See all the highlights from Tarun Tahiliani’s off-site Lakme Fashion Week show
It was a fantastic offering of perfect ready-to-wear and occasion outfits that Tarun Tahiliani presented to an elite audience in a show that set the fashionable pace of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013.
The Tarun Tahiliani Design Studio worked around traditional embroidery and innovative digital prints to give a fresh look to modern Indian styles. The textured handlooms, silks, and jacquards were brought to centre stage with exciting silhouettes. The sexy shifts, innovative kurtas, experimental saris and striking handkerchief hemlines were aimed at the trendy contemporary fashion followers. In many creations, the unusual drapes and construction revealed Tarun’s mastery over silhouettes.
Colour blocking took on a unique meaning, as separates were teamed to offer myriad options. Lungi skirts, sheer dhoti pants and tunics were turned into ideal resort wear. Embellishments for the collection Included Tarun’s favourite chikankari, which was perfectly balanced with Kantha, appliqué and doria embroidery.
Layers of drapes were created from sushi voile, georgette, cotton jacquards cotton silks crêpe and cutwork Jamdani from Benares. The colour card was a riot of hues with ivory, beige and grey gradually moving to hotter shades of mango, peach, tangerine, black and azure blue.
The show opened with a black printed batwing kurta and then moved onto a comfortable black knit long sleeve shirt dress. Curved hemlines for tunics gave a stylish touch; while sheer printed covers were light as air. Kaftans revealed two toned styling with solid and prints, which was also echoed in the sari with striking beige Kalis. Trousers moved from ultra-skinny to fluid, while draped hipster skirts added a sensuous touch.
Indian glamour came in the form of beige tulle Anarkali with delicate embroidery, while a tantalising multi tasselled printed dupatta sparkled on a black kurta. The abstract prints and the unique colour blocking were the highlights of the sheer resort gowns, asymmetric layered midi and the draped sari gown. Flowing patio pants, lace edged loose ankle skimming trousers, kimono sleeve covers and side draped tunics added colour to the collection. The final ecru section with chikan work was ethereal in its beauty as panelled kurtas, and the final net lehenga with intricate embroidery and net dupatta were ideal formal resort wear.
The stylishly wound turbans with colourful scarves added to the casual drama of the collection.
Men’s garments matched the resort mood, as sharply tailored shirts, wide Jodhpuri pants, comfortable trousers, dhotis and kurtas gave interesting alternatives. The opening velvet lapel waistcoat was teamed with kurta and dhoti pants, while the double-breast vest over a kurta shirt had a more formal image. Chikan work appeared for Bundis, sheer shirts; while the soft unstructured jackets, the crimped shirts and the linen embroidered kurtas were ideal summer wear.
Tarun Tahiliani’s line presented by Tigre Blanc was indeed a fashion revelation for the audience, which will set the pace for the industry during the coming season.