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Photos: Tarun Tahiliani brings Maha Kumbh on the runway

Last updated on: March 16, 2013 22:03 IST

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Titled Kumbhack, designer Tarun Tahiliani presented his collection on Day 2 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2012.

Models sashayed down the ramp in saffron dresses amid the chant of mantras for Tarun Tahiliani's 'Kumbhack' collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013 in Delhi.

Adding more drama to the show was the live performance by Sounds of Isha, a band founded by the Isha Foundation.


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Tahiliani went spiritual for his latest collection, which is inspired by the way sadhus dress.


Image: Model Lakshmi Rana walks the ramp for Tarun Tahiliani.
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"I had gone to Kumbh at Makar Sakranti for two days and it was spectacular. We have become a divided society and shun the power of such holy practices. I think sadhus deserve to be loved and admired," Tahiliani told reporters post-show.


Image: Model Sucheta Sharma in a Tarun Tahiliani creation at WLIFW.
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Models walked the ramp in long braids with especially designed garlands on their head. Even males wore dhoti teamed with bandhgalas.


Image: A model sports a dhoti pant with a kurta and a jacket for Tarun Tahiliani.
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"I like what they (sadhus) wear. They just tuck it around in rounds and similarly my clothes can be worn in the same manner, I have always been inspired by their draping sense and wanted to bring it in my collection. I think we are losing the draping techniques gradually. Since I have been to the ashram, I thought to use the draping technique in more purposeful way and therefore, used various shades of saffron. I think it is the right time to do this collection," he added.


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The designer has also focused on ready-to-wear dresses this time. He said his dresses are for working women who need to get ready quickly.


Image: Model Arshia Ahuja shashays down the ramp in a velvet jacket worn over a knee-length dress
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"I have toned down the complex dresses to make it user-friendly. They can be worn within minutes and look very refreshing," said the designer.


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The collection embraces a multitude of techniques, designs and fabric – including laser etching, zardozi, applique, badhini, jamewar, tie and dye, velvet, animal prints, satin, thick jersey.


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Mix and match with this draped jersey skirt with a jersey and organza kedeo inspired jacket.


Image: Tamara Moss walks the ramp for Tarun Tahiliani.
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This pre-stitched saree drape in blue bandhani with shibori and ajrakh is an eye-catcher.


Image: Miss India 2011 Kanishtha Dhankar shashays down the ramp for Tarun Tahiliani.
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Here's a rouche flounce dress in hand-textured chiffon, in deep sunset crimson, with that gilet.


Image: Model Archana Akil Kumar walks the ramp for Tarun Tahiliani at WLIFW.
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Styling, colour, pattern, embroidery, silhouette, and above all, layering, come together to showcase the heightened, ephemeral emotion of the Mela.


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