The Clothes: Before I left for my first ever London fashion week I asked Susie Lau for her list of designers to watch. Canadian-born, Dorchester prize winner Thomas Tait was at the top of the list. And after seeing his spring show, set at an outdoor graffiti covered skate park by the Thames, I can see why.
We're not going to beat around the bush here--you can't talk about this collection and not mention Celine. Thomas Tait obviously took some inspiration from Phoebe Philo for his spring collection. But that doesn't mean it wasn't good or that he didn't put his own spin on things. Where Celine is sleek and polished Tait is street (hence the venue choice) and futuristic. There were beautiful cocoon coats in bold shades of blue and lime green and quilted vests that looked like bulletproof armor. Tait did really interesting things with shorts (skorts?)--one version looked like culottes done in shiny silks with an extra flap at the sides while another version looked like the long-ish shorts we've been seeing on the spring runways, but were pleated skirts on the back. And all of it was paired with these awesome white ankle boots.
The Hair & Makeup: Ironed straight and down. Most of the hair was tucked into coats or collars save for one long strip on the right side. Faces were left bare.
The Soundtrack: An ominous, cinematic, space-y type of thing.
The Vibe: The venue for Tait's show, a graffitied skate park right by the Thames, was one of the coolest spots we've ever been to to see a fashion show. It was also freezing out. Every editor who decided to wear a skirt and bare legs ended up covered in goose bumps.
The Front Row: Cathy Horyn. That's a good sign for this up and comer.
Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Tilda Swinton. Please.
WTF Moment: There were lots of cement pillars for the models to navigate around. Sometimes they got a little lost and forgot to walk to the right of the pillar in front of the photographer's pit and walked to the left of it instead, virtually ruining the shot. And boy did the photo pit make a stink about it. They howled every time a model walked in the wrong direction. Sucked for them but it was amusing to watch.