Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2012
A glass ‘Jewel Box’ by AIS Glasxperts houses the Tarun Tahiliani New Bridal Couture Collection
25th-28th July, at DLF Emporio, New Delhi
Tarun Tahiliani presents the fourth edition of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition, starting today at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Sixty of the finest pieces from the Studio’s latest couture collection will be on display during this four-day exposition.
Set against a cutting edge glass backdrop that creates a magical mix of tradition and modernity, the new couture collection is displayed in a novel contemporary setting, fabricated on-site specially by AIS Glasxperts with multiple glass technologies.
The Tarun Tahiliani Couture Vision
In India, fine workmanship finds itself in the hands of the artisans who have been pouring their energy, patience and painstaking hours into their work for hundreds of years. It is their intricate workmanship that celebrates and feeds Indian Couture, reinventing our historical traditions. Coupled with the European tradition of fine fit, tailoring and structured draping, these skills and traditions have been reinvented to produce an entirely novel blend of Indian finery and layered western construct in our collection. The fusion of Western and Indian techniques has produced a confident new signature, with an identity that transcends origin, but highlights heritage along with the finest materials, be it weaves, jewels, Swarovski Elements or techniques.
It is this philosophy that continues to shape our view of luxury and has guided our vision for this collection.“Bridal is about the bride. It shouldn’t be about trends. Women are still making polarized choices when it comes to couture, but clearly they must be true to who they really are,” says Tarun Tahiliani emphatically as he discloses nuances of his new collection.
Tarun Tahiliani Couture Collection 2012
The collection is styled in the raw sensual glamour of the twenties, when the liberalization of the body came in to being in a world of simultaneous uncertainty and high octave glamour. Whimsical motifs and sensational colors call out to the grandeur of our past with the renewed energy of revivalist craft and contemporary construction.
For the bride, there are special key-hole jackets, coupled with lehengas in classic hues of deep red and gold; versatile, modern day anarkalis—in fresh citrus colors of mango and peach, with bodices plastered in a mesh of Swarovski Elements—with flowy, elegant drapes and deep scoop necklines, which can be paired with churidaars or worn as gowns. For the groom an antique gold brocade sherwani with raised cream cotton thread work styled with a long flared crinkled cotton kurta and an ivory stolewhich can be paired with a dhoti find prominence.
Fine combinations and technically crafted Swarovski Elements lend a new high for the sparkle seeker with the stunning spectacular piece created with the expertise of Swarovski Creative Center in Austria. A newly developed mesh fabric made of crushed crystals is used as a border, which is absolutely flat and light, yet lends an ethereal look.
Another highlight is concept saris with fluted black lining. Shoulders draped with tulle florets, lifted in baroque pearls.
A tulle sari in delicate shades of Mediterranean jade, embellished with tiny floating flowers that sparkle in the brilliance of Swarovski Elements with a hand-embroidered threadwork border is pegged as perfect, understated bling.
An animal-esque copper silk chiffon concept sari with a lace and crystal border worn with a beige corset, adorned with delicate thread work and Swarovski Elements that can be worn for a glamorous cocktail.
Another dazzling piece is an old world traditional bridal lehenga with threadwork and zardoziembroidery paired with a traditional choli and embroidered drapes.
For something out of the ordinary, there are emerald green shararas in georgette with chikankari embroidery that exude classic charm. Three-dimensional antique gold sequinwork laid in clusters creates the illusion of depth and shade.
For the classic man there is a sheathed Sherwani with maroon velvet Zardozi borders paired with a digitally printed sequin sheathed stole.
“Rich south Indian mangalgiri cotton can be couture too. I don’t see why couture has to be silk… they have day weddings too,” says Tahiliani with aplomb, as he infuses cool charm into cream cotton, crinkled and flared kurta with zari border styled with an embroidered kamarbandh and an ivory Angrakha in cotton voile with fine chikanwork styled with a cotton silk stole.
The new bridal couture collection infuses revivalist craft and contemporary construction with progressive principles of design to create memorable couture pieces!
Speaking about the Exposition, Tarun Tahiliani added “The Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition has been made possible due to the support of our partners and I would like to thank AIS Glasxperts, DLF Emporio, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Diageo – Johnny Walker Gold Label Reserve, Forevermark, VU Technologies, Entertainment Design Company and JH Jewellers for each bringing their offerings and area of expertise to the exposition and ensuring a true luxury experience for the viewer.”
Creating the perfect stage for the designer’s masterful creations and design innovations is AIS Glasxperts. “Ours has been an old relationship built on a common vision of doing things with passion and sincerity. Tarun brings imagination alive with fabric, while we at Glasxperts strive to create an oneness with nature, but with glass. Through his evolution of ideas, the Bridal Collection breaks boundaries of style, elegance and attention to detail where modernity meets craftsmanship. Inspired by him, we at Glasxperts deliver aesthetics and lifestyle innovations in glass, making possibilities a reality.” Mr. Sanjay Labroo, MD & CEO, Asahi India Glass Ltd. (AIS)
“The Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition is the epitome of luxury with its creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. We are delighted to partner with him for the 4th
edition of his couture exposition. DLF Emporio with its luxurious ambience will be the perfect venue for the glamorous event” felt Dinaz Madhukar, VP, DLF Emporio
“SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS long standing association with Tarun Tahiliani has been an enchanting and fruitful one and has redefined luxurious weddings, helping in recognizing Indian bridal fashion at par with the best in couture. One gets transported to a world of charm, bedazzled surprises and fantasy when SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and bridal couture together create the magic of scintillating possibilities. Tarun is one of India’s most noted, ingenious and sought after designers…We take pride in associating with him and being able to contribute to every important landmark in his career.”said Mr. Flemming Nielsen Vice President Operations Asia South, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
He further added, “The exhibit at Tarun’s forthcoming Couture Exposition this year promises to raise the bar further with spectacular pieces made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS which is a result of Tarun’s visit to the Swarovski Elements headquarters in Wattens. In his inspirational centre piece outfit, Tarun has used a variety of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in combination with innovative Indian embroidery techniques where he shows the product at its luxurious best”
“Owing to its rich, indulgent character, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is the gold essential for every wedding celebration. The Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve gift pack, handcrafted by Tarun Tahiliani, embodies the very spirit of luxury and is an exquisite masterpiece that will be showcased at his Bridal Couture Exposition. This year, our partnership has taken a glamorous turn with the addition of Cîroc Ultra-Premium Vodka that offers a distinctive drinking experience with its unique grape ingredient. We believe that Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and Cîroc will extend a delightful and enriching experience to every Indian wedding,” said Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Deputy Managing Director, Diageo India.
“Forevermark is delighted to continue its association with the fourth edition of Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Couture Exposition. With Jewel Box being the theme this year, Forevermark will exhibit a very exclusive collection designed by Rose of handcrafted pieces and solitaires that will bedazzle every bride on her big day and find its way in the treasured heirloom box. The fact that less than 1 percent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to be Forevermark and be inscribed with the Forevermark icon and unique identification number assures every bride that the diamonds that adorn her on her special day are beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced” said Sachin Jain, Managing Director, Forevermark India.
Devita Saraf, CEO, VU Technologies, further elaborated, “At Vu we are constantly innovating and re-defining luxury electronics with our unique televisions, which work the philosophy of Tarun Tahiliani that emphasizes luxury, opulence and a strong customer focus. Both companies have similar DNA when it comes to understanding and portraying luxury, and we are very excited to showcase our televisions, video wall and 3D camera at the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition”
“Creating one-of-a-kind invitation stationery for some of the most desirable clientele from across the globe, EDC has become a pioneer in the luxury of celebration. Imaginative yet fine attention to detail and quality, EDC executes breathtaking customized designs with absolute perfection. At the Tarun Tahiliani Couture exposition, EDC is glad to share space with likeminded individuals. EDC plays a couturier, stitching handcrafted sophistication seamlessly into modern technology of invitation stationary with a whole lot of style.” said Sandy and Kapil, The Entertainment Design Co.
“Today’s bride wants her Jewel Box to have a mix of vintage, classic and modern both in her clothes and jewellery. Just like the spectacular couture creations of Tarun Tahiliani, the rare designs and craftsmanship at JH Jewellers reflect, intricacy combined with simplicity to create unique Jewellery for the modern bride. Handcrafted Jewels in Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds and Polki diamonds will highlight the rarity and perfectly marry the new bridal collection at the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition”said Mr. Anil Sankhwal, Director, JH Jewellers.