Indian women are spoilt for choice when it comes to dressing up, believes Tarun Tahiliani, who’s known for being a master of couture in the country. “Women have a lot to choose from here. When it comes to Indian wear, they don’t only have saris, but a plethora of options, and when it comes to Western wear, they have a lot of choice as well. In the West, women don’t have this luxury,” he says. Speaking about bridal wear, Tahiliani thinks women are now open to sartorial experimentation.
“May be when it comes to the main wedding function, the bride likes to go traditional. But, for the mehendi, cocktail and other ceremonies, women like to experiment. Even though men are not self-decorative by nature, they also have the luxury to indulge. Be it with sherwanis, bandgala, kurtas,” adds the designer who is ready to showcase his latest collection of bridal wear at the fourth installment of his couture exposition, at DLF Emporio, till July 28. The designer further reveals his idea of interweaving technology with fashion. “I always try to add a new dimension to my designs. Like this video wall which will be a part of my showcase. I have even designed a couture TV. This live addition to the show will provide the buyers an insight into my creations, as models will be seen sporting the designs.”
Speaking about his unique take on fashion display and showcasing his collection, the designer says, “I like the setting to be like a museum. Couture should not be understood as being restrictive. Indian wear is not known as much for shape or flounce, but more for the intricacies of the design — from delicate embroidery embracing lots of different moods to beautiful handloom. That’s why such designs are couture, because people want to stop, stare and absorb the details.” And does he embark upon work with a particular inspiration? “Themes are too restrictive. For me, shape, fabric and draping is everything.” When asked who among the new crop of designers excites him, pat comes the reply, “My favourites are Pero (Aneeth Arora) and Amit Aggarwal.”
Tahiliani believes that the perception that reds and pinks rule a bride’s world on their D-day is restrictive. “These colours are dominant primarily in the northern India or among Punjabi weddings. Even though classic, traditional colours are a hit, there are a myriad of varied shades that are popular for wedding wear. There are pale oranges, mango, beige, emerald green and bronze shades that I have experimented with, in my latest collection.” He says for bridal couture, the buyers have a library of colours to choose from.
The designer’s upcoming bridal exposition will entwine fashion with technology. The showcase will include the 55” inch 3D Vu-Tarun Tahiliani Couture TV, styled and designed by Tahiliani himself. If you are ready to shell out R5 lakh, you can bring the limited edition designer television home from Select CityWalk. Apart from this couture technology, the showcase will also include the Vu Video Wall — for live representation of models sporting garments from the collection.