Wednesday, 29 February 2012
I was so excited to visit the Tata Naka presentation late on the last day of womenswear I swapped to my flats and power walked over there, and thankfully the clothes did not disappoint! In this kind of presentation not all the looks are shown at once and I saw the lookbook shoot in progress. I've been curious to see all the other photos floating round the web, including one group of garments centred around my favourite delightful ice cream colours for SS which are continuing to the next season: light pink, lilac and yellow. Whilst in another group there were terracotta oranges contrasted with mottled greys and stand out zingy yellows.
Nature felt very present in those earthy greens and reds as well as the matte textures. A chilled 60s Motown vibe referencing musicians such as Diana Ross and The Supremes also resided. The collection by Tamara and Natasha Surguladze was rich in vivid prints and also heavily beaded and jewelled embellishment, including on curving piped neck pieces inspired by Malawian tribes. The glittering gems even found their way on to the chunky creepers footwear.
In the clothes are strong geometric shapes and I really like how they are cleverly placed with delicate transparent fabric holding them in formation. I particularly love the pleated skirt sections where despite the apparent floating gap the fall of the fabric is continuous to the lower section.
The collection is so vibrant in its mishmash of colour and texture and I love the fresh and cheerful take on tribal arts.