Tarun Tahiliani, showcased “Tarakanna”, the bridal couture and occasion wear collection, at the FDCI Indian Couture Week 2017 (ICW ’17), on July 26. The collection portrays Tahiliani’s love for layering and the weightless construction of the garments that fit like a glove.
Commenting on the collection for the ICW ’17, the designer said, “When one looks into the night sky in the wild, there reveals itself a layered universe, of twinkling celestial bodies, in suspended animation. Couture around the world, known as much for feathery lightness as well as the gravity defying construction – this is where our new couture began, as we thought deeply of lightness so that Indian brides can enjoy their wedding and dance in their clothes. That is the story of our evolution – creating a new vocabulary of design. Our clothes need to embody the spirit of our cultural legacy, which has to be updated for the global, peripatetic customer,”
Vintage embroideries, fine Italian tulle and Chantilly lace, Crystals from Swarovski have been used while designing the garments. The garments include collections of lehengas, shararas, sarees, and saree drapes, as well as panelled kurtas and coats, with fabrics like tulle and brocade, crystal and crinoline, silk georgettes and shadow work, are fused together to create a sense of modernity. The colour scheme included blushes of light pink, powder blue, peach, jade and mauve. Light resham, 3D flowers, threadwork and French knots on soft shades create a pastoral fantasy as the light bounces off the sheer tulle. .
On his collaboration with Swarovski , Tarun Tahiliani, said, “How can one think of the night sky full of stars winking and muted sparkle without jumping at once in one’s mind’s eye, to the use of Swarovski crystals. Collaborating once again to create magic with Swarovski remains for me, an honour and a privilege. Thank you Swarovski for this partnership and abetting ‘The New Universe’ of Indian Couture’,”
His ready-to-wear bridal collection for the ICW ’17 featured a range of exquisite and chic styles in lehengas, sarees, anarkalis, capes and gilets for the bridal entourage, for the upcoming bridal season. The designs, inspired by Spanish flamenco dancers and bullfighters, feature techniques such as Parsi gara, zardozi embroideries, fringing, knit tassels and velvet detailing. Fabrics such as silks, velvet, and brocades paired with soft tulle and georgettes have been used to create an old school vibe. The colour palette include shades of old rose, maroons, golds, olive, midnight blue, black and ivory. All the pieces of the collection can be easily and stylishly mixed and matched to break the usual monotony to help one create their own vision of chicness.
On the other hand, the menswear collection consisted of rich and festive garments which epitomized refined style, craftsmanship and quality and laid emphasis on sharp tailoring and strong silhouettes. The garments from this collection included bundis, kurtas, dhotis and sherwanis embroidered with gota, zardozi, parsi gara and resham threads on rich fabrics like matka silk, raw silk, velvet and dupion silk. Chikankari the traditional embroidery of Lucknow was given a stylish twist in kurtas and sherwanis. Rich tones of gold and ivory and contrasting blacks and beiges to create a sense of elegance and distinctiveness..
Gold pieces designed by Tarun Tahiliani and expertly crafted by Shri Hari Diagems by Mr Vinay Gupta, were used to add a touch of sparkle and panache to the collection