We visit a crystal palace for Thomas Tait’s Crystal Visions SS16 and to see his debut as a Swarovski Collective member.
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best-friend
You know the saying, and you agree with it. Thomas Tait’s SS16 Collection did something marvellous with the use of Swarovski Crystals. Presented on playsuits, skirts, and dresses, our hearts flutter and mouths watered, especially when we saw that adorable little red skirt embellished with multicoloured crystals. They were seen on even the smallest of items – belts and headbands, necklaces and earrings. Being on the front row of this show must have been tricky – do the hands not earn to touch and feel? And there’s wasn’t too much of it either; a rare-looking statement piece made the most simplest of outfits stand out. Thomas Tait, you really do know us too well.
Layering and Experimentation
Equally, he also knows the precision and craftsmanship that goes into the unique layering and structures and the fluidity of combining and mixing. Thomas Tait should be championed for his exceptional dedication to detail and it’s refinement, and it is this ultimate skill of his that has made this collection so magical. “It was very much about playing around with the forms… and to do it with a sense of fun and spontaneity,” Tate explained.
The Thomas Tait SS16 Collection didn’t find any inspiration on our planet so ventured out above the atmosphere to see what it could nab onto there. The preoccupation with negative space, as seen in the round, metallic cut-outs and the cracks that plastered various surfaces, was a key theme here. Jewellery resembled some D.I.Y from bits and bobs found on a spaceship and constellations delicately enhanced silk tunics and leather. The cut-out trend was perfectly mastered albeit not overly exemplified. Subtle is good.
Words: Marianna Mukhametzyanova