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East meets West - Designerwear by Tarun Tahiliani with embroidery
East Meets West: Tarun Tahiliani
09 th Dec 2010

EVENT Tarun Tahiliani's fall/winter bridal and ready to wear collection was lapped up by the fashion-conscious Hyderabadis
The purse strings were let loose. If someone liked a choli, others gushed over the intricate work on a ghagra. Amidst all this a father-daughter quickly ran through the trousseau collection. But all eyes were definitely set on the separate line which was not for sale. The pink and mustard ghagra-choli studded with crystals and hand made gota did make a lot of heads turn. “These are samples, we will take orders for them,” says an assistant.

Tarun Tahiliani brought some of the fall/winter bride and ready wear to collection to the city. Staying true to his signature — Indian and drapes, Tarun also said there is nothing wrong in infusing Indian with western. “I love the Indian craftsmanship and would any day prefer working with it,” he says while a pulling a chiffon shirt with the lucknawi chikankari work. The chikankari line has shirts, tops and kurtis which can double up as work and party wear. “The colours are ivory, pale jade, bright pink, mustard, red and gold to muted browns, sapphire, beige and the likes. These shirts can be easily worn to work and will also be a good choice if one has to step out and wear the dancing shoes,” he explains.

Besides the usual tops, cholis, ghagras and tunics, Tarun's collection had saris and A-line sherwanis for men. The net ghagras with bright velvet appliqué and sequence work in the borders made heads turn. In the trousseau collection it was the ghagras that called in for a lot of attention. Another net ghagra's USP in the collection was that every pleat had a mild but different shade.

Explaining his idea of mixing Indian with western wear, Tarun shows jackets in silk, with zardosi work and says, “Wear this on a sari and one will look stunning. To keep the Indian touch in the jackets, I have used drapes and Indian embroidery. This will also go well with a lungi and a tank top,” he says.

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