AIFW 2017 Finale: Tarun Tahiliani, Amit Aggarwal Put A Spectacular Show Together
After four days of exquisite and inspiring fashion moments, the four-day long fashion extravaganza, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter, finally came to end last night with an equally spectacular show put together by mentor-protege duo, Tarun Tahiliani and Amit Agrawal. Bringing alive the ‘Fresh New Look’ theme, which also happens to be Amazon Fashion’s latest campaign, the designers concluded the fashion event on Saturday night with a finale which was grand in every sense of the term. With their unparalleled couture expertise and unconventional design ideas, the two made the show an absolute spectacle.
Keeping up with AIFW’s environment-friendly ethos, the finale brought its audience closer to nature yet again in a green, indoor garden set-up. Now factor in the beauty of the garments that exuded elegance from every inch, every drape, every embellishment and the pleasant accompanying music, and you got the mega hit that was last night’s show.
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You know better than to expect a mediocre show when sitting through an Amit Agrawal show. And as was expected of the prolific couturier, he took the runway by a storm with his latest collection, which also happens to be his most brilliant work, as yet. For his Spring/Summer collection, Amit upcycled discarded patola saris to create garments that were contemporary, sustainable and gorgeous, all at once. Taking his love for recycling and upcycling forward, Amit worked with pre-owned Patola Ikat and Benares antique brocades and antique borders, this time around, to create a collection that is more an expression of his passion for designing than a mere range of dresses, lehengas, gowns, saris and jumpsuits.
Amit’s artistic brilliance was evident in the perfect blend of sharp silhouettes and fluid, curvy elements every garment exhibited. Taking inspiration from curvilinear geometry, Amit’s engineered curves furthered enhanced the beauty of each piece. Amit’s design ethics came through with materials like recycled metallic plastic stripes, metallic hand woven zari, pipes and mesh that were rendered to a high level of inventive workmanship.
Apart from the bling metallics (copper, silver and gold) to which Amit confessed his undiluted love in an exclusive interview with MFG earlier, the elaborate couple palette comprised of ink blue, rust, red, wine, emerald, royal blue and black.
Living up to his signature fusion flamboyance, Tahiliani’s models strutted the runway in beautifully tailored midis, minis, maxis, lehengas, concept saree, anarkalis, dhoti pants, et al. Tarun also exhibited his take on festive winter layers by teaming up his outfits with jackets that ranged from cropped to ankle-dusting to unstructured to cape to poncho; all contributing to the contemporary vibe that Tarun is known for.
Another prominent feature, apart from drapes and layers, were the entering sleeve details like the cape sleeve or the embroidered sheer sleeve or the fringe sleeve.
Crafted out of fine silks, sheers and satins and more, on a colour palette of sand dollar, indigo, black and shades of red, the garments seemed to have negotiated a peaceful territory between crisp silhouettes and flowy drapes.
Though far less in comparison to the extensive women’s range, Tarun’s men’s collection was marked by the same elegance and regalness. Worked out on a similar colour palette, Tahiliani’s men marched out in beautiful ethnic ensembles including bandis, bandhgalas, kurtas and sherwanis; all tailored to fit and teamed with ankle-length, fitted bottoms.
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani