A starry affair

Ace couturier Tarun Tahiliani’s passion for layering and lightweight clothes will now be reflected in his latest collection, which he has aptly titled “Tarakanna”, that would be showcased with style and panache at Hotel Taj Palace this Wednesday.

The designer, while he studied at The Doon School in Dehradun, had a passion to watch the night sky with dazzling stars. “When one looks into the night sky, it reveals itself a layered universe, of twinkling celestial bodies, in suspended animation. My couture collection draws inspiration from the frothiness and romance of celestial bodies like stars and constellations,” says Tarun, who has a knack for aesthetically combining Indian craftsmanship and European tailored silhouette.

On how he has translated them into lehengas, shararas and sari, he says: “Fabrics like tulle and georgette add lightness and enhance movement, while the carefully hand embroidered Swarovski crystals add the twinkle to the clothing. The way light reflects off these more imperceptible things when you look at the sky, translates into the illusion created by 3D embroidery that is intricate yet light. The collection has a confluence of Indian and Western techniques with sunrise colours like oranges and reds married to the shades of the in-between light of lilac and soft pinks.”

Pointing out that couture across the globe is known as much for feathery lightness as well as the gravity defining construction, the master couturier says: “I wanted lightness in my garments so that Indian brides can enjoy and dance in their weddings. This is how we have evolved – by creating a new vocabulary of design. Our clothes need to embody the spirit of our cultural legacy, which has to be updated for global customers.”

Make in India

On how will fashion lovers and merchandising experts will see Make in India on his shimmering garments, the seasoned couturier says it would translate not only into his Banarasi brocades and silks but also in the exquisite Parsi gara and zardozi embroidery that adorns the garments. “As Indian couture grows by leaps and bounds in the global market, we take immense pride in our traditional embroideries and fine craftsmanship. It is easy to lose your roots and heritage if you focus too much on the contemporary. A harmonious marriage of the two is of utmost importance, more so ever today.”

While each couture collection may be connected to the previous, says Tarun, they also bring with them a refinement that hasn’t been seen before.

“In contrast to our previous collection, the pieces have a more vibrant colour palette. We have also experimented with silhouettes by adding more jackets and capes that create a mystical harmony of the modern and the traditional. A finer workmanship adorns panelled kurtas that beautifully contour the body of the wearer. Another thing that we have kept in mind is that these pieces could be sold as separates. Adding to the mix and match of traditional Indian silhouettes are jackets, capes and gilets, adorned with tassels to break the monotony. These garments create a more global appeal for our customers from around the world. For menswear, the simple tailored shape of the kurta is enhanced with an attached drape, creating a balance of modernity and tradition,” explains Tarun, as he is all geared up for holding his show at the venue designed by the FDCI.

Fashionistas would get to see a fairytale setting as grandeur and opulence will be the hallmark of his collection. On the third day of the fashion week, models will walk on the ramp in an assortment of panelled kurtas, coats as well as lehengas, shararas and sari.Read more at:formal dresses online | bridesmaid dresses online

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