After a wait of almost two hours, the capital's fashion coterie and other guests were ushered in the main show area on Sunday night. The set-up of the ramp was intriguing - a white skeleton of what looked like a palace or mansion.

Explaining the concept, Tahiliani said, "It was the skeleton of a mansion. (We wanted to convey that the mansion is there) as a dream, as a vision, but stripped of its heaviness. It was a symbolic metaphor that you must leave the heaviness of the past behind and move forward into the contemporary world."

The set-up was - considering his three-tier line, the Gold Collection, the Enchanted Forest and the Man of The Hour.

The Gold Collection boasts of outfits, mostly saris in Grecian drapes in liquid gold. The silhoutte of the sari was a fusion of Greek and Indian sensibilities. They had intricate details of hand-embroiders 3D flower artwork embellished with Swarovski elements, yet the line was quite understated.

The second line was bathed in a colour pallete of pinks, ivory, beige and red. Flowing and layered garments formed the focus here, with subdued bling.

As part of Man of the Hour, Tahiliani showcased an interesting blend of contemporary wear for the grooms-to-be. He mad draped dhotis out of kanjeevaram saris and intricate sherwanis, kurta and bandhgalas. There were also sherwanis in velvet with jewel embroidered necklines and cuffs.

The veteran designer said, "The concept of the show was all about draping and Indian embroideries, but I wanted to work with lightness. So everything has volume, but it is all very light.

(Agencies)