“Ricky is a dancer and I make funny videos on instagram. I want to make people happy and that’s what I love to do. We were both born in October and we both love Lily Allen & Adam Levine.”
—Vanlalhmangaihi & Ricky | Aizawl, February 2017.
“I’m awkward and quiet at times but I do the stupidest random shit when I get comfortable with someone. I am usually hanging out at my studio. I am currently listening to Don’t Leave by Mo. I like black, jogging pants, sleepovers, and feeling loved. My style inspiration is Gwen Stefani.”
— Hannah Khiangte | Aizawl, February 2017.
James, fashion stylist. From Aizawl.
Tell me something about yourself?
I was born and raised in Aizawl and moved to Delhi 8 years ago. I’m always excited about things fresh and young. I love RuPaul’s Drag Race.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an entertainer. I was really into pop artists like Spice Girls, All Saints, Steps, No Doubt, Aqua etc.
How would you describe your style?
Retro and a bit of hip-hop.
What’s the best thing you saw on internet this week?
Alex Honnold Compilation 2014
A song you’re listening to on repeat.
Pretty Girls by Little Dragon
Fashion week, Delhi. March 2015.
“I’m always on a lookout for a happy state of mind. Finding happiness in strange colour combinations, and tripping on my own invisible rainbow.”
— Param, Designer/Stylist
Who is parambanana?
In Kerala, banana is called param so I put the two words together. The moment you read or say “parambanana” it brings a smile to your face.
What kind of music are you into?
The XX, Florence and the Machine, Röyksopp.
What are you currently listening to?
Slow Acid by Calvin Harris.
Fashion week, Delhi. October 2014.
Naga men in their early 20s.
“Photos taken for keepsake.”
1976. Shillong, Meghalaya.
I found some amazing photos while digging through my friend’s old family albums. I’ll be sharing some of them on my blog over the next few weeks and I’d love you to contribute.
If you have the time and inclination, mail me your vintage photos on wearabout/at/gmail/dot/com with some info about the photograph(time and place + anything else of relevance). If you are on instagram use #wrbtvintage
Looking forward to your photos.
There is an Indian Street Style post on BuzzFeed made of my photos(mostly). Take a look.
Wearabout was on Tasveer Journal sometime ago.
I have an 8 page street style story in GQ India this month.
I have to interrupt my Northeast updates for now. They will have to wait. I
was too slow miscalculated my blogging speed. WIll get on with it again in September.
Fashion week in Bombay started yesterday. Will be blogging from there.
Contemplating a giveaway. Would anyone be interested in old looking clothes & books?
Looking forward to leaving Bombay again in October & travel for maybe 6 months. My lease gets over; which is a great thing. The best. Looking at Dharamsala, Calcutta, & Sikkim. Maybe down south.
Also, I’m looking for someone to help me organize all my images and edit a lot of text. You get paid but it’s not much money. If you’re interested, write to me at wearabout at gmail
“I was born and brought up in Shillong. Growing up as a child in Shillong was pretty adventurous. I remember my locality friends and I inventing our own games, going up to the mountains not so far away from the place we stayed at in search for crabs and tadpoles. As a child I was very notorious, I must say, not so girly too! I cared less about how I looked..was very well known for bullying all the kids in my locality!
Other than regular stuff I studied classical piano for 7 years. I’m a professional musician and a songwriter. I sing for the band 4th Element. I’ve been singing since I was ten, and have been with the band for 5 years now. I like all things original and I’m madly obsessed with ships and castles.
I like Shillong because it’s beautiful and has easy access to everything. Its people and its food make it very special. Although if given a choice to live in any other place, it’ll probably be Bombay, because I feel that’s where you can be who you are! “
Describe a day in your life here.
I wake up I eat if I have nothing to do I write. I write a lot actually if I don’t have rehearsals which are once or twice a week. I stay with my mom so I do some house chores like babysitting my niece…then listen to a lot of music & just laze around.
A secret you’re tired of keeping?
I’m secretly attracted to girls. (But I would never want it to come true.)
Photos from January 2011. Photographed near Beat house, Laitumkhrah, Shillong.
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.