Kangra diaries

Traveling is like reading a book. Like being transported to a new world where unpredictability of life comes to life again. Giving us insights on the world around us at large and also what lies with in ourselves.

I have recently started teaching at different centres of National Institute of Fashion Technology. I studied fashion at NIFT, New Delhi and now teaching the same to the next generation of curious thinkers. Apart from being able to share what I have learned in past ten years of working, I thoroughly enjoy traveling to these different destinations, which I might not have visited otherwise.

Kangra is one of the places NIFT has established a centre at. The college is placed on a hill, just a small walk from the main city. This is my second trip to this place. It is nothing less than another set of beautiful memories etched in my mind. Conversations with young minds is truly an amazing experience. Their unadulterated personalities is a breath of fresh air. There is a certain sense of serenity in the college, a calm vibe with an under current of excitement of the youth.

The city is still away from being commercialised. It has its own charm. Charm of a world untouched and pleasant simplicity. It will be absolutely unfair to not mention the beautiful view one gets from the perspective of the hill top that the college is built upon. It overlooks the valley which is shielded from the other side by the breathtaking Dhauladhar range, vertically inclined, majestic in sight. You will see it here in the images I have shared out of a big pool of them. At times, after the lectures are done, I would walk with friend, who also teaches there, to the other side of the college hill and find a spot to sit at, over looking a river. The cover page image is the view from where we would usually sit. Our spot. We would sit and stare at the sun go down. An absolutely breathtaking view, right in the lap of untouched nature. The birds of prey in the sky would often distract us and hypnotise us with their seamless flow on the winds above. They are poetry in air, just like the clouds.

Occasionally we would skip the lunch at the college canteen and go down to the ‘dhaba’ near college, which was based on the edge of these beautiful yellow fields in the valley. Mustard was flowering then, welcoming spring. The fresh orange juice, ‘aloo paranthas‘ with ‘dahi‘ were a hit with the students and us two, the only customers. After a nice small glass of chai we would go for a brief walk into the fields. Sit their in silence, giving way to the chirping of birds and ruffle of leaves in the wind. At first when you sit down, you only see the big picture. The mountains, the sky, the trees, the big birds. After some time, the life around starts to emerge in finer detail. The bees, the insects, the little birds, the sunlight on the leaves and you see the most beautiful painting in the world. The innocence of things that are wild and free. Egoless, and pure. The most blissful feeling.

Love.

Something a modern mindset can find hard to tap into.

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I will be going back there very soon. Hopefully, I will gather some more images and make another blogpost out of them. Though I love making beautiful images, I wish I could also share some of the videos I have made of the birds in the sky. I have shared some of them on my Instagram page. It is with the same name as my blog @sahdevhooda.

Photographed by iPhone 7 Plus.

Thank You Vineet for you support and also clicking some of these beautiful images.

Sahdev Hooda

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Not so Wild Life.

 

This is a collection of a few glimpses of life around the farm house. A little off the humans, it has more about the flowers and fruits and the animal life around the farm. Now that I have been living in the city for quite a few years and don’t get to take my summer vacations to the farm, I realise, I was quite fortunate to have grown up seeing crops harvest, flowers turn to fruits and berries, other flowers which only blossom for they pure spectacle . See the cows being milked and have fresh morning tea with “taaza”(fresh) milk. The list is endless. To sum it up, it made me see life that I would never seen otherwise, in harmony with nature.

Thanks to the monsoon again, everything was in its full glory.

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Photographed by me, Sahdev Hooda.

Fashion Week dressing #1

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We just passed two fashion weeks in India. Amazon Fashion week in New Delhi and Lakme Fashion week in Mumbai.

I attended both the events and attended them in my style. ūüôā

 

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I remember the times when I was a fashion student and you would wanna “show up” in the best of your style. Considering my country(India) doesn’t have fashion friendly streets, we get to see a load of it in fashion weeks.

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Taking refuge in comfort which is an integral part of my style, I started one of these events with a suit(Hnm). This linen and cotton blend suit is perfect for the day. The colour block shirt from Huemn(customised) and brown lace ups from HnM were the perfect match for the beautiful blue of the suit. The brown strap watch(Diesel) and the wood finish sun glasses(Hnm) were great add ons to finish the look classic.

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This is actually the first time I wore a linen suit and was in it one full day. In and out of air-conditioning, it was a perfect sheath against the sun and weather. I am so keen on getting more of these now. Don’t bother about the crushed fabric as that is the look of Linen as a fabric and you can easily get away with it.

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Linen is a win for summer. Go ahead get you own for summers. It is really “cool”.

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Photographs by Mrinalini Singh

#4 Future Active

It was SS2012 when several international designers came out with sportswear inspired collections right from rugby, basketball to many more. Surprisingly no overlaps in the sport the designers chose. Initially just a trend, it is now being considered a paradigm shift in fashion. e.g. the sneaker culture embraced globally by everyone at the same time.

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This look by NoughtOne by Abhishek Paatni is a perfect marriage of active wear inspiration and futurism. With super hero movies and future fantasy cinema sweeping theatres across the globe, futuristic active wear is a strong inspiration right now.

Scuba suit is what Abhishek calls it and I fell in love with it, the moment my eyes fell on it. The suit of the future I say. The jacket, the pants and the coat, all can be paired with cool casuals otherwise, but when put together as this power suit, it has its own unique identity which I called “Future Active”.

Sportswear and technical fabrics are becoming a part of everyday wear slowly. These special fabrics achieve different falls and drape uniquely on the body as compared to natural fibres like silk and cotton in classic weaves.

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Shot in the valley close to one of the oldest bridges in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. If you zoom  in on the last pic, you can notice near my hand it reads “Burn & Co. Bridge Builders 1912 Howrah”. It is an old world iron bridge and the valley around is vast. Not a popular place for tourists to visit but I felt lucky to have been able to shoot this look here. It gave this future fantasy look a post apocalyptic earth background.

Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi

Local Assistance: Parish Thakur and Johny Negi

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#2 Normcore

The word Normcore comes from “normal”+”hardcore”. Initially an anti-fashion movement in street style where the intention was to not have an identity(fashion). The evolution of this “normal” style has now become a very relevant and important trend, which is a byproduct of loud fashion statements and branding leading to saturation and boredom.

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I perosnally love this all Hnm look . The clean white denim jacket and the basic grey jumper with those ripped denims is a cool, understated fashion statement on its own. No logos, no prints, no branding. Even though “Normcore” says not to stand out, this clean look is only to be admired for all the “simple” reasons. The white trucker is itself a strong piece even when underplayed.

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The roll up is almost a must do for me and yes with no socks showing. Keep it minimal, keep it clean, keep it yourself.

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This look was shot at “Rani Ground” Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. An old ground where now local kids and even few grown ups play cricket everyday as it is not common to find a broad patch of flat land in the hills.

Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi

Local Assistance: Parish Thakur, Johny Negi

#1 Tobacco Dandy

One of the most commonly spotted colours at Pitti Uomo this time was the colour Tobacco and the close relative variations of the same. This all All Anuj Bhutani look represents that very well for me.

Talking about Anuj Bhutani. I have always loved the label for its rich fabrics and richer colours. This modern dandy look is a combination of separates from him, put together to create this uber chic, uptown feel.

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Going back to our main man of the story, the colour tobacco, this look was built on that. The rust colour shirt and the tobacco jacket was broken with a grey textured waist coat and matched with grey trousers and grey suede shoes.

The rich colours are a complete win for me and the mix of shine on tobacco and textured greys gives more depth and enriches the visual appeal.

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Classic details like the three coloured, stacked pocket flaps on the jacket and the contrast belt on the waist coat are the subtle details I love and look for in designer labels. Anuj definitely aces on that. As you can see.

So Tobacco family it is for 2016.

 

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This look was shot in the beautiful vintage compound of Advanced Studies, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. This establishment is of great historical importance as this is where the final meeting over the partition (post independence) happened. It is a must visit spot, if you happen to be in Shimla.

Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi

Local Support: Parish Thakur, Johny Negi

All black and a little gold.

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The thing with black is that it the is the thing. Well, for this look which started with my newly gifted all black Vans canvas lace ups with gold eyelets. Black, which is perfect evening colour, can also be effortlessly in the day.

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Starting from ground below, the look took on the black satin pants from HnM and my chunky knit jumper from Jack and Jones. to pimp it up black even further i sported my G-shock black watch with gold detailing.

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The hints of gold in the watch and the shoes really topped the all black well. It is quite a contrast to how black and gold is strictly meant for evening. But who decides that anyways.

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Day, Black, Casual, City-Chic.

Suits and boots.

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Do I miss a chance to wear a three piece suit. Never. It is the most empowering look/clothing for men and even for women I feel. This tailored perfection is by Noughtone. The are based in Delhi and really ace their bespoke business along with some uber-cool collection on sharp street style.

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The rib details on this Grey window pane check suit are killing me. I would never imagine a chunky rib hem for a three piece as it is a detail used for casual wear but these guys really cracked it for a formal look. The little rib on the pocket flap of the jacket real balances the rib on the trousers. Ace styling and I love it.

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Also, something amazing about a three piece is that when you take off that jacket, you look even more hot. The shirt is also from DotOne and the boots are Diesel.

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Suited, Street, Masculine, Urban.

Photographed by Mrinalini Singh.

Formal Candy.

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Is there anything as amazing as a well stitched suit for men? May be boxers but I am talking serious dressing for a formal occasion here. The suit I am wearing is a product of the creative genius at the Huemn Studio and so is the Neoprene coat.

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The look is perfect if you are planning to get out in the day and effortlessly move to the night. WGSN released their colours of 2016 and it is a combination of a soft blue(Pantone 15-3919 TCX) and a soft pink(Pantone 13-1520 TCX). It speaks of merging gender definitions or identities with the blue representing masculine and the pink representing the feminine, yet they both can be played with for men or women, playing or matching them with earthy tones, giving a fresh and easy colour story.

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These guys(guys at Huemn) are my favourite in the country for the design/style identity they have created.

The Brogues from Clarks are super comfy and the soft grey on the sole somehow compliments the pink and the brown well.

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Soft, Formal, Dressy, Sartorial.

Photographs by Mrinalini Singh.

 

Check in, Check out.

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Casual dressing is an integral part of my personal style and checks obviously follow when one likes to dress causal more often. The look is grunge with drop length jacket and the wooly cardigan. I like the way the two outer wear lengths match and how the jacket also has a check lining.

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When you say grunge, Military influences are fixed and so the G-star boots again. I love the way they are kind of worn out and I didn’t really clean them up either for this look. Grunge you know.

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The shirt is a yard dyed cotton check with coloured neps and it is lightly brushed like all flannels are. Love the color combination on the shirt.

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I kept the roll up high on this look as the boots and the layering really complimented the blocky check roll up. The inside check that shows on the roll up really adds to the “check-in, check-out” feel that I wanted.

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Textured, Grunge, Street, Casual.

Photographs by Jithu K Gopi.