In June, Wallpaper* did an India based issue – a part of their four year project; this being the third in its series to produce portraits of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations. In 2009, they were Made in China, last year they were Born in Brazil and this year they are Reborn in India.
During the same month I was one of the guest editors for Wallpaper* online. Below are some used/unused photos from the street style story I was commissioned to do+some extra info+some old photos. See the entire series here.
That’s a seahorse on Aki’s hand. “Seahorse is the only species where males carry the babies; it doesn’t have any feet..so it doesn’t rest on the ground..is full of zest, zeal, and bounce,” and wikipedia adds they’re promiscuous, flighty, and more than a little bit gay…Nevertheless, seahorses are fascinating- watch one giving birth to babies...
Anand Tukaram is a 73 year old fisherman..stays in Versova village. When not fishing, he says, he and few of his friends just sit under a tree for long hours, and talk about life and politics.
Dheeman Agarwala is(was)
currently reading Kerouac’s Lonesome Traveller & just got himself a cook.
Munish Sharma, 25.
Munish used to be a theatre actor but then he gave up acting..now he works as a casting director & occasionally makes films. He likes the idea of nothingness & Old Monk rum; loves Zoolander & Warhol’s eccentricity; finds inspiration in Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell; likes sunshine, drinking beer in the afternoons, & listening to Venus in Furs on loop…dislikes television, marathi language…and does not approve of circles.
“I like playing when people are around but they don’t necessarily have to be or act like an audience…”
Suhas can be found playing the flute at his regular spot under a tree at Prithvi Theatre…though only in the evenings.
Elton is currently traveling all over the country shooting for a Bollywood film starring Amy Jackson and Prateik Babbar. Film is called Prem Katha(Love Story).
Marv D’souza, 25. Fashion Stylist. Marv can fix anything..from buttons to broken hearts. He grew up in Santa Cruz & spent most of his childhood looking at the sky & sketching…studied mass media & majored in journalism. His first job was at 15; he did promotions and demos for a microwave company & made 4000 Rs. a month working 3 days a week. He likes Florence + The Machine, strawberries in Nutella, & street shopping. He can sing at the drop of a hat…dislikes countdowns, gossip mongers, Lady Gaga, and malls.
Jagvir has a blog here where he shares meticulously put together inspiration boards. Although it’d be nicer to see is what they eventually transform in to…but maybe, sometimes, the end product is not so important.
Neville Bhandara, 22. Aspiring novelist. Currently in journalism. Feet firmly on the ground, head makes trips to the moon and back. Believes in new ideas and intentions, ideological-revolution, people power…change, change, and change. Likes smell of old books and new books. Loves T.S. Eliot, sushi, and Sartre. Dislikes processed cheese, crocodiles, corn, tiny teacups, and needles. His most over used phrase is “don’t be shy.”
Karan has finally started his label-a.k.a. bespoke -along with best friends Ateev & Aeiman(this is old news). They make shoes & bags. You can find Ateev blogging about their inspirations & other stuff here on shodstories.
Syed Ali Arif is an artist. He grew up in Hyderabad..& now lives in Bombay. He loves Sridevi, Hyderabadi Biryani, Vienna, and Gustav Klimt. Check his work here.
This June issue had three covers: One with The Girl Who Jumped, one with Subodh Gupta & Bharti Kher, and third one with a turbaned man. Anybody knows who he is?(update:Manu Bohra) Read story behind the headline font here + a few other stories here.
Dressed as a nawab and his begum, Gupta and Kher posed specially for this limited edition cover. The photograph titled, In Another Life, was taken by a photographer friend and the artists have a personal joke about their outfits. “We were asked to wear something quintessentially Indian,” says Gupta.
The idea of distilling an identity as complex as being Indian seemed a bit hilarious to begin with, which is why the couple decided to play the dressing game to the hilt. In a photo-moment that appears surreal but plausible, they decided to wear vintage royal robes against a painted backdrop in Hyderabad while visiting the Charminar Palace. Gupta has on a red Fez and a sherwani offset with pearls, while Kher offers the right complement with vintage bling in a highly ornate red gota-covered skirt. Kher says she loved her garment. “It’s a half-skirt that I put over my jeans and the whole outfit can be worn over your existing clothes,” she chuckles. “Of course, it is a tongue-in-cheek photograph,” she adds.
via Indian Express
..his buttoned-up shirt and red turban reminds me of this man I photographed in Jodhpur. Background in the photo above is the Bandra to Worli in 7 minutes link road in Bombay.
Neha, 20. Architecture student
. We briefly talked about temples in Dharamsala & houses in Auroville..she was planning to visit these places…but that was a year ago.
Snehal Fernandez, 18
…likes Maggi, pancakes, and Keane.
Ruchika Sachdeva, 24. Fashion Designer.
I met Ruchika again in February at her workshop in Hauz Khas Village
… She had just bought some store space close to her workshop+was working on her summer collection + thinking a name for her label. The store was supposed to be more like a studio with a retail section..+ a creative space for exhibiting her own stuff and other visual artists’. There were also some floating ideas about making it a cafe and selling sandwiches.
I’m hoping the store is open now…or is about to..
In her words- “I want to develop a niche in providing well tailored trousers, shirts, blazers and similar stuff. I feel that it’s difficult to find good tailored clothing for women in the Indian market and I want to be able to fill this gap. This season, I am doing a lot of panelling, experimenting with a bit of colour, and hopefully will be able to create something interesting..”
Her label is called Bodice and she is going to be showcasing her winter collection at Lakme Fashion Week this August.
In the photo she’s wearing a white Zara shirt, a vintage tailored blazer, Topshop jeans, All Saints shoes and carrying a Nappa Dori Bag.
Nappa Dori is Gautam’s brainchild..read more here
. His shop is right there in HKV. When I met him, he was planning to open a store in Bombay and was location hunting…+ the cafe idea was his.
Imsu. Business student/Fashion blogger.
I talked about Imsu here
before. This set is 2nd in documenting closets
series. In the photo she’s wearing a thrifted sweater & cap, ASOS stockings, ASOS skirt, & Ebay wedges.
Photographed in Outram Line, North Delhi in February.
Sasha Laloo, 26…is from Shillong. She is wearing a seconds coat from Iewduh; linen dress from Iewduh; self-made belt; bag from Berlin; socks from some trade fair; necklaces: traditional Khasi+ other few from Morjim Beach, Goa.
Girls of Summer. Photographed near Prithvi theatre at Juhu, Bombay.
Christina Hanghal is a 25 year old fashion stylist…will do anything to find the right window curtains. She shares her birthday with Dior and loves Galliano. Her first paid job was a month long housekeeping stint at home with her 4 sisters; she was about 10. She studied fashion design at NIFT Bangalore…was 3 years junior to me.
Photo taken near St. Andrews Church in Bandra, Bombay.
Kismet is wearing Kurta from Fab India, shoes from Zara, and carrying a vintage mille-fleurs(?) bag with Petit Point embroidery work.
Nidhi Sunil, 24. Fashion Model. Nidhi loves cats. And last night she finished a whole box of doughnuts.
Nidhi is wearing boyfriend’s Levi’s shirt, Lee shorts, Aldo stockings, & shoes from Hill Road.
I’ve been on the road for about 15 days now..shooting street fashion in a few small towns in India. More on this project soon. Last four photos are from Bareilly(my last stop), which is where I am right now. I kind of got mobbed yesterday.
“…the most eye-popping, synapse-snapping, pulse-pushing place on the planet. “
- Wallpaper* on India