Suit it Indian

May life be filled with more travel plans and friends getting married at exotic locations.

I wore this look by NoughtOne (by Abhishek Paatni) for one of my dear friend’s wedding. The ‘bandhgala’ to me, is always appropriate for all indian occasions. I think it has been quite a while since I last wore a suit with a tie. Not the biggest fan of ties.

Made famous and followed by his name, the ‘Nehru Jacket’ is a style which I feel has a clear indian feeling attached to it. I recently blogged about a ‘bandhgala’ suit from another indian designer and I realise that they are spontaneously becoming a part of my personal style. This suit has a more modern edge with its crisp fabric and contemporary styling and details. One could even wear it with a mandarin collared shirt. I paired it with a bright blue shirt of mine. It was a perfect highlight for the light beige of the suit.

My friends poked fun at the look by calling it the look of Ladakh as the terrain is mostly rocky, hence beige and the blue of the sky is as clear and saturated as the shirt. I didn’t have much to argue about that and I laughed along with them.

I was once told at a French designer boutique that true luxury is reflected from the inside. Be it the finesse of the jacket lining or the way you maintained your drawers. Abhishek always scores well on that. I haven’t seen his office drawers but I am talking about his designs here. He always has a thought behind how he finishes the clothes he makes. Perfect highlights and impeccably finished insides. This is where a true gentleman would put his money.

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Shot in ‘Neh’ valley near Leh.

Photographed by Malvika Jain.

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Softer lands. 

Something that Anuj Bhutani can never go wrong with is his colours. I have been an admirer of his work from the first time I went through his work. His refined sense of colour and fabric has always made see a great aesthetic value in his clothes.

I was going to Leh and Anuj can not be a miss. The moment I spoke to him about my plans of shooting in Leh, he knew what was it that he would like me to shoot. It started off with this beautiful jacket. I loved the volume of it and the quirky tie ups on the waist and the hem. The fluid cotton on the body of this jacket feels great to ear and the tonal embroidery on the lower left panel is absolutely beautiful. Subtle is the word when it come to this label. We matched it with a plain cotton kurta and ankle length pants from the same genius. His fits are always impeccable and it is a complete delight to be wearing Anuj Bhutani.

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This look was shot in a beautiful small village called “Nimmu”, very close to Leh .

Photographed by Malvika Jain.

Navy Sport

An unlined summer jacket, made out of sports mesh and impeccably finished from inside. Cool, comfortable shorts made out of the same mesh. Both by 0.0.

 

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Added my navy coloured classic Polo by Superdry which has a perfect highlight of the neon green collar tape for this monotonous look. I obviously  had to throw my white hi-tops from Puma for this look. You know, the looks which get my sneakers out are my favourite ones. This pair has been ignored for a while but i am always loyal to my hi-tops. There a few more that i still haven’t blogged about. They probably will follow soon, in one of the future posts. _MG_0300 copy

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I really do like the zipper detail on the side of the jacket. My style is mostly about the little details which make the difference in a garment or a look. City cool or street cool, which ever way you say, I am loving the fitness vibe everyone is picking up. I definitely am and it is seeping into my style preferences as well.

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The idea is, jump around, break a leg or may be not.

Photographs by Anuja Khokhani.

 

#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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#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

Trends #6

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2016 is on and what are the fashion forward men wearing?
This story talks about some of the key looks which are hot on trend right now.

Shot in the beautiful locations of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, the journey of this shoot was amazing and this is just a culmination of all the major #6 looks that I covered in this heart warming trip to the mountains. The individual stories will follow soon. Talking about each look in detail.

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Tobacco Dandy

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This look highlights the color tobacco as a strong upcoming color for men this year. The style is created with picking formal separates, married together to create the beautiful contrast of grey textures against a clean tobacco colors.

The whole look is Anuj Bhutani.

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Normcore

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The idea of Norm Core began with not following fashion. Wearing “normal clothing” and being almost anti fashion. Dressing neutral and not stand out is the idea. Basics run the town on this look/trend. No branding, no prints.

This clean look(all) is from HnM, matched with my favourite Nike sneakers.

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All Black

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Running from history to current runways, this monotone look may or may not be called a trend but it is definitely timeless to wear an all black look. Unisex in its appeal, this look is a mix and match of brands and textures of black.

Jacket by Anuj Bhutani, pants from HnM and boots are Diesel.

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Future active

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Sports and active wear influence on fashion has been a change of a sort which is a paradigm shift. This look is futuristic where a full suit is completely driven by the sports gear. This creative genius is from Noughtone by Abhishek Paatni, matched with Puma hi-top sneakers.

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Sports Tailored

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Almost an oximoron in sound but a completely sensible idea for clothing. Few subtle highlights and tailoring on special fabrics to create a tailored look with which you are ready to do a summersault, if you like. Growing with sportswear influence, this makes complete sense for a new direction in clothing.

The whole look is HnM, matched with Nike sneakers.

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Into the Wild

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This look is about lifestyle first and then trend/fashion. For a travel shoot, this was a must as this is how most creative travelers dress like. Down jackets and washed denims are a staple for this comfort look.

A mix of brands with my fav Domrebel tee.

Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi

A big thanks to Parish Thakur and Johny Negi for all the local support and the warmth of people of Himachal. It wouldn’t have happened without you guys.

Location: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh