India Couture Week 2018
In shimmering florals and weightless drapes, the mythical paradise of Elysium recreated through the decadent lightness of Tarun Tahiliani Couture & Bridal Wear ‘18-‘19. Evoking images of paradise and angelic gardens, where gods and goddesses wander, gossamer panels were rendered in an ethereal lightness of being.
The fine thread work of traditional Indian embroidery formed the textured canvas for myriad layers of embellishment and drape. Laboriously interspersed within this elusive framework of hand-embroidery were the shimmering embellishments that brought the inspiration to life. Luxurious Swarovski gems were woven into traditional embroidery techniques of chikankari, zardozi, ari and shadow-work. Opals and Swarovski crystals were meticulously soldered onto transferred fabrics as they twinkled surreptitiously through sheer layers, fringes and tassels.
Vivid bursts of three-dimensional florals spanned the collection in the innovative crafting of ribbon-twisted organza, chiffon couching, twisted sheer silk, laser-cut textiles, and detailed applique - each panel of bridal and cocktail lehengas, concept saris, gowns, jackets, and modern saris layered in multi-dimensional detailing.
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.
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, Amit Aggarwal’s Couture 2018 collection was 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.
The title of the collection was Crystalis, a derivation of words crystal and chrysalis.
The color palette consisted 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 were specifically tailored to bring the aforementioned concepts to life most accurately.