India's ace fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani has open up his jewel box for Mumbai right now. The couture designer, a favourite among Indian brides, is showcasing the fourth edition of his annual couture exposition. Focused on brides, it is called 'Jewel Box'. The theme is designed around a real jewel box, and there are collections that would cater to a bride's needs, from the sangeet to the main event as well as other wedding-related parties.
We caught up with him while he was sketching a look for a bride-to-be, and got him to tell us about current trends and his likes and dislikes in bridal couture.
How did you come with the concept for this year's couture exposition?
I thought I wanted to work with the (AIS) glass company and I thought of a jewel box as an idea. It was a simple idea and then I worked and built on it… box into box into box. The outer box, made of glass, has the detailing to make it look like a classical mansion, and then there is a box inside where the real jewels are kept.
Basically from the outer glass box, you can see what's in, but not too clearly because of the lines. So you have to go through.
Which are your favourite pieces from the exposition?
If I had to choose one from each collection, there is a black bandhagiri with the tailoring which I love. Then there is the gown, with the big cowl at the back, which is very sophisticated. There are two yellow pieces, one of which Mehr Rampal wore to the Cannes. Also, one of the bridal (outfits) with fine stone work. I like them all because I worked with them, but these are my favourites.
What does today's bride look for in her jewellery box?
Every young bride today is super fit, so she wants something that will show her off. I think she wants to have beautiful embroidery, Indian craftsmanship with the western promise of fit and finesse. And it has to be light, because she wants to be able to dance thereafter.
How does the Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Couture Exposition cater to her?
It is the make. They are all extremely light, corseted and they fit perfectly. There's a lot of construction in the clothes.
What do you think of the changing colour palette trend?
As for me, shocking pick, parrot green are beautiful colours, but that's not my thing. Because, if you look at one piece in isolation, it's fine; but then you have jewellery, make up and everything, you end up with too much happening. It's not sophisticated.
How have bridal styles changed over the years?
I think people have become much more adventurous and confident. Before, young brides would leave it to their mothers to find them something nice to wear, but today they're doing it all themselves. They're aware of all the western influence around, but they still want to be traditional. Everyone wants to incorporate their own culture, but I don't think being weighed down by 20 kilos makes sense.
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