We have all started the year with a list of new year’s resolutions, like going to the gym more often, eating more fruit and spending less money on clothes and shoes. January is almost over and I am pretty sure a lot of people have cancelled their gym subscriptions by now and gotten back to their old habits. I admit, spending less money on clothes and shoes is a resolution that is hard to keep for me. Whenever I walk past a rack of overpriced clothes at the mall, I can almost hear the clothes shouting at me ‘buy me…buy me!’ and before I know it I’m swiping my credit card at the check out counter…2014 is the year The Fashion Orientalist turns one, which means the training wheels are off and it is time to raise the bar and hunt for more oriental designers to write about. One exciting little project we are working on is an ‘East meets West’ personal style shoot, which I hope you are all going to like. It should be online by March/April, so make sure to mark your calendars! Wait?! You have no calendar of 2014?
The Indian Federation for Fashion Development (IFFD) recently launched their very own fashion calendar for 2014. The organizer of fashion events like India Runway Week and India Fashion Summit has joined forces with talented Indian designers, photographers and fashion industry members to put together a calendar containing 12 creative fashion photographs. 14 different designers have worked on this project. Amongst the crew; the lovely Aamer Zakir, fashion consultant and stylist, photographer Vipin Gaur and Parmjit Singh (post-production).
Designers featured are Manoviraj Khosla, Rajdeep Ranawat, Raakesh Agarwal, Niket & Janee, Manish Gupta, Niharika Pandey, Shantanu Singh, Shivani Singh, Rosy Ahluwalia, Jewellery Designer Kavita, Jenjum Gadi, Nitya Bajaj and Sonia Jethely.
The calendar is a combination of beautiful backdrops, artistic settings, styling and high fashion garments. Akassh K Aggarwal was responsible for the incredible jewellery pieces. I have included three of my favorite photographs from this calendar to share with you. The modern day Geisha look put together by Rajdeep Ranawat is very young and fierce. A beautiful lehenga has been chosen for this shot; a vibrant and sexy look. One other favorite of mine is a photograph featuring a design by Jenjum Gadi. The purple gown with floral detailing is stunning and works well with the green shades from the plants and trees in this shot. Nitya Bajaj’s traditional Indian design is breath taking. A very classic shot that has a regal feel to it.
If you are curious to see the other photographs from this calendar visit: iffdcalendar.com