Over the past few years, Montreal-born designer Thomas Tait has become one of the most talked about fashion prodigies. His womenswear collections have received impeccable reviews from the likes of Vogue Magazine and renowned fashion blogs. In 2010, Tait was proclaimed the youngest student to ever complete London’s Central Saint Martins’ “Womenswear MA fashion program” at the astounding age of 21.
For the Spring-Summer 2016 season, his effortlessly constructed sportswear-chic collection did not go unnoticed. Tait’s SS16 muse is on a mission to the moon, back when it was first walked on in the late 60’s. Models with Twiggy eyes wearing Courrège-inspired shiny PVC jackets take us back to the decade when pop culture was born.
Satellite-inspired forms were a key element of the collection. The bright skin of the models peeped through several circular holes on the garments, in the manner of bright stars shining in the dark sky. By cleverly perforating the clothes, Tait attributed a definite contemporary touch to the vintage-like pieces, giving the ability to the woman’s body to be revealed without being awkwardly exposed. A shoulder, hip or knee on display through those cropped circles gave a feminine touch to the heavy garments. The cosmic/geometric cut-out trend was perfectly mastered with multicoloured Swarovski crystals as embellishments. Tait crafted atypical candid pieces, mixing an aged vision of the future to modern, impeccably mastered elements.
Some keys pieces stood out, capturing the heart of Tait’s most sophisticated clients. The Solar System inspired cut-out tunic, clearly made for the like of an intergalactic princess; the heavy and stiff calfskin suit; and the sparkly red skirt were eye-catching items of the collection. Tait’s knowledge of proportions, cuts, forms and textures offer magical and innovative products of his imagination.
His exceptional dedication to detailing and refinement made his latest collection a substantial success. Tait highlights his own bright talent with an unmistakably modern hand, making him one of the most innovative and thoughtful designers working in fashion at the moment.
Text by KEVIN MEUNIER
Photography DAISY WALKER (For Dazed Digital)