Style On Streets – Art Meets Fashion

Fashion, for me, is not just in clothes. Fashion is art. Often it is said, style is a way of expressing who you are without saying anything. I believe, that what you wear creates a chain of thoughts around you..It tells the world what you believe in, what drives & inspires you. Whether it is wearing a particular color or your signature style ( geeky, elegant, romantic etc.)

Art expresses ideas and so does fashion. Many fashion designers in the past have borrowed their inspiration from traditional artists. It won’t be incorrect to say that fashion can’t be separated from art.

Coming back to my fixation with street art, I was quite thrilled when I came to Bangalore– the city with budding artists. From this bunch of artists, quite a few have an ardent love for Murals. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. Across Bangalore, you will find many walls embracing this form of art.

The perception of street art, for long, remained associated with Vandalism. But what is vandalism for someone could be freedom of speech & expression for someone else ( do not mistake me for a law graduate, the point is I love art & fashion; and there is nothing wrong about either of them on the street). In this post of mine, we will stroll across the streets of Bangalore, in my eternal search for the most beautiful murals..






My outfit has little to do with innovation in fashion (there is nothing breakthrough about it). The idea is to keep my outfit ‘free-spirited and colorful’, these elements go well with the street, which to me is synonymous with liberation (of thought).

I am wearing a loose woolen checkered shirt teamed with a leather jacket (rock look) and a closed black sweater (geeky look).

Look 1 (Rock): Shirt ( Forever21), jeans (ZARA), leather jacket (Vero Moda).

Look 2 (Geeky): Same as look 1 but teamed with a plain black sweater.

A minuscule detail about the way I have worn the shirt: I have buttoned it up till the neck to show that street art is artistic expression BUT remains prohibited across the world. However, a new wave of thoughts is ushering in, giving contemporary artists a medium to express ideas that aims towards a social change.









While exploring these art works I came across an artist who inspired me a lot- Shilo Shiv Suleman, a visual artist based in the city of Bangalore. Her murals are not just paint on the wall; she paints to bring social change. I was surprised to know that the streets of Lyari, Karachi has a couple of her murals too; Shivo is determined to spread the love for murals across the world. Her work aims at child and women empowerment which are key issues in most countries.

Leaving you with thoughts to introspect upon and three things we can’t live without:

Peace ☮ Love ♥ Art 웃

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

Mural by Shilo Shiv Suleman

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