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TARUN TAHILIANI
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At his first-ever digital fashion show streamed live on Instagram, Tarun Tahiliani's 'Pieces Of  You' showcased his aesthetic of India Modern — a term he is associated with for his contemporary presentation of traditional craftsmanship.

 

Shot at his atelier with safety measures and social distancing in place, arched lights showcased intricacies of the designs to perfection. As the first few looks came out, it brought to mind a conversation with the couturier a few weeks before the show. "Men and women who come to us expect the finest quality, intricate technique and something that flatters their personal style and body type. A new age bride and groom wants exquisite garments, however, with no compromise on functionality. They want to enjoy their own wedding and move around without feeling weighed down." he told me. So he trimmed the volume, allowing himself lightweight lehengas, shararas, concept saris, anarkalis and fusion-style jumpsuits.

 

But if all that felt like a modern way to deal with bridalwear, Tahiliani's mastery of classic couture embellishments — from handcrafted woven brocade, Zardozi, resham and chikankari to Swarovski, pearls and mukaish—meant that opulence was never absent. Each ensemble was distinctive and lightweight… and judging by the awe-struck online audience, all the looks will make it into the closets of his loyal clientele! My favourites? The black concept sari and emerald sari gown. Menswear shared a similar aesthetic, particularly the structured sherwanis and kurtas worn with dhotis, bundis and safas — with hand-embroidered muted monotones.

 

With show direction by Aparna Bahl and music by Ma Faiza and Tarun Tahiliani digital showing has set a precedent. Salut.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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