In­dia Cou­ture Week 2018

Shoes & Accessories - - Contents - by Tarun Tahil­iani

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.

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