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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

19 Reasons Why A Fashion College Is The Coolest Place To Study In

It is one of those congenial mornings when I woke up reminiscing fond memories back from my fashion college days. Time moves on so quickly that I almost failed to grasp that it has been over a year since I graduated from Department of Fashion Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.

It is funny how as a student, all I did was to whine about the endless assignments and submissions and here the transient life brings me to a point when I hopelessly yearn to relive those crazy moments.

As a fashion design student, three things that I did all day was to
1. Work
2. Work
3. Work
I mean it.

Strangely, all the preliminary research and conceptualization of design takes 95% of the time period while the bigger task - execution happens overnight. Twenty four hours are never enough in a day when you have to be an artist, photographer, graphic designer, carpenter, sculptor, research analyst, visual merchandiser, tailor and many more things, all at the same time in continuum for four years. Sound of sewing machine stitching the fabric becomes music to ears and the air you breathe carries the smell of muslin. Students in a fashion college don't get time to go out on a date. Visiting fabric store for sourcing with girlfriend is more-or-less the date. Usually the saying is "from rags to riches", but in a fashion college it is "from riches to rags". Studying in a fashion college is expensive, period. And in spite of all the exhaustion and chaos, fashion colleges are individualistic, fun and cooler than the rest.

In association with COLLEGE DUNIA, here is my take on why a fashion college is the coolest place to study in.

1. MOST FASHION COLLEGES LOOK PRETTIER THAN YOURS
NIFT New Delhi Campus

Amphi Theater and Ramp at NIFT New Delhi

2. FASHION COLLEGES ARE ALWAYS BUZZING WITH HAPPENING ACTIVITIES & OTHER DESIGN WORK SHOPS
Body Painting

Fashion Shows

Kalamkari workshop at NIFT Delhi

3. THE WORK WE DO IS MORE HANDS-ON AND LESS THEORY
Pattern Making

Garment Construction

At Dying lab

4. EVEN IF IT'S THEORY, THE SETUP IS LESS DEMANDING..... YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN :D
History of fashion module

5. MARKS? NOBODY BATS AN EYE! MANAGE TO GET A PASS GRADE AND THAT'S ALL. TOPPER IN A FASHION COLLEGE? WELL.. YOU ARE A STUDIOUS STUDENT - THAT'S THE ONLY CONCLUSION TO BE SURE OF.

6. WE ARE INSOMNIAC & SOMETIMES SLEEP IN LAB.
Lemme take a nap ;)

7. IN A FASHION COLLEGE, WE DON'T MIND MESS.... WE LIKE TO GET OUR HANDS DIRTY!
With all that stationary and work, even our apartment is messy sometimes :D

8. FASHION COLLEGES DON'T HAVE CONSERVATIVE DRESS CODE NORMS
Students at NIFT New Delhi
I have heard tales about crazy dress code norms like anything sleeveless, tshirts etc. being banned in other Indian colleges... It's the last thing to happen in a fashion college. A pair of shorts? Mini Skirt? Denims? Tshirts? Shirt? Vest? Blazer? Well.. You can wear it all and nobody stops you.

9. WE MAKE STYLISH CLOTHES... DUH!
My batch-mate Smridhi Mehra working on her graduate collection.

10. AND WE WEAR WHAT WE CREATE
Wearing my own 'The Beatles' tshirt print creation.

Friends wearing my creations.
Ensemble 1- Double collared blouse + Dhoti inspired trouser
Ensemble 2- Dress inspired from deconstruction
Ensemble 3- Peplum top with notch collar seams + Lungi

11. AND OF COURSE, THE FASHION SHOWS
First ever fashion show in my life at NIFT New Delhi, Fashion Spectrum 2012


Models wearing creations of Fashion Design students at Fashion Spectrum 2012, NIFT New Delhi. My creation - second from left.

12. IN A FASHION COLLEGE, MOST STUDENTS ARE PART TIME MODELS TOO.
Students helping out fellow batch-mates by modelling for photoshoot sessions.

13. BETTER JUNIOR-SENIOR RELATIONSHIP
Fashion colleges have relatively small crowd and almost everybody in the department know each other. Juniors and seniors co-exist in harmony, with lesser attitude issues helping each other with their work, which is mostly unseen in other colleges.

14. UBER-COOL TEACHERS
Fashion colleges have friendly, broad minded and uber cool faculties. They understand that we students are young adults and treat us like one.

15. SEX RATIO
Unlike other colleges, girls outnumber boys here. Go feminist!

16. BROAD MINDED & INDIVIDUALISTIC CROWD
Hmmm... Mini skirts are clearly not the reason for rape. Students in a fashion college would unanimously agree. Discrimination among students on basis of gender, sexuality, religion, nationality or any identity as such is almost negligible in a fashion college. Irrespective of how you were before entering, you leave a fashion school as a broad minded and individualistic person. We do not conform with the crowd, we do not defy the crowd. We just become ourselves.

17. FASHION STUDENTS PARTY LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW....
SOMETIMES OUTDOORS....
At V Lounge, New Delhi

AND SOMETIMES INDOORS...
A memorable Bollywood theme party hosted by exchange students from Australia.

AND WHEN WE EXHAUST THESE....

WE ARE OUT IN THE STREETS AT 4AM IN SEARCH OF FOOD :D


18. AND WE STILL WAKE UP NEXT DAY TO MULTITASK!

19. AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST, WE BE THE MOST STYLISH FOLKS B-)

Apart from your interest in fashion, well aren't the reasons jazzy enough to enroll in a fashion college? Visit College Dunia to find yourself the most suitable fashion school on basis of location, ranking, rating, fees and cut off for different competitive exams.

Celebrate #WhoEverYouAre

Tonight at the stroke of midnight I am at a standstill wanting to get unusually personal here in the blog. At this hour when I can barely manage to keep my eyes open, when my body is in denial, I possess a profound urge to get this out of my system before I suffocate myself to sleep with nostalgia.

The bitch is that I constantly wrap myself in a cocoon, reminiscing what’s gone and perpetually blame myself, overlooking other future endeavours and what they hold for me. Some things are impossible to forget but being struck in time is no good either.

I have made errors. Errors of assessments, errors of hope, errors of despair, errors of optimism, errors of pessimism and even grammatical errors in this article – which simply makes me more human.

Our troubles in life are as immense as we make them. Tonight, I am not writing to complain about how everything is miserable around me. I am not writing to rant about how I didn’t play my cards right. Instead, I am writing to accept my actions albeit it is a lifelong loop of rights and wrongs. I am writing to acknowledge both the white and black. I am writing celebrate who I am. I am writing to share this wonderful ad campaign by OBI mobiles that is about celebrating #WhoEverYouAre

You don’t have to be right or wrong. You don’t have to be an optimist or a pessimist. You don’t have to be conventional or unconventional. You can simply be whoever you are and nobody can deny it to yourself.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mixed Emotions, Mixed Medium

"That feeling when you don't even know what the f*** you're feeling."

So, jazz up a slow Saturday by doing something you like - an illustration. Mixed medium - acrylic paint, water colours and pencil.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Getting Personal

One of my unspoken resolutions for over a year now has been to be a bit more personal here on the blog. Here’s a bit of refresher - 25 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME


1. I am an INTP personality
2. I share my birthday with artist Vincent Van Gough and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
3. As a child my biggest fear was to meet a ghost. I would put myself to sleep with scary thoughts of a ghost hiding under my bed.
4. Of course, I grew up and I am now a staunch believer of atheism, science and rationalism.
5. I enjoy solitude, deep thinking, privacy, personal space and autonomy.
6. I am insomniac. 90% of the articles in the blog were penned between 1AM-5AM.
7. But when I sleep, I hibernate. It’s almost impossible to wake me up till I do it myself.
8. First thing I do after waking up from sleep is to put myself back to sleep.
9. I have never visited a hair salon in last 3 years. I cut my own hair.
10. I am 23yrs old and I still don’t have a driving licence.
11. I recently purchased a Canon DSLR and took a selfie within a selfie.

12. I know it’s impossible for most people, but I can lick my own elbow and do other crazy flexible stunts which my friends find creepy.
13. Booze or grass? I go with grass.
14. My favourite drinks are coffee and beer.
15. I am allergic to drunkstick (vegetable).
16. I won the title Mr.Fresher in my 1st year at NIFT New Delhi.
17. If not fashion design, I would have studied architecture.
18. I hardly show emotions. I bottle my thoughts & feelings.
19. My hands and feet are always cold.
20. I am not a big foodie, but even I find it hard to resist fish, crab, prawns and lobsters. Let's add well-done beef steak with potato mash to the list.
21. I can type some 100 odd words in a minute, without looking at the keyboard.

22. I speak four languages – English, Tamil, Telugu & Hindi.
23. Something I have fantasized for a long time now – Spend a night in beach, under a moon lit sky with million stars. A campfire. Beer bottle in one hand, the person I love in the other. Endless conversations and love.
24. Last thing I did for the first time – Weight training! Has been a week now :)
25. I am very thankful to all my blog readers! You’ve kept me going for over five years now. Love.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#HeForShe

I stand with you, Emma Watson. I believe in gender equality. #HEFORSHE


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Opinion Feature in Asian Age

Asian Age featured a very interesting article titled "Tech Trumps Clothes" where I discussed about teenagers prefer owning a latest gadget these days for the tech-conscious millennial over trendy clothes. Buying trendy clothes might be optional, but holding an outdated phone is an absolute faux pas!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bidding Adieu to Chinos

I was quoted in The Hindu a month ago where I talked about coloured trousers or Chinos as a trend for the season spring/summer 2014. Chinos have been a constant companion in every man's wardrobe for more than 3-4 years now. Let's admit it - we have worn Chinos with anything and everything now like they're a pair of jeans. The trend has already begun to trickle down to fashion laggards and will soon be outdated and obsolete. Many brands have been reporting that last year's favourite, chinos have seen year-on-year sales fall. The time is just perfect for you to start shopping the latest fall/winter 2014 trouser trends.

Autumn is yet to arrive in Chennai and it's still hot and sunny here. I wore a pair of brick red chinos for one last time this season before I bid farewell to the trend.



Brick red chinos paired with dark teal blazer and Lee Cooper graphic tshirt
Lee Cooper Graphic Tshirt

CHINOS OUT, CUFFED TROUSERS IN

The current sports luxe trend has deeply influenced in a steady rise of cuffed trousers for autumn/winter 2014. Slim and neat is the way to wear this trend. The only thing distinctly different about your legwear should be the elasticated cuff and even that should be in keeping with the garment as a whole. One way NOT to wear this trend is with jersey waistband or cuffs on jeans - a hybrid that better remain dead and buried! Suit trousers may have been given the treatment but try explaining that to your boss in the boardroom.
CUFFED TROUSERS - LOOK INSPIRATION

So, wear your chinos for the one last time while it is still 'IN' before it becomes outdated and you bid adieu to the old friend. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Articles on Lakme Fashion Week is Featured in IFB Links a la Mode

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Wearables

Now that fashion month has kicked off, one of the things that we'll be thinking as the new season hits the runways is, "Is it wearable?" Well, not just the runways, in technology too. The "Internet of Things" gives us some interesting accessories to incorporate into our look. And just in time too... with school back in session, what better way to accessorize, than with things that make you smarter?

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet My Friend Rahul

Post college days, I never imagined myself playing football till I met my friend Rahul, an architect who lives and breathes football. Rahul darts around his architecture studio in a well tailored light blue shirt and camel trousers from Byford that compliments his tall and gym-toned athletic frame as I meet him to discuss about a design project. Seated in his tastefully decorated office space, I scan the minimal interior design predominantly in pristine white while the wall adjacent to me features a subtle contemporary painting of New York City’s scintillating skyline. But what really adds vigour to the ambience is Rahul’s lively character that I’ve ever known. He is rushing through his enormous collection of files and books and shows me an intricately sketched plan of what he proudly claims is his biggest ambition – developing the largest self sustaining township in the world! After winding up with work, we munch through healthy veggies and he shows me snapshots of his loving parents having a fun adventure in the wild jungles of South Africa. As Rahul and I flip through more candid moments captured from a relaxed bike trip in Leh/Ladakh, his friends Pari, Esha and Sara join us. The five of us unanimously decide to spend the rest of the weekend eve at a local rock pub. After all, Rahul is a go-getter who believes in working hard but partying harder!
Doodle by Purushu Arie
I will follow up with the chronicles of Rahul and myself in upcoming blogposts. Watch this space for more ;)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 Complete Overview

Though it was only a few weeks ago that I relocated from Mumbai to Chennai, an unfamiliar sense of overwhelming nostalgia crept in as my taxi drove from the airport through Mumbai’s infamous skyscrapers adjacent to the dilapidated roads rotting in vindictive monsoon showers. I returned to the city to attend Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. The extravagant fashion event got a brand new venue in Lower Parel at Hotel Palladium and a handful of new super-talented designers too!

The fancy new venue came with its own hassles to me like traveling all the way from Andheri to Lower Parel, cashing in on sheer luck for some internet connectivity in the venue and most annoying – finding a plug point to charge a phone/laptop. However the five days offered a lot to celebrate about when it came to fashion. Here is my take on Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 as I collaborated with Triveni Sarees and Jabong this season. (Click on the images to read the full article.)

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