Archive for June, 2011

Men of Shillong | Police Bazaar

June 21, 2011

I spent a lot of time in Police Bazaar during my stay in Shillong in January. First eight photos are from Iewduh market, rest are from PB.

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Iewduh is the Khasi word for Big Market..also known as Bada Bazaar in Hindi. It’s the largest open street market in north-eastern India. Practically everything is available here – fruits, vegetables, fish to typical medicinal herbs and plants to traditional wood, bamboo handicrafts, and woolen handmade shawls + all the other regular stuff. 

On Sundays from 5 a.m. till the ‘good stock lasts’(usually till 11a.m.), this place holds a market for clothes. Peddlers pile up their stock of clothes on the side pavements and push carts.

A typical pile contains mixed items of clothes- shirts, jeans, coats, etc…and sells for anything between sheepoh(10) Rupees to sanspoh(500) Rupees. Irrespective of prices being dirt cheap..bargaining is normal.

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Police Bazaar is a major hub for all sorts of activities and is packed with street side stalls of food, jewelry, shoes, clothes..to small basement malls and arcades and restaurants and hotels.

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Skinnies with Converse is one of the most common sights in Shillong..although seen less on men and more on women. There are 2 exclusive Converse stores in Shillong and it feels like every person in Shillong owns at least a pair of them. 

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Shillong, other than being known as the fashion capital of India(along with Kohima?), is also known as the rock capital of India. About 90% of the people I met, knew how to play at least one musical instrument really well. However the tag ‘rock capital’ is not quite correct as they’re inspired by music of all kind – from Eminem to Poison to Dave Weckl to Bach, and they do make a lot of music other than rock.

Also, Bollywood is their last source of inspiration for anything but they do like the regular cheesy Bollywood films.

For most, the influences vary from Korean pop stars(RainShinee) to Japanese films(Crows Zero) to the regular mainstream American sitcoms and music videos. If anybody can think of anything else, please add.

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A knife maker above wearing Puma sweatshirt and a watch seller below.

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I loosely connect the way this watch seller is wearing his watches, to this style that has been on the runway here at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac SS 11 show.
Although, multiple time pieces around the wrist is nothing new for fashion bloggers, and this style falls in the same category as the multiple belts – serving no real practical purpose…but still..interesting to document.

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Next up : some of the most common men’s hairstyles in Shillong.

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Small Town Women & English Braids

June 17, 2011

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Photos taken in January…in Police Bazaar, Shillong.

Surelee Joseph

June 13, 2011

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Surelee Joseph, 24. Fashion Model. Likes dancing & Black Swan; house music & late nights; color black & Goa; colorful sneakers & dark/depressing stories; Kallol Datta and Anand Kabra. Loves pizzas and dark chocolate; Classic Milds & her friend Marvin. Likes Batman. Thinks Spiderman is a sissy superhero. Doesn’t like strawberry and most desserts. Is not much of a computer person…and only goes online for googling something, Facebook, or checking emails. Can’t drink anything else other than Vodka with Red Bull. Dislikes getting up in the morning, anything with wings, and science fiction.

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surelee joseph indian fashion model

Surelee grew up in Bombay, studied English Literature in college, and sort of started out  by doing a TV show – Remix – where she played the character of a tomboyish catholic orphan. The show ran on Star One for two years. Post that she started taking modeling seriously. Lakme Fashion Week was her first major modeling assignment, and has been modeling for about 3 years now.

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” It was difficult for me to get in the industry as there were a lot of girls and a fair deal of competition. I am still very insecure. I feel I haven’t done anything great for the fashion industry yet. Although, I feel, I have been accepted.”

Post modeling?
I’d like to get in to designing my own stuff. If I earn enough money then maybe hire a few tailors, and start my own boutique. This is what Marvin and I’ve vaguely planned to do so far.
I’d also like to study journalism and write for a magazine someday.

You read any fashion blogs?
Yours and Malini’s.

If not a model..
..then I’d be doing a regular boring day job.

One thing you’d never do..
A fair and lovely ad.

+ read about her typical day at LFW here – A model’s day at Fashion Week.

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Runway photos from Manish Arora AW10, Paromita Banerjee AW10, Tokyo Eye SS11, Myoho SS11.

Socially awkward since 1985

June 9, 2011

Obsessed with LOLcats and Em cartoons, thinks Donald Duck is human, loves ravioli and her recently acquired pink brogues. Grew up in Calcutta, wanted to be a teacher when she was 8…her childhood was about GI Joes, playing cricket, and watching cheesy videos on MTV. Post studying journalism at the University of Westminster and various writing errands involving fashion features, subbing news, celeb gossip, beauty, teen suicides, relationships..at Harper’s, Cosmo, Handbag.com…in London, now she writes for Vogue.in. Loves anything digital, her new Macbook air, Wearabout, and cupcakes. You may call her Shrutters or Shoe.

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Shruti Thacker, 26. Editorial Consultant for vogue.in.

So those cheesy songs were?
Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love & Can’t Touch This. The first song still bring backs many memories; it’s the cheesiest song ever, but it makes me smile.

What were you like as a kid?
I pronounced R as L. So ruler would be lulel. It was very sad.

When I was about 8, in class 2, I used to have a teacher – Mrs. Ganguly, I wanted to be exactly like her. This was pre-middle school when teachers are actually nice.  By middle school, I hated the whole concept of teaching…so I floated around a bit with ideas of designing till I realised I can’t sketch to save my life. At about 13, I applied for a short story contest just for the heck of it. Much to my surprise I won the first prize. That’s when I really started thinking about writing + my grand mom would always tell me I should be a storyteller.

and later?
I realized soon enough, story tellers don’t get paid a lot. So what combines writing and pays me decently? Journalism!  That’s when I decided I was going to be a journalist…but not floozy ones like me. I wanted to do news journalism. I studied political science, took up a course of International Journalism at Westminster which was headed by an ex-war correspondent. I wrote essays about wars & media. Then I graduated, somehow joined Handbag.com, and that’s when life took a whole new direction.

Post Westminster, you were in London for two more years. Where all did you work?
My first pay job was at Metro. It’s a free newspaper in London and I worked on their subbing desk. I would get paid 100quid for a day. The shift timing was pretty cool too, from 2pm to 8pm. Then I worked with various publications like Cosmopolitan.co.uk, Daily Mail, Harper’s Bazaar, Handbag.com, Woman & Home, Halpern, CosmoGirl, Top of the Pops. Besides this I was also the news editor of my uni’s paper, and worked in some hospital radio for a little while which was kind of boring and scary.

Why did you come back to India?
I’m very close to my mom and her constantly asking me to come back for two years finally got to me.

What do you miss about London?
My friends..Stephanie, Jennifer, Meena, Poonam, Bima & Savi. Walking everywhere. Summer picnics. Da Paolo, Busaba Eathai, Wagamama, & Hakkasan. Brick Lane. Camden Town. Hampstead. Lavender cakes. Topshop. H&M…..

And about Calcutta?
Home and family. Also, food..particularly black daals. Being able to go out and eat at 4 a.m. Amazing corn on toast for breakfast, followed by assorted pastries, at Flurys. I used to go there for breakfast with my friends and was in love with its high ceilings, aging waiters, this entire old Calcutta feel..before it was refurbished and bastardised by commercialization.

Do you agree that fashion is much more evolved in London? How would you compare it to Bombay/Calcutta?
Yes. Fashion in London is very very accessible – you don’t necessary have to wear brands to be well dressed.You could shop from Primark and still be the most fashionable person in the room.

Since designer wear gets imitated by high street brands so much, I think people are more conscious of trends in general, and even if they aren’t, it’s perfectly okay for someone to wear their personality.

I also think people are less judgmental in London. Kind of live and let live attitude. It’s somewhat there in Bombay as well, but Calcutta is such a small city, everybody knows everything you do..they dissect everything you do…and that, in a way, restricts you.

Describe your work at vogue.in..
The sections I handle are Fashion, Blogs, Trends & Shopping, People and Parties. I love writing. I could write all the time. I think I’d be terribly depressed if I couldn’t write. And I love everything digital. Vogue.in combines the two and that’s what I like about my work.

Designers you like.. 
I like Anuj Sharma because he is one of the few people who designs what he believes in; Rahul Mishra for his complex processes and simple results; Sabyasachi Mukherjee for his magic with clothes; and Nachiket Barve because he makes happy clothes.

What are you reading these days?
Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami and my Twitter timeline.

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It’s her birthday today. She’s turned 26. Happy Birthday to her.
Is dressed up in Zara. Brogues from Bugis street, Singapore. Post title stolen from her twitter description.

Also born today: Les PaulJohnny Depp, and Donald Duck.
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Indian Autorickshaw & Zara

June 3, 2011

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Look 14 from Zara’s April lookbook 2011.
Auto photographed in June..in Versova, Bombay.

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Took some time, but the trend is catching up.


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