Tarun Tahiliani celebrates India Modern, exults workmanship and heritage through a ramp show in support of Sahachari Foundation
Showcases his couture collection ‘Modern Mughals’ while presenting highlights from his AW’14 Jewels inspired collection and menswear range.
Mumbai, September 28, 2014: Master draper and ace couturier, Tarun Tahiliani showcases his couture collection ‘Modern Mughals’ along with highlights from his AW’14 collection, in support of The Sahachari Foundation, a trust whose primary objective is to raise funds for deserving NGOs in the field of education, healthcare, socio-economic upliftment and promotion of the arts.
Tarun Tahiliani’s special showcase also marks the unveiling of the Sahachari Foundation’s annual exhibition called ‘Amazing Yards’ by none other than Rekha. Distinguishing India through colour, texture, skill and design, the Indian textile has long been a source of pride, heritage and trade; ‘Amazing Yards’ exhibition pays homage to that.
Being held on the 28th & 29th of September from 10:30 am-7pm, ‘Amazing Yards’ is dedicated to the spirit and artistry of the ‘kaarigar’. The exhibition attempts to showcase a handpicked selection of fabrics from within the infinite variety and proliferation of Indian textile traditions. It provides an opportunity for shoppers to avail a variety of traditional textile patterns seamlessly fused and created for the modern consumer in mind. Held in association with JSW, Cisne, Sun Pharma, Allana Foundation, Vedanta & Maa Foundation, the twin events will raise funds for the Jaipur Foot project and other NGOs.
Through the show Tarun Tahiliani showcases the incredible workmanship and textile in India fused in his couture collection celebrating the ‘Modern Mughals’. As lifestyle changes and people prefer to wear more western clothing – the wonderful draped tradition, often indicative or synonymous with a region, has slowly begun to erode. While textiles continue to be embellished in glorious ways (weaves, embroideries, textures and more), the modern idiom is structured draping to ensure the survival of our tradition...and that is what Tarun Tahiliani believes his clothes with the India Modern edge provide.
Sonakshi Sinha dazzled the ramp as the showstopper for the evening. The show saw the support of many celebrities and socialites like Sridevi, Devika and Suresh Bhojwani, Kunal Kapoor, Harsh Goenka, Rashmi Thackeray, Nisha Jamwal, Mini Mathur and many more.
Like a collage where many ideas fuse together in a complex layering, comes this collection of representative pieces from the couture and ready-to-wear for men and women, combining fabulous embroideries with textiles that are sculpted by western techniques. From cotton and cocoon to contemporary construct, the collection is a giant fusion; blurring the lines between adorning and dressing, between being a product of style and a piece of art. This special showcase for the Sahachari foundation includes an elusive mix of the Tarun Tahiliani Design Studio’s latest couture collection along with highlights of ready-to wear, occasion wear from the current AW’14 collection. The show also includes the menswear collection which brings Savile Row tailoring expertise from Whitcomb and Shaftesbury and blends it with signature Tarun Tahiliani designs.
About the clothes in the special showcase:
In today’s day and age, the global Indian is making choices which help him embrace his cultural inheritance as well as straddle the diaspora of identities that is modern living. A mélange of Indian craftsmanship perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western clothing. With the use of modern fabrics like sheer silks, reshams and tullé; the ensemble becomes lighter, giving ease of movement.
Evolved draping techniques are designed to work with the dynamics of the body and to allow the fabric to mimic the shapes of the body as it moves. Drape and Structure – the definition of a Tarun Tahiliani creation perfected over the years is permeating to its Couture sensibilities.
Using stitched-in pleats and belted saris gives a contemporary element to traditional style and added comfort by keeping everything in place. The colour scheme stretches to include blushes of light pink, jade and mauve reminiscent of American realist painter Edward Hopper. Light resham on ivory in soft shades create a pastoral fantasy as the light bounces off the sheer tulle. Muted tones and breezy layers of the anarkali kurta are as light as a summer’s day.
From the draped drama of the couture range the collection moves into the realm of intricate zari, resham embroideries, chanderi cutwork and Lucknawi chikankari with its range of occasion wear. Shades of twinkling champagne, playful pinks, rich gold and passionate reds encompass silhouettes that range from regal and festive to feminine and youthful. Lehengas, lehenga saris, saris, anarkalis and kurtas sheathed in splendour, create an aura around the adorned as if she “walks in beauty”.
The Autumn-Winter 2014 Collection does away with the distinction between clothes and jewellery. Inspired by ornaments found all over the world, this season they dig deep in the trenches of the heritage of the world and strike gold. These are statement pieces with necklines so ornamental they render a jeweller useless. Details of gold finery deck the collars and cuffs giving the illusion of layers of golden thread. The tunics stand out providing the ease of wearing heavy jewel patterns on fabrics light as air.
Taking the mastery achieved in years of draping and contemporising it into separates; this ready-to-wear collection offers options and allows the wearer some room for individuality. The dhoti and lungi drape inspired pants and skirts are a DIY solution, easily paired with daily urban wear. Every inspired theme has blouses with adventurous backs and embroidery that can be paired with multiple saris to create a myriad of combinations. Tunics, gilets, scarves, kurtas, vintage dresses, kedeo inspired shirts, stud-work sheer pants that jazz up any ensemble, graceful kaftans that fall like French peignoirs, and even variations of the concept sari from every theme leave you spoilt for choice, as any true Prêt-à-Porter line must.
We would also like to thank our jewellery partner Cisne Bridal Treasures for their association with us.