Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Blind Trend Followers-By Vrinda Bachchan

Article by-Vrinda Bachchan
Picture-Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Fashion is one of those phenomenons that are not universally consistent. It is one of those ever changing, ever evolving occurrences that are individualistic, rather than general. Sure, we may categorize trends each season: what’s hot, what’s not, the “new black”, biggest trends on the runways and so on. But it is not essential that these trends are suitable for each and every fashion conscious being in the universe.
It is up to us to not follow trends blindly and select carefully what we wear so that we do not fall under that joke of a category, “fashion disasters”. More often than not it happens that the gorgeous outfit that we see in a magazine editorial – yes, the one that we think can make anyone look as effortlessly chic as the model wearing it – would make us look totally and unutterably “un-chic”. The reason? Well, it might not be the best suited cut for our body shape or height, or it might not be all that flattering to our color. 
For instance, if you are short, horizontal stripes will make you look like a midget, whereas vertical stripes will give the illusion of added height. You can really trust me on this as the only people who are shorter than me are dwarfs and hobbits. So if you are on the smaller side, go for vertical stripes, no matter how cool you think horizontal stripes look. Unless, of course, you do want to resemble woodland creatures!
 There are two other factors, apart from your height, that you need to keep in mind while out shopping: your body shape and your coloring. You do not want to buy any color that would make your own complexion look dull, no matter how many designers have proclaimed it the “new black”. If pink doesn’t suit you, don’t wear it. End of story. Same is the case with your shape. If an outfit is not flattering to your figure, don’t wear it, even if it is being heavily featured on the runways.
When people blindly follow the trends that they see in magazines or runways or red carpets, they usually end up looking like they are headed for the fancy dress. Not pretty. Something that might look great on your BFF might not do the same for you. So, my advice is that you carefully choose the trends from each fashion season that are most flattering to you and save yourself the pain of being called a disaster. Because real Ishtailistas do not follow trends blindly and never end up as fashion disasters.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Street Style -Dausa-Abhaneri

Pictures And Text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Want to have a stylish and vibrant ride, Abhaneri is definitely the place than.Situated near Dausa village(almost 1 and half hour via local bus from Dausa). Though the place is famous for 'Harsahad Mata' temple and 'Chand bawdi'.  But what was really eye catchy were the village people of Abhaneri and Dausa. Vibrantly dressed people completely looks no less than a'stylish town'. So lets have a look at riot of colors and village Ishtailistas.
 1.Mixing the bright colors with florals seems exciting style.
 2. Tarun Tahilaini's latest collection was inspired by sadhus at 'Kumbh Mela'. But can have a look at sadhus at Dausa as well for design inspiration. It seems pink is the new orange.
3. The pose seems like a backstage photograph of models enjoying the candid shots. But here no fashion model ,these 'ishtailish' children have lot to say. Mixing print on print ,love the hairs as well.
 4. Earrings is just the focus for this picture.
5.The picture clears the difference between two genders in Abhaneri, Men in white and Women in explosion of colors. Completely different styles yet they compliment each other 'together'.
 6.Don't go by the loud expressions look at the style first, have you noticed the pleated hem?
 7. Layering can't get better than this one.
8. Love the carefree attitude.
 9. Just notice the neckpiece and the beautiful neckline.
 10. Again the vibrant oodhni with patched motif details.
 11. Turbans on men are the first thing you notice when you are in Rajasthan. Love the folds,colors and prints and offcourse the volume.
12.  Here Abhaneri women pairing bright colored chunni with a shirt and skirt.
13.The whole image is KITSCH.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

अनाग्मिन by Abhaya Sharma

picture by-Abhimanyu Singh Rathore
अनाग्मिन, she never looks back. She is always aspiring to juncture with the present. Today is momentous, but sometimes recalling of old memories helps you progress. She is going to get married today. Reflecting about all the notorious days of her youth, she is searching for her diary, the place where she documents her special moments with photographs and words. That scandalous date in the pub with the thief is unforgettable. She was wearing mirror work embroidered dress that night. The mirrors had their own charismatic reflection, incomparable with those lights in the pub. Every time the mirror reflects on other men, he would push her closer to him. “Sometimes you have to choose the perfect dress, and occasionally you become one perfect with the dress”
‘Well well, come back to the present’ she reminds herself. She is day dreaming of getting more notorious for her forthcoming dates with her husband. She still wants to call them dates, as the element of gag and comicality still remains.
Noticing the mehandi on her legs, she says, ‘damn it! I need to make it look more creative. We are in Rajasthan anyway.’ She enhanced the detailing of heena mehendi with pink and blue pens. ‘It creates the perfect impression now” she smiles and thinks.
She opens one of the page of the diary where she finds a photo of herself teaching basic sew technique to the young girls of Jaisalmer. ‘wow’, she shouts with the sound of excitement. She was helping them to make a better living. Rajasthan covers the largest area of India but wistfully it has lowest female literacy rate. They were also planning to open a stall for all the beautiful dresses they had created, tourist season was on it’s peak.
‘Come back, अनाग्मिन, come back. Today is for writing your feelings remaining virgin and unmarried last time. ‘I am nervous; many long sarees will be taking place in my wardrobe. He is firm, courageous, adventurous, pleasing and adorable. And I love him. We will be bringing more colours into each other’s life”, she writes. “No, I cant write more. Sitting at a place is irritating. I have a disease called restless soul syndrome, I guess”. Finding the moment bothersome she screeched.  “Take a deep breath अनाग्मिन, everything is on track” she consoles herself.
There was a voice, coming from outdoors, “अनाग्मिन, now is the time to get ready for this beauteous and magnificent day. You need to look angelic; he won’t be able to take his eye off you”     

अगम, her going to be husband, fantasizing about her, realizes her arriving to mandap. He thinks, “There she is, garland in her hands. And she.. and she is here with her own fashion statement. That is why I love her. She is of her own rules, standing in front of me with her bewitching smile, inviting eyes and her ravishing wedding dress- jeans beneath red transparent lehanga. As if she is giving statement – marriage is not going to take away my gleaming youthfulness. I carry my own rules, always remember!  His friends are whistling, must have been jealous of him. Few women can be found gossiping about her dress. अगम envisions,   “Who can wear jeans on her wedding anyway. She is my wife, अनाग्मिन.