Thursday, July 26, 2012


A glass ‘Jewel Box’ by AIS Glasxperts houses the
Tarun Tahiliani New Bridal Couture Collection
25th-28th July, at DLF Emporio, New Delhi

New Delhi, July 25th, 2012…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.


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.

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!

Tarun Tahiliani’s Couture Exposition 2012 is currently taking place in New Delhi during 25-28 July and in Mumbai on August 6-7, 2012

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