Tarun Tahiliani on the occasion of the opening of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week with his latest line ‘The Reunion’
Seasoned Indian fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani opened the second edition of the FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week collaboration. After 2 years of fashion films and virtual presentations, the designer has come packed with several opulent lines under a larger collection titled “La Réunion”. In an exclusive conversation with ELLE, he talks about his latest line, the evolution of the bridal market, and how he is adapting modernism into his design language.
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Tarun Tahiliani: Thank you, I feel delighted to be back at LFW. In addition to the draped lehengas, we present a couture collection, a bridal collection as well as a ready-to-wear line – a category that has always been close to my heart, as it involves the concept of durability and increased portability. In my opinion, artisan fashion is the way to go as it is flexible in nature and easy to put together, whether with jeans, kurta, concept saree and much more. I’m really not preaching the outdated idea of elaborate sets and we still have to give way to the idea of fluid fashion that consumers can buy and put together in their own way, individualistic and unique.
ELLE: What different crafts and textiles are you exploring this season and how have you infused them into your sewing?
TT: The crafts and textiles explored by us this season include the incredible chikankari work reminiscent of the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah and various architectural monuments. Additionally, we worked with a lot of brocades and fully hand painted designs which resulted in textiles that I had never seen or experienced in zari before. We have a mini capsule collection, Pichwai, which is truly an artisanal delight. It is hand painted and then embroidered with extreme finesse aari French knots. In my opinion, the biggest factor in this season’s collection is the fact that it is a quintessential synthesis of Tarun Tahiliani studios. We have 10 mini capsule collections as part of the largest collection, “La Réunion”.
ELLE: Any tips to keep in mind when creating a wedding trousseau this season?
TT: I think this season’s bridal trousseau is all about finesse. As people finally came out of lockdown and the many wedding functions got more intimate and smaller – the anxiety of overdressing faded into the background and people got much needed respite. by mingling with a massive crowd. It offered crucial freedom for people, especially young girls, to finally showcase their individual style. Coming out of this lockdown people are more in touch with themselves and that has been an exceptionally positive change in my opinion.
ELLE: How do you manage to integrate modernity into your creations while maintaining your timeless aesthetic that characterizes you?
TT: I believe my aesthetic has become more refined and defined as I have gone through design. I really believe in the fact that the more you work on your craft, the more you get better. Plus, having had the time to sit down and focus on the pieces made them more specific. However, for me modernity begins and ends with construction and adjustment. We have become very accustomed to wearing relaxed fits and sportswear which is extremely comfortable and I think any major fashion should eventually conform to it. I think the hallmark of my brand is that we blend modernity and traditional craftsmanship, with the important notion of fit that only a handful of brands pay attention to. I think modernity is about taking a piece of clothing and wearing it in multiple ways to fully express yourself. As mentioned above, modernity is durability where you can wear a fashion piece multiple times, which undoubtedly becomes difficult if the piece is part of a fixed ensemble as opposed to something alluring that you can wear. your way. These are the principles of modernity to which our studio fully adheres. To some extent, it is also luxurious and affordable.
ELLE: From a business standpoint, how important is the upcoming wedding season and how do you plan to make the most of it, while also recovering from last year’s shutdown?
TT: The upcoming wedding season has never been more important as people still don’t shop casually, but only for very specific events, and there is no event more important than the big old wedding. Indian. These are the families who are currently shopping and looking for lots of outfits. Much of the NRI audience we have responded to before has fallen into a net due to the pandemic as well as many of the showcases and exhibits we have done overseas earlier. Therefore, it is extremely important to us in the current scenario.