In shimmering florals and weightless drapes, the mythical paradise of Elysiumis recreated through the decadent lightness is Tarun Tahiliani’s Couture & Bridal Wear ‘18-‘19. Evoking images of paradise and angelic gardens, where gods and goddesses wander, gossamer panels are rendered in an ethereal lightness of being.
Juxtaposing iconic European construction with classic Indian styles and embroideries, the designer exemplified Indian Modern aesthetic. In the structured lightness of every drape is the embodiment of a new voice of tradition.
Delicate gossamer-wrapped silhouettes are lifted in their elysian inspiration through the intricate craftsmanship of an atelier in pursuit of lightness. A soft, ethereal palette is crafted with resplendent layers of Swarovski-encrusted embellishment on the innate buoyancy of crinoline. The collection perfected to define an accentuated Indian silhouette that hugs the waist and cascades into structured gathers that settle intuitively into collapsible, concentric rings in swathes of airy hand-knotted lace, Italian tulle, French lamè and sheer silk in classic Indian embroideries of zardozi, ari, gota-patti, chikankari and shadow work was then woven into luxurious Swarovski gems as they twinkle surreptitiously through sheer layers, fringes and tassels.
Tarun’s menswear line shared equal ethereal lightness with quintessential sartorial finesse. Seamless constructions of fit and fall translate throughout the line of hand-embroidered muted monotones. Ivory, mauve, powder blue and tea-rose straddle one end of the solid colour-wheel, while ebony and burgundy complete the circle. Contrast detailing in deep peach, ochre, orange and paisley add vibrant bursts of auspicious colour to debonair sherwanis, bandhgalas and bandhis while drapes of the pleated long-line kurtas, grandeur of the pre-fitted cummerbunds, and textured elegance of pin-tucking were significantly perfect.