Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SAFW Winter 2012 - Tiaan Nagel RTW Runway Review

[Screen captures by Shop Liquorice]

Tiaan Nagel's SAFW collection is a timely reminder that little, well-placed details can mean much, and can amplify an already strong collection - and make it better. With exaggerated, strong shoulders taking centre stage, Tiaan could have stayed at the level of shape alone, but instead infuses pieces with pockets of creative detours - organza sleeves here, square flap there, cutout vents everywhere.

Colour was kept to a bare minimum, with only the faintest hint of blush pink and a  green asymmetric dress seeping through bold monochromes. The real joy came from looking at several of the pieces from behind - we spotted organza panels, exposed zippers, unexpected clever cutouts, floaty capes on otherwise smart shirts  - making for a fascinating take on duality. Organza added an element of sheerness; one look had a sheer organza hem, another had organza sleeves, while voluminous LBDs had layers of organza and fringing acting almost like feathers and wings flapping care-freely  - truly a stunning visual treat. 

Whether it was dressed up shorts, cropped pants, dresses or statement coats, Tiaan Nagel offered a heart-warmingy memorable collection that thrived on pushing form a little further into the realms of function and fun.

SAFW - Tiaan Nagel - Shot for Ifashion by Joanna Imrie from POST from Post - joannaimrie on Vimeo.

- SLiq

Photos: SDR Photo

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