Fashionistas in Dubai rejoice! The maestro will be here for a very special interaction. After his successful SS18 season at the Lakme Fashion Week, Tarun Tahiliani will be in Dubai on February 12 and 13 for the launch of his exquisite collection Tarakini, along with specially curated styles from his Bridal Couture Collection (yes, aspiring brides and grooms, this is your big opportunity to meet, consult and get that awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping outfit from the man himself!).
What’s more exciting is that the designer will now be showcasing seasonally and offer personalised services to his Arab, Sri Lankan, Pakistani and NRI Indian clients. “Dubai is the gateway to the world, design and innovation is at its core and that’s our brand DNA as well. We want to serve our clients with the same collection and the same degree of professionalism and customisation. So I, along with my design team, will be available for private consultations for every bride and groom,” says Tahiliani explaining why the UAE is going to figure big time in his design plans.
So what exactly is Tarakini, meaning ‘starry’? Simply put, it’s a collection in which the designer has played with embroideries, fabrics and silhouettes to create a unique mix that brings together the best of eastern craft and western design sensibilities. Each ensemble embodies a certain lightness of spirit and gravity-defying construction that are a marked departure from the regular heavy, over-dramatised wedding and evening wear.
For Tahiliani, the idea was to make bridal and evening wear more relatable while reflecting a certain fantasy. “For some time now, I have been thinking about fashion’s role and how it has failed the modern Indian bride. Simply because the clothes are so heavy, stiff, uncomfortable and never to be looked at or repeated again. In our Tarakanna collection (meaning stardust), we set out to create clothes that let women be comfortable and really have fun while still being as glamorous as they felt inside. All in keeping with the global trend of movement and lightness and true equality for women,” he says.
The core principle of the SS18 collection is similar: the lightness of non-pattern and abstraction to create elegant yet dreamy creations. “From the day wear trench coats in soft khadi, to the sparkly ‘Tarakanna-esque’ kurtas, lehengas and more, dotted with beautiful Indian handcraft and tiny Swarovski crystals, this is the new way forward,” adds Tahiliani.
For filmmaker Gauri Chadha, founder of The Big Night that is organising this exhibition, working with Tahiliani was a matter of perfect synergy given their personal equation. “I met Tarun at my wedding. As a bride, I was completely lost and didn’t know where to look or search but meeting Tarun changed that. I have a lot of respect for him; he truly understood me as a filmmaker, woman and most importantly, human. At The Big Night, (the events company my husband Kunal Rupani and I set up), there is a strong emphasis on storytelling within e vents. So we are honoured to work with someone like Tarun who we respect and admire greatly,” says Chadha.
So get ready for some fabulous fashion inspo from the master himself!
INFO: The collection will be available at X-Lounge, La Ville Hotel and Suites, Citywalk on February 12 and 13