Tarun Tahiliani takes the capsule collection route to offer simpler, lighter ensembles to three generations without relinquishing his love for crafts
By Asmita Aggarwal
He is known for his elegant offerings replete with Indian crafts which always find an interesting modern interpretation through the medium of sinuous storytelling. So when you see Tarun Tahiliani looking metaphorically for the “music in life”, playing the piano with a Mohawk, in a sporty cap, you know tables have turned. He is now embracing the need to add a youthful vibe to his latest line “The Reunion”.
It has been a coming together of sorts, where after a long, dark night, dawn comes with bright, happy sunlight ushering in hope, positivity and a reason to celebrate. He captures, in his fashion film, three generations, the sophisticated emerald choker wearing, silver-haired grandmom, the graceful mother and of course, the millennials who like to live life with all the trapping capturing moments of mirth, freedom and togetherness.
As stately orchids and the candle lit table gets set, so do Tahiliani’s admiration for embroidered military shoulders, threadwork boleros, majestic belts that cinch and accentuate tiny waists as risqué bodices meet diaphanous duppattas. The mirror work on sleeves is meticulously executed along with slit skirts taking centerstage, as men click champagne flutes, wearing sleeveless jackets dancing with abandon, the designer makes his next big move—launching capsule collections, giving each age group a wider choice, leaving the field open for some irreverent overlapping.
Is fashion moving to a more comfortable space, where one label gives you the choice to select from a more austere look to a more refined aesthetic? Shorts to lighter lehengas, swirling skirts, floor caressing tunics to monochromatic subdued shimmering jackets—easy yet rhythmic; the proof as they say in the pudding, and in this case the dessert looks promising!