I attended the media preview of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013 today. Yes, TDB is media now! Who would’ve thought?! When I received the invite, I was more than elated to have a first look at Tarun Tahiliani’s latest couture line for the upcoming wedding season. And since you follow this blog, you get not just the sneak peek, but the full scoop before anyone else does!
The exposition will be open for the public to visit on 19-20 July at DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi from 11 AM – 7 PM. For consultations, call Mansha Sahni at +91-9717022332.
For Mumbai brides, the exposition will be held at The Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel on 2-3 August.
I’ve got a ton of pictures to share with you, so I’m going to keep the text as limited as possible in this post. Let’s begin!
I’m getting straight to the pictures of my favourites from what I saw today! You can read more about the collection at the end of the post.
Here are the outfits I liked the most (in no particular order). You’ll find a description of the outfit when you view the picture in full size – wherever possible, I’ve included images I clicked along with the official ones, so that you get a better idea of how the look translates into real life.
Lehenga with shades of orange
Shaded orange & pink lehenga
Classic red bridal lehenga
Romantic mint green anarkali
Deep pink jacket
Whimsical shades of periwinkle blue
Butter yellow anarkali
Gold sari with stunning blouse
Velvet & zardosi high-collar blouse
The Event & What Tarun Said
I browsed the collection on display first, and then Tarun Tahiliani addressed the crowd. First off, he has such a heavy sexy voice! But let’s not steer off topic. His idea of the bride for this year is the bride whose tastes have matured, who wants finesse and lightness in her bridal wear (which is harder to do). They’ve taken old draping & embellishment techniques and given the look a modern take. Mr Tahiliani threw in plenty of humour as he spoke about his collection as well as when he introduced his partners, and although the fashion world watches his every move, he doesn’t seem to take himself very seriously. Which left me thinking that he might actually be a really great guy! This IS the second time I’ve met him (ok, seen him, but what’s the difference!) – the first was during the Vogue Wedding Show. We might as well be friends now. Next time I see him, he’ll probably say “Hello Shinjini” and I’ll be all like “Not now, TT (cos that’s what I’ll call him), I’m busy tweeting about another designer’s bridal wear” :p
The Official Version
Excerpts from the Official Press Release:
The 4Cs – Couture, Crystal, Craft and Carat come to you in the fifth edition of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013 that opened today at The Pavilion, The DLF Emporio New Delhi. Laden with the weight of history yet effervescent as it sits lightly on one‟s skin, it takes you back to the age of excess where the hallmark of genuine Indian trousseau is the painstaking made-by-hand details, the ornate embroidery and the intricate threadwork that form this couture collection.
Ivory silk threads sing in romantic paneled kurtas lifted with opals, pearls and other Swarovski crystals even as saris gleam with antique gold and silver peek-a-boo. Generous smatterings of zardozi, brocade and kalidar kurtas aside; the saris are opulent, from jamewar inspirations to gota, chikankari and bandhini indulgences.
The Gold Collection
Limpid pools of liquid gold gleaming in its decadent viscosity… “The Gold Collection” has as many facets as the woman who wears it. Italian lamé falls as if it‟s been poured over your skin and the illusory jersey hugs every curve with the proficiency of a bias cut.
Elegant in a dulled white gold or sylph like in sparkling black, the convenience of wearing it like contemporary clothing comes with the effortless drapery of a Grecian goddess. The silhouette of the sari is maintained throughout, the pallu being created by a wire overhead as Greek and Indian sensibilities fuse, a moment worthy of Max Müller‟s epiphany. Intricate details of hand embroidered Swarovski and 3D flower artwork peep at you from the intimacy of a bustier even as the chain-mail dupatta adds power and structure. Swathed in luxury and bathed in gold, it doesn‟t scream splendor – refined understatement, rather.
The Enchanted Forest
Like the whimsy of a forest fairy, the colour palette is a pastoral romance of pinks, ivory, restrained beiges and bridal red. The gilded lily of the collection is the bodice that would put an exhibitionist peacock to shame. The royal shades of the national bird come together in this corset that represents the entire collection – Indian in origin and yet global in sensibility.
Risqué necklines that would be at home with cocktail dresses accompany saris with shadow reverse embroidery. A glamorously wicked reinvention of the classic sari, it comes with obi belts, a cape and bustier – full of glamour, humour and worldliness.