Tarun Tahiliani promised a bridal extravaganza and an extravaganza is what he delivered, albeit on a much smaller scale than intended. An outdoor baraat, complete with an elephant, which was to kick off the show had to be canceled due to logistical issues but the fashion event held inside the Emporio Mall in Vasant Kunj went off seamlessly. A three story haveli and an elaborate mandap formed the centerpiece of the show featuring mannequins wearing pieces from the collection and arranged to resemble a wedding procession. Dancers and musicians who performed during different parts of the show added an old world charm as models sashayed out to various styles of music.
The collection shown was classic Tahiliani: traditional yet modern, elaborate but not ostentatious. This is a designer who knows his clientele and seeks to delight them. Following the show, Tahiliani talked at length about modernizing classic silhouettes because he sees a new breed of customer emerging – one who cares as much about the fit and function of the garment as its pretty surface details. Tahiliani acknowledged this by incorporating sleek sari gowns and bridal lehengas that were more fluid and softer in structure. One of my favorite pieces was a beautiful jade green lehenga with burgundy appliques that was representative of this new aesthetic.
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