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Tales of Tarun Tahiliani Aamby Valley Bridal Show 2011

Just got back from couturier Tarun Tahiliani's bridal show at Aamby Valley City Bridal Week 2011 hosted at Sahara Star Mumbai. The bridal week concluded with the grande finale Tarun Tahiliani's Bridal Runway Collection.

The show was late by almost an hour, so waited at the beautifully decorated foyer with white theme accented with blue light sipping a 'virgin' Screw Driver. Being Tahiliani's show, you had to have the socialites and biggies of Mumbai in attendance.

A good one hour among these ladies and I am completely stupified that despite all the means in the world, how can women dress up so bad? Among so many ladies, it was hard to spot even a single who you would like to check out - if you know what I mean. Mumbai women badly need to learn a little about style. I couldn't resist BBMing my friend - 'money and designer labels does not guarantee style' and she couldn't agree more!!!!!

Although I am no expert on fashion, but even with someone with dumbass knowledge in fashion can figure that the biggest problem with Indian women is that they skimp on their shoes and bags (if the bag in question is not the easily spottable designer label; even that in some cases is ghastly). Did they never hear the phrase - your shoes can make or break an outfit?

It's a shame that my I don't have pics, I did not forget to take the camera but left the memory card in my laptop (isn't that a stupidity genius?) and the camera had space for just a few clicks in the name of internal memory. (Update) But here are pics of some women, I spotted at the show, that I managed to pull out from the internet.............

As for the clothes, the lesser is said the better. Bubble dresses on the most curvy women with blingy shoes and bag that looks straight coming out from linking road, with vulgarly sized solitaires and ubiquitous Rolex (5 out of ten would be having the same model). It almost seemed as if they have schemed to look at their worst possible. Ok, I think I am going overboard here.

Ok, let's talk about the talk of the night: Tarun Tahiliani's Bridal Show 2011

For starters, I completely fell in love with the ramp design - it was regal and a masterpiece, beige walls with mirrorwork replicating a mughal palace. Well, you cannot expect any less from Tarun.

Here's a pic clicked from my phone while waiting for the show to start.....

So here's Tahiliani's bridal collection - 'opulence with a blend of modern chic' would aptly define his collection. The show opened with beiges and nude tones moving over to deep reds and pinks.

The show had 55 models sashaying down the ramp with none of them switching an outfit, each portraying a distinctively unique look. Now that's a rare but for sure a good sales pitch that certainly added to the excitement (Tarun had disclosed this news a few days before the show).

While there were a few pieces that completely took my breath away, his collection was quite predictable. Same pieces with some modifications, sticking to Tahiliani's signature style. Intricate embroidery, crystals, sequins, gold motifs and embellishments - just what you'd expect in any bridal collection, but with more grandeur and fine workmanship in Tahiliani's. The colour palette was dominated by beiges, sand, pastels and shades of reds and pinks for women, and black and red for men. Some colour clashing was spotted - orange & pink and red & green (which is a classic bridal combination).

Update (image below): Funny thing is, this design below has already been worn by a bride last year in October (spotted in the pictures of one of the acquanitances). It's a shame that Tarun is repeating the design for his forthcoming collection. 

Among all, show stopper Nethra Raghuraman's outfit  (left in the image below) was my least favourite. In my opinion, the colour wouldn't do justice to the typical Indian skin tone (even Nethra looks washed off in the colour) and although it has very fine detailings, this work is something you would easily find at any speciality bridal store at tenth the cost. If I have to buy Tahiliani's bridal piece, this would certainly not something I would ever pick.

Some outfits were so overwhelming that it almost made me feel the wearer will drown just any moment. One would certainly expect the bride to outshine everyone, but I don't think any bride would want to be succummed by the outfit.

Contemporary touch was seen with bouncy tulle hemlines, jacket teamed with sari and sari draped gowns.

Heavy embellishments, intricate work and detailings and rich fabrics are certainly pivotal to the bridal wear, but the same style over and over again at some point even makes the 'die-hard fan' look for something else. Honestly, this ace designer needs to crumble his boundaries and experiment more while of course sticking to his trademark style.

It's amlost 2 in the morning. Time to go off to bed


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    follow each other?
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  3. Hi dear!! Thx u so much for the comment u left on my post, I really appreciate!! I'm following your blog, hope u will do the same with mine!Please :)


  4. Beautiful collection,I love it!! Thanks for your comment in my blog,you have a nice blog too. Do you want to follow each other??

  5. beautiful post! great blog! i follow you follow me back?

    <3 Anja

  6. love it so chic, nice post.
    Following ur blog, follow back? ;o xOxO

  7. yah ive been to Tarun's show to, n think the collection was tad boring. need something fresh now


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