While scrolling down some of the pins in pinterest, apart from the creative photography ones which I usually save for inspiration, I came across the satin robes as streetstyle. After last year’s pyjama trend and athleisure storming the charts, this year, it’s all about the night suits and bedroom gowns on the streets. Upon researching about the trend I could come to the conclusion how with every passing year people are accepting comfortable clothing above everything else. Back in the day, wearing our night suits in the daylight would have seemed very impermissible. Same goes for the bedroom robes. Upon scrutinizing the robes thoroughly, I could somehow relate these satin robes to the DJELLABA donned by the ladies of morocco.
If I begin to tell you my affair with morocco, it might take a while. After all, one of my favourite series started off there. Talking of Game Of Thrones, it might seem strange and unusual but I like Cersei Lannister more than anybody else in the entire series. I love the powerful character that she has justifiably portrayed and what she is hated for. And then, how can we forget the famous movies THE MUMMY, PRINCE OF PERSIA:THE SANDS OF TIME, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and SEX AND THE CITY: 2. But if you ask me, Tom Tykwer’s A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING has moved me quiet a bit. Apart from TOM HANKS being present in the movie, it rightly demonstrates the miseries that a person goes through in a cross cultural situation. Alan Clay, played by Tom Hanks, is a failed man in his mid 50s and is one of the losers of the finance crisis. He not only lost his job but also his wife walked out on him. The new career that he takes up is more or less his last chance and through which he seeks a way out of his current situation in the foreign country – maybe even redemption.
Places like Morocco, Saudi Arabia, in fact, Greece for that matter, are viewed from the outside as both unsettling and romanticized, a place we associate with fairytales and in which totally unrealistic dreams can come true. But how can we talk about such places without ever being there? People often judge us for who we choose to be and what we choose to do without even knowing us! Believe me, I have been in their shoes too. I too tend to judge people at times just by their looks. This is both frustrating and depressing.
If a person in his mid- life can try to come out of a miserable life and think of reinventing himself, why can’t we? It’s good to see some of my dearest friends finally taking up their dream jobs or at least starting their dream ventures. Talking about which, of wasn’t able to update the IAndAThing section on my blog but this month onwards it’ll be back.
Now, the bedroom robe is officially acceptable to be worn on the streets and what better way than to layer it with a pair of basic denims and classic white tee. The robe is an upgraded version of the kimono and just like the usual bedroom/ bathroom robe has a belt to tie . It can also be layered over a dress just like a trench coat and can be worn like a dress on its own too.
Finding a theme based shoot location is difficult in Bangalore as most of the places look similar. As for this photo story, I have sought inspiration from various stories of morocco, I wanted to execute this series by keeping mosques as backdrop and the only place I could think of is Commercial Street. Upon telling Subham about the theme being ‘MOROCCAN’, he burst out into a big laughter! Well, recreating Morocco in the streets of bangalore can leave anybody freakish. After being mocked by a zillion people for walking past the mosque a million times for the perfect capture and posing in front of the gates of the mosque for almost an hour with Subham standing in the middle of the traffic- laden road, we were quiet happy with the output. Although we started around 1pm on a sunday when the hustle – bustle was at its peak and countless people thronged the streets, the shots came out really amazing! We also got lucky with the weather! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
♣ CREDITS ♣
CREATIVE DIRECTION & STYLING | SHIVANI BORUAH
PHOTOGRAPHY & EDITING | SUBHAM DAS GUPTA
CONCEPT | Recreating the beauty of Morocco in the streets of Bangalore, India. Also taking inspiration from a movie shot at the beautiful Kingdom of Morocco.
OUTFIT | A pair of denims and a white crop top. A satin robe(Forever 21) and pointed red booties(Zara) to add a contrast .
ACCESSORIES | Earrings from Pipa Bella
LOCATION | The beautiful Mosques located at Commercial Street
As I have mentioned in my earlier blogpost that I would be writing for Deccan Herald, here’s the first and the latest article. I have also written about ROBES making it to the streets! That’s all for today. I hope you liked today’s entry and let’s never forget what we are capable of. Let’s talk soon!
~ Stylishly Yours,