How convenient that Steven Tai‘s latest collection managed to segue into my week of what I like to call “post holiday comedown couchdown”. Meaning you wistfully look outside your window thinking about palm trees and blue skies whilst unable to peel yourself off the couch to venture outside into a world that doesn’t contain said things. My comedown couchdown time has included a rewatch of both seasons of Silicon Valley, the less amusing but plentiful Big Bang Theory and a revisit of the film x & y – a well observed depiction of British mathletes. Tai has always had an affinity with geeks, nerds and painfully shy folk – perhaps bordering on the realm of Asperger’s or autism (as those aforementioned series and films do). You’re unlikely to see any flesh-baring or bravada-showing from him, which is why autumn winter suits him so. For A/W 15-6 he has articulated his girl, who has graduated from being awkward in the school library to being awkward in a new office environment. Maybe a temp job of some sorts whilst she figures out what she wants to do with life.
In four short scenarios directed by Saty + Pratha, accompanied by a photoshoot, Tai’s layered and stiffened skirts and deliberately tricksy volumes envelope “Sarah” (slash Veronica or Sasha), who works in digital resources. It was an age ago, but there’s definitely a ‘Been there, done that’ flashback to my time at various office temp stints. Then again, who needs to say “Hi! I’m Susie!” in a chipper voice when you can announce yourself in layers of pastel bonded fabrics, grid like patterns and the ultimate emblem of 21st century online expression – a cute kitty cat. Tai was inspired by artists’ messy work spaces and paint splattered haphazardness, hence why his silhouettes are layered up with folds and crumples. Lined with gold satin and overlocked in gold thread, there’s also a touch of secretive luxury to this new collection. Tai, despite having never shown properly at London Fashion Week is making headway with his otaku/geek aesthetic and come September, he’ll be creating his first themed presentation that should bring his technically innovative fabrics to life.
Now don’t say I don’t treat you guys good, imbuing you with that happy Friday/weekend feeling with these mad awks vids courtesy of Tai and his forever nerd stance.vids courtesy of Tai and his forever nerd stance. Long live comedown couchdown.