Just when you thought all the fashion fever was over—its back! Lakmé Fashion Week kick starts with Tarun Tahilani’s show and he just happens to be one of my favourites. His show opens Lakmé Fashion Week tonight, and is the only offsite at Tote on Turf. (This seems to have become the permanent home of the fashion week offsites).
It is being presented by Tigre Blanc, a French luxury Vodka brand making its debut in India which also is hosting a lounge at the Lakmé Fashion Week.
Opulence and decadence we hear are the key attributes of the vodka brand whose founder incidentally is Renaud Dutreil, a former French Member of Parliament, who will be at the show. Tarun would be the natural fit indeed and now let’s see what heady cocktail of fashion and after party is served up on 21st night.
1) The right pricing
What makes this show extra special is that this chic couturier is showcasing a pure prêt line. Though he is showing his Spring/Summer 2013 line, it is taking to the ramp for the first time. With prices starting at Rs 3,999 this is Tarun’s most affordable collection yet. There are all the signature elements we know and love Tarun for—his ivories and black (and with monochrome being a big trend for the season, these pieces combine classic elegance with current chicness), his chikankari and concept saris. The pre draped sari, has given this ensemble a new lease of life and Tarun was among the first Indian designers to marry the beauty of the sari with the ease of the dress. In less than two minutes you can now wear a sari. Infact ease is the underlying theme of this collection—there is a resort feel be it in terms of colour or shapes. Easy separates that can be paired and include scarves, lungi skirts, dhoti pants, tunics, make this a travel friendly collection.
2) The right amount of “Indian Inspiration”
It is no wonder that Tarun has called this collection, Indian Modern, its soul maybe Indian but it styling is all about global ease. A colour palette of grey, mango, peaches, tangerines and azure blues add cool summery touches. Of late, in all of Tarun’s collection you can see a heightened sense of India proud, whether it’s his use of khadi or bandhini (both are a part of Fall/Winter collection Kumbhback which he showed last week in Delhi) and this love of Indian craft is apparent in this current season’s collection too! Cutwork jamadanis from Benares and handloom jacquards are given a contemporary twist thanks to asymmetrical hemlines. We all know opposites attract, and Tarun has used this philosophy throughout the collection.
3) The right edit
But the extra piece of good news is that he will show around 30 pieces — (Tarun normally shows many more garments, infact I would not be surprised if he shows the maximum amount of looks). Which means this show is all set to be crisp, fresh and easy — just like the clothes! This is the change I’m most looking forward to. And in fact this collection.