Grazia Trukey x DIOR

Pirouttes in The Palace: Lace and pinafores. Masculine collars. Knits unravelling at the shoulder. For Spring/Summer 2024, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri dances between femininity and feminism.


 

Harper Bazaar 

When rising star Ananya Panday crosses paths with resurgent legend Zeenat Aman for Bazaar India's 15th Anniversary cover, it's a celebration of womanhood in all its glory.

Ananya, like many of us, has been in awe of Zeenat's candour, wit and grace on social media. "She just came on social media and shut everyone up. She set the rules," says Ananya. Zeenat, in turn, was taken in with young Ananya's "extremely convincing" turn as the insecure Ahana Singh in Kho Gaye Hum Kahan (2023). "It was unexpected to see her bring such depth to the character, all the while retaining her easy breezy charm," she says.



 Grazia 16: Cultural Exchange x Jaipur


Cover for GRAZIA’s 16th print edition “Cultural Exchange” starring Namita Sunil. Avani Rai photographs for an issue which explores expatriatism, migration and the identities and perspectives we form from discovering the world.





GQ Men of the Year: Alia Bhatt

From being named Gucci’s first Indian global ambassador to foraying into the global arena with her first international Netflix project, and then delivering a stellar performance in the hit film Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, 2023 has belonged to Alia Bhatt.





Elle India: Anniversary Issue


When Amrit was studying at the Paris College of Art, she bagged her debut cover shoot. It marked a series of firsts for her, including wearing make-up and being in front of a professional camera.

SheI had never shot anything before, not even locally, because she was extremely camera shy. But that feeling started to vanish since that day. How so? “It has to do with working in an environment where you sense that someone has trusted you,” she said. “To be the friction between their vision and your offering. You find yourself inhabiting new characters and start having fun with it. It’s a liberating feeling.”

She shot with Avani Rai for ELLE and it was one such experience, where they connected over their Punjabi roots, love for Gurmukhi, and a shared artistic vision.






Grazia 16: Cultural Exchange x Mumbai



The International print issue’s cover is shot by Avani Rai and is a study into the importance of embracing our differences in the spirit of a shared humanity. 





Zeenat Aman for Vogue India

“I’m not surprised that my appearance on social media is being hailed as a ‘comeback’; some are even referring to it as my ‘second innings’. I, for one, do not see it as such. This is not a comeback. I never went away.”

In Vogue India’s July-August issue, captured by Avani Rai, cover star Zeenat pulls back the curtain on her life, penning her own story with the trademark lyricism that everyone has come to know and love.




Grazia 11: The Journey


GRAZIA joined Dipti as she travelled from Paris to Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India; a place where chaotic, bustling streets juxtapose the stillness and tranquility of the Ganges River.

Captured by Mumbai-based filmmaker and documentarian Avani Rai, Dipti’s pilgrimage explores the physical and emotional taxes associated with journeying home.

from Varanasi




DIOR

Campaign for Dior’s Fall 23, an India inspired collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri to celebrate the centuries old embroidery techniques of the Chanakya School and Karishma Swali in the midst of Jaipur’s powerful energy.

A languorous mood permeates this series by Avani Rai for Dior Magazine 42. Patterned with the season’s Jardin Indien and Toile de Jouy Voyage motifs, silk pajamas, shirts and dresses in a kaleidoscope of colours from the Dior Fall 23 collection pop against decorative Indian architectural features.





Nimish Shah’s New Delhi Home for AD Magazine



Gurmeet Rai for Vogue

“I am an introvert but I am complete within myself,” says Gurmeet Sangha Rai. As a conservation architect, she works with natural materials that find reflection in a wardrobe steeped in natural linen, silk and cotton.

To channel the homeliest of closets deeply rooted in comfort and craft, we looked to the creative pairing of mother-daughter duo Gurmeet Sangha Rai and Avani Rai for an August issue of Vogue India. What transpired is a female gaze on motherhood, time and age.






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