Tata Naka SS19 London Fashion Week

Held at Mayfair’s Dartmouth House, Tata Naka’s SS19 presentation showed a collection full of mythological Greco-Roman imagery against a backdrop of ornate Georgian architecture. Owned by Georgian-born design duo - and identical twin sisters - Tamar and Natasha Surguladze, the brand has become synonymous with bright, hand-drawn prints and a clean aesthetic.

With a nod to both regal and mythical iconography, this latest collection redefined the concept of fashion as wearable art, drawing inspiration from Roman and Greek emperors. Models perched on marble plinths like antiquarian statues; gilded appliquéd motifs alluded to decorated body armour, and illustrative prints adorned draped silhouettes in azure blue, charcoal, canary yellow, and ripe peach. Looks referenced Grecian and Roman togas, column dresses, and tunics alongside very wearable contemporary silhouettes.

SS19’s colour palette was extensive, from bold shimmering metallics and smoky jacquards to golden sun-kissed raw silks and whimsical bright turquoise prints. White separates were embellished with ornate needlework; a snake-haired Gorgon or a mythical winged Griffin with the body of a lion and head of an eagle embroidered in metallic thread. Drop shouldered cocktail dresses in burnished shades of copper sported graceful dipping necklines.

The collection moved seamlessly from opulent drama in embellished golden taffetas to colourful summer stripes on textured silk. Hand-drawn illustrations of Roman busts decorated dresses in playful prints, alongside stylised renderings of engraved carnelian jewellery against pastel hues, and leopard prints in lightweight linens and textured jacquards.

By Lucie Dhog. Images shot for us by Hannah Gordon-Smith.