Archive for May, 2010

The world was a mess,but his hair was perfect

May 27, 2010

…by The Rakes. I don’t like their music much but for using the title of their song and considering the fact that they’re no longer a band, i should give them some credit. This song was also used as the runway song for Dior Homme SS06 collection under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane who sort of promoted androgynous fashion back then. The only song I like by The Rakes is Little Superstitions but then that has nothing to do with this post.
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The video of this song is not as bad as i think the song is plus it does sort of show the world in a mess. However, in the photos that follow, world is not in a mess. I mean, in a general sense it is but it is not evident by looking at the photos. Thus, Lord Buddha, who said, “suffering is an inherent part of existence” is used as a metaphor for the mess..well..at least some of it.

Vir’s house turned out to be a paradise of backgrounds. There were paintings everywhere. I stumbled upon an awesome lot preserved by Vir’s mother and that is where i found dusty Lord Buddha, sitting under a tree, in his trance like state.

“Buddha began his ascetic life by begging in the streets.” This made me wonder if that’s how the whole begging culture started. Wikipedia says – In many hindu traditions, begging promotes humility and gratitude towards the Universe and helps the spiritual seekers attain a state of bliss. Now that’s quite messed up!

“This look is sort of over-the-top and dramatic due to the hair and styling. I would wear this to an insane house party but I am most likely to spend so much time dressing up for a major event or a fashion week.”

Evidently, we were very excited about this look..that we shot against the Buddha, in front of a fruit vendor’s shop, against a grey wall at a construction site, against an auto, and a street sign.

“I am closest to my mother and she is a brilliant artist. She used to be create paintings before but now she works as an art curator.”

Silver v-neck t-shirt > Tommy Hilfiger
Electric blue pants > Mango
Belt > Fendi
Sequined jacket > Mango
Turquoise wayfarers > Mango
Python skin shoes > Charles & Keith
Green messenger bag > Aldo

So basically in this complex world of cause and effect, all things are conditioned and transient and have no real independent identity just like the Schwarzkopf Powerhold Hairspray With Cashmere Like Suppleness.

Featured in IFB’s weekly roundup.

May 22, 2010

links a la mode

Fashion’s Bold Step Forward

Edited by Ashe/Mischief Dramatis Personae

To be honest, I’ve been really excited about the content on the web lately…. because each week, it seems that fashion & style bloggers are making a bold step forward. In a niche that was once dominated by runway photographs and personal style posts, we’re evolving to include daring, thoughtful, provocative posts as well. I am continually shocked and amazed by the range of posts… from wearabout’s post on androgynous Indian men and Style Amor’s post on Arab women in fashion to posts about fashion blogging as a career at Style Eyes fashion blog.

Images via The Curvy Fashionista, The Coveted, Hello Beauty, and Wearabout

Links à la Mode : May 20th

  • Awakened Aesthetic – Giveaway! Enter to win a hand-embellished floral top by independent designer Eliza + Axel and take the floral trend in a different direction.
  • CMYKaboom!: – New York Fashion Week Coverage: IFB “Evolving Influence” Conference
  • fete a fete: – Clarins Instant Sun Light summer makeup
  • Guacamole & Toast: – What makes a good fashion blog? How can we avoid turning into one of the minority of superficial fashion bloggers that everyone stereotypes us to be?
  • hello beauty!: – we have a new makeup lesson video with Guerlain’s top makeup artist and a review of the Guerlain Summer 2010 Collection.
  • Holier Than Now: – How to fall in love with last year’s summer essential, all over again.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Skills Bloggers Can Use to Get Hired
  • Jewelry Whore: – Designer You Should Know: Elsa Schiaparelli
  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS: – An exclusive interview with Amanda deLeon, a fabulous avant garde designer from North Carolina, and personal favorite of Kat Von D!
  • M.I.S.S.: – TV: Follow the Leader: A New Style Series Promo! | M.I.S.S.
  • Pretty Shiny Sparkly: – Exploring the trend of resin-coated black denim, with a best of the best roundup!
  • Shoe-a-Day: – How to Shop for Shoes when you’re living ohsofaraway from civilization.
  • Style Amor: – Celebrating the Beauty of Arab Women & Our Diverse Culture
  • Style Eyes Fashion Blog: – A career as a fashion blogger – have you considered a career as a fashion blogger? Here are my experiences.
  • Stylish Thought: – The Dressing Dilemma: Who do women really dress for?
  • The Coveted – Anica boutique is the place to experiment with avant garde
  • The Curvy Fashionista: – Curves in the USA? A Question… The Elite of fashion magazines across the pond are fashioning the most fabulous spreads of full figured fashionista, bloggers, and models, will the US follow suit?
  • The Recessionista: – Jeans: We’re Spending More and Shopping Longer Does anyone recall the moment when jeans became a luxury item?
  • The Thrifty Poet: – “Why Should I Be Ashamed of My Shape” — why I think classifying women into only 4 different body shapes (two of them fruit) isn’t right
  • wearabout: – The luxury of not caring – a look inside an androgynous indian male’s wardrobe.
  • What 2 Wear Where: – After the fab opportunity to preview the Met’s exhibit “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity”, we looked at each of the perfectly portrayed eras and paired them with contemporary looks.

The luxury of not caring

May 18, 2010

Koos Faber, Rad Hourani, Steve Strange, Klaus Nomi, Ville valo, Michael monroe & Helmut Newton all have three things in common – they’re all men, icons of androgyny in modern culture and not from India. Then I came across some small text written by who knows who, “Androgyny was found to be more predominant in certain traditional cultures such as India, was particularly predominant among Indian males, and it wasn’t a product of western culture.”

So where’re all the androgynous Indian men? Not like there is a database for them but I performed a search and found nothing. I can’t think of any Indian actors or musicians. But there’re some designers. (names please?). My knowledge about designers is limited and maybe they’re not talked about in this context but I’d like to know if you know. Quite a long introduction, but that was all to say that I found an androgynous person. And it’s a boy!!

Vir is a club kid(with traces of Macaulay Culkin’s character from Party Monster) & an Unidentified Modeling Object in his own right. His hairdo is similar to what Kristen Stewart has been sporting lately and they both are oblivious to this fact. His friends claim he exudes style. People usually confuse him for a girl. I did too.

“Yes that happens a lot and there’s nothing i could do but laugh.”

“Music, film & fashion industries have  always played an influential role in advancing a challenging perspective on human sexuality for modern times. In the 1980s, androgynous musicians — Boy George, David Bowie, and Prince — made headlines as they captured the world’s fascination with sexual ambiguity.”

Somehow, I wish this was true for India as well. I wish the film & music industry could inspire a trend towards self-exploration emphasizing individual freedom and self-realization, blurring the line between feminine and masculine fashion.

“Vir started working as a make-up artist around two and a half years ago and in time, diversified into doing hair and fashion styling because of the demand generated by his friends.

“I did my first make-up assignment for a friend when I was 16. She was going for a birthday party…something pink and silver…is all that i remember of it.”

Vir says, most of his clothes are from Mango because they suit his body type, his style, and are comfortable.
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“An androgynous style would lack an open expression of ‘womanhood’ or ‘manhood’ and would not necessarily accentuate masculine or feminine features but rather celebrate the idea of just being.”
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doo doo doo – doo doo doo doo…you’ve got your mother in a whirl. She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl.
– David Bowie
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Striped shirt > United Colors Of Benetton
High-waist balloon 3/4ths > Mango
Belt > Charles & Keith
Python leather clutch > Aldo
Metal studded blue booties > Nine West
Aviators > Dolce&Gabbana

Vir Shete|Interview

May 16, 2010
Vir usually wakes up around 12p.m., drinks hot coffee with a cigarette, relaxes with music(current favorite: Rihanna’s rude boy) or talks to a close friend till he is completely awake, spends the day hanging out with friends. Gets home usually by 10p.m. unless he is going out at night. Then, watches a film, talks to a few friends, or surfs the net. Sleeps late..by 3a.m. However, if he had to go for an interview the next day, he probably would avoid doing some of that, and this is what he’d wear.
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Shirt > United Colors Of Benetton
Pants > United Colors Of Benetton
Belt > Dolce&Gabbana
Tweed coat > Mango
Black broken leather shoes > Metro
Sunglasses > Prada
Suede bag > Sisley

Vir Shete|Look 1

May 15, 2010
Vir Shete is a 19 year old make-up artist. He works as a freelancer and this September he will be off to study at London school of fashion. Vir had complete freedom to choose whatever clothes he wanted to be photographed in. My contribution to his looks was through our telephonic conversations which required me to say, “Umm yes, that will be fine. Yes, that too and that too.”
This is first of the 5 looks that defines his wardrobe.
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“I don’t wear make-up on a regular daily basis besides eye-kohl, that too, not always. I’ve worn makeup here to reinforce the look.”
Vir is wearing eye-kohl, has contoured his nose and cheekbones with some bronzer & nude liner on lips to make it look natural. Vir calls this make up his signature style.
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“I would wear this look in the day to meet and chill with friends preferably indoors; at a friend’s place, at a cafe or maybe to do some outdoor day chores.”
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Denim hot pants > Mango
Pink polo t-shirt > Burberry
Beige belt > Gucci
Platform sandals > Some store in Breach Candy, Mumbai
Bag > Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses > Marc Jacobs

About: Documenting wardrobes

May 15, 2010
The third time I photographed Vir on the last day of Lakme fashion week, I knew I’d be making more photos with him. Later I asked him if he’d let me document his wardrobe…and he agreed.
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We decided on a day. I postponed. We decided on another day. Vir postponed. Then we decided on another day. I had to reach Altamount road at 11. I took the Tulsi Pipe road route. To my left was the long wall(The wall project-Bombay) romanticized by art containing slogans of peace, love, nationality, bollywood & some mathematical calculations.
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I wanted to use these backgrounds for the day’s shoot. The traffic was moving slow due to which I ended up clicking about 50 photos and reaching Vir’s place at 1:30. Vir was still sleeping. We had 5 looks to shoot in 5 hours. We also had to eat lunch, and complain about the hot weather, which he did.
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