At his off-site opening show with an estimated 900 ft catwalk for FDCI India Couture Week at Hyatt Regency, Tarun Tahiliani's ‘Painterly Dreams' showcased his aesthetic of India Modern — a term he is associated with for his contemporary presentation of traditional Indian craftsmanship. Incidentally, this edition marks fifteen years of FDCI India Couture Week.
As the first few looks came out, it brought to mind a conversation with the couturier. ''Men and women who come to us have a clear expectation of the finest quality and intricate technique. That hasn't changed over time. What has changed is that the 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. They want to maintain tradition with a modern outlook''.
Indian in character, with no compromise on technique and detailing, Tahiliani trimmed the volume of the lightweight multi-coloured lehengas. Modern fits and silhouettes, lehengas with coordinated jackets, shararas, sindoori red saris and sleek menswear with drapes — the collection was the designer's celebration of lightness and functionality. But if all that felt like a modern way to deal with bridal-wear, Tahiliani's mastery of classic couture embellishment meant that opulence was never absent. Each pieces was enhanced by chikankari, pichwai, zardosi and Kashmir-inspired kashida.
Speaking about the collection, Tarun Tahiliani says, ''Ironically as it sounds, the stillness of the Pandemic gave me and the studio time to revisit what we do, and think about how to technically, movement wise and flow wise, make it experiential rather than just dazzling discomfort… We are also of the firm belief that a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and creating exquisite clothes that feel like skin are part of sustainable fashion because then one will wear them again and again, value them, and pass them on!''
— JASMEEN DUGAL