When designer Tarun Tahiliani showcases his works, the atmosphere turns electric and so it was at the HDIL India Couture Week here with the audience looking on in awe as he unveiled his signature bridal collection.
The showing late Saturday turned out to be the biggest crowd puller thus far of the event.
The designer too had left no stone unturned to make a mark on the audience through his impeccable style quotient.
The main show area (MSA) was layered with images of Khajuraho temples while a series of projectors beamed an eclectic variety of images recreating the glory of Indian culture.
Tahiliani's collection "All that we are and more" was a bride's dream - opulent, grand and majestic - and yet contemporary. The line, in fact, was the perfect fusion of the traditional and the contemporary.
The line featured heavy crystallized Swarovski-draped dresses, as well as saris, kurtas, churidars, stoles, evening dresses, jackets, shrugs, heavy embroidered skirts, kaftans and sherwani's.
But the real fusion came into the picture when a model walked down the ramp in jeans and a heavily embroidered short kurta - a look that was absolutely different and grabbed the attention of the audience.
With the designer using a variety of silks, brocade, tulle and velvets, the colour palette featured gold, pink, rusted orange, maroon and red. In terms of embroidery, zardozi dominated the space.
The showstopper of the evening undoubtedly was Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty who has been regularly walking the ramp for Tahiliani for a number of years.
The actress was dressed in a red lehenga studded with crystals and loaded with zardozi work.
Commenting on the attire, Shetty said: "I feel like run away bride! I just love the dress."
Elaborating on his work, Tahiliani said: "This collection celebrates India, its craftsmen and artisans who are unfairly ignored in spite of the hard work they put in into making these beautiful garments."
"This collection celebrates the past in the context of the now," he added.