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Mysore Fashion Week
 
TARUN TAHILIANI
Runway Report
 

Closing Day3 of FDCI India Couture Week, Tarun Tahiliani's 'Tarakanna' in association with Swarovski — with emphasis on lightweight contemporary classics — was magnificent in its craftsmanship.

 

As the first sequence was showcased, it brought to mind a conversation with Tahiliani. "Couture must be viewed as investment! It should be stylised but toned down so it can be worn over the years." he had told me. "The opulence of Indian textiles, hand embroidery and craftsmanship combined with modern precision is woven into each piece to create a new vocabulary of design." So he trimmed the volume and focussed on layering and weightlessly constructed lehengas, shararas, panelled kurtas, capes and coats, anarkalis and sarees crafted with the finest sheer tulle, silk georgette, brocade, velvet and Chantilly lace.

 

But if all this feels like a modern way to deal with bridalwear, Tahiliani's mastery of classic couture embellishments—from French knots and vintage embroideries to Parsi gara, resham, zardozi, Swarovski crystals and velvet detailing—meant that opulence was not absent. Menswear was a work of art with with emphasis on sharp tailoring and strong silhouettes. From the bundis and kurtas to the dhotis and sherwanis crafted from silks and velvet embellished with gota, zardozi, parsi gara and resham—each look was distinctive. Standouts include sherwanis liberally embellished with chikankari embroidery. So what are you waiting for? If your stylist hasn't booked these looks yet, it's probably late! Salut.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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