It was a case of ‘who dunnit’ for Tata Naka’s AW’15 presentation, stylish 1940’s Chinese American actress Anna May Wong was the main character for this fashionable murder mystery; also drawing inspiration from the classic board game Cluedo and mystery comedy films such as ‘Clue’ and ‘Murder by Death’.
For this season the design duo, identical twins Tamara and Natasha Surguladz, chose to spilt the collection up into three genres. Rich velvet and silk bonded neoprene fabrics featured portraits of classic Cluedo characters; Mrs Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett, Mrs White, Reverend Green and Professor Plum, adding a rather nostalgic feel to the collection. There was an oriental influence to the collection in the form of the classic Chinese dragon, presented in bright tones of turquoise, corals and a sumptuous plum. With 1930’s tea dress florals in poppy red, geranium blue and orchid white gave the collection a rather vintage feel.
Tata Naka featured a range of mixed match prints, colours, fabrics and textures. Using fabrics such as georgette, silk, wool, luxurious rattan and again the use of bonded silk neoprene, the lose silhouettes and the light fabrics give the wearer freedom and movement. It was on a whole nostalgic and whimsical fun all around. I believe it was the Butler who did it.
Written by Michaela Hoyte. Images © Taka Naka.