Speed freaks get in line because Thomas Tait has the collection for you. Fittingly held in a car park near Trafalgar Square, Tait was quite clearly influenced by motor culture – of the fast kind. Created in a traditional winter palette, punctuated by go faster streaks of acid green and neon orange, these sporty garments are guaranteed to be on the wish list of every uber-cool urban dweller.
These are clothes for the very modern woman. Of the 25 looks in the show there were just four skirts, and these were not for the faint hearted, their conservative knee lengths negated by daring slits up both sides. Tait is one of London’s new generation of forward thinking designers and it comes as no surprise that his collection utilized the highest of high-tech fabrics, grounded by just a smattering of leather. The result was a number of pieces which looked as if they would be more at home on a ski slope or, indeed, in a racing car than on a runway. Covetable items of this kind included a teal puffa jacket which, with its arm pockets, waterproof fabric and zip detailing, appeared as functional as it is stylish. (There is also a jumpsuit version if anyone is actually considering it for skiing.) The unfortunate side effect of all this sports talk was the insistence of the stylist that socks and sandals would be a great idea. Lets hope this is ironic, I think we can all agree that no-one wants to see that becoming a trend.
The other big message of this show was layering. Seen in a different, more high brow guise in New York, Tait took the humble polo neck as the base for many of his looks and built on top or and around it. Tait also created gauzy transparent hoodies and trackpants worn over leggings and tight sports coats – one memorable look involved a white polo neck worn under a grey jersey body and white leggings with a puffa jacket and see-through trackpants worn over the top. Enough to keep anyone warm on a freezing February evening.