The sun has decided to come out more than a little these last couple of weeks. So, we thought it fitting to talk about the summer appropriate colour burst that was Tata Naka and their new season collection. And boy, was it bright.
Cyan blue, tangerine and brilliant terracotta red were the standout colours of the collection, recreated in exotic prints reminiscent of freshly painted Turkish pottery. In other words, it’s the kind of collection that definitely doesn’t need an Instagram filter.
Not for your average wallflower, the collection had several references to French Archduchess Marie Antoinette, conveyed through heavy, jewel-like prints and regal silhouettes. But it was the intensity of the prints that made them look even more spectacular when mixed, matched and clashed together. Wallpaper florals, colourful mosaic-tiled tessellations and far eastern carpet patterns were printed onto oversized sweatshirts, midi skirts, structured tee-shirts, delicate blouses and bomber jackets – you name it, it was on it. It was a wonderful print overdose delivered in the best kind of way.
Collars and necklines were adorned with chunky beaded embellishment and some large floral appliqué and fringing here and there, set off perfectly against metallic silver and gold tasselled moccasin boots.
But not all of the collection was loud and proud. Muted tones of mustard, navy, olive green and cream were colour-blocked together in layers of coats, cricket knits and midi-skirts, giving the collection a more grown up – and very wearable – autumnal twist amongst the sea of print. Staying true to the brand’s aesthetic, layering and clashing of fabric and print created a cheerful and light-hearted feel to collection.
‘This season’s inspiration is a direct result of our immersion in all things interior design as we have been working on our own home as well as developing a Tata Naka Home line,’ say Tamar and Natasha Surguladze, twin sisters and designers behind Tata Naka. ‘Since we have been so consumed by this project it was natural that the collection would reflect the concept of home – design and furnishings.’
All in all, a fresh, colourful outlook and one we’ll definitely be embracing long before AW14 comes around.