An Ethereal Lightness of Being
Tarun Tahiliani Couture & Occasion Wear ‘18-‘19
Arch Attire perceives to always bring the luxurious fashion to every reader but this time we have associated with India Couture week to bring the best couture for you.
We will be covering all the fashion shows to get you the exclusive highlights. This year the couture has set bars to another level. Forgoing the traditional runway format the designers are showcasing showstoppers, trailing gowns to endlessly shimmering Lehengas from their collection. Not only the luxurious carved pieces but the runway created would leave you astonished. You can sit back and enjoy all the minute details going around the India Couture week which is being covered on our blog.
In shimmering florals and weightless drapes, the mythical paradise of Elysiumis recreated through the decadent lightness of Tarun TahilianiCouture & Bridal Wear ‘18-‘19. Evoking images of paradise and angelic gardens, where gods and goddesses wander, gossamer panels are rendered in an ethereal lightness of being.
Juxtaposing iconic European construction with classic Indian styles and embroideries, this collection exemplifies an India Modern aesthetic. In the structured lightness of every drape is the embodiment of a new voice of tradition. One that proudly carries a rich heritage into a modern way of life.
Delicate gossamer-wrapped silhouettes are lifted in their elysian inspiration through the intricate craftsmanship of an atelier in pursuit of lightness. A soft, ethereal palette is crafted with resplendent layers of Swarovski-encrusted embellishment on the innate buoyancy of crinoline that finds itself raised to new heights of structural engineering.
The fine threadworkof traditional Indian embroidery forms the textured canvas for myriad layers of embellishment and drape.Laboriously interspersed within this elusive framework of hand-embroidery are the shimmering embellishments that bring the inspiration to life. Luxurious Swarovski gems are woven into traditional embroidery techniques of chikankari, zardozi, ari and shadow-work. Opals and Swarovski crystals are meticulously soldered onto transferred fabrics as they twinkle surreptitiously through sheer layers, fringes and tassels.
In Elysium is a couture and occasion wear collection that celebrates the modern Indian goddess. One who embraces luxury as a way of life and encapsulates all the beautiful influences of India, today.
The menswear line shares a similar ethereal lightness, rooted in Tarun Tahiliani’s quintessential sartorial finesse. Seamless constructions of fit and fall translate throughout the line of hand-embroidered muted monotones. Ivory, mauve, powder blue and tea-rose straddle one end of the solid colour-wheel, while ebony and burgundy complete the circle. Contrast detailing in deep peach, ochre, orange and paisley add vibrant bursts of auspicious colour to debonair sherwanis, bandhgalas and bandhis. The eye for perfection echoed in the contained drapes of the pleated long-line kurtas, grandeur of the pre-fitted cummerbunds, and textured elegance of pin-tucking.
In pushing our creative envelope and elevating our sartorial skill, we have once again reflectedthe aesthetic of an India that unabashedly global.
A MAIDEN’S PRAYER
Anju Modi is known for her voluminous, lavishly-embroidered and layered Indian couture the lady turned it around for her new collection at India Couture Week. Anju Modi’s collection was titled ‘A Maiden’s Prayer,’ with all her designs in jewel tone palette. A good display of rich fabric like velvet, brocade and silk in lighter drapes were just in sync with Modi’s theme.The ‘Queen’ of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut flagged off the India Couture Week 2018. Kangana was looking every inch regal in a Victorian Era inspired collection by the famous designer. Its aesthetically pleasing art and architecture, classic literature, ostentatious fashion is the inspirational force behind the collection.
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FALGUNI SHANE PEAOCK
Amour De Junagarh
Falguni Shane Peacock’s new collection features a medley between the queen of the French capital and the grand palace of Junagarh – Rajasthan’s cultural jewel. As the kaleidoscopic carousel illuminated with light, it casted a shadow on the fluttering peacock across the hall gliding with other wild and exotic beings at the carnival assembled inside the Juna Mahal. In the honour of the Parisian queen who was enamoured by the ingenious display of colour and magnanimity. Every detail accumulates into translating a visionary saga of love. From transcribing the innumerable structures of the architectural gem on ensembles to varnishing them with ethereal stones, feathers and crystals, it reflected the true essence of the 13th century wonder.
Channelling the spirit of a traditional mela, inside the palatial walls of the juna mahal – Falguni Shane Peacock contrived a lustrous mayhem of all things beautiful under one roof. The painstaking technique replicated the structural marvel and living elements from the wilderness on the fabric. The Falguni Shane Peacock line is innovation in terms of method but naively rooted in terms of approach. The cuts are timeless yet au courant serving as the perfect brew for today’s bride. As the modern Indian bride commences the new journey of her life with a whole new perspective, the narrative behind Falguni Shane Peacock’s couture identifies with the ideology of a bride who’s embarking on a new adventure with confidence and certainty.
Making of a collection is a strenuous process that involves a number of ordeals. While, the initial stage is all about research and design, a gadget like i-pad with pencil eases the task. Having an on-the-go tech piece for research and putting down creative ideas and designs, worked as a time saving asset for us in the development of the line.
Amit Aggarwal has long pioneered in engineering modern and innovative couture inspired by nature’s awe-inspiring forms, while seamlessly combining India’s rich textile heritage and our commitment to environmental sustainability.
In line with this vision, our Couture 2018 collection has been inspired by two wondrous natural phenomena, the formation of crystals at a molecular level and the enveloping of the metallic chrysalis around a butterfly cocoon.
We’ve titled our collection Crystalis, a derivation of words crystal and chrysalis.
When molecules come together to form a highly ordered microscopic pattern, which then repeats itself infinitely, a crystal is formed. This phenomenon greatly resonates with our design process, one that’s centered on forging unique materials together to create singular design units and then repeating them to create complex patterns, textiles and embroideries.
The form and texture of our design elements too have been specifically designed to be sharp, angular and crystalline in appearance to reflect this core inspiration. The metallic encasing that forms around the cocoon of a butterfly, the chrysalis, has been a formative aesthetic influence in this collection in equal measure. Our metallic and crystalline textiles sculpt, drape and travel in much the same way, eventually unravelling to reveal the elegant form of the female body.
Both concepts are bound at their very core by the idea of units, sometimes geometric and sometimes organic, coalescing together to form complex structural formations in our physical world.
Our color palette consisting of jewel tones of rose quartz, silver onyx, emerald, amethyst, topaz and sapphire, as well as metallic shades of rose gold, silver, pewter and light gold have been specifically tailored to bring the aforementioned concepts to life most accurately.
Experimental textiles, created using modern industrial materials applied through traditional Zardozi and Ari hand techniques, have been a hallmark of our couture designs.
For this collection, we have explored a range of hand done three dimensional embroideries in various crystalline and bio mimicked forms and motifs to give our fabrics a unique visual and tactile quality. We collaborated with textile designer TaniraSethi to create one-of-a kind, engineered and embellished cashmere laces, meticulously knitted in France and subsequently embroidered and sculpted in-house to create innovatively draped couture pieces.
One of the most compelling stories in our couture 2018 presentation is our extensive silhouette exploration, morphing different aspects of traditional Indian and western couture shapes with each other and infusing them with structure and form. We have achieved this using a range of sophisticated cording, plisse and topstitched fabrications, laboriously designed and crafted in-house.
Sharply cut innovative patterns, that accentuate and enhance the female form, have been combined with incredibly sculptural yet agile fabrications that dramatically drape around the body, creating a new and inimitable couture language.
(Amit Aggarwal Couture 2018 collection ‘Crystalis’ will debut at India Couture Week 2018 and will subsequently be available at Amit Aggarwal Flagship store at The Kila Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli, New Delhi and other high-end retail stores nationwide)
An Arch Attire Production
Featuring : India Couture Week & Sunil Sethi Design Alliance
Photography: Ashutosh Bindra
Featured By: Swati Sharma
Editor: Anushka Puri , Tania Varshney
Location: Taj Palace, New Delhi