Indian fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani showcased his latest collection ‘The Modern Mughals’ at a special media preview ahead of the sixth edition of the annual Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Couture Exposition 2014. The new couture collection borrows from India’s rich cultural roots and splendor of the Mughal era imbued with western notions of cut and construct.
The definitive of a Tarun Tahiliani creation is its couture sensibilities– hand draped, tucked, embroidered, woven and fitten like a second skin. The color scheme stretches to include blushes of light pink, jade, mauve and muted tones. Using modern fabric like sheer silks, reshams and tulle has made the bridal ensemble lighter to provide ease of movement.
While speaking to Luxurylaunches, Tarun Tahiliani revealed, “Indian couture is much more than bridal lehenga. Indian weddings are moving into the space of gowns and fine tailoring. The 21st century Indian bride doesn’t want embroidered sacks but they want to dress for themselves and that is the real freedom of luxury.”
Tarun Tahiliani says his couture bridal ensemble does not weigh down a bride and lets her have fun on the most important day of her life. Using stitched-in pleats, draped dupattas and belted saris, he has given a contemporary element to traditional style to keep everything in place leaving your hands free. “ A good design is driven by need and our couture is created keeping that in mind. In olden days, Indian brides would wear heavy lehengas and take the centre stage, but nowadays everyone likes to move around, interact and dance,” he added.
Tarun Tahiliani has also designed an exquisite range of bridal jewelry in collaboration with Azva. The sixteen new designs comprises of bridal classics like Statement Chokers and Seven Row Haars along with a new technique of design that includes Chain Chokers, Rawa Chokers and Rawa Bead Malas. The collection is complemented with beautiful Linked Bracelets, Statement Kadas and Bangles. The collection is inspired by ‘Saat Pheras’ (seven vows) of the Indian wedding tradition. The jewelry pieces are versatile and complement the different ensembles of the modern bride.
When it comes to the bridegroom, Tarun Tahiliani feels that men are usually relegated to the black, blue and grey colors. For the collection, he has used plentiful of gold, pistachio, deep orange palette with Mughal motifs detailed procession in digital print.
The designer has also collaborated with Whitcomb & Shaftebury for sherwanis, bundis and bandhgalas made with premium fabric and then treated at the hands of the finest tailors in the world.
The collection is now available on Tarun Tahiliani’s online shopping store.