“To see her is to fall in love, and to drink a cup of wine from the flask of her lustrous eyes is to be transported to the coziest corner of Heaven. To be with her even for a moment is to taste immortality.”
To dreams, fantasy and lightness does the Couture dedicate itself, fluttering with anticipation – of silk threads and sparkling crystals winking like the universe at night, where a billion stars feel weightless in their floating existence.
Tarun Tahiliani’s latest couture collection “The Last Dance of the Courtesan” is a tribute, and acknowledgement to the highest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse. The atelier weaves a story where sensuality meets sensibility, and mystery unravels itself in surreptitious layers with seductive glory.
The collection explores the possibility of a wearable lightness of being for the contemporary diva, with inspirations drawn from the finery of the courtesans.
“As usual it’s been my privilege to be associated with Swarovski, world leaders in crystal technology. As fashion, even couture becomes more hightech, they add the sparkle of dreams and the aurora borealis to the seduction of contemporary couture. Since couture must adhere to the highest standards of craft and perfection it is only befitting that the crystals are Swarovski.” – Tarun Tahiliani
“We are very happy to announce a sparkling start to the Bridal Couture season with these fine ensembles presented by master couturier Tarun Tahiliani in collaboration with Swarovski. In his trademark style, Tarun has delectably incorporated Swarovski crystals with finest craftsmanship and detailing with a special emphasis being laid out on the golden tones, a beautiful opals, and pastels – Indian luxury can’t get any better!” – Vivek Ramabhadran, Managing Director, Swarovski Professional India
The Bridal Couture Collection
The new couture collection encapsulates the allure of the fabled Indian Courtesan, sadly misrepresented in most of Bollywood as “fallen women” – In fact they were the custodians of beauty, fashion, poetry, dance and music. Their ascendant star shone even brighter when in favour with royal patronage bringing the highest light through poetry, dance, song and more – so also we choose to use the sheerest fabrics in tulle, sheer silks and light brocades mixed with fine thread work and crystals with contemporary notions of cut – the sleeveless anarkali as jump suit, the corsetted kurta drape, the shararas with tulle and gota, Swarovski crystals encrusted opal sarees, Mother of pearl carved blocks with chikankari sarees and draped brocade lehengas, to be paired with shirts and tops. A modern ease. Bowing to our splendid history, we reference the past but, we live in this moment.
Invoking sophisticated seduction and lending an elegant luxury is the colour palette, which is dominated by shades of romantic pastels in beige, blush pink, peaches, jade and ivory. Precisely paneled jackets, dreamy voluminous skirts, concept-sarees and statement-making lehengas are uplifted by opals, pearls and other Crystals from Swarovski interspersed with French knots and floral embroidery. A blush pink jacket embellished with mother-of-pearl with a sprinkling of floral motifs, bodysuit and skirt embellished with Swarovski crystals adds the right amount of flirty flair and modernity.
A sunset orange and red lehenga looks divine with a graphical representation of a great Indian wedding procession. Trellised blouses intricately encrusted with crystal are combined with paneled veils in soft tulle, edged with delicate Chantilly lace, subtly throwing into accent the opulence of fine Indian workmanship with powerful embroideries in celebration of the grandeur of India’s traditional artisanal crafts in perfect harmony in a contemporary setting with traditional zardozi, tilla and sitara work done in the finest manner.
The perfect setting. The perfect concept. Ethereal, yet real.
To heighten the mood of this mesmerizing event Tahiliani collaborates with dance stalwart Manjari Chaturvedi, a leading exponent of classical dance in India who has revolutionized kathak. Manjari brings alive the inspiration behind this collection with her ‘Darbari Kathak’ representing ‘The Dance of the Courtesan’, a tribute, to the woman and her art, the music and the dance she performed, a rich legacy, a precious heritage.
This creative collaboration pays tribute to their common muse, “The Courtesan” a symbol of oriental luxury, enchanting audiences with sheer energy and power, subtlety and finesse.
The Bridal Ready-to-Wear Collection
Alongside the frenzied detail of couturethe ready-to-wear collection,for brides and theirfamilies seeking an easier flair,features a range of exquisite and chic styles in lehengas, sarees, anarkalis and kalidar jackets for the upcoming season. Each garment is a paradox of age-old hand-wrought elaborateness and youthful simplicity. The opulence of silks and brocades paired with soft tulle and georgettes embellished with crystals and aari, chikankari and zardozi embroidery brings back the charm of an age gone by. A vibrant colour palette of reds, maroons, midnight blue, ivory and gold add festive cheer and a sense of glamour. A whiff of romance floats through this collection, finely embroidered with floral motifs lightly sprinkledwith Crystals from Swarovskiand fine lace in graceful silhouettes that are a perfect blend of the modern with the traditional.
The Bespoke Menswear Collection
The menswear garments in the collection epitomizes refined style, craftsmanship and quality. A wide spectrum of silhouettes and styles complement the designer’s trademark drapes and subtlety. The menswear range is an amalgamation of intricate embroidery, techniques and embellishments in a myriad of fabrics such as brocades, velvet, silks and georgettes in a sophisticated colour palette of creams, beige, royal blue and taupe. Sherwanis and kurtas embellished with Chikankari and gota embroidery and accented by French knots with pearl highlights worn with embroidered cummerbunds and draped dhotis lend a sense of elegance and distinctive aura to the collection.
Leela – The Makers of Fine Jewellery beautifully complemented the collection with their exquisite designs in diamond jewellery and meticulous attention to detail along with remarkable combinations of colour, precious metals and quality gemstones. Their art deco settings in flawless diamonds are paired with couture.
Stunning gold pieces set with uncut diamonds from Shri Hari Diagems, who are also collaborating with Tarun Tahiliani to design and manufacture exquisite pieces in jadao jewellery, contribute to the old world painterly styling on the models – chokers layered with necklaces mixed with rows of multi-coloured beads.
French designer Christian Louboutin’s iconic red soles fix the stamp of contemporary luxury and aplomb to the show. While the chandelier backdrop from Mathieu Lustrerie adds further luminosity to the sparkling couture collection.