Tarun Tahiliani opens WLIFW AW-14

 

Blurring the lines between adorning and dressing, between a product of style and a piece of art;  the TARUN TAHILIANI Autumn/Winter Collection 2014 does away with the distinction between clothes and jewellery. Inspired by ornaments found all over the world, this season they dig deep in the trenches of the heritage of the world and strike gold.

 

The Satlada inspired series is an instant pick me up.These are statement pieces with necklines so ornamental they render a jeweller useless. Details of gold finery deck the collars and cuffs giving the illusion of layers of golden thread. The tunics stand out providing the ease of wearing heavy jewel patterns on fabrics light as air. Also partaking in the gold rush is the South Indian Necklace series. The iconic shape of this jewellery lends itself to the flattering emperor silhouette and lush necklines.

 

From jewels of India to all over the world; Pleated Enamel is a slimming print, which creates the illusion of drape. Tops withmukaish-work and a full village-belle skirt add elements of fun, while striking kurtas and tunics with medallions and doubloons painted on form an emblazoned bounty. Paying homage to Tapestry; velvet, net and zardozi come together to form the ultimate peasant dress with jewelled collar. The delicate kalidar kurta in floating sheer silk lends elfin qualities and the Art Nouveau influence with its graceful curvilinear form makes it ideally suited for blouses.

 

There is also new found emphasis on print – multiscarf patterns where various squares form a singular print and create an optical illusion, creating tier upon delicate tier, make towering kaftans, unconventional saris and dhoti skirts; black and white Kaleidoscope based patterns shown in jackets with slits, short crop jackets and long asymmetric kurtas give traditional clothing global edge

 

Taking the mastery achieved in years of draping and contemporising it into separates; this ready-to-wear collection offers a smorgasbord of options and allows the wearer some room for individuality. The dhoti and lungi drape inspired pants and skirts are a DIY solution, easily paired with daily urban wear.

 

The pashmina wraps are to be a welcome addition in the Indian closet. Open to interpretation, it creates interesting levels and falls differently on different bodies. A versatile object in moody hues, not only does it prove to be a graceful solution to layering on ethnic wear but also sits perfectly on layered skirts in urban gypsy mode.

 

The minarets and the in-lay technique of the celebrated monument directly inspire ‘ The Taj Collection’. Georgettes swish and cascade from the shoulder in a butti dupatta of raw silk and zari as the kurta with its train envelope your silhouette creating an ethereal glow of light. There are anarkalis in sheer fabrics with hand embroidery and peek-a-boo backs with the intricacy of a Persian mural. Lehengas that carry old world traditions lightly in soft net and chanderi cut-work, and chikankari saris with pathra borders on soft net, it has the restrained colour palette of ivory, pale yellow and peach the belies a quite elegance and subtle charm.

 

The Crystal Constellation gives wings to fairy tales. Constellation inspired lehengas, in shades of twinkling champagne, poofing out like a fantasy with fully embroidered bodices. The net and lace in gold create a visible aura around the adorned as if you ‘walk in beauty’.

 

The Regalia Trousseau Collection is bold in colour, challenging with passionate red, kesar and hot pink. Gota lehengas and brocade blouses hark back to imperial splendor while the lehenga sari, authentic to its grandiose origin makes a truly blue blooded statement.

 

The Colour Mirage Collection is a burst of citrus joy with shades ranging from an aqua-like blue-green to playful pinks and rogue rouge, all given the ombré treatment. Shaded chiffons with sequins and sheathed corsets are a flirty feminine alternative. 

 

The collection was unveiled with aplomb, and the gorgeous Shilpa Shetty along with Harman Baweja and Ayesha Khanna walked the ramp for the designer at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week  AW’14.

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