As the dying rays of the sun glistened on the pink and mustard ghargra-choli studded with crystals and hand made gota, designer Tarun Tahiliani beamed like a proud father. Seven goddesses dressed in Tahiliani’s Bridal Couture Collection looked like the perfect Indian brides. "I want it to have a painter’s vision. The soft light of the evening sun literally dying on the garments just adds to the magnificence and takes this art to another level. I want it to look like an Amrita Shergill painting," said a poetic Tahiliani.
The Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Exposition brings together couture and Indian weddings to create an opulent and larger than life experiential extravaganza. “Our bridal exposition in July brings to you fine textures and embroidery, the revival of time-honoured techniques and near perfection in fit, drape and finish. The theme this year is procession and for that we are creating a gali of Chandni Chawk replete with performers. It will be fashion at its very best with a hint of theatre!” Tahiliani told hindustantimes.com.
Celebrating the essence of Indian weddings with a twist of modernity and glamour, he said, “An Indian bride is not a ramp model and therefore the collection is in keeping with the traditions of our culture. The designs are timeless and unique and celebrate the Indian-ness of our weddings. I wanted to highlight the royalty of India with a dash of modernity.”
The designer believes that certain energies are irrepressible and the Indian zest for color, drape and luxury manifests itself beautifully in fine couture collections. Drawing on deep historical heritage interspersed with Indian modernity, Tahiliani hopes to reinvent Indian silhouettes with western construction. “I was not inspired by one particular thing but everything Indian. I wanted to create something which screams Indian but has a western appeal to it. The look is Indian but the construction is western and chic. This exposition will epitomize a unique heritage, styled in a modern way.”
True to his style, this collection too has a lot of draping. The drape of chiffon stylised into dramatic saris and the use of specially crafted textures with satin and velvet add luxury and drama to his collection. The colours range from bright pink, mustard, red and gold to muted browns, sapphire and beige.
“With special occasion outfits in a range of silhouettes, we have elements of gota, bandhini, and zardozi, interspersed with crystal, appliqué and mirrors. The sari gown will definitely make a woman feel like a goddess. The sari-gown is clinched at the waist by a cystalised belt. Slip on a specially tailored jacket on the sari to add to the drama and luxury,” said Tahiliani.
Exquisitely corseted bodysuits, anarkali kurtas and choli with a kalidar lehenga and translucent veil are Indian in sensibility yet international in appeal. The Bridal Couture Collection in collaboration with Forevermark, Bentley, DLF Emporio and Swarovsky Elements will be showcased in DLF Emporio from July 22 onwards.