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This is a collection in lines of what Manish Arora is about, in my opinion: originality, clear vision, personal life reference, and opulence.
The show opened with a print look. A direct rendition from what he saw at The Burning Man festival in August 2012. It is of no doubt that Manish Arora would enjoy a place like that. He is known to spend New Years holidays dancing to Goa Trance. The prints were of the blue sky, sandy desert and Burning Man featured metallic art installations. Sticking to this new direction of softer silhouettes that please the Parisian and western palettes, this show had easy skirts, belted blouses, fur, bomber jackets, long coats, and Tshirts. I like this shift. Containing the crazy in prints, textures, fabrics, embellishments, colors, and sanity in shapes. The collection rode waves of shifting influences. From Burning man to glitter and opulent gold jewelery inspired from India (and made in India by Amrapali). One of my favourite pieces was the optical illusion green and black top. Nothing short of what a Manish Arora superhero would wear. The evening stuff comprised of black velvet with draped gold chains defining the bodice. Black satin trousers and blouses patterned with a Bindi-esque cut outs. The patterns were strange. Not what you and I have seen before. Perhaps something only visible in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. Oh, but you don’t really need to find reason behind it. Comprehend what is obvious – like the letters ‘E G O’ embellished in gold on a turbaned model.
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To start with, yesterday photographer Zacharie was able to click backstage images for Namrata Joshipura show. This was Zacharie’s first time shooting backstage. I was convinced the images would be great because of his unique eye of capturing people. At backstage, its less about a choreographed, synchronized show of the collection, but more about the preparation that leads up to the show. These photos let you feel the different energies of organisers, models, make up and hair stylists, stage set up people, sound technicians etc involved.
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So if you decide to take the leap and love, be sure not to regret. And if you want the fall to be cushioned, get some crazy like minded people who believe in your moves. These are just a few of the MANY lovely crazy people I look up to:
Sabyasachi. Who believes in family and how good work goes hand in hand with doing a business.
|MObama. Cause they love unabashedly.|
|Shivan and Narresh. Because they are designers committed to their vision.|
|Nikhil D. who insists in putting his 100% while styling.|
|Sonam and Rin. Because you can always count on them for support and honest opinion.|
Take a look at Kallol Datta’s Spring Summer 2013 collection fittings. Below Images shot by the talented Shovan Gandhi.
Kallol really takes pleasure in putting together his collections – collection note, graphics, prints, hair, make-up and music. Speaking of music, this is his playlist from Spring Summer 2013 show titled ‘Grotesque Nonsense’. The songs are super apt for the collection if you think about it. Rebellion, youth, romance, insecurity and security rolled into one. Who can’t relate with that?
1. O Children – Nick Cave
2. Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson
3. Shelter – The xx
Below images shot by me during the show:
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To be honest the sudden chill wave in Delhi is growing on me. But sooner or later, it will be summer dreaming. These pictures of Swim and Resort wear designers Shivan & Narresh adds to the anticipation. Titled ‘zip‘ the duo were inspired by artist Barnett Newman who’s abstract art work was experienced by the designers during their England trip museum visits. Newman was an abstract expressionist who’s influence is quite clear in this collection. In fact the lookbook kept on the seats during the fashion show had Looks (what models wore in sequence) corresponding to the paintings’ swatches. A rectangle piece of steel color art work with red lines across labeled ‘Look 16 – The Name 1, 1949 – Rikee – striped bikini’. Its a lesson to see the boys grow each season, get slightly more risqué while keeping intact their tidiness and organized approach to business.
The below photos were clicked by photographer Shovan Gandhi during Wills India Fashion Week, New Delhi at Shivan and Narresh show backstage.
|sun shot from the flight|
|random shot #1|
|Richard Prince print in the entrance of La Plage convinced me it was a great place to be.|
|good to know I don’t scare kids and was allowed to play with them|
|random shot #2|
|random shot #3|
|sunset shot #1|
|one of things to look forward to in Goa – fresh strawberry juice.
|instagram shot #1|
|instagram shot #2|
|instagram shot #3|
|the last sunset. that person with elbows open is me. Don’t ask why|
Been anticipating the launch of bhane. for some months now. Its founded by Anand Ahuja – a cousin’s friend and all round nice guy. OK- he also did confess to liking this blog in our first meeting. But having seen the garments in production and hearing his vision for the brand ‘bhane.’ got me interested. It is simple clothes but not basics you already have. Soft T-shirts, thick denims, warm tone trousers and light slip on dresses. I like the idea of an online shop to sell not too complicated clothing. Something you know will look good on you as it does on the models. Speaking of models, here is a shoot Rin, Nikhil and I did with our pair of bhane. blue jeans:
Thats us. Just rolled out of bed looking like this. No, but really, we tried to use the denim in our personal looks. Nikhil with his layered utilitarian look walking back from his daily Dunkin Donuts run; Rin with his clean preppy look; and me trying to be thin look. I like that these jeans are simple enough to be worn by different shapes and sizes melting with our existing styles.
How do you wear blue denims? How often do you wash your blue denims? How do you iron your blue denims? more importantly, do you iron your blue jeans?
Check out the entire collection at www.bhane.com