On the last day of Lakme Fashion Week I was invited by Reliance Trends to the Tarun Tahiliani show.
Tarun Tahiliani presented his A/W 2015 collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015. Commenting on this association with Reliance Trends, Tarun Tahiliani said,“This is the second season where we have associated with Reliance Trends who are committed to taking ready-to-wear clothing to mass India. This show also marks our formal entry into the complete separates philosophy, or the easy pieces of a younger, hipper spirit”
The show commenced by International model Ujjwala Raut walking down the ramp with a looped black midi, followed by an assortment of black creations with occasional bursts of colour. A pleasant blend of drapes, exotic prints, black, gold, rust, velvet, brocade and tribal gypsy elements were prominent throughout the collection. All the models wore septum rings, something that really added to the tribal gypsy look.
An anthology of influences that range as far and wide as the moods of the woman wearing them, the ready-to-wear line is homage to construction, albeit in exotic prints. The Russian influences in bold and colourful stripes and chits remind you of the rich visual intensity of Central Asian textile tradition even as the Shiraz inspiration (named after a city in Iran) takes from their famous mosaics and kilim weaving practices. Also taking from carpet weaves, concentric borders of the woven-art in vibrant hues of rust, olive and blue prints lend themselves to kaftans, tunics and shift dresses.
The concept sari gets reinvented yet again till it’s a jumpsuit with pleats and a draped dupatta requiring only a single zipper. Peplum gilets, quilted and ideal for the winter get post-modern in steel, gray and black focusing more on the construction of the garment rather than the fanfare. The global reach of the influences continue in tribal/ gypsy elements that take the geometric trope forward, contemporizing even leheriya prints. The ready-to-wear brings an aesthetic that resists embroidery and a barrage of bridalred for a more urban contemporary city-slicker aesthetic.
The showstopper of the evening was the stunning Chitrangada Singh, who graced the ramp in a black draped gown and velvet cape splashed with gold embellishments.
The thread that runs through the entire collection is the ease with which the garments can be mixed and matched. Easy separates allow dhoti pants and lungi skirts to be paired with capes, tees and tunics. Saris and kurtas worn in contemporary unison with gilets and capelets become edgy style statements. The collection embodies the young, hip and happening Indian who although rooted in the past is a global citizen and has an individual sense of style and attitude. The wide array of separates gives her the opportunity to make her own decisions, dress herself in the way that she chooses – in a range of drapes, dhotis, kedia jackets, wraps, tunics and skirts. An exciting video with Lisa Haydon in a fluid confluence of mix and match is the perfect backdrop to the show that represents the cool, urbane and young Indian – it is India Modern. It was certainly a delight to attend the show & see the collection in person, I couldn't stop talking about it for days. Will show you what I wore to the show in the next post, so watch out for that.