For PRE FALL and AW18 designers Tamara and Natasha Surguladze of Tata Naka have chosen to celebrate various folk traditions and costumes of Eastern Europe. Strong standing vintage designs are translated into modern shapes and silhouettes to create a striking collection that blends the past with the present.
This eclectic collection features references to the famous floral Russian shawls of Pavlovo Pasad, dating back to the 1800s, as well as the accordion pleated sleeves of traditional dance costumes of Szek. Motifs typically from Georgian Kilims of the 1920s and 1930s are also seen running through the collection in the form of figurative prints portraying the images of traditional Red Army officers on horseback, two lions or deer.
Russian shawls are used as an interpretation of the term ‘flowers on your shoulders’, and padded features can be seen on classic double-breasted coats, jackets and bombers, giving the collection a modern twist. The PRE FALL collection features polka dot cotton pieces mixed with tulle frills and decorated with multiple trims as well as shapes taking inspiration from traditional Columbian and Seminole costumes.
The inspiration around 1920’s Georgian literature is very visible within the AW18 collection, the image of two animals represents love and two animals with a life tree in the middle is the symbol of happiness.