What I Wore #4

I would like to begin this post with talking about the high point of this look, the hat . Even though the shirt from Kanika Goyal Label and the suit by 0.0 are styles that I personally love a lot, the hat did steal the show.

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This was gifted to me by my best friend. She picked it up from Egypt on her way back to India. It is hand crafted by an old local woman. The vibrant colours and the geometric pattern made me stand out from a mile, even in a crowd. Almost like a navigation pin.

One more interesting thing I have to mention is that a friend pointed out (jokingly) that why am I wearing this hat, if I am not muslim. I responded saying that is like if you are not muslim, you can not eat biryani or a caucasian girl can’t wear a saree to a non-indian occasion. I mean really. It is a cool and everyone should get one of these.

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I like hats. The more traditional, the better. I have always wanted a Kinnauri Hat. Never found it in my size. I have a big head. Speaking of the size of my skull only.

The shirt is a perfect tunic length and it was a great add on to my wardrobe as I still get compliments every time I wear it. Isn’t the pocket detail so cool? The ‘band gala’ suit by 0.0 is also such a unique style. I generally don’t imagine pants with a “band gala’, yet Abhishek(Designer) did.

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I really enjoyed wearing this look. I think mixing a little tradition and culture in your everyday style is a great feeling. Specially when such a style initiates conversations you weren’t expecting. Or you were.

Photographs by Mrinalini Singh

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Fashion Week Dressing #3

I am a big fan of cool printed shirts. This Forever 21 shirt was gifted to me by one of my best buddies. I remember we were in Shimla, in his hometown and we were just randomly checking out the local shops. He spotted it and told me I should get it. I refused saying I do this too often and I am going to avoid. He was so sure of the coolness of the shirt that he bought it for me saying I will be a fool to leave it.

 

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Well thank you again Rahul, I wore it for Fashion Week. The sunglasses, the beads and the pants are from HnM. The washed denim trucker is a limited edition Bhane piece. The little bee is from Vasundhara Jewellery and the “Comfort Leader” badge is from the Pero show.

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Something great about Denim jackets is that you can personalise them with badges, stitches, pins and all other kinds of embellishments, making it a classic style item for you. Considering the heat and how we go in and out of air-conditioning, you can still carry a denim jacket with you in summers. Its 100% cotton.

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The super comfortable brogues are from Clarks and yes you can see my favourite Diesel watch on my wrist.

Photographs by Akanksha Redhu.

 

Fashion Week Dressing #2

Summer is only getting hotter and the need for ease is unavoidable at times, in such weather.

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This look was a total win on comfort. The pants being customised by Huemn for me have been one of my best friends for everyday style. The 4 pleat front detail is not just classic cool it also gives enough ease of movement. Guys we really need to wear more of these and my readers will definitely get to see it more often paired with other cool stuff.

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The boxy white tee from HnM is great for summer. I wore it tucked into my pants so that the beautiful pleats can show and that works for me as I have a lean body. The little bee that I got from Vasundhara Jewellery as a little present, sat perfect on the pocket lip.

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My style is too clean and basic at times so I like to improvise with little details like the bee or my beads that I have been wearing for a while now.

I have been experimenting even with my hair and I am liking the new side curls.

I picked these shoes from a thrift shop and they have their own bonus with a padded insole. Work in these. Totally.

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This look is close to me as somewhere it represents a very real part of my personal style which has evolved over a long period of time.

Photographs by Mrinalini  Singh.

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. 🙂

 

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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

#6 Into The Wild

Travel and travel more. It is the most fruitful experience. 2016 be all about travel and creative collaborations. With this wish I see the outdoors/wilderness as a great inspiration to work with and what clothing choices do creative travellers generally make.

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Beyond cargo pants and rugged boots, this trend is about the graphic take on comfort, keeping utility as one of the key elements.

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Down jacket(Jack n Jones) with multiple pockets inside and outside is almost a must have for this creative traveller, matched with washed denims(ASOS) and brought out with a printed tee (Domrebel). The boots(HnM) are great for holiday travel and exploring the wild as the soft sole is quite foot friendly.

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Yes comfort and utility still drive this look, yet the print and a bright red for the jacket give a vibrant and conversational edge to it.

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This look was shot in the wild patches around Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Beauty is all around you, you only need the eye to see it. You get to experience this saying in true sense when you step out of your daily life and travel to the unknown. So once again, 2016 be all about travel.

Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi.

Local assistance by Johny Negi

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#5 Sports Tailoring

Fashion is like a cloud. You can not define it as one thing. Some say it goes in circles where I believe it is a constantly evolving word. Similar is the case with this all HnM(+ Nike sneakers) look “Sports tailoring”.

Sitting next to each other, traditionally these two words don’t have much in common. Sports being defined around fluid body movements and tailoring has its definitions in structure. When put together after a long stretch of the sportswear paradigm shift, this trends marries the structure and formal elements of tailoring with the ease of movement inspired from sportswear. Not just the patterns, even the little tape highlights around the hems, pockets and more, are what define this look.

 

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With technical and special fabrics supporting the innovation of garment design, this trend trend incorporates a lot of special performance fabrics which have special fibres and blends that we do not find in natural fibre based fabrics easily, e.g. stretch or water resistant fabrics. One of the most relevant trends I think and I really look forward to how it shapes ahead in coming seasons.

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This look was shot at a helipad in Shimla. The clear blue sky was such a treat. One could see the muddy skyline above the city side and a clear, clean skyline towards the mountains. It is always a rejuvenating experience to be in the Himalayas. Soulful.

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Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi

Local Assistance: Johny Negi

#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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#3 All Black

When confused, wear all black. A classic in true sense, “all black” has a certain sense of “complete” without looking boring. The credit goes to the colour black. It has a strength and gravity attached to it which is timeless.

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The colour of mourning does have a gothic co-relation or is usually liked with “dark” names/mentions. Otherwise worn for the evening, all black is coming out of strict occasion dressing to hi-fashion looks right form the runways to street fashion.

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Few hints of contrast would generally work, yet I like the way this military style Anuj Bhutani jacket is worn, as it is here. The black satin Hnm pants and black Diesel boots were the perfect co-ordinates for me. The boots supported the military treatment of the jacket quite well.

Wear all black the way you like to, with your own favourite separates. 2016 is all about your own voice, your own identity.

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This look was shot at one of the cemeteries from the British era in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Placed amidst the beautiful cedar woods of Sanjouli, a suburb, this cemetery was built for the nuns of The Covent of Jesus and Mary in 1872. Very well looked after, this place is a majestic sight to experience.  Please maintain the peace and cleanliness of the place of you ever happen to visit.

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