NEW DELHI – Tarun Tahiliani, one of the country's seminal designers of bridal and ready-to-wear luxury, launched his S/S 2021 collection – ‘Timelessness’ – on Instagram via a virtual fashion show. Presenting patrons with a light yet exquisite collection, the focus remained on quality.
Maintaining lightness and concentrating on the ease of wear for brides on their special day, he has found ways to work with traditional and modern techniques to create veritable pieces of art in motion.
Speaking on the collection, Tahiliani said: "Persian jaali in monuments has always been of great inspiration to me and I love to find ways to incorporate it in my design work. This season I have used laser-cut jaalis in 3-4 tones on light silk, accentuated with kasab and kundan and the use of precisely cut gota, not only to ensure the sumptuousness of these techniques but also to maintain lightness in the final garment."
While the global pandemic forced the world to pause in 2020, it gave Tahiliani the time to sit back and revisit techniques that he has employed for a long time in his work and come up with more advanced application methods to artisanal crafts such as ari, kashida, kasab, chikankari and others.
Tahiliani's collection reflects the endlessness of a marriage celebration and the immutability of sharing the moment with those one loves most dearly. With the change in focus – for the foreseeable future, at least – from large weddings to more intimate set-ups with a handful of guests, every bride is now focusing on the quality of what she will wear and how comfortable she will be so that she can let loose and truly enjoy her own special day. The lockdown has freed people in a way such that allows them to be truly themselves.
The Bespoke Bridal Collection: With the easing of restrictions and a year of staying indoor, the weddings of 2021 will be all about color, brightness and sunny outdoors. Using playful pastels and metallics and reds, the latest the lineup features hand-embroidered pieces. While the traditional red lehengas have a fine tulle base with silks and bandhani adorned with the use of kundan with handloom textures in intricate Benarasi brocades.
Using a unique fusion of ari and kasab and chikan on signature, hand-painted prints, there is an infusion of handlooms such as chanderi squares and stripes as well as unique kanjivaram weaves along with bandhini. Moving beyond the use of Swarovski crystals, in the latest collection, Tahiliani experiments with greater use of gota, kundan and dull metallics and threadwork to bring a soft, fluffiness and drama to each of the pieces.
For the Groom: The collection, as always, defining luxury and elegance for men with a premium outlook, includes sherwanis, kurta sets, bundi and bandhgalas in raw silk, mutka silk, linen and much more.
Menswear this spring comprises of elegance in linen, pale brocades, woven in antique zari and trademark chikankari in shades of pale blush onion and ivory. In Tahiliani's constant endeavor to support local craftsmen and artisans, the collection introduces sherwanis with lightweight free-flowing stoles for the ideal summer weddings.