Thursday, December 30, 2010

Big Spender: Mumbai Street Fashion

Images by Prutha Raithatha

Dress: Priyanka Karunakar; Shoes: Malaga

Bumped into Kanika outside the Tasting Room in Bombay. Fell in love with her white outfit. It is a very cool way to wear an Indian inspired look without it being too conservative or overly decorated like most traditional Indian clothes are. I love the back of the top with the kinda cowl that adds a deeper cut to the back. Makes it a lot more interesting. And her simple but detailed jewelry is fantastic. Those shoes she’s wearing are from the same brand as this purse I own. I think this brand Magala is just brilliant.

Kanika is a journalist and I think she has a TV show called Big Spenders. When I bumped into her she told me to go check out Fashion Bombay Blog. I told her to meet my friend [who was with me at that time] who is the older sister of one of the 2 girls’ from Fashion Bombay Blog and my childhood friend... Lol… Small world I say.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cause It’s Finally Snowing Outside and Santa Had to Hide: Personal Fashion

Images by Jade Anderson

Leather Vest: All Saints; Kaftan: Streets of Dubai [but its made in India, lol]; Shoes: Irregular Choices; Tights: American Apparel; Fur Hat: Daffy’s; Snood: Zara; Skull bracelets / ring; H&M

Here is the email I got from my sister about what I should buy for my 4 yr old niece for Christmas. Of course this email is based on how my niece talks to my sister.

“You can get her any princess clothes from Disney store at Times Square- size 4T. Her favorite color is pink and if there is a choice between dark pink and light pick then she likes dark pink. And if there is a choice between "different color" as in multicolor and pink then she likes "different colors". And her favorite princess is Ariel who is also called the Little Mermaid. And of course she likes everything with flowers. Just so that you know what to get…lol”

I love my kids [nieces]. They are so funny. They loved the Disney princess dolls and clothes I got them. Hope all of you had a Merry X’mas!!

PS: Introducing photos by the very talented Jade Anderson. She is an NYU alumni and a fantastic photographer. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Arjun Khanna: Mumbai Street Fashion

Images by Prutha Raithatha
Shorts: Vintage Levis 501 cut-offs; Lenin Shirt and Shoes: Random from Paris

How many times have I told you guys that the best part about street fashion is that I bump into amazing people randomly? While lunch-ing at Bascillico in Bandra one afternoon with my girlfriend Deblina, we spotted Arjun Khanna on the table next to us. To be honest, I didn’t know who he was until I followed him outside, took his pictures and made conversation. I am daft like that sometimes. Not cause I think I am supposed to recognize everybody in the Fashion Industry but because I really did know him from a long time ago and had just spaced out on the info.

BTW, for all who are wondering, he is a very well known Menswear Fashion Designer from India. You must must check out his website. Promise me you will. It’s the most creative website I have seen in a really long time. He has the theme of a Parisian street as his homepage with the perfect background music and “makoda”  [big black ant] animation. And check out some of his work’s editorials too. Love the vintage, dreamy feel to all his stuff.

About his outfit, I guess I was just drawn to the casual yet sophisticated look. Plus I think his salt and pepper head had a lot to add. Also, I am in love with him. While taking his pictures from behind my lens, all I could think of was “Man he’s good looking!”

Thanks Arjun for posing for me. It was great bumping into you. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Give up the Messenger bAG: Vogue India

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Just Enjoy the Ride: Personal Fashion

Images By NURBS
Dress: Topshop; Shoes: Irregular Choices

In my mind I play characters. They all are I in some form but they are also partly someone else. I like this confused personality at times; it allows me to explore the changes I could incorporate in my real life. 
Editing however is key to everything I do now. Sometimes what you take out is more important than what you add. The most important editing I have learnt over the past couple of years is people. Edit negativity, eliminate bad people, block them from draining you out of your well being. After that edit your own thoughts. Be nice, no matter what… cause that’s what you are, a better person. Forgive and forget and create all you can. Creativity is pure happiness and all yours. It’s beautiful: Life I mean.

PS:  NURBS and I had the funnest time shooting on the carousel in central park, getting dizzy while shooting and posing. He’s afraid of rides and he went along for the experience.  He was not disappointed. I love this dress of mine and I am obsessed with these shoes. I wear them every other day. Somewhere some elf is shoeless.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gudiya Rani: Mumbai Street Fashion

Images by Prutha Raithatha
     I was in India for Diwali this year. Diwali is like X’mas for us Hindus. It’s a festival of lights and spans over 5 days with lots of food and family and fireworks and everyone dresses up in their best clothes of the year and rejoice.  It truly is a lovely time to be with family and friends.

    I was at my Dad’s office for a prayer service on Diwali Day. In the lobby of his office building I found this beautiful beautiful little girl. I didn’t even stop to think for a second and just started shooting her. She was so adorable in her best outfit all dressed for the festival of Diwali. Notice the little string of diamonds [probably from her mom’s broken necklace or earrings] pined to her hair with 2 BIG bobby pins..hehe… I love ittt soo soo much. It’s the spirit of dressing up to look your best even when you don’t have enough. She was the daughter of the building‘s watchman.

   Oh and while I was shooting her, her elder brother came into my frame and propped her younger brother next to her. He then turned to me and said, “ Madam, can you please take both their pictures together? Thank you”…hehe. So I did. Poor kid was so stunned he had no idea what to do. Hehe…look at his cute and super confused face!! Don’t you just want to eat him up….soooooo freaking adorable!!! 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chor Bazaar, Part 2: Personal Fashion

Images by Mariam Mamaji
Dress: Anuj Sharma; Ring: Popley; Shoes: Ninewest borrowed from Jasleen of Fashion-Bombay; Ankle Bracelet: Colaba Causeway; Green Sleeve: Left over sleeve from another outfit.
So as I promised, this is the follow up on my Chor bazaar Part 1 post. You can see the fab dress by this incredible young Indian designer Anuj Sharma. You guys really have to check out his stuff. My dress is made out of 2 rectangular pieces of fabric and rubber bands tied around buttons. That’s it. It’s from his Button Masala collection.
As you can see from the pictures, Chor Bazaar had so many incredible tiny locations that we couldn’t pass up on. Every 3 steps Mariam and I walked we found a place we wanted to shoot in front of. But the whole experience was crazy. Please notice the number of people staring at us [it was a mob!!! Not kidding] in one of the shots. They followed us everywhere we went. Mobile phone picture taking and video recording included.
We got shooed out of a shop as the owner was rather conservative and probably thought I was a hooker dressed like I was in Chor bazaar …lol… At another location we had the shopkeeper chase a goat for us so that I could hold the goat in my picture [I really wanted to. I mean when do you ever get to hold a freaking GOAT!!]
At some point while we were shooting we heard one vendor ask another, “ Who is she?” and the other replied in Hindi, “ Arre yeh to woah Reshma hai Reshma” [Translation: Ohhh, she’s that girl Reshma, you know, Reshma] ..hehe… I have no freaking idea who this Reshma chic is but I guess they thought I was some TV/ movie actress or model whose name is Reshma. As far as I know there is no decent looking Indian celebrity with that name.  And so I do not want to think about which Reshma these vendors where talking about. Might not be good for my self-esteem you know. Hehe.
This whole shoot was by far the most bizarre shoot I have done on this blog, mostly due to the location, environment and cultural values of the people around. It was a fantastic experience  non the less all thanks to Mariam. And she couldn’t have captured the essence of this experience any better. I love you honey.

Monday, December 13, 2010

New Post for Vogue India
Check it out people.

Sorry about not posting today. Little technical difficulty with my brain happened last night.. lol..

Love you.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I Lim therefore I am: Street Fashion

Images by Prutha Raithatha

Entire outfit: Phillip Lim; Shoes: Dries Von Noten; Sunglasses: Retro super future
Just cause I was missing my NYC street fashion posts. 
Meet Woldy. When I met him and asked him about his outfit, this is how our conversation went
Shorts: Phillip Lim
Jacket: Phillip Lim
Tee: Phillip Lim
Man you must really like his stuff: Yup and I work for him.
Case closed. Apparently all the cool people out there are working with even cooler people. Woldy is also an intern at Elle. Love the jacket and the sunglasses soo soo much you have no idea. I mean how can you not love all those clean cut feminine clothes by Phillip [talking about his women's collection ofcourse]. I want almost everything from his SS 2011 collection. I must find me those sunglasses too. They are perfect.
Was great bumping into you Woldy. 


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