By Divya Rajani
Designer Tarun Tahiliani recently held a two-day Couture Exposition in Mumbai where he showcased sixty fine pieces from his Studioâ€™s latest couture collection. FTVâ€™s Divya Rajani caught up with the indisputable â€˜King of Coutureâ€™ to know what his collection is all about, the latest trends and much more.
Tell us something about your collection.
This yearâ€™s collection is more comprehensive and has challenged us to go out and really find a novel expression. Couture must connect the highest forms of craft to fantastic silhouette and finish, and it should create something beautiful yet iconic. I'm currently obsessed with Kanjivarams and silk and have been using them in new drapes for lehengas and saris. In terms of colors, we have also explored newer shades of ochre, shot chiffons, off tones like jade, teal and ivory mixed with black. The idea is to evoke our own past with the renewed energy of revivalist craft and contemporary construction.
Primarily designed around the events that we Indians dress up for the most, the silhouettes are traditional yet infused with a new lightness and modernity to allow freedom of movement and grace.
What/who is the inspiration behind this collection?
The collection is inspired by the raw sensual glamour of the twenties, when the liberalization of the body came in to being in a world of simultaneous uncertainty and high octave glamour. There is a play of new drapes, technique and stunning embellishments by Swarovski elements, lending a grand yet modern feel to the collection.
Which is your pick from this collection?
A versatile, modern day anarkaliâ€”in fresh citrus colors of mango and peach, with bodices plastered in a mesh of Swarovski Elementsâ€”with flowy, elegant drapes and a deep scoop neckline, which can be paired with churidaars or worn as a gown.
According to you which colour suits the Indian bride the most?
Bridal is about the bride. It shouldnâ€™t be about trends. Women are still making polarized choices when it comes to couture, but clearly they must be true to who they really are. One should invest in a color that suits the skin type and individual preferences.
Which is the Bridal colour of the season?
I'm seeing mangoes, jammuns and mauves besides the traditional bridal jeweled toned colours and of course the classic red which is symbolic here in India.
Which is a must have accessory for brides this season?
An interesting metallic kamarbandh.
You have designed the â€˜Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserveâ€™ Box casing. Could you tell us something about itâ€¦
Owing to its rich, indulgent character, the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is the gold essential for every wedding celebration. Inspired by the architectural magnificence of Mughal Jaals, The Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve gift pack, has been specially handcrafted as an exquisite masterpiece that makes any host proud!
You have also designed a crystal-studded TV for VU. Could you elaborate on that?
Televisions are now such a big part of everyone's lives, so we wanted to create a TV that was a thing of beauty even when it was turned off. We wanted to create an object of desire that isn't just functional. I love working with jali's(net) or unusual ornamental patterns constructed through the use of calligraphy and geometry, and I thought this was the perfect canvas. The VU Technologies TV is also designed with latticework in dull Swarovski Elements making it subtle yet conversational.