As the Vogue Wedding Show fast approaches, we at Think Shaadi thought we’d take some time out to focus on two of the major designers, who will be showcasing their designs at this year’s show – Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra. Now, they’re two men who really know their craft, each it is safe to say are the reigning kings of their field, but how do these two giants of fashion differ, in creative output?
Tarun Tahiliani is renowned for his sweet and sensual creations, which are rich in classicism and elegant allure, this is especially the case when it comes to his bridal wear designs. However, in his recent collections, and particularly for his latest bridal collection, his creative eye has shifted, one has to say, shifted dramatically.
In a recent Vogue India interview, which he did in preparation for his sixth couture exposition (taking place in Bombay July 11th, then Delhi August 2nd) he made one of the biggest statements we’ve heard in the world of Indian fashion “brides aren’t happy with richly embroidered sacks anymore.”
The interview was an eye opener for sure, and he reiterated some of his comments for a recent Bridal Studio session, in Chennai. Curious fashionistas got the chance to savour a taste of his new found creative zeal, first hand.
It’s clear to see that Tarun is really breaking the mould, his latest bridal collection is a refreshing fusion of traditional Mughal inspirations and contemporary desires, he has long spoke of a need to incorporate the ability for brides to move about more, in respect to dancing and that general desire for formality yet relaxation at the same time.
A sensual play with pastels and more muted, sunset colours, offset with crystal brocades have been the forumla here, the designs are more reserved, yet still keep the hypnotic air of tradition and don’t stray too far from beautiful convention. In a recent interview Tarun related his thoughts on bridal wear inspiration, saying “the wedding is the one time every woman looks readiant and beautiful – if she doesn’t go the extreme way in styling. Indian miniatures always inspire me. Historically too, all the women admired for their sense of style have had a strong identity, one that’s true to who they are. Think Gayatri Devi, Elizabeth Taylor, Rekha etc.”
Tarun’s creatively capricious mindset is typical of Delhi sensibilites, with its long history of creatives who ferociously explore the hinterland of design, and of course keep alive that desire to experience the new, in all its forms.
Manish Malhotra, on the other hand, has always taken and reshaped the old to fit with the new. When it comes to his bridal collections, the themes have always been broad, plentiful and sensual, all at the same time. He is quintessentially Bombay, his fusions of differeng cultural styles aptly fit the famous port city, which has seen the world cross through its gates.
It’s easy to see Manish’ mentality during an interview, again at a Bridal Studio session, this time in Hyderabad. He possesses this ability to tap into the desires of the brides and families he works with.
Manish, much like Tarun has had a few metamorphosis’ in his creative approach. When he started out, tradition sprinkled with a few magical ounces of modernity were his trademark, but over the seasons, his bridal collections have changed and found, what one would describe as a complete regeneration. Simplistic elegance, coupled with intricacy of detailing is the current essence of Manish Malhotra.
He recently mused on his creative process, saying “my signature work is amalgamation of various art forms like chikankari craftsmanship from Mijwan, intricate Kasmiri work and real zari work in classic silhouttes, creating vintage elegance along with opulent old world charm.”
The fairytale approach has never left Manish, he’s a designer who has always maintained that steadfast degree of creative enthusiasm, throughout all of his collections. The same applies to his latest bridal collection, which playfully mixes a neon palette, with the more muted and subtle. In shape and form however, it has to be said that the modern is one step ahead of the traditional.
It seems that both these designers have started a trend, where they are well and truly pushing the envelope of creativity, conjuring up bold new styles, and giving brides-to-be everywhere a passion for doing things that little bit differently. It’s what all good artisans should do.