Tarun Tahiliani has unveiled the his new Autumn Winter 2012 collection that screams multicultural eclecticism. It straddles Indian and Western design sensibilities with panache.

Designed around the magnificence of the Ottoman Empire, it draws inspiration from their art, architecture, textiles, armour and culture. The clothes combine old-world romanticism and modern technology.

This collection consists of highly constructed pieces, with gilt work and paves stones embellishing them in a subtle yet eye-catching manner. Turkish carpet prints are superimposed with Tahiliani’s trademark oversized motif and then weathered and blurred. 

The key techniques include embossing, lace insets and cording in classic jewel tones of wine dregs, black and old rose oxidised, beaten, weathered looks in dull gold and silver zari on velvet, make vintage fashionable.

Engineered and asymmetric pieces have been patched in the brands signature, printing in rich jewel tones of blue and indigo. It straddles a visceral outpouring of drape and form, and moves effortlessly from saree gowns to salwar pants under paneled gilets. Each of the pieces is unique and enviable.

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