Of course it rankles much of Mumbai that one of India’s most celebrated designers, Tarun Tahiliani, calls New Delhi home. Tahiliani was born and raised in Mumbai, in Colaba specifically. Despite having family here, he lives in a stretching farmhouse in Delhi with his wife and sons.
But on Sunday night, Mumbai received the old Bombay Boy like it used to in the ’90s.
The Sahachari Foundation, helmed by Mumbai aesthete Gauri Pohoomul (daughter of the great cultural doyenne Dr Sarayu Daftary), presented its annual exhibition of Indian textiles at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, and rounded off the evening with a fashion show by Tahiliani.
Mumbai’s delightful ladies have stopped stepping out for fashion and lifestyle events. Since the advent of paid news and a new crop of “celebrities” taking over, the A-listers prefer to party at home. This evening saw the sophisticates reclaim their terrain with the Crystal Room brimming over with the who’s who of society.
The much-adored couturier brought on stage several dazzlers from his recent couture collection, shown at the India Bridal Week, peppered with some languorous pieces from his new ready-to-wear line.
But the show’s success was decided by the audience. The crème of south Mumbai showed up in droves, right from Yash and Avanti Birla, Natasha Poonawala, Bijal Meswani and Devaunshi Mehta to Rashmi Thackeray and even Sridevi. Pheroza Godrej sat on the second row and Deepak Parekh sat at the back.
Bollywood star Sonakshi Sinha closed the show. She decided to do a little jig and encouraged snobby south Mumbai socialites to get up and raise their hands in a bhangra. The evening was a “runway” success indeed.