As the title suggests, we expected some dance and drama at the Tarun Tahilinai show.
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.
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.
Depicting the same essence and to heighten the mood of this mesmerising event Tahiliani collaborates with dance stalwart Manjari Chaturvedi, a leading exponent of classical dance in India who has revolutionised 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.
The rich brocade presented in the form of extravagant cuts , in sheer fabrics and crystals glistening, bedazzled everyone. It was pure luxury on the ramp.
The innovative use of Sleeveless Anarkali as Jumpsuit caught everyone's fancy. Shararas re-emerged with tulle and gota with a twist. The ethnic modern amalgamation of Swarovski couture, encrusted in opal sarees, and corsetted kurta drape were having a moment of their own.
The Mother of pearl carved blocks with chikankari sarees and draped brocade lehengas, to be paired with shirts and tops were tasteful to please a modern bride .
The collection was historic with relevance to the present. The Aari and chikankari work were remarkably splendid. Spiced by the old age zardozi embroidery, the bygone era set the mood in motion.
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 sprinkled with Crystals from Swarovski and fine lace in graceful silhouettes that are a perfect blend of the modern with the traditional.
Myriad of fabrics were used in the menswear collection, with intricate embroidery and skilled craftsmanship. The 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.
More through the pictures.