Yesterday I was lucky enough to have been invited down to London Fashion Week to view the AW12 collection from Tata Naka. The ready-to-wear presentation showed the work of sisters Tamara and Natasha Surguladze who are Georgia natives.
Arriving promptly I didn’t know what to expect from the presentation and 4.30pm the doors opened. We entered a monochrome check floored room which was draped from ceiling to floor with tribal ethnic inspired prints and the models stood poised to a Motown classic. The presentation began with the models lined up in curly afros and colour blocked creepers. The AW12 collection from Tata Naka is print full and colour full. The collection showed a great combination of African Malawian inspired tribal print work and embellishing with contemporary styling and cuts. For example they took a bold yellow tribal printed pencil skirt and teamed it with a pin striped shirt buttoned to the neck and topped with a colour blocked boyfriend jacket and creepers. I absolutely loved how this collection was put together and styled. Sophisticated, contemporary and yet extremely playful.
Tata Naka speaking on their signature style “Our collections explore the unexpected; we play with the illusory but always maintain a sense of humour. One of our signatures is our in-house prints that are based on our paintings and photography. We always aim to create timeless pieces for our customers: pieces with which they will fall in love” And I couldn’t agree more. I fell in love. See more pictures from the collection here.
The presentation lay out made it feel as though you were gate crashing a photo shoot with the lighting and photography equipment in the centre and eager photographers running around and shouting directions while waving arms at the models to ‘pose like this’. However the constant flow of Pina Colada cocktails and the banging Motown soundtrack with great classics from Diana Ross to Michael Jackson it was an enjoyable Fashion Week experience.
AW12 has been my first introduction to the Surguladze sisters work and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. I now have a whole load of items added to my wardrobe wishlist from the ladies! I have never been a fan of creepers but the footwear featured in their collection could make me a convert! (The crystal studded ones were my fave.)
In conclusion the A/W12 collection from Tata Naka was a hit, these pieces will provide you with that much needed cheer in our typical British Autumn/Winter chill. 2012 holds a lot of exciting projects for Tata Naka so keep your eyes peeled for the launch of their online store, a new jersey line and more!