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Aien Jamir | dimapur

September 25, 2015

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street fashion dimapur nagaland

How was your childhood like?
I remember being one of the boys as I grew up with three brothers in the house. I grew up in a small town called Chumukedima near Dimapur.

What do you do?
Blogging.

What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
Location scouting for photo shoots.

What are you wearing?
Head to toe: thrifted
Sling bag: Zara

What are you currently listening to?
Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me

What’s the best thing you saw on internet this week?
Stage makeup tips on how to use makeup to look like a man.

Who cuts your hair?
Usually my friends. Whoever is around. This time my friend Temsuna cut for me.

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Dimapur, Nagaland. January 2015.

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pur & asano | dimapur

September 20, 2015

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Where are you from?
We are from Dimapur, Nagaland.

What do you do?
Pur: Freelance interior decorator & event planner
Asano: I am a graphic designer & an entrepreneur.

What’s your favorite word?
P: Effervescent- I don’t know why!
A: Mush.

How would you describe your style?
P: Comfort & functional. Don’t know if theres a word for that. I wear what I feel like everyday.
A: A mix of classic and trendy I guess. I like some trendy styles but need them in black or white. That, and a bit of gold accessories. I say “a bit”, people say “a lot”.

Do you have any fashion icons?
P: No.
A: None, really. Maybe I lean towards what K-pop artistes wear.

What’s the best part about your life in Dimapur?
P: Family & friends. I cannot function without them.
A: The best part would be the security. I’m around family, friends, and working in the place I grew up and that familiarity is reassuring.

What song/band are you currently listening to?
P: I’m listening to a lot of K-pop lately like Big Bang, 2ne1. Bits of Tori kelly and Leroy Sanchez.
A: What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber. Oriental Dream by Shalo Kent. (It’s not released yet.)

What was your last weekend like?
P: I don’t remember much. My head hurts thinking about it.
A: Work filled. Decorated a Ninja themed party and worked on a magazine design till 3 am.

What places do you recommend to hang at in Dimapur?
P: Upstairs for drinks & Tom Yum Goong for food- the chicken wings & liver chilly is amazing.
A: There’s not much to do but after dark – Upstairs and Hooligans.

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Dimapur, January 2015.

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Kuluvelu | kohima

September 15, 2015

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Likes junk food, anime, and Bruno Mars.

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Kohima, December 2012.

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Amen | dimapur

September 14, 2015

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Tell me something about yourself.
I am a baker by profession. I also teach children at church. I love food. I am faith & family driven. I live each day as it comes and I’m not worried about tomorrow.

What kind of music do you like? 
I like classical symphonies of Beethoven, Mozart, Erik Satie, John Kraemer, Yiruma, etc.

Do you have any favourites?
Gymnopedie by Erik Satie. Four Seasons by  Vivaldi.

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Dimapur, January 2015.

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Sharon | dharamsala

September 6, 2015

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Likes lemon curd cake, Russia, and Sunlight.

Dharamshala, 2015.

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James | fashion week

August 13, 2015

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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

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Fashion week, Delhi. March 2015.

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Backstage+Runway+Street | Paromita Banerjee

June 11, 2013

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paromita banerjee indian fashion designer

You mentioned you are always trying to bring normalcy in fashion through your clothes which you don’t see a lot. Why do you think you need this normalcy? This struck me in NID. We are always in this struggle to go back to the past, go back to the roots, go back to being “normal” and ordinary and rooted. We live in these plush houses and we end up going to resorts to walk barefoot. What I am trying to stress upon each and every season is just because one is making clothes that cost a hell lot of money they don’t have to be made of chiffon and look expensive. As a brand we get queries from stores and personal clients abroad, appreciating our brand and what we do; but frankly we have not always been able to “click” with the audience here in India. Sometimes I do have a dilemma as to whether I wish to be niche or whether I wish to be niche-but-still-reach-out to a wider group. We retail at select 12 boutiques across the country, but at times I have been asked to make slightly more “ornate and rich looking” clothes by our buyers just because sometimes our clothes end up looking “normal” and not “value-for-money.” But hey, if I were to tell you the Dhakai Jamdani handloom cotton fabrics that we used in one of our past collections cost us Rs 875/metre just because each motif was hand-woven painstakingly, would you believe me? (while silk costs Rs 350/metre)

Fashion doesn’t have to be glamorous all the time. I can’t seem to understand what it is with fashion that is always about the “glam” and the short and the tight! Why do fashion magazines need to have girls in pouty lips posing for you. Why can’t we shoot in villages and document the beautiful landscapes or their karigari, something like what Steve McCurry did in that Desert Storm image with the women huddled up in a group. It blows my mind. (Taking a drift…it is bizarre that it is always the westerners that capture the real essence of things, in this case, India, and portray it so very beautifully.)

What are you looking forward to?
Showing at Wills. I feel LFW is losing its essence. It’s too glamorous for me. And I really wish there were more critics. I don’t want to know who show stopped for who or who showed up at which after-party in what clothes & media running behind actors. It’s good if it works for others but I don’t like it. I hope Wills doesn’t have all that. I don’t want to know who is sitting in my front row as long as there are the right kind of people.

Who are the right kind of people? 
Somebody who understands what is going on with the clothes. Someone who can appreciate your work and give constructive criticism and is not just there to talk about front row, runway celebrities, and after parties.

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paromita banerjee indian fashion designer

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paromita banerjee indian fashion designer

paromita banerjee indian fashion designer

Best thing about what you do.
It is a high to create things out of scratch. And at the end of each collection, once I see the girls walking down the ramp (no matter how modest I am usually), I feel this great sense of achievement. That, hey-you-know-what the clothes you just saw on the ramp, whether you liked them or not, were made from scratch by our weavers and our karigars and our printers and dyers; and yes, I am the designer behind it.

Excerpts from an old talk I had with Paromita Banerjee at LFW about a year ago. Runway photos from her old shows at LFW and recent AW 13 show at WIFW. Outdoor: Carol Humtsoe in Paromita Banerjee AW 13, photographed during WIFW at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

Men in Checkered Gamchhas

November 29, 2011

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Picking up from where I’d left last…above: A cart pusher in Asansol.

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street style india fashion

The term “gamchha” derives from the Bengali ga mochha, which means wiping (the) body-local term for a sweat towel. Gamchhas are most commonly found in check and striped patterns of red, orange, green, blue…They’re are also worn as lungis, belts, turbans – styles derived from practicality & nature of tasks the wearer is involved in.

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I found myself a spot in the middle of a Y junction in front of a closed shop. There was a small tea shop 10 yards ahead. Idlers there would occasionally look in my direction, talk amongst themselves, and at times smile at me. A little disconcerting. Two people came to me and asked “newspaper?” I said yes. (A lie, obviously.) After a while one of the workers came and sat next to me but didn’t say a word. Often he would smile and try to look into the camera.

We talked for a bit. Soon he got called out for some work and left. I sat there for two hours till I started to see the same men. I was finding it awkward to get up as I was all comfortable in the awkwardness of being in the middle of those occasional stares for long. Eventually I got up, went straight to the tea shop…had a cup of tea, a smoke, & said thank you to whoever listened..

Below:Rickshaw-walas in the main market.
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All photos from my July trip.

A gamccha costs 30Indian Rupees(less than a dollar).

Little Shilpa|Winter ’11:Backstage

September 1, 2011

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little shilpa DHL lakme fashion week 11 backstage

little shilpa winter 11 lfw collection

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little shilpa winter 11 lfw collection

little shilpa winter 11 lfw collection

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little shilpa lakme fashion week winter collection

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“…eight headgear designs made from pleated ikat fabrics arranged strategically on the head in muted colours of DHL which symbolized the feel of flying and a flight into the sky. Aviator glasses as hair bands for both men and women and geometric glass pieces giving an abstract touch….red ikat swirled around the head with a hint of an airplane tail on the body…”
-text via LFW press release

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Cryptic Ink|Myoho

April 4, 2011

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Myoho by Kiran & Meghna..originated in the August of  2007. They met while designing under Priyadarshini Rao for Sepia…started out as Generation Next designers at LFW 2 years ago, and have showcased at LFW 5 times so far. Kiran thinks showcasing at a fashion week is important because it creates brand awareness, and establishes a strong client base.

Retails at: Ensemble, Melange, Aza, Zoya, Fuel, Samsaara in Bombay; Collage in Chennai; Elan in Ahmedabad, Samsaara and Ensemble in Delhi; and Sauce in Dubai.

Tinu Verghis

March 10, 2011

She grew up in a house with no plumbing and drew water from a well, did her first fashion show for Rs. 250..is aquaphobic, winner of FTV Best Ramp Model at Monte Carlo in 2003(?), was the Global Indian of the Year in 2005(TOI), scoffs at the prospect of being in Bollywood, likes gardening, builds her own house, introduced contract farming in Pilar, Goa..

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Read more on what she has to say about: Vogue’s Dawn of Dusk cover, being eco friendly, hypocrisy of national pride, change she wants to bring in the industry, ass licking that models do, and the recipe for spicy red sardine curry- all in an interesting interview here.

This is about her home in Tiswadi, Goa…that she keeps breaking and making.
“From Japan’s Manga art to cow-dung paintings from Rwanda and pop music posters, it is a fusion of cultural influences from around the globe, ensconced in a bubble of bright, happy colours.”
Read more here.

Lookbook:Bungalow 8 A/W ’10 – 2

December 19, 2010

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Lookbook:Bungalow 8 A/W ’10 – 1

December 16, 2010

…the room wasn’t exactly the way we saw it last. It had changed quite a bit with an overabundance of toys…so there are lonely little hippos, plastic ducks, stuffed cats, and fabric frogs..

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Make up – Brendon D
Stylist – Nidhi Jacob
Model – Preeti Dhata
Designer – Mathieu G

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This post is getting too long so I have decided to break it in to two parts. Next one follows soon.

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Lookbook:Bungalow 8 A/W ’10 – the preparation

November 21, 2010

Last month I shot the A/W lookbook for Bungalow 8. This post contains: an interview with the designer Mathieu G + all that we did before the shoot – ideating over emails, location scouting, layouting + a preview.


Mathieu Gugumus-Leguillon, 32. Designer at Bungalow 8

Childhood and growing up
I had a whimsically happy childhood that was spent growing up in the country side in Normandy, France. I loved to dress up as various characters – from historical figures like Louis XIV to some obscure dancer. It was a way of dreaming for me, based on what I was experiencing at that time -a creative outlet to escape the monotony of my environment – which was a very grey, boring country side.

What I wanted to be as a kid, changed a 1000 times. One of my most recurrent dreams was to become a gardener – to grow all the vegetables of the world.

My mother and my grandmother were always supplying me with costumes and garments that they would actually make. After my grand mother expired, it all stopped..so I started to do it myself. And by the time I turned 15, I realized I was really good at cutting clothes. At that time I was thinking more about doing theater costumes because many of my classmates were in to theater and I was somehow drawn to it. My first  job was to do some costumes for my friends’ dance shows and performances.

*The first bit reminds me of this film that I watched a few years ago – Ma vie en rose*

Lanvin and YSL
At Lanvin, I  was a part of Alber Elbaz’s team & worked in the women’s wear design department.  At YSL, I was in the product design/merchandising team. It was all great, I learned a lot…but I left so I could evolve on my own.

Work process and inspirations
My work starts with the body and its geometry. I believe more in shape and cuts than decoration. Working with very detailed, refined techniques and tricks allow me to incorporate comfort in the designs and then it goes beyond geometry..it becomes about understanding how the body moves.
I never really start with a theme, but more with moods. The sense of the collection usually appears to me at the end of the process- like an invisible thread that suddenly surfaces.

I let my daily inspirations express themselves..from what life brings to me, the women and men I meet, to the places I visit. I feel the constant need to evolve in diverse atmospheres, and that is the best way for me to stay curious, and therefore creative.

How is Bombay street fashion different from Paris’?
In sense of style & color I feel Bombay is more creative. It is going out of its codes and is more experimental, while Paris goes more and more uniform.

Relationship with India
For me this is a place where I am constantly evolving as an individual..and also from a business point of view. I think, today, India is growing in a manner that it appeals to a more contemporary way of life while keeping its identity intact. I have been in India for two years…traveled to Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa, and Pondicherry.. so far my most favorite part has been South India because of its relaxed and resorty mood. I don’t know much Hindi unfortunately, but a sentence I like and can say is: Mai sabse gora hoon is gaon ka(I’m the whitest guy of this village).

Read a two year old article on Mathieu’s association with Bungalow 8 here.

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Preeti is wearing clothes from the collection. Even though this ensemble does not feature in the final selection the way it is here..but well..I like it.

With the last photo being our rough reference, we ended the day deciding we’ll shoot indoors.


Preeti’s top is from – ? (not from Bungalow8)

But things changed – like they always do – as we exchanged more ideas and emails. Finally these images taken from Nidhi’s blog became our references for the shoot.

More trial shots. This, I think, is the bedroom lit by the 4p.m. light at Maithili’s house. The first two shots are supposed to be the opening and closing pages of the book, followed by roughly how each layout would look + photos of elements taken from the room.

Read more about Maithili & Bungalow 8 here and here.

Nidhi’s polka jacket is from the rack on Hill road, Grey t-shirt is from an export surplus store in Pune, satin pants from Forever New, and brogues from a leather export surplus store in Chennai.

Read more about Nidhi here.

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A quick preview of the collection.

Autumn is already over. I hope to put rest of the photos up before the winter ends.


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