Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2012, which is its fourth edition, is an extravagant affair. The four-day event (July 25-28) exhibits sixty beautifully crafted pieces against glass backdrop, celebrating style with luxury. Fusion of Indian and western techniques clubbed with Swarovski Elements, different weaves and jewels form the exquisite collection.
Clothes are not just pieces of fabrics but a reflection of your personality. And the celebrated designer takes care of not only different personas but also their moods. "I'm introducing the new couture collection which has many moods and is based on what people would wear to different functions. I can take you to lovely sections for cocktail, engagament, sangeet, mehendi or bridals. And of course, different people will choose different things that suit their moods."
There are lehengas, saris, anarkalis and shararas for the bride, sherwanis, kurtas and dhotis for the groom. Different fabrics such as brocade, cotton, mesh, tulle, silk, chiffon and georgette are put to awesome use.
Jewel box theme
If you take a broader look at the expo, it actually looks like a mirage of a jewellery box, only the box is gigantic with jewelled mannequins inside. "This idea came out when we were sitting with AIS (Glasxperts), who's a sponsor and collaborator. We have the glass and the jewels. Couture is like a jewel. It's the jewel of fashion, workmanship, embroidery and finesse. We can see it as a jewel box with mannequins inside. I have collaborated with people who are jewels in their fields."
Bridal, not sole focus
Bridal has been dropped from the original ‘Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Couture Exposition’ as the designer caters to not just the bride. "The focus is on the bride. But it's for the bride as well as her friends and family... different folks, different moods."
Tahiliani has used different tints and shades but still gives you the liberty to go for your personal favourite. "My colour palette is very strong. Let's start with mangoes… my ivories and beiges are always there... pale pinks, lilacs, deep magentas, of course reds and oranges," he says adding, "But these clothes can be ordered in many different options."
After launching his own collection of watches and venturing into interiors, now Tahiliani has added another feather to his cap. He has forayed into technology by designing limited edition television sets. Ever thought of idiot box as an item of beauty? This is where Tahiliani steps in and presents India’s first designer TV. "It's not like I have designed the technology of the TV. It's just a decorative thing. It's amazing. You like it, I love it."
The VU Technologies TV, designed with latticework in dull Swarovski Elements, will burn a big hole (the size of Rs 5 lakh approximately) in your pocket. "They asked me can you do something about it, then I gave it a thought. I work a lot with Swarovski. We worked with a new technology of fixing it on TV and creating these mogul jazz."
"We are starting work on a big new hotel project in Goa which will be beautiful. Basically that's fashion architecture," concludes the designer.
Way to go Tarun Tahiliani!