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    Tarun Tahiliani brings his lungi dresses and jewellery-inspired  collection to town

    tarunWith the blueprint for the perfect drape, Tarun Tahiliani doesn’t really need a story to sell his clothes. Brides and global travellers bank on a Tahiliani (pret or couture) for a seamless transition from wedding to A-list party to resort. And yet, the observant Delhi-based designer persists in giving us brilliant narratives that range from the Ottoman Empire to Modern Mughals to, in this season’s case, the jewel box (Satlada or the multi-stranded Hyderabadi necklace stars in the line being showcased at Collage today). Incidentally, his spring-summer line in October will see him collaborating with the Singh Twins, the contemporary miniature artists from Liverpool.


    No fuss drape
    A frequent visitor to the city, Tahiliani is in Collage today to meet long-time clients and admits to a refreshing trend where ‘‘chic women’’ want to look like themselves. ‘‘I see a lot of women (brides) who want to leave their hair open, who want stunning clothes with the jewellery secondary and who want styling over being cluttered with embroidery and jewels,’’ says the man whose bridal couture expositions in Mumbai are a must visit.
    TARUN-TAHILIANI-SS1454688Finding structure
    Tahiliani calls his current line ‘‘the most sophisticated collection of separates done in a long while.’’ Expect to find ‘‘structured drape in the sari and the long kurta.’’ Our favourite remains the lungi skirt, a staple since the designer’s first brochure back in 1988. He recalls the unforgettable image of Kavita Khanna who wore it best  — ‘‘a wrapped yellow resham brocade with a shawl and a body suit, coming down the steps of the Taj Palace with Vinod Khanna in his prime.’’ Since then, this silhouette has been updated by referencing sadhus and dervishes in India, and works with anything, from a tee to a kurti.
    At the show today, Tahiliani’s bestsellers, like the draped kurta, the saris and the anarkali with a sheer back will be on display, with the designer in customary fashion walking you through them.What’s more, he hints at a ‘‘big accessories line, both for bags and costume jewellery’’ coming soon. Given how accessories rock a Tarun Tahiliani show, this is something we have all been waiting for.
    At Collage today, from Rs.10,000 onwards. Details: 28291443
    — Team Indulge


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