Designer Tarun Tahiliani has monopolised bridal wardrobe wishlists for long. Now, the master couturier is ready to expand his dominion to our jewellery kits as well. The designer is set to launch his debut collection for Confluence from Swarovski Crystals, a jewellery collective that has featured the likes of Suhani Pittie, Rohit Bal, Gaurav Gupta and Manish Arora, since its inception in 2016. Tahiliani is now channelling his design philosophy into one-of-a-kind bejewelled creations for the brand. Fashion insiders will have you know that the collaboration has been a long time coming, given his illustrious history of working the glittering crystals into his couture creations over the past two decades.
Titled ‘Tarakini’, the collection interprets the haze of stardust that lights up the sky into a delicate array of jewels featuring hoop, dangler and stud earrings with a selection of maangtikkas—all within a budget-affirming price range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000. The designer’s flair for the classic is mirrored in the colour palette that features golds, rubies and emeralds, often accompanied with pearls and vintage Patina Crystals from the brand. As Tahiliani prepares to drop his debut jewellery collection on Jabong, Myntra, Aza and Ogaan on March 29, we got him to take us behind-the-scenes on the journey behind the jewels.
How has your journey been with Swarovski over the past two decades? It has been an extremely interesting and engaging road. I was first introduced to the brand by my great friend Isabella Blow, and we collaborated, all the way back in 1995. At that time, Swarovski’s crystal components were not available in India and were usually carried into the country by hand. Mixed with our Indian traditional embroideries and other forms of threadwork, I found that, for me, Swarovski crystals had a very particular niche in the fashion world. In addition, they have consistently collaborated with creative minds around the world and pushed the envelope to see where the product can go. Some of my favourites were the installations by Philip Treacy and some very interesting things done for them by Manish Arora. This year, we are also looking forward to collaborating again at our Couture Week show, where we take the usage into totally different realms, combine it with a lot of components and give Indian women a modern twist on the couture that is rooted in our tradition. To me, the excitement comes from mixing and meshing the two worlds, rather than letting them stay mutually independent.
What was the inspiration behind your first jewellery collection for Confluence? The inspiration for our debut jewellery collection was basically a lot of Indian baalis in traditional forms and maangtikkas that we wanted to have easier versions of. So, we decided to take easy, wearable pieces and fashion them out of Swarovski crystals. We wanted to do a beautiful blend of East and West, done with the finest crystals in the world. All the principles that we use in design have found their way into this whimsical collection of asymmetrical pieces.
How did you decide on the colour palette for the collection? Emerald, ruby and ivory are classic jewel tones. Emerald and rubies are getting rarer and rarer now, and are often heat-treated in the market. So, we said, why don’t we give people really fun, vibrant jewel tones through the [Swarovski] stones. We didn’t want to go for a very ‘diamond’ look, but really use the colours, because Indian women wear colours beautifully. There was an image of Angelina Jolie at the Oscars a few years ago, wearing earrings made out of solid emeralds—just emeralds. That really stuck with me. As a colour palette, using tone-on-tone coloured stones is very beautiful, modern and works with western clothing, which the jewellery is designed to go with.
How does the creative process begin when designing jewellery? The creative process, like anything else, begins with a mood board, with ideas or words we want to embody in the collection and, of course, some visual references of medieval things we can’t find anymore. Then, we start sketching our own proportions, after which you have to lay the stones down and see how they fit. This is not an actual diamond that can be sewed or cut away. These have to be used in the sizes that they are provided for. Hence, we decided to do a combination of the rest of it.
In terms of styling, how do you see women wearing the Confluence pieces? These pieces are great travel pieces, especially for a younger market that may not have access to real jewels all the time. It is also modern to mix real and costume jewellery all the time, as far as you are confident enough to carry it off. This jewellery works well with a lot of our lighter ready-to-wear pieces—it is not something you would wear as a bride, but is great for travel and destination weddings, or parties where people don’t want to carry a lot of real jewellery. These pieces are easy, represent India in a funky way and are modern—they are like the first jewelled T-shirt. 1 /14 Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence Earrings, Tarun Tahiliani x Confluence
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Wednesday, March 28 2018
Tarun Tahiliani launches debut jewellery collection for Confluence
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