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Suzy Menkes

Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.

Thomas Tait’s Artsy Approach

London Fashion Week Day Four

17 Сентября 2014

The colour blocks revealed at the Thomas Tait show were not all the designer’s own. Canadian-born Tait, who won the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Prize for young talent, had invited French artist Georges Rousse to bring his vision of colour to the post-industrial building called “The Vinyl Factory”.


The collaboration was intense, designed to align the work of the two creatives. This was fashion through the prism of art.

As models in dresses with carefully assembled geometric pieces passed by a pillar with deep canary-yellow paintwork, it was as if background and clothes were merging. Even bootees, with heels like open bird beaks, seemed artistic.

But whereas Georges Rousse’s work was solid and commanding, the dresses seemed wispy and insubstantial, with squares of thin fabric fluttering in red or yellow.

Part of the LVMH Prize is a year-long mentorship. After this initial flourish of ideas, maybe Thomas Tait can be persuaded to bring more normality to his graphic conceptions.


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