September 22, 2012

Tarun Tahiliani Couture Collection 2012

The collection is styled in the raw sensual glamour of the twenties, when the liberalization of the body came in to being in a world of simultaneous uncertainty and high octave glamour. Whimsical motifs and sensational colors call out to the grandeur of our past with the renewed energy of revivalist craft and contemporary construction.

For the bride, there are special key-hole jackets, coupled with lehengas, in classic hues of deep red and gold; versatile, modern day anarkalis—in fresh citrus colors of mango and peach, with bodices plastered in a mesh of Swarovski Elements—with flowy, elegant drapes and deep scoop necklines, which can be paired with churidaars or worn as gowns. For the groom an antique gold brocade sherwani with raised cream cotton thread work styled with a long flared crinkled cotton kurta and an ivory stole which can be paired with a dhoti find prominence.

Fine combinations and technically crafted Swarovski Elements lend a new high for the sparkle seeker with the stunning spectacular piece created with the expertise of Swarovski Creative Center in Austria. A newly developed mesh fabric made of crushed crystals is used as a border, which is absolutely flat and light, yet lends an ethereal look.

Another highlight is concept saris with fluted black lining. Shoulders draped with tulle florets, lifted in baroque pearls.

A tulle sari in delicate shades of Mediterranean jade, embellished with tiny floating flowers that sparkle in the brilliance of Swarovski Elements with a hand-embroidered threadwork border is pegged as perfect, understated bling.

An animal-esque copper silk chiffon concept sari with a lace and crystal border worn with a beige corset, adorned with delicate thread work and Swarovski Elements that can be worn for a glamorous cocktail.

Another dazzling piece is an old world traditional bridal lehenga with threadwork and zardozi embroidery paired with a traditional choli and embroidered drapes.

For something out of the ordinary, there are emerald green shararas in georgette with chikankari embroidery that exude classic charm. Three-dimensional antique gold sequin work laid in clusters creates the illusion of depth and shade.

For the classic man there is a sheathed Sherwani with maroon velvet Zardozi borders paired with a digitally printed sequin sheathed stole.

“Rich south Indian mangalgiri cotton can be couture too. I don’t see why couture has to be silk… they have day weddings too,” says Tahiliani with aplomb, as he infuses cool charm into cream cotton, crinkled and flared kurta with zari border styled with an embroidered kamarbandh and an ivory Angrakha in cotton voile with fine chikan work styled with a cotton silk stole.

The new bridal couture collection infuses revivalist craft and contemporary construction with progressive principles of design to create memorable couture pieces!

Stylist: Louw Kotze
Shoes: Steve Madden
Photographer: Bhanu Rathore