Design twin duo Tata Naka know how to finish LFW with a bang. Every year their presentation has a fun party vibe, and this year was no different. Despite the grey day outside and the prospect that fashion week is nearly over for another season, we couldn’t help but feel uplifted as we sipped on coconut water through brightly coloured straws and watched the models laughing and dancing in the AW17 collection.
Taking inspiration from tribal Africa, the designs were a feast of print and colour, draped across bodies in the most attractive of ways. Dresses were long and floating, with ruffled and pleated detailing; trousers and sweatshirts were loose and stripy, and bold printed fabrics twisted and turned themselves into bralets and skirts, all in a striking green, red and yellow colour palette. Heavier, silk jacquard fabrics were combined with this free-flowing aesthetic, tailored into elegant silhouettes that provided a more formal, but no less fun, edge to proceedings.
Tartans in more subdued blues and greens exploded into the collection, their precise patterns clashing wonderfully with the painterly style of the previous designs. These, too, had a more structured feel to them, but each with their own creative element – tribal pockets here, zebra-pint shoulder pads there and tonnes of personality in each outfit.
Ultimately, that’s exactly what this collection is about – an expression of spirit that is so joyful and happy that it becomes a part of who you are and how you look. Lush green florals from the simple yet effective backdrop snaked their way into plaited hair and across smiling faces; the final touch in creating this larger than life offering that shows off Tata Naka’s true talent. Season after season, the pair somehow manage to liberate their designs from paper, busting them out from behind a sea of look-but-don’t-touch presentaions and shows to make clothes that you can’t wait to throw on and have some fun in.