Showcasing alternate ways of wearing conventional accessories and experimenting with long exposure.
Creative Direction, Photography, Styling, Modelling by Rhea Gupte
Look 1 Chicory Chai Necklace worn as headpiece | Gucci dress and cape | Chicory Chai Rings
Look 2 Chicory Chai Ring worn as septum cuff | Anarae gold bib necklace, silver choker and suede neckpiece | Anarae silver cuff and gold ring | DVIBhumi silver Ring | Topshop at jabong.com dress and skirt
Look 3 Anarae leather bracelet worn as anklet | Chicory chai metal bracelets worn as anklets | Gucci pumps | HUEMN shirt
Look 4 Swarovski bracelet worn as choker | Lai earrings | Swarovski watch and bracelet | Topshop at jabong.com jacket | ASOS leggings | DIY silk neck tie | DVIBHUMI ring
Look 5 Outhouse earrings worn as brooches | Malvika Vaswani metal belt | Chicory Chai Bracelets | SpringBreak sheer top and suede skirt | FrontRowShop bustier
Look 6 DVIBHUMI bracelet worn as ear cuff | HUEMN shirt | Outhouse ring | Malvika Vaswani ring
Although the ‘I am rich’ card may still get one to a certain point in their career, the importance of a tight portfolio, sick resume and sharp work experience and ethic has never been more important. Trust me, unless you are one of those typical ‘bloggers’ selling influence over the interwebs, no logical potential employer wants to see your Instagram handle or number of followers, especially if the account is full of selfies and no real work to fall back on. I have done my fair share of internships and never was I asked to bring coffee. Lug heavy bags, work overtime, trick traffic and be willing to take up odd jobs, yes, ma’am! All of which I did happily, as keen observation can help one learn in any given situation. That said, certain global changes in the industry have been brought about by the so-called rise of the blogger community, most of the whom don’t really fit the title, but resonate as creative directors or content creators at a different level. The doors have opened and the party is for everybody to see. Apparently, we can sit with them.
Brings me to the much spoken about topic of the democratisation of fashion, a buzzword, if I may, to largely describe everything that’s going on in this industry. Yeezy opens up the show to thousands while Chanel diplomatically seats every single person in the front row. Gucci goes against the grain by announcing to merge their men’s and women’s show while Burberry promises to sell as soon as the show ends, instead of the usual six month wait. Rules have been broken and some have clearly emerged as fore-runners. But does this really mean that being given the ability to buy now, really allows a consumer to buy now? The average consumer can still only afford a Gucci bag in their dreams and the inspiration they tout as the influencer who wore it to the show, often enough, has it offered to her for free.
However, the debate about luxury and exclusivity aside, fashion does emerge as a democratised medium for the masses when they feel like they belong, when it’s relatable and when they have the opportunity to express themselves the way they want. When fashion isn’t governed by magazines or designers or influencers as the almighty authority, instead bringing about a wave of acceptance to diversity, individualism and ideas. Self-interpretation and experimentation quickly become key words for such an environment to flourish. Conventional may or may not remain, but the unconventional sure is given a stamp of approval, or a lack of it, as stamps and approval both became redundant in this new age.