Taka Naka at LFW

Taka Naka at LFW

Tata Naka brought the spirit of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to London Fashion Week for S/S 14. Stand out looks from the established brand’s presentation at Somerset House included an off the shoulder bodice dress in polka dot lace (with strategically placed stars), a painterly clown's suit and boxy top with winking face appliqué. Here, sisters Tamara and Natasha Surguladze reveal the story behind this folky, free spirited collection.

What drew you to the Ballets Russes?
Diaghilev’s work made a significant aesthetic contribution to the era and influenced artists such as Chagall, Matisse and Picasso. The bold costumes and graphic set designs, which had a certain naiveté, were the starting point and then we merged them with the Tata Naka aesthetic of prints, appliqué and conceptual shapes.

What's new for you this season?
The strong primary and pastel colours, the textures created by the jacquard cotton, poplin and lace and the volume in the sleeves and skirts. Print is still a big part of what we do but we are constantly refining our approach. This collection is quite theatrical and artistic. We want women to feel up beat and positive wearing these clothes.

What was it like working with Toni&Guy at LFW this season?
It is always a pleasure to work with Bill Watson and the Toni&Guy session team – we are now in our 5th season collaborating so that must mean something! For S/S 14 we chose a sleek, classical ballet look with a twist. Hair was parted hair in the middle and scraped it back into a dented bun, which was perfect for the geometric look we were going for.

  • Words: Helen Jennings