Heavy Beauty

The eloquence of craft and the theatre of ornamentation in Tarun Tahiliani’s finale held the audience in awe at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week

Written by Somya Lakhani | Published:July 30, 2013 3:27 am

There is a reason why the finale show of a fashion week is prefixed with the word “grand”. And veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani justified the phrase with a theatrical presentation,a majestic set and opulent creations on the last day of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) in the Capital. Living up to its reputation,the show was almost two-hours late and at the risk of sounding cliched,one must admit that it was worth the wait.

This,however,was not the collection’s first outing as it had already been showcased at Tahiliani’s annual bridal exposition 10 days ago in the city. It was the drama that accompanied the range that gave it the edge. As the lights dimmed,six contemporary dancers from the Attakkalari group,dressed in shimmery golden ensembles,danced their way to the front.

The first part of the show brought to the runway Grecian silhouettes juxtaposed with the traditional Indian pallu,as part of the “The Gold Collection”. No prizes for guessing the colour palette that dominated this range. Tahiliani used 3D flower artwork and Swarovski embellishments to the hilt in his range of saris,dresses,floor-sweeping jackets and tunics with pants. Italian lame,it seemed,was his favourite fabric. One particular piece that resulted in a couple of sighs was a sari with a broad embroidered belt around the waist. Tahiliani ended this range with a shimmery and elegant black ensemble.

The second part of the show,“The Enchanted Forest”,was starkly different from the previous one and was whimsical and edgy. Green,pink,red,ivory,and beige were the primary colours. Tahiliani’s creation had a global appeal to them as he added some Spanish influences from bolero blouses to frilly lehengas and cocktail dresses. The Tahiliani groom too got ample space on the ramp with dhotis,pathani,jackets and sherwanis teamed with broad encrusted belts.

Rich embroideries and heart-shaped back necklines gave goosebumps to many in the audience. But one wouldn’t expect any less.

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