Imagining his bride as the brightest star in the wedding constellation, Tarun Tahiliani presented Tarakanna, his 2017 couture collection. The traditional design tropes we’ve come to associate with Tahiliani – the draped hemlines, the proliferation of tassles, the fitted gilets adding strict structure to neat saris – gave way to a bolder, brighter vision, one that involved the uninhibited use of Swarovski crystals to dazzle the onlooker.
In a statement, Tahiliani explained his new approach, saying, “Couture around the world, known as much for feathery lightness as well as the gravity defying construction – this is where our new couture began, as we thought deeply of lightness so that Indian brides can enjoy their wedding and dance in their clothes.”
Drawing inside the lines set by tradition, Tahiliani lavished attention on the most subtly sexy elements of a woman’s body – sculpted collar bones exposed by wide-necked cholis, delicate waists highlighted by bejewelled cummerbunds, shoulders laid bare by wisps of Chantilly lace and net.
As Tahiliani puts it, “Our clothes need to embody the spirit of our cultural legacy, which has to be updated for the global customer.”