Tata Naka

Tata Naka Pre Fall 2012 EXCLUSIVELY at Selfridges!

As you may have gathered from previous interviews and show reports, I am a pretty big fan of Tata Naka. Given that the girls behind the hotter-than-hot independant brand are renowned for their incredible in-house prints, my love for their work can’t have come as any great suprise. The power patterns that earned twin sister design duo, Natasha and Tamara Surguladze an entire wall display in Barneys, New York devoted to their graduate collection are out in force for pre fall 2012, a collection that oh-so-conveniently arrives in Selfridges this sunday. Entitled, Toy Story and inspired by the work of Brit sculptor Robert Bradford, Tata Naka’s pre season offerings combine rubix cube brights in fine wool crepes with sleek tailoring and of course, their trademark prints. Anyone who thought colour blocking and pattern clashing were flash-in-the-pan fads will have to eat their words as one glance at these eye-watering beauties will no doubt put paid to that. The carefree brand of quirky chic introduced by a certain Miccia Prada is here to stay, long may it live.

Tata Naka

Tata Naka

Tata Naka’s pre fall 2012 collection will be available in Selfridges, and Selfridges along from Sunday 1st of July. Personally I’ve got my eye on the geometric, Peter Pan collared number (surprise, surprise), which one would you pick?

Love Ella. X

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5 minutes with… Tata Naka

My next and final pre-LFW interview is with another set of talented twins, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze of Tata Naka. You may remember the in-depth interview I did with the girls back in September so I wont bore you by repeating their (extremely impressive) life story again. Tata Naka’s deliciously delicate SS12 collection was one of my LFW favourites last time around so I, for one, am very excited to hear what’s in store for the season to come…

LPA: What was the inspiration behind your AW12/13 collection?

T&N: African American culture.

LPA: What can we expect to see from Tata Naka during 2012?

T&N: We’re starting the new year with the launch of our first ever online store. We’ve also recently introduced a line of jersey tees which will be in stores from early summer. Tata Naka are working on some exciting collaborations which will be revealed soon and we aim to introduce a new scarf like with our Cruise collection. There are also plans for a jewellery line in the works.

LPA: Which other designers do you rate and why?

T&N: Rei Kawakubo, Junya Wtanabe, Martin Marigiela and Nicholas Gesquire for their innovative ideas and originality. And Miuccia Prada for creating a brand that’s fun and luxurious at the same time.

LPA: Where do you like to shop?

T&N: Dover Street Market for their diverse selection of brands and antique fairs in London for unique pieces of jewellery.

LPA: Do your designs reflect your own dress sense?

T&N: Yes, they go hand in had as our dress style reflects our personalities.

LPA: What advice would you give to someone trying to establish a career in the fashion industry?

T&N: Be ready to face lots of challenges but always try to stay true to yourself.

LPA: What’s your ultimate aim for the Tata Naka brand?

T&N: To turn it into a proper luxury fashion house and open a free standing retails store where we can present the whole Tata Naka conept.

Love Ella. X

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La Petite Fashion Week Diaries: London SS12, Day 5

So after five long days of catwalk shows, presentations and of course, parties, London Fashion Week has finally drawn to a close. Unless of course you count menswear day which, let’s face it, just isn’t as much fun. The end of fashion week is always a rather bittersweet experience. On the one hand your sad to wave goodbye to what is always a joyous coming together of the sartorially minded. But at the same time the idea of wearing flat shoes, comfy jeans and going make up free for a few days is pretty darned attractive.

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I wore… Blazer: Zara, Top, Shorts & Bag: Whistles, Shoes: Topshop
Tights: Accessorize, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery

Having danced the night away at the “This is New York” party hosted by uber bloggers Tommy Ton and Susie Bubble I was ready to hang up my heels come Tuesday morning. But there were still a few shows to go and they were simply too good to miss so I donned my final fashion week outfit and headed, ok hobbled to the tube. First up was Meadham Kirchoffat the Topshop venue. As handpicked protegee’s of Fashion East founder Lulu Kennedy, Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchoff’s designs were always going to good. But quite how successful the boys would be, even Lulu couldn’t have predicted. Known and loved for putting two fingers up at prescribed good taste, Meadham Kirchoff scooped up the prestigious “Next Young Designer” gong at this years’ the Elle Style Awards and have been praised by every fash mag worth reading from Love to Vogue and pretty much everything in between. With a FROW that included her Royal Highness, Anna Wintour, the pressure was really on this season and boy, did the designers deliver.

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Hamish Bowles & Anna Wintour at Meadham Kirchoff

The Topshop show space was decorated with balloon archways and began with a rabble of Courtney Love look-a-likes who burst onto the runway caking on red lipstick and dancing wildly. The collection that followed was an eye-popping spectacle of candy colours, sparkles, ruffles and feathers. Cartoon esque prints, pastel shades, gingham checks and fluffy marabou were applied to micro shift dresses and cropped coats with exquisite sculptured dresses in broderie anglaise. It soon became clear that the theatrics wouldn’t stop there as a troop of tweenage ballerinas twirled onto the catwalk, revealing behind them a group of models perfectly posed atop a giant cake. One by one the models took to the catwalk dressed in a dazzling array of spectacular sequinned numbers and shrunken Marie Antoinette style dresses. The collection was theatrical, indulgent and an absolute joy to behold. Several people were even reduced to tears and when their show yielded a rare smile from Anna, Meadham Kirchoff’s fate as fashion’s latest darlings was well and truly sealed.

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Meadham Kirchoff SS12
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Meadham Kirchoff SS12

After that I hot footed it back to Somerset House (fashion week is definitely the most intensive form of cardio!) for the Tata Nakapresentation. Natasha and Tamara Surguladze launched Tata Naka straight after graduating from St Martins and since then the brand has simply gone from strength to strength. The girls really pulled out all the stops this season with a collection that looked good enough to eat. Delicate summer dresses, jumpsuits and chic separates came in a mixture of exquisite floral prints, soft nudes and clashing, brights. The collection hit the perfect balance between fashion forward and wearable with quirky touches such as pleated panels, asymmetric hemlines and neat collars bringing simple shapes and delicate detailing bang up to date. Styles with floral hairpieces, flowing locks and adorable matching shoes Tata Naka’s SS12 offerings were a girly girl’s dream. All in all a fabulously feminine and utterly covetable collection that will be topping many a wish list come Spring.

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Tata Naka SS12
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Tata Naka SS12

Day 5 seemed to positively fly by (possibly due to the 2pm start) and all of a sudden I found myself with only one show left to go. Then again, David Koma is one of my favourite designers so I’d be hard pushed to think of a better show to top off a fantastic London Fashion Week. The FROW was littered with famous fashion faces and influential industry players including Harpes Bazaar Editor Kim Hersov and Grazia’s Melanie Rickey.

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Grazia’s Editor-at-Large, Melanie Rickey
at David Koma

David’s last two collections gathered unanimous rave reviews and this season saw the young designer develop his style one step further with a selection of bold looks that combined his signature body-conscious silhouette with something totally new. Figure clinging dresses in semi-sheer devore jersey were adorned with strategically placed Polynesian tribal motifs. Shapes where as sharp as ever and David kept his palette simple but striking with monochrome looks and perfectly placed bursts of flourescent brights. Fetishista’s rejoice as it looks as though bondage inspired looks will be sticking around for Spring. David’s show featured lashings of leather forming carefully constructed peplums of pleats and fringing, adding a tougher edge to barely-there dresses.

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David Komas SS12
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David Koma SS12

Tribal customs may have provided the inspiration but the collection was undeniably modern with iridescent sequins and perspex discs giving the final looks a futuristic feel. At the risk of sounding like an judge on America’s Next Top Model, the show was fierce with David’s fearless designs providing an inspiring finale to my Fashion Week Diaries.

Love Ella. X

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