Tarun Tahiliani – The Master Couturier

Tarun Tahiliani is a name every fashion lover is well-acquainted with. He is most famously noted for co-founding India’s first multi-designer boutique in the year 1987, Ensemble, with his wife, Sailaja ‘Sal’ Tahiliani.

Tarun Tahiliani

Of course, he didn’t stop right there! From establishing another boutique, Tahiliani Design studio in 1990, and venturing in Interior Designing, he has donned many creative hats successfully.

His USP lies in the fact that instead of imposing his ideas on the customers, he tries to understand what the consumers’ needs and aspirations are. He is known for amalgamating the beauty of Indian aesthetics with contemporary silhouettes. His designs are sensible, striking and universally flattering.

Tahiliani’s designs have graced the likes of Lakme Fashion Week, Amazon India Fashion Week and BMW India Bridal Week runway, scoring unanimous praises from the critics. He displayed a wide range of ready-to-wear collection of couture for women on these platforms.

Breaking conventions, he designed black ensembles for his bridal collection, a color albeit being smoky and flattering, is usually avoided for Indian functions.

For his recent Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection, Tarun Tahiliani mainly laid emphasis on comfort and vigor, with sunset colors and shades ranging from rusts, oranges and reds to violets and dark blues. The patterns and prints were inspired from Russian Folk Art and Craft. We especially are in love with the new techniques of draping and layering used in the entire collection.

Some of the best pieces from his jewel of designs are:

 

The Jumpsuit Saree

Jumpsuit Sarees - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

Jumpsuit Sarees – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

Only a genius like Tahiliani can come up with the idea of combining the elegance of saree with that of the comfort of a jumpsuit. It featured layers of pleats and draped dupatta. One of the best Indo-fusion works to date, indeed!

 

The Peplum Gilets

Peplum Gilets - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

Peplum Gilets – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

The Peplum Gilets are sublimely inspired by the gypsy culture, with exotic prints and designs. The colors used were of grey/black and other deeper shades. This line is crafted keeping in mind the winter season. Also, another reason why The Peplum Gilets got attention was because of its unique blend of gypsy and post-modern elements.

 

The Dhoti & Lungi Inspiration

Lungi Skirts - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

Lungi Skirts – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

Dhoti Style Skirts - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

Dhoti Style Skirts – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

Often touted as “The Master of Drapes”, Tahiliani has always been fascinated with drapes, which is clearly reflected in his work. Staying true to his essence, that is to preserve Indian soul with a modern twist, he used the gorgeous colors: ruby, emerald, topaz, and rust, to showcase street style in the most stylish way! He used separates to give life to dhoti and lungi inspired pants and skirts.He paired them up with a variety of tops and tunics. The main aim of this line is to create an individual style statement for headstrong women, who aspire for a contemporary lifestyle whilst staying connected with their roots.

 

Skirts & Separates

Skirts - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

Separates – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

Separates dominated most of Tahiliani’s collection at recent runways. His line of separates were fun yet simple, and youthful with an aura of strength and ambition. His focus was to cater to the growing demands of comfortable and luxurious ensembles with remarkable fabrics and designs.

 

Capes

Capes and Dhotis - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

Capes and Dhotis – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

Trust Tarun Tahiliani to leave no stone unturned when it comes to innovation and creativity. He has used stone embellishments to lend modern capes an Indian vibe. Pairing them with lungi/dhoti pants, he made these “super-hero” elements truly street style!

 

Easy Breezy Dresses & Stoles

Dresses, Stoles, Gilets - Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

Dresses, Stoles, Gilets – Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

The very sight on this uber-cool dress makes you wanna buy it! It is for every woman lives her life her own way, without any social constraints and narrow-mindedness. It allows free movement, epitomizing the open and bold thoughts of today’s women!

 

Apart from the aforementioned picks, here are few more favorites that we absolutely love:

Our Favorites from BMW India Bridal Fashion Week

Black kalidar kurta with lehenga by tarun tahiliani for bmw india bridal fashion week 2015

Lehengas paired with Kalidar Kurta, Cape and Jacket – by Tarun Tahiliani for BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

Anarkali and Lehenga by Tarun Tahiliani for BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

Anarkali with Lehenga – by Tarun Tahiliani for BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

For the Bridal Fashion Week, Tahiliani displayed an array new combinations including embroidered capes paired with Anarkali dresses, kalidar kurtas paired with lehengas, anarkalis paired with lehengas, Jackets paired with bridal lehengas and much more to give a fresh twist to the outdated styles! We are loving these new combinations and the layering trend in ethnic wear, especially the indo western lehengas! <3

 

Our Favorites from Spring Summer’15 Collection

LFW'15 Spring Summer Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

LFW’15 Spring Summer Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

LFW'15 Spring Summer Collection by Tarun Tahiliani Runway

LFW’15 Spring Summer Collection by Tarun Tahiliani [Runway]

We love the prints on fabrics that were inspired by paintings from London based artists – The Singh Twins, that were juxtaposed perfectly with Tarun Tahiliani’s signature drapes and cuts. The regular silhouettes like dresses, tunics, shirts, skirts and saris were reinterpreted in fresh, novel styles with layering and in a burst of colors ranging from peach, lemon to bright yellows and oranges.

 

Phew! There is just so much that we love about Tarun Tahiliani’s collection that the list is simply never-ending! His utmost concern for the taste of his customers, the ability to bring out the best of western and Indian ethnic elements and ofcourse, his versatile and out-of-the-box designs and fabrics never fail to pleasantly surprise fashionistas all across the world.

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