Apr 052016

The Hare Krishna parade in New York is organized by ISKCON, International Society for Krishna Consciousness and is better known in the West as the Hare Krishna movement. In New York, you may have seen them occasionally in a subway or in and around Union Square, where they perform ‘bhajans’ (religious chantings) while dancing. You can’t really miss them if you’re in the vicinity.

Being originally founded in New York in 1966, the Hare Krishna movement has now spread throughout the world. Their basic teachings are a form of Hinduism. Compared to other forms or types of Hinduism, the Hare Krishna movement has been exceptionally successful in international expansion. It provides a sense of community where none existed previously and was very attractive to the hippie movements of the 60s and 70s.

The Hare Krishna parade, called a ‘rathayatra’, takes place every year during the spring-summer across various different cities throughout the world including some major ones like London, New York, Paris, Prague, etc. The Hare Krishna parade in New York has been happening at Washington Square Park.

If you’ve never been to one, I’d highly recommend checking it out, if only for some delicious free Indian food! The cultural and fashion elements are also worth noticing during the parade. The clothes are very colorful and the environment very vibrant.

Here is some coverage of the event in 2014.

Here is the priest on top of the parade vehicles going through on the roads surrounding Washington Square Park.

Hare Krishna Parade New York 2014 Priests

The priests of course hold a special position within Iskcon. They are supposed to be learned scholars. In addition, they also dress different, in whites and saffron (orange).

Hare Krishna Parade New York 2014 Priest

The religious elements also mean the giving of ‘prasadam’ or holy food that has first been offered to God and then eaten by the devotees.

Hare Krishna Parade New York 2014 Prasadam

The overall fashion at the scene is like nothing you’d normally see in New York. Many of the devotees were dressed in traditional Indian clothes, men and women. Also, it makes it doubly nice to watch people of all ethnicities, not just Indian, in traditional Indian clothes during the Hare Krishna parade in New York.

The saree, a traditional Indian wear, was quite popular among the participants of the parade. The old and young alike were into the Saree, including people and families of both Indian ethnicity and others.

Jun 022013

Lower east side is a great neighborhood with a wide variety of fashions on the streets. Today was a street fair on orchard street, and this was quite different from regular night life that lower east is famous for. The temperature was 85-90 degrees (Fahrenheit of course!) and near the peak of summer.

It was great to see a very diverse group of people with eclectic fashion tastes. Here are some pictures for New York street fashion on Orchard street in lower east side.

The View from the Top, between Stanton and Rivington:

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No fair is complete without the music of course. Here’s the talented comedian and musician Anthony Kapfer to entertain the crowd (perhaps not his usual crowd, but hey, we all improvise don’t we!)

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Summer fashion in New York is always interesting, even more so when it’s in lower east! What do you think?

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Sep 212012

Street style older women

Photo Credit: Advanced Style

Street style for older women isn’t easy to find in the glamorous world of fashion with its “young-waifs” donning the catwalks and product placements. Luckily, the internet has brought its fair share of democracy to this part of our world-view as well. Yes, older women can be beautiful and incredibly well versed with fashion. Better than you could have imagined, in many cases.

Street style is a whole different can of worms, but these elders do it with charm, grace and elegance. The best resource for this is the blog called Advanced Style. It is a complete journey of one man who roams the streets of New York in search of street style fashion for older women with real life examples. It is a great blog that has been covered by some major media but still remains a little on the obscure side. If you are looking for a fashion blog that is different and interesting, this is definitely the one to check out.

There are all kinds of interesting fashion blogs and resources for everyone. All you need to do is dig a little deeper. What gems have you found in this sphere?


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Apr 152012

San Diego Street Fashion in Downtown San Diego

San Diego, the second largest city in California, has some really fashionable people. No, it is not New York but San Diego has its own charm about fashion and the people seem to embrace who they are. San Diego street fashion will be familiar to anyone who is from San Diego or who has experienced the wonderful city. If you are visiting, don’t let the calm of the day fool you. With perfect weather most of the year, San Diego fashion promises something consistently elegant.

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Beautiful View of San Diego

Photo Credit: See Things Differently

On the streets of the city, you will find some elegant fashion from people of all walks of life.

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Elegant San Diego Fashion

Elegant of course is one side of the coin. What’s the other? Well, hot of course! Yes, San Diego residents can show off a hot body with the right fashion accessories and carry off a look like only Californians can.

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Hot San Diego Fashion

But wait, no tale of street fashion is complete without its own quirky fashion. This award should go to this gentleman, don’t you all agree?

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Interesting San Diego Fashion

San Diego fashion is colorful and diverse, just like the city. It has a great night-life, which is always a great time to observe street fashion not just in San Diego but any city. If you want to see the best of what a city has to offer, go hit up the best parts of the city at night and you will get a sense of the fashion of the residents of that place.

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Ready for the Party Look

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Right accessories

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A well dressed group on the prowl at night

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Summer fashion on the streets

Photo Credit: San Diego Shooter

San Diego street fashion is influenced by its climate. Unlike say a city like New York, San Diego is usually pleasant and you won’t find heavy winter clothing on the streets.

The winter clothing in San Diego is light and elegant – no heavy snow protection is necessary but an embroidered sweater will do good, right?

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Pleasant Winters in San Diego

Photo Credit: FashionStreetSD

What do you think about San Diego street fashion? What do you think about street fashion in general? Which city would you like to see covered in the next edition?

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