Growing up, I remember being fascinated by a group of people called Banjaras. Banjara is the biggest ethnic tribal group of India often referred to as ‘The Gypsies of India’. Their original occupation was moving grains and salt across states and could be identified by their distinctive style of dressing. The women are dressed in colorful skirts, big silver ornaments on their ears, ankles, and forehead and bangles from their wrists to their elbows. The men wear ‘dhoti ‘ or ‘genie’ pants, tunics and turbans.
My fashion choices in college were often boho and influenced by these original ‘street style’ divas. Today’s post however is a modern interpretation of the nomadic man complete with a turban.
I teamed up with Naveda Couture, a Philadelphia based, emerging luxury womenswear label. Influenced by a bohemian-meets-couture lifestyle, Naveda’s pieces make a statement whether through glamorous embellishments, textures, beadwork or simply the fabric and silhouette.
Amy Devan, designer & creative director’s vision of the Naveda Woman is free spirited, a lady who is feminine with out being girly. I was drawn to this vision immediately & wanted to interpret this in an outfit post.
The good news for fashionistas on the East Coast is, in addition to showcasing her ready to wear collection, Amy is launching ‘The Kahani Collection’ – an exotic-infused couture + bridal capsule collection in NYC on Oct 29th on 670 Seventh Avenue. So if you are a bride to be, go see her for a custom design consultation.
I chose an embellished tank top from Naveda’s aptly titled ‘Urban Nomad’ collection. The luxurious cotton fabric with hand beaded work in the front and a tad shorter on the back makes for a unique design. This piece was perfect for my interpretation of the nomadic Banjara. To complete my look, I styled the tank with a pair of custom dhoti pants by Indian designer, Neha Gursahani, my cowboy boots and a scarf worn as a turban.
Before you hop onto checking out the pictures, meet two creative entrepreneurs who helped me put this post together.
Tiara Parker, for my hair & make up. Tiara is a trooper, always smiling and was happy to sit outside the Philly Museum of Arts to do my make up! She is an upcoming Philly based make up artist, who does an equally amazing job with make up for the runway as she does with weddings. Check her profile on Instagram and Facebook. email her for inquiries on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mikhail Veter, who I personally think should start a men’s style blog, haha he dresses up so well! Mikhail and I were shooting together for the first time & Mikhail made sure I was comfortable with him. Right from discussing the style of photos, to giving clear direction during the shoot, Mikhail was very professional and has all the makings of an amazing fashion photographer. See more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
I hope you enjoyed this post and the styling, until next time, Namaste! from Philly!