DFW: Tahiliani's creation pot-pourri of finesse and unfettered blitz

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Never before did fashion wizardry look so entrancing.

The word 'grand' is synonymous with heavyweight designer Tarun Tahiliani, so it came as no surprise when he took the high road in presenting his ultra chic creations on the second day of the five-day Delhi Fashion Week.

The hard part of achieving success is often preserving it, but Tarun is a dab hand at it. A riot of uber cool colours came alive when his collection was put on view with svelte models sashaying down the ramp in white-coloured outfits and ending in bandhini print ones. No doubt, it was a moment of pure genious with unparalleled brilliance.

International model Liami, who opened the fashion fiesta yesterday, made the first appearance for the top-notch designer's spectacle today, wearing a white-structured poplin draped cotton dress.

The show was packed to the rafters but the Bollywood lingering allure and relish was found wonting.

Tinseltown actor Shilpa Shetty, who strutted down the catwalk in a Rs 2.5 crore outfit for Tahiliani recently, was expected to make an appearance this time too, but she did not turn up, leaving the audiences and the media disappointed and dejected.

A brigade of Bollywood figures are expected to turn up for the near-parallel running Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, which began at Pragati Maidan today, providing the national capital an overdose of fashion, something more than it can chew.

About the recent split in the fashion industry, Tahiliani quipped, ''The goals of each individual should be in line with that of the industry as a whole. Somewhere there was a need for stillness, contemplation and introspection. A new order and spirit, born of quiet reflection was needed.'' ''The spirit of my collection is to wake up to our own larger purpose over crass materialism and involve all that this land has to offer and teach us all that is buried here,'' he told UNI.

The pristine whites, creams, ecrus, beiges and soft colours of spring refer to a new beginning, according to the designer.

In the collection, silk jersey linen gauze were wrapped up in modern forms of the dhoti and the saree. Gypsy tunics were paired with silk jackets. Bandhini was left crushed and draped around in different styles.

The colour palette ranged from white to beige, ivory to peach, and lilac to black -- from the subtle to the vibrant.

Several known faces from the fashion world seen on the catwalk for the show were -- Nina Manuel, Nethra Raghuraman and Fleur Xavier.

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