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It was cold, it was outside, it was 9am but it was so worth it. Thomas Tait showed his spring/summer 13 collection in the graffiti decorated skate park along Southbank. Models emerged through thick layers of smoke and marched to an eerie track, on repeat. The setting worked perfectly, but then the collection could have been presented anywhere – it was exciting and refreshing, with 100% desirability. Tait is a young designer who’s not afraid to make his own stamp on the industry. Yes his references were evident but there’s no denying that he is an instigator with a strong point of view. Masculine silhouettes were presented in an impeccably polished way. Slouchy shorts, skirts and kilts were refined with roll necks and slick, clean outerwear. The highlight was finding the boots; each look was paired with shin-skimming boots that had an inch and a half high triangle shaped heel, the perfect combination of dressing down dressing up. Tait nailed minimalism, an incredibly difficult thing to do, but testament to his technical skills and the quality of his work.
Text: Ger Tierney
Photography: Mitchell Sams
See all of our SS13 womenswear coverage here.