Evoluzione presents Tarun Tahiliani’s Spring Summer 2019 collection, India by the Nile, from 31st March to 2nd April. The collection paints a Pharaonic landscape taking inspirations from the designer’s travels through Egypt, rediscovering the treasures of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Dazzling details fan out like sunbeams across this collection as “India by the Nile” celebrates the mythology, extravagance and forms of an era forgotten.
“The Egyptian experience is so enormous and spectacular, that it completely engulfs you. On my recent visit, I was struck by the gold, the glamour, the way they use semi-precious stones and drape their ivory linen fabrics — it all reverberated so perfectly with our own design philosophy.” – Tarun Tahiliani
The collection celebrates modern, engineered fabrics like ‘liquid gold’ — a gold foil-printed jersey that transforms into enviably gleaming cocktail saris and dresses. Light, breezy fabrics are also favoured with the use of lamè, Italian tulle, muslins, silk georgettes and chiffons, crinkled and perforated nets, and chanderi. Three-dimensional detailing spans the collection with layering of techniques including ribbon-twisted organza, chiffon couching, laser-cut appliqués, ari, resham, chikankari, mukaish, crystals, pearls and fringes.
Ready-To-Wear exudes an effortless yet glamorous aesthetic, featuring a stellar mix of contemporary and relaxed-Indian separates for soirees and semi-formal occasions. The label’s iconic drapery shines brighter with a delicious splattering of gold foil, Pharaonic prints and delicate embroideries. Taking center stage are liquid-gold concept saris, the metallic jersey T-shirts with Faience necklace prints, draped skirts with fresco motifs, kaftans, draped dresses, and eclectic jumpsuits.
The Occasion-Wear line highlights the house’s more decadent, opulent pieces reserved for the season’s grander festivities. Concocting a heady cocktail of three-dimensional hand-embroideries, meticulous beadwork, and dripping with pearls and Swarovski crystals, every piece is a wearable work of art. From bridal lehengas and kalidars to more risqué draped saris and gowns, it’s a wholesome collection that celebrates our innate Indianness with a touch of whimsy.
The Menswear line conveys sartorial finesse with finely tailored, draped bandhgalas, fluid kurtas, pre-fitted cummerbunds, sharp blazers, and whimsical waistcoats — all featuring a touch of tonal hand-embroideries. The colour palette starts off with classic ivory, navy and black, but extends to more festive pastels, saffron, olive and ochres. Statement wedding pieces this season include generously embroidered sherwanis with cowl dhotis, chikankari & mukaish kurtas, and dramatically cut bandi jackets.
Conceived while cruising down lazuli waters of the Nile in gentle-paced dahabiyas, this collection traverses beyond the cinematic clichés and dives deep into the ancient archives to poetically retell the stories through design. It marries cultural symbolism and iconography with a contemporary, India-Modern approach to stay true to the label’s DNA.
“Last year, we took a seven-member design team to Egypt to study their ancient art and design, and we made a conscious effort to not take our inspirations too literally! We also showcased at the India House in Cairo for the ‘India by the Nile festival’ organized by the Indian ambassador. This also inspired us with the name of this collection. One can see the painstakingly detailed motifs and embroideries that our skilled team has recreated from the museum references, but the silhouettes and colour are still largely our own signature.” – Tarun Tahiliani
Building on the shared love for draping that is well-documented both in the ancient Egyptian silhouettes, and is also a signature of the label, there’s an abundance of fluid shapes, cascading drapes and cowls. Besides, like all primordial civilizations that used swathes of woven fabrics to wrap and drape the body in creative styles, Egypt and India have a somewhat shared style akin much to our saris and dhotis. This extends rather seamlessly to the label’s perfected Indian silhouettes in the shape of draped dresses, pre-pleated concept saris, and a slew of kalidars and tunics with off-shoulder necklines and asymmetric hems. The colour palette is free of external influences and features refreshing summer hues like soft neutrals and pastel pink, aqua, mint and ivory.
The most iconic fashions of the Pharaonic era are best preserved in the form of jewellery archives that still speak of the imposing grandeur. Several pieces in the collection are emblazoned with motifs of scarab beetles, Eye of Horus, stacked necklaces, and bejeweled falcons— brought to life with hand-painted prints, laboriously beaded embroideries and Swarovski crystals. The reference to the ancient murals, hieroglyphs, and architectural details is also incorporated in a contemporary style. These symmetrical patterns and geometric shapes, that are believed to have also contributed to the Art-Deco style movement, translate into intricate jaals and geometric-floral embroideries on the blouses, lehengas and capes.
“We also referenced some of the geometric Art-Deco patterns that find their roots in the artistic style of the Pharaonic Egypt. You can see it in motifs still preserved on the King Tutankhamun’s tomb! They inspired our decadently embroidered grids on the lehengas.” – Tarun Tahiliani
For more details, call 044 28333627
Date: 31st March 2019 – Tuesday, 2nd April 2019
Time: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm
#3, Khader Nawaz Khan Road,
Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600006