Grunge that suits

This is the first coming together of my blog and the Label Suket Dhir. I am glad to personally know even the person Suket Dhir. He was my senior at college. Seeing Suket win the Woolmark prize was a complete delight. The collection looked brilliant and all the looks photographed beautifully well. That is not always easy with handloom fabrics. I have been trying to participate in the idea of promoting indian, hand-woven fabrics and this grungy suit from Suket Dhir is a great way to begin the process.

Not only does he research and know his slubby, textured fabrics well, he also sees a great amount of beauty in the craft that our country weaves. This easy cut suit is a great example of that. The perfect blue on the weave is detailed with wooden buttons and a paisley print silk lining. The pants are the most comfortable pair of formal pants I have ever worn. The volume and the cut of it does have a slight sense of nostalgia as I remember the members of my previous generations wearing loose boxy pyjamas along with their kurtas and ease with the breeze. I am really in love with this outfit. This is a must have for winters. The ensemble does have the perfect balance of everything that you look for in designer wear.

I look forward to another post soon with Suket where I would love to talk more about his design journey and how the his sensibility evolved from the fibre level of thinking and making.

Also, excuse me for putting a little extra photographs on this post. But this is only for the complete viewing pleasure as I loved the location we shot at. We shot this look at this lovely place before Rohtang called Sarchu. We stayed in a cottage on the banks of the river ‘Baaga’. Delightful is the word.

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Photographed by Rahul Lal.


Rock and Feathers

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If life is a journey then it all happens when you are on the way.

Shot on one of the most scenic roads I have ever experienced in my life, this all Huemn look is one of my all time favourites from the brand. The sleeves are everything in this look. The white chevron stripe breaking the feathers embellishment into the all black of the whole look has an outlandish impact. I knew it deserved a certain backdrop when I picked up the look but what in particular that was, i didn’t. While driving through the rocky terrain that leads to Leh, mesmerised and humbled by the beauty and enormity of nature around, this look effortlessly found its aesthetic relationship with the colors and textures and some unclear emotion of it.

We stopped at different spots which we thought were right, driving at the height of 5000m or more.The last set of pictures was actually shot at 5500m approx.

This strong and impactful look got its place in places I had never seen before.

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Photographed by Rahul Lal.

Special thanks to Rigzin Negi. My partner in crime since 2004.

Simplicity is the latest fashion.

Hey guys i wrote this piece around 2 and a half years back when I was working as a designer for a buying agency and had to produce endless research for a bunch of european brands. 
This post is a part of my first attempt at blogging. I was not at all regular at it but when I wrote, I tried to write with soul. I am gonna share another one soon. This one is specially quite close to my heart.
I am sharing a pic of my mother to just give a glimpse of my inspiration for this post.
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” Simplicity is the state or quality of being simple. It usually relates to the burden which a thing puts on someone trying to explain or understand it. Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated. Alternatively, as Herbert A. Simon suggested, something is simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it…[1] In some uses, simplicity can be used to imply beauty, purity, or clarity. Simplicity may also be used in a negative connotation to denote a deficit or insufficiency of nuance or complexity of a thing, relative to what is supposed to be required.”
Ahem! Taking you off the complex definition of simplicity, in my early teen years, I remember my mom telling me “simplicity is the latest fashion”. She not only said it but lived it as well. Always managed to look stunning even without a lipstick on. Completely oblivious to the complexities and nuances of projected female beauty, I remember her sense of style with no jewellery(she despises it), no bling, her classic colours and patterns in intricately woven silks for winters and fluent chiffons, georgettes and ‘taant‘ for summers and how she is perfection with the drape. Inspite of her classic taste in fabrics, it was her confidence, evident in her kind eyes and the million dollar smile that made her a presence one could not miss. She found her beauty in simplicity and it set her apart from the rest. Love you Mom!
Today I sit in a buying house, rigorously researching trends. Trying to live up to the expectation of developing the most updated styles. It can really get to you at times. To try and point an important(commercially viable) trend is more like a hit and trial method. With so much diversity and ever evolving trans-culture diffusion and faster breaking social boundaries, I have learnt to take refuge into simplicity. All you have to do is simplify someone’s great effort of creativity to something which fits into the current lifestyle and clothing culture. So I realise my mom’s early teaching was pretty universal and timeless. When you think about it you see how ageless and peaceful simplicity is. How liberating it is, how effortless it is and if I may say so, how right it is … always.
I have written in my previous post that today I/we see a big change in how people are learning to express themselves through what they wear and learn to stand out then to blend in. Yes, this could look like an odd hour to be bragging about simplicity with loud and in-your-face creativity(commerce commanding arts, as we all know it) in the popular music and entertainment culture. Yet, ultimately there is always graduation to a peaceful, zen like, monotonous state in everything. Be it from teens to adulthood, art deco to minimalism, Friday night to Monday morning.
Looking at this pattern one could say that If you are being simple with what you wear(or do), you are always ahead of time/trend. Please do not get me wrong! I am not suggesting anyone to reject all current trends but what I am implying is that a day of authentic denims and white shirt is never a bad day. The little black dress is a must have for girls for a reason and Apple products look class apart for a “simple” reason. Could there be more to come up with? Yes, endless ones.
Come up with your own one as simplicity is the beginning and end of a full circle.
If there is a learning to take from this ,then it is to enjoy and appreciate simplicity. It only helps you better at whatever you do.
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I thought it would be great to share one of the old pictures to end this post. This is probably not even a week after she got married to my father. The summer of 1980. The lady next to her is my Tai ji (aunt). How simply  beautiful are both of them in this photograph.

Visual Treats

Blessed with the monsoons, photographing around the farm house was such a visual treat. This is my last post from my trip back home. In this post, I have collected the best of the rest.

Completely for the viewing pleasure, this post has some of my favourite captures. And you know the best part is, it is good to share pictures that I clicked myself. The Nikon D5300 is an awesome DSLR. I will upgrade to a better lens. Till then, this is what I serve to you.

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Photographed by Sahdev Hooda.