Tata Naka mix influences from Motown with Malawi for A/W’12

by Katie on February 22, 2012

After coming out of a frankly disappointing show that was a downer to end London Fashion Week, with fraying nerves and flagging energy, it was only on a last minute whim that I caught the wonderfully upbeat Tata Naka presentation on the tail end of Day 5.
Walking into the (by now familiar) Somerset House Portico Room presentation space, the area had been transformed into an airy bright pastelfest with blaring sounds of The Ronettes and Diana Ross & The Supremes.  The yellows, pinks, blues and pale greens of the ‘Jazz effect meets West African Tribal graphics’ mirrored the upbeat funk of the collection.
Featuring two complimentary lines, Tata Naka and Stolen Memories, the designers’ trademark shapes and prints were present throughout in bold African colours – yellow, terracotta, lavender, teal and forest green. Dresses were a combination of textures and fabrics – wool crepe with tweed, cotton drill or silk georgette with tulle while elsewhere, bold jacquards were fashioned into ladylike early ’50s silhouettes and embellished with intricate beading.
There was a sweetness about this. Tata Naka have made a name for themselves in their globally influenced collections and this one added another level of understanding in how to cross-pollinate fashion with culturalism and music and still remain light-hearted and relevant.

Shoes featured this season’s key footwear trends: block heels, this time as a ‘flatform’ (previously known as the brothel creeper) and wedge heeled boots.
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