Tarun Tahiliani Autumn Winter 2016 collection at Lakme Fashion Week was inspired by art and sculpture and had Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut as the showstopper. View the collection and read our review.
Tarun Tahiliani Autumn Winter 2016 collection was the opening show at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016. Inspired by sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee’s work, the collection strived to mix art, sculpture and fashion.
Using earthy tones, ethnic handwoven fabrics and wavy, layered drapes, the collection tries to combine Indian ethnicity with contemporary, wearable silhouettes.
The color palette consists of brick red, black, olive greens, brown and maroon. The silhouettes encompass long skirts paired with vests, tops and ponchos, capes draped over dresses and asymmetric tunics.
Tarun Tahiliani described how he first got inspired to design this collection upon seeing the work of Mrinalini Mukherjee at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, “The shapes, the drapes, the folds, the unexpected contours and textures immediately began to take shape in my head as a collection. Certainly as a point of departure, a tribute and a mark of respect, cast in simple elegant layered clothes for use in everyday life.”
Compared to the work of the sculptor, Tahiliani’s collection lacks the three-dimensionality and sculpted silhouettes to the degree advertised, or said. The tunics do go as far as to include a single drape towards the hem or an asymmetric fold here and a cape there, but that’s about it. It looks like a far milder, plainer version of the art. Perhaps that’s what “point of departure” in his aforementioned line means.