The audience sat in the dark waiting expectantly oblivious that they were about to be taken on an experiential voyage. Suddenly, a Chinese conical hat emerged amidst the smoke and a woman almost floated on to the ramp. Her walk tender and graceful, she teased the onlookers with her flirtatious poise. The lights came on and there she was, dressed in the finest drapes created by one of India’s master of drapes, Tarun Tahiliani. Thus began the oriental voyage.
Tahiliani’s Fall/Winter collection at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week explored the inflection of the Chinese culture which was prominent in his sarees, kaftans, dresses and jackets.
Shades of muted charcoal, dull indigo, nude were accented with fiery reds. Yet again, the predominance of red was seen on the runway. True to his style, his collection exuded grandeur not only in sheer volume but also exquisite detailing with motifs, quilting, and shibori work. The collection saw an assortment of oriental jackets, high decorative mandarin collars, cut work paneling which added a hint of the Oriental. Much like his previous collection, this too was subtly embellished.
The highlights of the show were his dull indigo drapes and dresses inspired out of sarees. When model Indrani Dasgupta walked out in a gorgeous saree with appliqué work belt worn over it, Tarun knew by the reaction of his audience that he had clinched it once again.