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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

August 26, 2011

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nijhum

Nijhum Nj Patra, 23. Fashion Model/Student…loves her blue sapphire hero cycle that now has a basket in front; prefers street shopping to mall shopping; has been listening to a lot of Adele; loves electro progressive; is reading The Collector; loves all animated films-Despicable Me & Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs are her favourites; is in her final year of studying fashion at NIFT Bombay; dislikes people making her wait; is obsessed with the color green…and loves the smell of cocoa butter.

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Childhood
As a kid I was always leading-was the march past band leader, team captain of kho-kho/kabaddi teams..but really bad at basketball. I grew up in Duliajan in Assam..studied at St. Mary’s, Guwahati then moved to Bishop Cotton, Bangalore for final school years. My family grew up all scattered-my dad was in some other city, and my sister in another; we’d meet in 6 months.

First job
It was in 11th standard. I did this part-time job for some Aero India or Air-India Expo? I just had to stand and welcome people at the expo. I didn’t get paid much.

First fashion week.
LFW is the first time I’m doing something really big. I came through auditions..there were about 120 girls and being one of the selected few was a big boost. My dad came for my first show here and he was gleaming with pride. I could see it on his face.

What do you intend to do with your LFW earnings?
I plan to send my parents on a trip. My mom has been telling me about how beautiful Kashmir is. I’m not sure if it’d be safe to send them there…so maybe I’d pay them to come visit me. But this entire first salary goes to them.

ed hardy shoes

“Most I ever spent was on these Ed hardy shoes..they’re white..with lace tie-ups & fur in front..like white panther on my feet. And I’ve put neon colored laces on them. Bought them for 18,000! Cheapest would be 100 bucks chappals from Linking Road.”

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On a non-working day
I sleep! Or finish the pending college assignments.

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Photo above: Nijhum’s own design.

Designer or a model?
I eventually want to be a fashion designer…but doing fashion weeks is a lot of fun. You get to know what happens backstage..how designers, stylists, choreographers, models, and all other crew work together. It’s a big learning process. I love the spotlight..& clothes..& transforming myself in to the clothes…playing the part that I’m expected to play. Maybe I’d do modeling for a few years till the face & body stay….and then something else..

Modeling is what I love doing but I think I would make a better designer.  The collection I loved the most was Ruchika Sachdeva‘s Bodice. I’d love to own a piece from it.

Working out
I don’t work out or follow a beauty regime as such. This is where the grooming part comes. I probably need to start doing that.

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Staying alone
I’ve been staying alone for 1 and half years and I love my space. Best thing about staying alone is you can roam around naked in the house…and not really worry about the mess either..as the mess is your own.

Bombay.
Food is brilliant. Traveling is a pain…since I stay in Kharghar. Street shopping is great too but I think it’s better in Delhi. Parties and music is good here..but not as good as Bangalore…but then Bangalore shuts by 11. I feel Bombay is the place to be if you want to learn something. This is where it all happens!
Hate the unexpected rains. Then there is this particular bombay smell – smell of fish and filth. Hate that!

Can you smell it now?
No. Now I can only smell hairspray.

Standing photos taken at Hyatt during LFW’11.

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Cat Eyes

August 21, 2011

loise braganza fashion india

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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.

Bryan Boy

August 21, 2011

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street style bryan boy

street style bryan boy

Yamamotoish

August 21, 2011

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lakme fashion week india

Day 1 LFW 11|Generation next:Backstage

August 19, 2011
MOHAMMED JAVED KHAN backstage

MOHAMMED JAVED KHAN backstage

MOHAMMED JAVED KHAN backstage

MOHAMMED JAVED KHAN backstage

MOHAMMED JAVED KHAN backstage

MOHAMMED JAVED KHAN backstage
Mohammed Javed Khan|Ex-pression-ist. “Mohammed, a graduate from NIFT had fine tuned his talents in Paris and Milan. Entries went into many layers of garments….long sweaters, kurtas with comfortable loose pants, pullovers, long knit coats, ombre touches for the garments and quilted jackets along with military shirts and waistcoats…”
Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage


Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage

Urmi ghosh backstage
Urmi Ghosh|Maar and Moumoune…“collection inspired by the tragic love story of Pablo Picasso and his beloved Dora Maar. The collection had a fusion of layers and textures along with varied silhouettes and fabrics…Embroidery played an important role with cats, boots, tight rope walkers, birds, cages motifs splashed on the garments…and a muted colour palette with ivory, brown, dusty green, black, beige and brown used as patchwork…”
retarded velvet lfw 11

retarded velvet lfw 11

retarded velvet lfw 11

retarded velvet lfw 11 collection

retarded velvet lfw 11 collection

retarded velvet lfw 11 collection

retarded velvet lfw 11 collection

Teresa & Roger|Retarded Velvet. …”emphasis on proportions, the collection had a unisex appeal with a relaxed unstructured touch. Bringing together the beauty of varied fabrics like Ghanaian batik, Native American fabrics, South Indian cotton with Tencel and Lyocell…”

SIDDARTH ARYA lfw 11 collection

SIDDARTH ARYA lfw 11 collection

SIDDARTH ARYA lfw 11 collection

SIDDARTH ARYA lfw 11 collection

SIDDARTH ARYA lfw 11 collection

SIDDARTH ARYA lfw 11 collection

Siddarth Arya|Steam Punk…”Inspired by the cult punk movement of the 1980s..using art, music, dance, theatre, research, science and technology..garage punk couture embroidered corset combined with an armadillo reptilian shoulders bolero and rag doll micro mini. Taffeta came alive for a layered skirt with metal grunge embroidered coat and the leather appliqué dress with jet sequinned cape and cutout leggings…”

Quoted text with little modifications via LFW release.

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The Gen next show was styled by Aki Narula: He mentored the Gen-next designers for two months being involved in everything from the inception of it all to the final execution. He’d also styled the preview of their collection that appeared in Elle’s August issue. Scans below.

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generation next lfw elle

generation next lfw elle

generation next lfw elle

Backstage is a lot of fun..with crazy amount of crew+non-crew(?) members standing everywhere with elbows and non-elbows of photographers and non-photographers sticking out from all sides. And I’ve been tagged as a sneaky photographer for stealing other photographers’ staged photos. So very unoriginal…of me.

Paromita Banerjee FW 11/12:Preview

August 15, 2011

“…for inspiration, strangely, I didn’t have a story board this time..but when I finally got down to making the first few pieces, it came up along the lines of black & white with quilting details. The first few ensembles were very Japanese & basic; bordering along silhouettes like the Kimono wraps which I later translated into the Indian angarakha styles – very Yohji Yamamoto-ish..

Also, I never sketch; it is mostly illustrations and I also prefer working directly on the mannequin for colour/ texture/fabric fall etc…It helps me understand colour interaction and texture better.”

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Inspiration was the Japanese boro quilting image that I had in my laptop archives…except that the idea was not to get “inspired” by it..but help in sparking off the thought processes or something like that. By the time the second lot of ensembles got made, a lot of colour had crept in somehow. One piece led to the next and finally the collection seemed to take shape…
paromita banerjee fw 11 inspiration

paromita banerjee fw 11 inspiration

I was drawn by the images of men in kurta / pajama/ dhoti / shawl ….people I see on the roads every single day, on my way to work…some may be the labourer class who come to work via the local train; the pajama is replaced by the pants..while the kurta remains..

senaka senanayake

In between all this, I was drawn by the colours of the Sri lankan artist Senaka Senanayake. His brush strokes and use of colour and form were all very “wow.” In fact I’m planning to work on his line for my next spring/summer..unless, of course, something else strikes me faster and better!

senaka senanayake paromita banerjee fw 11 collection

So finally, I brought together a couple of stories for my fall/winter line titled Daak(the call) in Bengali.”

The collection is based on the re-interpretation of the classics. The timeless appeal of textiles like the Khadi, “Taant”/ handweaves from Bengal, Tassar, Matka, and silks were explored in silhouettes ranging from the quintessential Indian clothing styles: the Punjabi kurta, pajamas, shawls, to bandgala jackets and waistcoats. These were teamed with accessories by Sutopa Parrab, an architect/jewellery designer based out of Sydney but having her roots in India.

Traditional forms & materials were explored in an ethno-contemporary context. Unheeded by how society puts values to materials like gold or silver, unusual materials like fish-nets, copper, titanium, bone, wood, horns were used to create forms that have a bold traditional background and stem from primal tribal forms. The garments were styled along the lines of how “normal” people would wear them on the streets, something which we seem to have forgotten in our effort to bling it on! Indian classics like the men’s style kurtas in tassar, handloom checkered shirts, drawstring pajamas or ghera(wide flare) dresses are worn with Ajrakh and Bagru printed waistcoats in indigo or silk wrap dresses. The accessories added another layer of texture in the form of fish-net, brass dokra neckpieces, leather cuffs and fossil – agate neckpieces in a range of organic forms.

Paromita’s show is at 3 p.m. on Friday-19-08-11.  She has about 90+ pieces on the ramp this time..and is currently busy ironing them.

Oona

August 13, 2011

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street fashion style india

LFW Concluded…

August 10, 2011

…right when it is about to begin. Photos from Lakme Fashion Week|Summer 11…+ some are even older. Evidently, I’d been busy.

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Bryndis Helgadottir, 21. Fashion model from Reykjavik, Iceland…studied business and economics…was found by scouting agents in Iceland..started modeling at 13; can make horn sound with her hands clasped; loves Arnaldur Indriðason; likes naan, butterchicken, & dosa. Misses her cockatiel-Pjakka. This was her first time at LFW.

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fashion blog india

Nikhil D, 24….grew up in Bombay, studied science, till he went to a fashion school. His first serious job was at the clothing brand Chemistry. “I did a little bit of everything there-designing men’s wear, women’s wear, graphics, branding..and it was interesting because I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do then.”
“I started styling with Seventeen India and now Marie Claire India where I’ve been working for two years now. I get to do a lot of different things, & the best part is meeting a lot of new people and creative minds. Even better..get to collaborate with them and create things like you see them.”

What inspires your style and you ..in general?
Umm people do…what they wear on the streets, at home, to work. Older people, the homeless, kids, uniforms, also films from all around the world, anything contradictory…aged but progressive.

You have an eclectic wardrobe & you rarely throw clothes away…
Yes. I’m a hoarder; I never throw things away. I like to keep them for years & sometimes even cut them up or dye them and wear them again. When I was growing up I got a lot of clothes from my cousins who were growing out of them. I also used to wear a lot of my dad’s old clothes, since I hardly ever went shopping. I also love the idea of unisex clothing and shop a lot from the women’s wear brands….which is a considerably big part of my wardrobe now. I also love prints, hardly own any black, and love collecting sweaters.
Jacket/shirt- Colaba. Pants – Zara. Shoes – custom made. Necklace – DIY. Sunglasses – Topman.Bag-Aldo accessories.

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lakme fashion week india ss 11

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lakme fashion week india

Christina Hanghal, 25. Stylist/Fashion designer.

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Rikee Chatterjee, 23. Fashion model…is a Bengali…is 5’11″…grew up watching FTV; was huge and plump as a kid; studied mass communication; likes 212 by Carolina Herrera; doesn’t go online; loves baby sitting, hakka noodles, & dhaba food.

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Shikha, 24. Stylist. Top – Reiss, Bandra. Skirt- Forever 21. Bag/shoes – Hong Kong Street. Socks – Brother’s. 

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lakme fashion week india

kavita rayirath

Kavita, 30. Fashion Model.  Wearing a 5 year old jacket-designed by a fashion student. Necklace – Splash.

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Ibadariakar,24. Fashion writer.

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lakme fashion week india ss 11
Karuna Laungani, 25. Fashion stylist.

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Nina Mendes, 20. Fashion model..from Rio de Janeiro...just finished school and wants to study gastronomy; has been modeling since she was 15; was quiet as a kid..and almost boylike; likes making desserts..wants to have her own restaurant back in Rio; first Indian film she watched was Devdas; loves Eat, Pray, Love; considers autorickshaw as her best friend; likes roti & this Indian dessert that’s made of milk and coconut; misses Brazilian weather, the clean beaches, rice & beans.
Once I thought about traveling by train in Bombay…went to the train station, saw the madness, & ended up taking a cab.
I can’t go out in shorts & tee shirt..always have to wear  jeans and keep everything covered. People in my building think we’re prostitutes; they are always watching us!
It’s her first time in India and at Lakme Fashion Week.

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Kiran Jaisinghani. Fashion Designer|Myoho

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lakme fashion week india ss 11

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Rachel Bayros, 25. Fashion model.

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Jennifer Sodhi. 28. Fashion model….
grew up in Berlin..studied psychology..Ancient Greek & Latin. Speaks German, Spanish, & English fluently…little of Portugese, Italian, & French…..doesn’t like R&B and cold weather; has been living without a TV for 5 years; grew up watching Hindi films; likes Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Piya Re; uses “I hope not” a lot… Her father is Indian- a little obstinate and compares modeling to prostitution; her mother is German.
My parents would like me to do other things…like have a steady job that gives me more security. My father does not appreciate modeling & doesn’t understand why I am not working as a psychologist. So I tell him it’s my life and I have the right to live it my own way. We’re very close but our thoughts clash all the time. I like to find my own way even if I’ve to go against things; I often feel people are not free when they’re following other people’s views. I like to be myself & am constantly trying to free myself from the stereotypes.

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I am staying in Bandra. And there’re restrictions like I am not allowed to bring people to my apartment..I have to be very careful what I wear when I go out….and in…because supposedly indian culture doesn’t allow all that and would make people think that you’re a prostitute!
This one time I wore a black mini skirt with tights for an audition..I got lost somewhere and was asking for directions..I realized Indian women wouldn’t want to talk to me at all…but men were very open.

This profiling models at LFW was part of a commissioned story I did for vogue.in|models to watch out for.

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Ekta Rajani. Fashion Editor.

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lakme fashion week india ss 11

lakme fashion week india ss 11

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This is not staged. Shiraz’s heel got stuck and the fixed grate came off along with it. 

“The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates.”
– Dave Barry

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fashion week conclusion

LFW(fall/winter) kicks off in 6 days. See you there!

P.S. The camel photograph is not from LFW.

Wearabout x Wallpaper*

August 2, 2011

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. See the entire series here.

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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.

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Dheeman Agarwala is currently reading Kerouac’s Lonesome Traveller & just got himself a cook.

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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.

street fashion india mens style

street fashion india mens style

“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.

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Elton Fernandez, Hair/make up artist. 

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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. 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.

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street fashion india

street fashion india mens style

street fashion india mens style

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Jagvir Matharoo. Blogs here.

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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.

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Karan Berry. Shoe maker.

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Syed Ali Arif. Artist. He grew up in Hyderabad & now lives in Bombay. He loves SrideviHyderabadi Biryani, Vienna, and Gustav Klimt. Check his work here.

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Sasa. Fashion Stylist.

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Neha, 20. Architecture student
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Snehal Fernandez, 18…likes Maggi, pancakes, and Keane.

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Ruchika Sachdeva, 24. Fashion Designer.
“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 and experimenting with a bit of colour..”
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Imsu. Business student/Fashion blogger.

Photographed in Outram Line, North Delhi in February.

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street fashion india womens style 

Sasha Laloo, 26. Lives in 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.

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Girls of Summer. Photographed near Prithvi theatre at Juhu, Bombay.

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Christina Hanghal is a 25 year old fashion stylist…will do anything to find the right window curtains.

Photo taken near St. Andrews Church in Bandra, Bombay.

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street fashion india women style

Kismet Nakai. Lives in Chandigarh. Is wearing Kurta from Fab India, shoes from Zara, and carrying a vintage mille-fleurs bag with Petit Point embroidery work.

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Nidhi Sunil, 24. Fashion Model. Nidhi loves cats. And last night she finished a whole box of doughnuts.

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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 got mobbed yesterday. 

indian street procession

indian street procession

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“…the most eye-popping, synapse-snapping, pulse-pushing place on the planet. “
– Wallpaper* on India


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