L'officiel india July 2015 issue Fashion story fashion editorial rhea gupte the girl from FUSS print waterfall bohemian wild colors prints monsoon story inspiration double buns white eye liner nature goa india

L'officiel india July 2015 issue Fashion story fashion editorial rhea gupte the girl from FUSS print waterfall bohemian wild colors prints monsoon story inspiration double buns white eye liner nature goa india

L'officiel india July 2015 issue Fashion story fashion editorial rhea gupte the girl from FUSS print waterfall bohemian wild colors prints monsoon story inspiration double buns white eye liner nature goa india

L'officiel india July 2015 issue Fashion story fashion editorial rhea gupte the girl from FUSS print waterfall bohemian wild colors prints monsoon story inspiration double buns white eye liner nature goa india

L'officiel india July 2015 issue Fashion story fashion editorial rhea gupte the girl from FUSS print waterfall bohemian wild colors prints monsoon story inspiration double buns white eye liner nature goa india

L'officiel india July 2015 issue Fashion story fashion editorial rhea gupte the girl from FUSS print waterfall bohemian wild colors prints monsoon story inspiration double buns white eye liner nature goa india

This particular story marks the first time an editorial created by FUSS graces the pages of a fashion magazine in print. When the lovely folks at L’Officiel India approached me to create a fashion story for their July issue, I was all kinds of excited, giddy with ideas and ecstatic about the prospect of having my vision be a part of this prestigious magazine. Thoughts a-flying, even though the magazine had suggested I work around a fort-like location, I was more drawn to the beautiful waterfalls in all their monsoon glory. A bit of research followed to find the perfect waterfall which wasn’t too dangerous and didn’t need me to wear a life-jacket. After a few Google searches with my boyfriend, we found Arvalem Falls which seemed cozy enough to shoot at, without disturbance and without a life threat. A call to a close friend who had been there, further confirmed this and I had my mind set on this Monsoon Story beneath a surreal waterfall. The Googled pictures do no justice to the magnificence of this natural phenomenon!

All shoots for FUSS are always worked on with a very small team, and by small I mean a maximum of two people. Rarely extending to three or four. I usually play multiple roles during a shoot and multitasking has become second nature. Since I work so closely with my photographers, I have grown really close to them and very fond of them. I really value their effort, talent and enthusiasm. After working with them repeatedly, it is so easy to communicate our ideas and to strive relentlessly until we get the perfect shot. I couldn’t be happier to have Rema fly down for one super exhausting day to Goa for this shoot. This story could not have turned out this way without her behind the lens, laughing as we wadded through waist deep ice cold water to shoot at a spot closer to the waterfall, not missing a single frame as I threw the jacket in the air for the hundredth time, keeping high spirits when we thought we would have to wrap up the shoot as, first, a horde of tourists landed at this spot and second, when the rain started raging onto us. I think the most memorable shoots are those where even in the face of adversity you pull through only with the common goal of getting the best shot.

I was also very lucky to have one of my closest friends staying over at my place during the timeline of this shoot. Ankita is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. After having sourced the clothes, I knew the theme of this shoot was going to be colorful, a bit wild with a definite reference to bohemian. However, I wanted to add another interesting element to the mix. Since I had a plan of what I wanted the hair to look like and I knew the makeup was going to be au naturel, some hints of white seemed to draw a beautiful contrast between the bright color scheme and natural makeup. I asked Ankita if she would be interested in working on some contemporary body art for the shoot and she was equally excited to come onboard. It was so great to have her as she was such a pro, who didn’t require to erase a single line once drawn, each one with machine-like precision when it came to straightness and accuracy.

Special thanks to the lovely Isabelle, of Bebel Boutique, for having me over at her shop to source all these beautiful designer pieces from her store. Any of you visiting Goa and looking for some beautiful designerwear, this definitely is the place to walk into. Do pick up a copy of the magazine from a newsstand nearest to you and for my readers who aren’t from India, you can check out the issue online.





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  1. Wow this is amazing! Beautiful work by all of you. Love those long shots of the waterfall.

    When I saw the location I thought it was this resort in Goa I had been to 3-4 years ago. I cannot remember the name, but it was on a hill and the waterfall was a good 45 minute hike away from the resort (which had a lovely infinity pool). I’ll give you the name once I find it. It will make a fabulous location for you.

    xox
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    1. Thank you so much Roxanne! The location you are writing about is called The Wilderness which a resort and has a waterfall nearby. It was in my list of options for this shoot actually. But the 45 minute hike and heavy rains with hair and makeup which would paint white streaks across my face did not gel well, so I gave that one a miss. But it surely is on my list. πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on having this story in a print magazine! That must have been really special to get that offer! I love the colors and the styling – you and your team did an excellent job and I’m glad you braved the elements in order to get these beautiful shots.

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

  3. I am blown away by how lovely your photos are. Well done Rhea! The colors are simply stunning and the make-up is on point. Excellent styling and composition too! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work featured in publications.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! I truly appreciate it, and I look forward to creating a lot more. Thank you once again!

    1. Hi Aurelie! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Such a nice observation! My sun sign in Virgo, but I have always loved water (I was taught swimming when I was barely 2) which is why I try and experiment with it a lot. Thank you, it feels really wonderful to read this!

  4. This is the first time I visited your website. What a welcome I got !! Brilliant shoot. “Bohemian”, “Colorful”, “Wild”- are words for it. Will definitely visit again and more frequently.

  5. You are an excellent story-teller:)) The scenery and you made this an incredible shoot. Thank you for sharing and giving credit to your team, that says a lot about your character.

    1. Thank you so much! I planned it quite a bit beforehand, but yes, it came together on the day of the shoot and we were very experimental with every element. πŸ™‚