Thomas Tait
By Shanu Walpita

HIGH PERFORMANCE London: Young gun Thomas Tait appeared to have raided the closet of a teenage motocross rider and repurposed the garments with a Céline-like …

Feb 16, 2013
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HIGH PERFORMANCE
London: Young gun Thomas Tait appeared to have raided the closet of a teenage motocross rider and repurposed the garments with a Céline-like sense of luxury and elegance. What began as simple, somewhat drab tracksuits built to a crescendo of multi-layered, multi-functional sporty sophistication. Tait pedals a brand of what some might call ugly or awkward-chic, yet the masterfulness of his cuts and his innovative way with fabric renders his work engaging, covetable even. Here, traditional athletic elements—the tracksuit, the leotard, the drawstring anorak, the ski jacket—are beautifully collaged and subtly interspersed with high-fashion pieces like seamless leather cocoon coats, milky PVC pants and leather-quilted sweaters. Tait is onto something special here, somewhere between Nicolas Ghesquière-era Balenciaga (the motocross details, cocoon shapes and sporty-futurism) and adidas, yet the finished product exudes originality. —Natalie Shukur 

Silhouette: Utility / Athletic / Functional / Layered

Color: Shades of gray—from ice to slate to graphite / Navy / Black / Traffic cone orange / Acid green / White

Key Items: The tracksuit / Leggings / Zip-through dresses / Ski jackets and suits / Anoraks / Cocoon jackets and coats / Hoodies / Quilted sweaters / Leather jackets / Leotards / Motocross jackets

Materials: Nylon / Jersey / Leather / PVC / Parachute silk

Print + Pattern: Color-blocking / Stripes

Details + Trim: Drop shoulders / Zippers / Quilting / Drawstrings / Toggles

Accessories + Footwear: Flat functional slides / Ankle boots / Athletic socks

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