Launched on Instagram, the sighworthy collection titled ‘Timelessness’ is ideal for summer months and intimate weddings
March 4, 2021: Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani launched his S/S 2021 collection – Timelessness – on Instagram via a virtual fashion show. Presenting his patrons with a light yet exquisite collection, the audience was enraptured by the simplicity of the designs.
For the past two and half decades, Mr. Tahiliani has keenly focused on creating hancrafted creations while maintaining their lightness and concentrating on the ease of wear for brides on their special day. Never compromising on the garments’ movement and fluidity, he has found ways to work with traditional and modern techniques to create these veritable pieces of art in motion.
During the last year, Mr. Tahiliani revisited 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. And with the change in focus –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. Mr. Tahiliani’s new styles of applications help him do just that.
Speaking on the collection, Mr. Tahiliani says, “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.”
With the easing of restrictions and a year of staying indoor, the weddings of 2021 will be all about colour, brightness and sunny outdoors. Using playful pastels and metallics and reds, the latest Tarun Tahiliani collection is full of 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. For the day wedding and other functions, the Tarun Tahiliani atelier presents a fun range of pastels and metallics.
The silhouettes that make up the collection include lightweight lehengas, shararas, peplum blouses, concept saris, newly structured drapes and anarkalis.
Using a unique fusion of ari and kasab and chikan on signature, hand-painted Tarun Tahiliani prints, there is an infusion of handlooms such as Chanderi squares and stripes as well as unique Kanjivaram weaves along with bandhini. The designer experiments with greater use of gota, kundan and dull metallics and thread-work to bring a soft fluffiness and drama to each of the pieces.
Completing the bride’s looks, the collection also comprises a range of bejewelled evening clutch bags, bucket potlis and jewelled belts. With unusual handles, splashes of navratan, innovative latkan and fringing, each of these is a statement piece in itself.
The collection also includes elegant designs for men with sherwanis, kurta sets, bundi and bandhgalas in raw silk, mutka silk, linen and much more. An unlikely choice, linen also makes an appearancs in the men’s collection. Pale brocades, woven in antique zari and trademark Tarun Tahiliani chikankari in shades of pale blush onion and ivory set the menswear apart.
The brand Tarun Tahiliani has recently been invested into by Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL). The company will acquire a 33% stake in the couture business for Rs. 67 crore (approximately $9.25 million).