Tarun Tahiliani graces Lakme Fashion week

Check out Mughal Gardens inspired Tarun Tahiliani’s “Chashme Shahi” bridal wear collection. Strands of mogra suspended from the ceiling turned the venue into a fragrant garden to match the inspiration. “Chashme Shahi, a spring of freshness and lightness, of pared down finesse, restraint and elegant draping, spring flowers and delicate chikankari. As dressing in the day becomes more casual, the collections move more towards the evening – changes in lifestyle heralds a change in fashion and to be working with Padma Lakshmi, having lived in many avatars and with her fierce voice of independence, beautifully brings alive the brands philosophy of India Modern. It’s wonderful to be working with her again as she so totally embodies the Tarun Tahiliani woman,” said Tarun Tahiliani.

“I’m so excited to have walked the ramp for my dear friend Tarun Tahiliani. While I have attended Lakmé Fashion Week, I have never had the pleasure of walking the ramp and I’m so honoured to be part of this wonderful event,” stated Hollywood’s multi-talented Diva, Padma Lakshmi who opened the show wearing an ethereal white heavily embellished lehenga, textured choli and sheer dupatta and ended the sensational collection in a peach/pink panelled brocade lehenga and pink silk shirt.

The profusion of silhouettes will delight brides aiming to create an ideal resort wedding fusion statement. Lehenga skirts, kurtas, and concept saris had a youthful vibe; while flirty, asymmetric, hemlines appeared regularly to enhance the appeal of the garments. Off-shoulder tops and tunics, Tees and scarves were separates for mix and match honeymoon options.

Tarun edited the show in marked segments starting with the white with chikan work and great texturing for the lehengas, saris, kurtas, net ponchos, flared kedia blouses, draped dhoti-saris and a profusion of variety silhouettes.

The printed line had a bouquet of florals for long skirts, blouses with net yokes and obi over a lehenga, jumpsuit, which ended in breeches and kurta with printed flowing bolero.

Red had to be there, so Tarun unleashed a cold-shoulder cowl gown, gypsy blouse and draped sari gown. Glitter was featured for saris, multicoloured, panelled, sequinned, kurtas with attached dupattas, draped lungi-gown and printed waist coat.

The crimped shaded poncho was part of this line of printed creations where a kurta and sari also made an appearance. For variety, there were stripes in various forms for maxis, togas and a mini poncho.

The black line was filled with drama as the draped sari-gown, a Grecian inspired toga, multi-patterned lehenga with poncho choli and the tulle blouses for glittering long skirts were ideal for haute events.

Tarun ended the show with three very splendid brocade lehengas in bronze, green and navy all teamed with matching silk shirts. Fresh, light with elegant drapes and splashed with chikankari blossoms, the collection was a visual treat for the audience.

There was perfect harmony of colours as white, cream, beige, jade and black floated down the ramp, while sudden bright hues added to the enchantment of the ensembles. The various fabrics added to the drama as handlooms, georgettes, Chanderis and crépe jersey proved to be the perfect base for day to evening glamour.

Embellishments have always been Tarun’s forté and he unleashed a glittering assortment with zardosi, Gara embroidery, French knots, Arabesque jaal detailing, and topped it all with Swarovski crystals in designs that moved from Mughal arches, architecture to florals.

Kalidaar kurtas were a “must have”; while ornate blouses and heavily embellished sari borders as well as bridal lehengas had stunning embroidery.

Men’s wear followed the line of the white, black and brocade segments for the bandgalas, sherwanis, Jodhpur trousers, bundies and kurtas.

What added to the glitz, glamour and drama of the collection was the fabulous jewellery and shoes designed by Tarun to complement the clothes.

When it comes to sheer sophistication and chic bridal wear glamour for those summer wedding memories, Tarun Tahiliani’s “Chashme Shahi” collection created everlasting visions of sartorial beauty.