Friday, 19 September 2014

Elite Model Look India 2014, Bangalore

I wanted to become a model then one day a guy said to me " Have you looked at your face? If Haley Joel Osment puts eyes and nose up his ass, that will look prettier than your damn face". Sighhh.... if only I was taller, thinner and with a different face. I am sure there are more horrible looking people in this world I can feel better in front of. Yeah... God can't be so cruel to me (ear to ear smile). 

Anyway.... getting back to the point. World famous model search Elite finally stepped into India. Yes I'm talking about Elite Model Look 2014 presented by Max for the very first time in India and I could not be more happy. A search for the next India's international face. I had only seen the casting of Elite Model Look on the television and to be witnessing it live was an experience of it's own.


Photo by- Rohith Sarcar








Super Model "Marc Robinson" and "Candice Pinto" were the judges along with the Executive Director of Max "Vasanth Kumar". Lucky me I got a chance to interact with Marc who is an absolute sweetheart. I was trying to understand what were the aspirants being judged on besides their age and height. Marc helped me understand. He said- 

"We are looking for someone who can represent India on an international platform so it's not only about the height, body and the age but about the entire package. The looks, the walk and the stage presence. We are looking for a fresh and photogenic face who we could work upon and polish. It's a super model hunt so it'd definitely not going to be easy for the contestants. They have to work hard if they get selected and if not then better luck next time". 



I also had a one on one with the executive director of Max "Vasanth Kumar" who told me that he is planning to bring Elite Model Look to India every year. This year the selected contestants will be sent to Mumbai for a bootcamp for 10 days. The selected one will then go to China and compete with the contestants of 70 other countries. 

Phewwwww... thats some work to do. All the best who ever it will be. I can't wait till the results are announced. 

Below the pictures is the press release. Just in case you want to know a bit more.  


Photo by- Rohith Sarcar


Photo by- Rohith Sarcar

Photo by - Rohith Sarcar

Photo by- Rohith Sarcar

Photo by- Rohith Sarcar

Photo by- Rohith Sarcar

Photo by- Rohith Sarcar 

"Max" one of country's largest fashion forward brand partnered with the world renowned and prestigious modeling contest, Elite Model Look 2014 (EML) which marks its debuted in India this year. The fourth leg of the contest kick started with the regional casting round in Bangalore after Kolkata, Chandigarh and Delhi. The fashion hub was abuzz with excitement as young boys and girls made a bee-line to Phoenix Market City to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become India's supermodel. 

Elite in association with Max offered aspiring boys and girls between the age of 18 and 23 , the opportunity to realize their dream and follow in the footsteps of top models such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, Sigrid Agren and Constance Joblonski. Judged by prominent personalities from the fashion industry- Mark Robinson, Candice Pinto and Executive Director of Max, Vasanth Kumar, participants were shortlisted based on criterion like their walk, first impression and photogenic appeal. 

Regional casting round is reaching it's final lef in Mumbai after touring key cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. Out of which 20 contestants (10 boys and girls) will be further shortlisted at the "National Casting" round which will be held later in September at Mumbai. The finalists will be then enlightened in the "National Preparatory Week" with industry gurus like Marc Robinson guiding and mentoring the aspirants to prepare for the grand finale which is scheduled to take place in October 2014. The winnders will then go on to represent India a the International finale in China and secure a 3 year contact with the Elite Agency.

Commenting on the endeavor, Vasanth Kumar, Executive Director, max said "With the launch of Elite Model Look India 2014, Max reinforces its positioning of democratizing fashion and giving the Indian Models the exposure to establish themselves in the international fashion circuit. We have seen a great response today at Bangalore and we are certain that this hunt for India's next supermodel will help aspiring models across the country gain international recognition. 

Speaking on the occasion, Marc Robinson, project Head of Max EML India 2014 said, " The fashion industry in India today is bereft of "Supermodels" that once had an iconic infulence in the fashion secene in the 1990's today they simply and sadly don't exist. With the introduction of a genuine initiative by the fashion brand like MAX and Elite Model Look, Paris, it will provide an opportunity to aspiring young male and female models".  

Thursday, 18 September 2014

FRENCH CONNECTION AUTUMN WINTER ‘14

WOMENSWEAR


The Autumn Winter 2014 collection looks towards Eastern influences depicting the contrast in Russian wealth, the grandeur of the Tsar regime set against the bleak landscapes of Siberia.
A rich colour palette of dove grey, celestial blue and berry punch dominate the collection, modernised through paisley and digitized floral prints and adapted on dresses.
Ornate prints feature on sports-luxe co-ordinated separates, taking reference from winter athletics, a continuing trend for the coming season. Intricate floral prints and light embellishments appear on draped blouses and knitwear, a digital take on an otherwise functional and simple cut. Masculine injections come in charcoal separates with relaxed fits and geometric prints.
Lacquered lace decorates dresses, a key staple for autumn, taking note from traditional Russian ceramics, whilst sheer sleeves add a contemporary twist.
Icier undertones dominate the latter half of the season with designs and colour ways reflecting the harsher climates of Siberia. A dropped shoulder coat in pale blue is given a brushed wool finish, while boucle and wool coats round up the outwear selection. Mix matching fabrics add a luxurious element to basics, playing on the low-luxe trend for autumn. The knitwear for the season features animal and vibrant prints with zip detailing, whilst an open knit sweater is accented with crystal drops.

Animal prints adorn luxe sweaters with the ‘Tabby Fur’ coat a stand out piece for the season as wildcats of Siberia inspire insulating outwear. Eveningwear is decorated with zip fastening detail, revealing the shoulders, whilst heavy embroidery in linear formations reflects an era of bourgeois dressing.

MENSWEAR


The Autumn Winter 2014 collection sees French Connection introduce classic gentleman staples that have been raided from the Father’s wardrobe and reworked to suit the modern man’s aesthetic. The collection nods towards the brisk British winter, quality textiles provide a sense of richness as lambswools feature in a collection of the British heritage.
Cottage industry inspired knitwear is prominent throughout the collection; distinctive pheasant fairisle jumpers are modernised to otherwise traditional wool. Silhouettes are unstructured and artisanal to reinforce a very British look. Hues are suitably autumnal with camel, charcoal, port and navy brought to life by confident flashes of lifeboat yellow and blue sapphire. Wool overcoats and quilted jackets are the go-to pieces in the cold season, creating both style and warmth needed for those dark crisp winter nights.
A sea of navy and marine blues is framed by strong denim and crisp poplin shirts, accented by polka dots and the checkered prints evolution. Chambray shirts have a heavy duty feel, the perfect undergarment for heavy coats adding to the military vibe reinforcing the strong masculine image.
In tandem with the classic British tradition, the collection also sees the revival of nineties sportswear. Jackets see a modern matt shine in charcoals and burgundy, where fabrics have been fused together to offer a more relaxed and natural performance. The classic sports hoodie has been transformed to a waffle knit making it ideal for everyday wear. Sleek bomber jackets skillfully tread the line between history and modernity through tweaks in silhouette, fabrication and finish.
The collection is classic and sharp, respectful of the past, yet thoroughly modern.











Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Things that you din't know about being a Model.

This is a post that I thought I must write after being a part of the Elite Model Look India (well obviously not on the ramp but off it).People do not really understand what it's like to be a model. Everything that glitters is not gold. I myself was not aware of shit loads of things until I got into this industry. 

After speaking to many model friends and model acquaintances, I have listed down things that people do not know about being a model. 
  1. You do not always get paid- Harsh reality but yes. Models do not always get paid for the shows that they do. Sometimes you have to do it because the brand matters, the name matters and you being seen on the runway for a particular famous designer matters. Sometimes you will have to spend from your pocket to travel to another city to walk on the runway for your favorite designer. Specially if you are a new face in the industry. You might not like spending but you are no Kate Moss or David Gandy so deal with it. There is no easy way out says my dear friend "Atul Kumar Tripathi" who is a successful model himself. 

  2. Photoshop rules you- Sometimes you will have no control over how you have to look. The photographers decide how you must look according to how their choice. So you will find yourself being photoshopped quite often. You may think you are perfect but well for them you might not be and you better not argue with the fashion photographer or you can kiss your next assignment goodbye. 

  3. Models do eat- Not every model lives on lettuce leaves and oranges all day. They do eat and I realized this after meeting Prateek Jain "Mr.India 2014" who is rrriippppedd...Trust me... he is. Google him. He said he eats everything. Of course not trash, mostly healthy but eats well. Intense workout is his secret of fitness. Running being the major and most regular routine.

  4. Photoshoots are not nearlyas glamorous as it seems- Sometimes photoshoots can be tiring wayyyy too tiring. You may have to pose for a live long day. May have to wear the skimpiest outfit on a cold day or wear fur and leather on a summer afternoon. In the name of fashion you will have to bare the pain while you wear those uncomfortable shoes, your knees might hurt but they are paying a bom for that. You may also have to undress yourself in front of someone constantly looking at you and craving but you need to deal with all that. 

  5. Get used to waiting- Models sometimes end up waiting for fittings and trials for upto 12 hours. So you may have arrived at 9am for you first trial but you may have to wait until 9pm for the next designer to arrive for your second or third trial. Yeah ... sounds like a tough job rite? It is ... trust me... I am no model but I do get the inside scoop. 
  6. If you do not fit in the clothes then your out of the show- You may have been selected for a runway show for a particular designer but if you do not fit into the clothes that the designer has brought for the showcase then you can walk out without even questioning anyone. Consider it your unlucky day. 
  7. Models do not get to keep the fancy clothes- Model do not always get to keep all those designer pieces that they wear on the runway. Actually they rarely get to keep the clothes. Those pieces are just brought for the show and then are taken back to the designers fashion house. Unless its a super model and the designer is doing a barter system with him or her. 

  8. Get ready to get naked- Yeah.... they will ask you to show your skin.... sometimes more than you would actually feel comfortable showing. Designers and specially the photographers like doing semi nude or sometimes nude photoshoot. So if you are a shy person, drink up before the shoot.  Yeah take shots before the shoot. 

  9. Get used to seeing your embarrassing pictures online - Of course if you are a model then media will keep a close eyes on you. So get ready to see yourself on the news if there is a wardrobe malfunction. There will be people gossiping about you, calling you names etc. You know what I mean rite, the general public tendencies of eyeing something that they don't have and they wish they had- "Grapes are sour".


  10. Get used to people calling you snob- Yeah..... it's another usual tendency. With the title "Model" you also get the title of being a "Snob" because you do not talk much, you hangout with just few close friends, you are not seen falling out of a night club with your buddies or if you are tired of clicking pictures and you do not want to take selfies with anyone because you are exhausted and sleepy from the all day shoot that you just finished. 


  

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Lets talk about MANSCAPING. Why should men do it?

Just admit it. You do secretly want to look like the cast members of "Magic Mike". Don't you? You will be lying to yourself if you say NO. Do not live in denial. 

Lot of men have questioned me about Manscaping/personal grooming and tried convincing me saying that real men do not do that. Well, just so you know, time has changed. Personal grooming and hygiene is as important as wearing a bow tie with a tuxedo (not a very good analogy but you got the point).

Manscaping or keeping your body parts hair trimmed is a sign of personal care. It portrays that you take good care and are aware of yourself. You will be surprised to find out that some of the uber masculine guys follow this lifestyle of shaving, trimming and waxing. 

Tell me if your girlfriend likes all that jungle on your shoulders, back and chest. Do you actually want her to feel like she is making love to a Chewbacca in the bedroom? That will be just gross. 

This is a new age and the new age men like keeping it clean.
  1. Shoulder and back- Do yourself a favor and go to a salon and get your shoulders and back waxed every 3 to 4 weeks. You sure would not want the extra grass poking out of your shirt. It is advisable to get it waxed rather than shaved because first of all you wont be able to shave it yourself and second of all shaving wont be effective. Waxing on the other hand will give you a smooth finish. 

  2. Chest Hair- Lets be honest. Some women do get turned on by chest hair but not the creepy carpet poking out of your shirt button or collar. If not shave or wax then keep your chest hair trimmed, thin down the massive nest of hair. 

  3. Take care of Frankie and the boys down there- I'm sure you like your woman shaved down there. If you make her do all that work to keep you happy then how about you do the same for her ha? She does not deserve to floss her teeth with black thread while charming your manhood. I'm not talking about going smooth down there but at least trim it. Wrap your finger around it and if you can do so then its time to trim. Shaving might get a little itchy after a day two although it feels really good the first day. Remember- mowing the lawn would make the tree appear larger! 

  4. Ear hair- Do it yourself or have you barber do it for you. It's a major turn off. You don't want your date to be looking at your ear hair popping out while you are talking to her.
  5. Under arm hair- There should be some hair over there. After all you are a man but a bushy overgrown drapy looking underarm hair is a knock off. Trim it, don't shave it. Groom it down and keep it clean.   


Besides all this, leave everything as it is. Hair on you arms and legs do not need to be touched or trim it a little bit if you are one of those unlucky guys who grow forest everywhere and wax it if you are cover boy.