Thomas Tait

Thomas Tait goes Wimbledon white at the ShOws

Yesterday at the ShOws, London-based Thomas Tait and Paris-based Calla Haynes took turns showing their spring/summer 2012 collections for the first time on Canadian soil. Backstage wasn't too buzzy or blinding or panicky, safe for some last minute alternations in a corner here, the odd nude model running around there, and Coco Rocha being chill while also being annoyingly nice and charming.

Set to a gloomy John Maus soundtrack, Thomas Tait went first (heads or tails, I bet). His models strutted down the runway in clothes for the future; think Jetsons-style in a post-Alexander Wang world. With a simple pallet of mostly white quilted clothes (contrasted with blacks, soft pastel greens and pinks), the structure of Tait's pieces truly stood out. Over-sized collars, boxy dresses, exposed zippers and white knee socks with pristine white kicks - Nike, to be exact, created especially for the show - made for a fun collection of causal, youthful pieces. Welcome to the country club of the 22nd century.

Tait's not one to add to a garment unnecessarily. His lines are simple and clean and without any frills, but that's not to say that there isn't craft at work. Most of the detail is in the elaborate pleating, which is completed with a glazed finish over the garments. With slicked back hair, '60s-flavoured sunglasses and ultra-sexy futuristic sportswear, you wouldn't exactly (Probably? Maybe?) call Tait's collection the most "wearable" thing to hit the runway this season, but who cares about that stuff theses days anyway?

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Writing by Emily Whalen. Photos by Jesse Milns


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