago in Versova.

Other buttoned up people: Michael Pitt in The Dreamers, Kyle Maclachlan in Blue Velvet. Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks, David Lynch, Comme des Garçons men, John Turturro in Barton Fink..a few Bollywood actors in the 60s(couldn’t get any picture references) Sadly there aren’t many buttoned up Indians I can think of…Anybody else…? 

buttoned up shirt

buttoned up michael pitt

buttoned up shirt

buttoned up shirt

buttoned up shirt

buttoned up comme de garcons

buttoned up men's fashion

Ikat

September 16, 2011

proenza schouler ikat
Proenza Schouler pre-fall ’11 via styledotcom 

Proenza Schouler’s pre-fall collection at NYFW used ikat abundantly which Meenal Mistry describes as..”..a highly refined take on the pieces you see worn by college students of the bohemian persuasion..” May issue of WWD carried an article that said, “For fall, batik and ikat prints will appear on everything from sportswear-inspired silhouettes to home decor.”

I see the above sentiments, blending unintentionally, here in India…

nachiket barve 11

nachiket barve lakme fashion week 2011
Ikat wristband/jacket|Nachiket Barve Winter ’11.. Backstage..


Headgear made out of pleated Ikat fabrics|Little Shilpa. Winter ’11. Backstage.

retarded velvet
Retarded Velvet-winter ’11. Photo via RV lookbook.

bungalow 8 ikat trend
Cotton Ikat Trench by Mathieu G for The Bungalow. Photo via Mathieu.

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Man on cycle in Elampillai, SalemPhoto from my last month’s trip. Elampillai’s economy depends mainly on textile industry. On a sort of connected note, read more here-village of poor handloom weavers.

ikat print street style india

ikat print street style india
Tania bought the fabric from Fab India‘s sofa fabric section & got the jacket/shorts both stitched for Rs. 1000. The lining inside is from Anwar Ali(?) 120Rs. a metre. Clutch & shoes are Zara. Photo taken at Hyatt, LFW ’11.

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Man in Salem town. Photo from my last month’s trip.

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In the last one month, ikat has been on the runways, has been picked up from home decor stores & turned in to clothing, has been on a small town cyclist, on a lungi..and in the process, has silently connected people of the world.

Cat Eyes

August 21, 2011

loise braganza fashion india

loise braganza lakme fashion week

Loise Braganza, 24. Fashion designer.. “the glasses are vintage (can not remember if I bought them or somebody gifted them to me), the dress is custom- made, tailored at Golden Boutique – cut taken from a 70’s fashion catalogue.