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On Tuesday 19th, The National Portrait Gallery welcomed another art form to stand alongside their historical collection. 

Tata Naka designers, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze, presented their vintage-inspired SS18 womenswear collection on the third floor of The National Portrait Gallery; a presentation which sat easily amongst the grandeur of its setting.

The Tata Naka SS18 collection saw seasonal summer stripes and vintage florals in contrasting aubergine and daffodil hues; high-waisted tailoring and wide collars gave the collection a retro-feel while the addition of side slits and bare-shoulder necklines remained in-keeping with forecast Spring/Summer trends.

The styling was done to artistic perfection. Dark lipstick and a reflective sheen to the contouring, giving the models an artificial quality  - real-life portraits of modern-vintage dress.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

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.


Words: Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts_

LFW may have been and gone but  I’ve barely had enough time to digest what I saw. After the chaos of running between shows and battling with ideas to geta  report live, sometimes it’s possible to miss the point of what you’ve just seen and skim over the finer details in favour of moving on to what’s next. Therefore, after a whirlwind of fashion related events and escapades, my mind has finally had the time required to process what the hell happened this past week and has taken me back to the final day of the SS14 collections which began, rather beautifully I might add, with Tata Naka.

Set in the basement studio of Somerset House,  and  inconveniently (or is it conveniently?) situated  next to the toilets, we were met with a vast number of people accidentally joining the largest queue of their lives for a quick pre show wee. Confusion aside, and once inside, a vivid show of colour and theatre awaited. Inspired by the work of Sergei Diaghilev and his famous Ballet Russes, the collection was presented as if on the grand stage, our role as spectators played upon to the greatest extent to allow a thorough interrogation of the designs.

This was a true performance, an explosion of colour, all set to the haunting sounds of the Bolero.  Candy pinks, yellows and blues all interwoven with stars, spots and broken faces bobbed and weaved behind the curtain as the models revealed and concealed each garment, keeping the audience guessing. With such a deep investment in the ballet, it seemed fitting that each model stood pretty as a doll, with delicate sheers and colour block patchworks falling in deliberately feminine ways. Diaghilev’s costume fabrics were present in dot laden tulle, loose A-line fits and bodice inspired shapes.

Sweet pastels were broken by the zest of lemon yellows and soft orange, reptilian in texture  and spread across off the shoulder separates, reminding my rumbling stomach of a childhood fruit salad sweet. More primary flashes cut through in busy prints, all swirling numbers and letters finished off with a mathematical feel, courtesy of hexagon trims, which take you away from drama class and back into geometry. All topped off with a sleek bun so in tune with the classic ballerina style, the drama of the stage is really brought to life in the finishing touches as the broken faces, so similar to comedy and tragedy,  stand out on brogues and heels. Never failing to raise a smile, it’s fair to say that Tata Naka were the perfect start to a dismal day.


Words: Camilla Hunt | Fashion Week Press | @littlemyth
Photography: Erika Shiotsu | Fashion Week Photographer | @heath828