Designer and Indian bridal couturier, Tarun Tahiliani, announced his participation in ‘India Couture Week 2021’ with his ‘Artisanal Couture’ collection, a stunning set of six discrete capsule collections, each of which showcases his brand’s signature ‘India Modern’ design aesthetic.
Each of these smaller capsule collections – Chikankari, Pichwai, Rangrez, Cocktail Goddess, Pakeezagi and Bridal – that make up the larger ICW show have unique techniques, story and designs that appeal to the label’s audience. With his ICW 2021 couture collection, the designer is providing a variety of beautiful designs that women can choose from. It also showcases Tarun’s vision of the 2021 weddings, highlighting the label’s bridal-wear, festive-wear and ready-to-wear lines. Each collection has a unique technique, story and designs that appeal to the label’s audience.
As with any of Tarun Tahiliani’s other collections, for ICW 2021, the focus is on exquisite hand-craftsmanship and a continuation of Tarun’s 25 years of work with the country’s artisans. The look is contemporary, where Indian techniques, embroideries and textiles are used in modern ways. Through his creations, Tarun has always aimed to provide relevant design work to the craftsmen that he works with, with the hope that this keeps their stories, livelihood and Indian culture alive.
The latest couture collection is a celebration of colour leading from the Rangrez capsule, where thousands of meters of woven brocade strips are cut out and applied on different forms. The bridal collection is presented in a sublime palette of colours ranging from traditional bridal reds to contemporary TT pastels and beiges that have been the mainstay of many of the brand’s recent collections.
The label’s Pichwai collection this season takes inspiration from the ancient Indian lyrical paintings from Rajasthan that depict big monochromatic scenes of the Raasleela and our traditional motifs from peacocks to cows to lotuses. Finally, the collection’s Chikankari capsule is reminiscent of the tomb of Itimād-ud-Daulah in Agra, whose latticed carvings and inlay work form the basis of the collection’s Chikankari motifs.
The designer has played with different shapes and cuts of blouses that feature embellishments and textures in mirror jadau work, jaalis or dori, gota patti, pearls, sequins, cut dana and lifted resham flowers, along with embroideries such as aari, Zardozi, dori embroidery, and much more. Additionally, the collection features Tarun’s signature draped garments, which have become one of the mainstays of the studio because of Tarun’s love for the traditional draping techniques, which have now taken it to new heights, with structured draping that can be worn with ease of a zipper.
The collection comprises sumptuous lehengas, shararas, concept sarees, kurtas, choli capes, coats, skirts, and more in fabrics such as organza brocade, tulle brocade, moonga silk brocade and sheer silk, tulle, novelty crinkle. This collection also features accessories, such as bags, shoes, belts and more to coordinate with.