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TARUN TAHILIANI
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At his digital SS21 show streamed live on Instagram, Tarun Tahiliani's 'Timelessness' 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, peplum blouses and anarkalis, revisiting techniques he has employed for long with advanced application methodology of artisanal crafts such as ari, kashida, kasab and chikankari.

 

But if all that felt like a modern way to deal with bridalwear occassionwear and ready to wear, Tahiliani's handpainted prints and his mastery of couture embellishment — from laser-cut jaalis on silk, accentuated with kasab, kundan and precisely cut gota — meant that opulence was never absent. Tarun also experimented with dull metallics, threadwork and breathtaking Chanderi squares and stripes astride Kanjivaram weaves and bandhini. Each ensemble was distinctive and lightweight… and judging by the comments of the awe-struck online audience, all 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 sherwanis, kurta sets, bundi and bandhgalas in raw silk, mutka silk, linen and brocades woven in antique zari and chikankari in pale shades.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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