Have you ever been super close to a couture garment? Watched intently and admired all of its finesse, and even got to touch it as well? I recently did, when I was invited for the Media Preview of Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013.
I wish blogs could have had more than just the visual element… I wish they could get tactile… maybe in a far away future it will happen. But for now, I only can share with all of you an up close and personal rendezvous with Indian Couture through pictures.
Forgive my bad memory, but a while ago I read in an article in which ‘someone’ stated that viewing clothes from pictures on style.com and reviewing designers on that basis is very different from viewing the garments in person in a fashion show(especially front row!) . I agree to that, but would go even further to point out that a display of garments, and a freedom to be with them gets you even closer than seeing the garments on the runway.
So the highlight? Apart from other fabulous pieces, I saw the one that Karlie Kloss wore for Love Gold Cannes fashion show this May. It was part of Tarun Tahiliani’s gold collection and the fabric has such a wonderful drape and I am was in love. It must be some kind of expensive soft crushed tissue. (I found a silver cheaper version of it in a shop this weekend, and bought it for a DIY bow )
Tarun Tahiliani’s vision for Couture today
As he spoke to the press, Tarun Tahiliani expressed his vision and direction of Indian Couture/ Bridal Wear. If you are aware of the culture, you would know that for years it has been a lot of bling and also red is the traditional color for the Indian bride. But, Tarun feels that the consumer, at least the luxury segment is moving towards a subdued elegance. The garments are lighter and more wearable, as compared to the past. To quote him ” Fashion must meet the life we lead”
His vision showed through the garments. Beige, powder blue, etc. were prominent colors, apart from a few bridal red and orange. Even the heavily embellished hand crafted garments were far away from bling, they only felt richer and intricate.
So here is the visual summary of the Exposition. This is the closest I can get you the garments for now
Silhouettes and details to remember
Exquisite Surface Ornamentation
Jewellery I Loved
And as for the outfits post… the Indian Bridal Fashion Week ends on Sunday night… and by the next night… all my outfits from the series “What to Wear to Fashion Week in India on a budget” will be up for a vote
P.S. If you are in Delhi and you missed the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013, you can still see his garments up close at an exhibit at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, till Sunday – 28 July 2013. Plan it this weekend!