BoF spoke to the precise and sculptural London-based designer Thomas Tait in the hours before his Autumn/Winter 2013 show, just as the components of his creative vision — including lighting, sound, staging, venue, and of course, the collection itself – were all coming to life.
Lunch with Christopher Bailey (FT) “Bailey is so famous for his un-diva-ness that it risks overshadowing his fame as the designer responsible for the anointment of Burberry as Britain’s greatest global brand. Since Bailey’s arrival in 2001 as creative director, Burberry has almost doubled its revenues, from £1bn to £1.85bn, and now has 462 stores around the world.” Swatch buys Harry Winston jewelery arm for $750 million
Big brands lead charge (China Daily) “Major brands from across Europe are looking toward China’s second- and third-tier cities as the country’s domestic market continues to grow outside of Beijing and Shanghai. With a foothold already established in China’s biggest cities, multi-national European brands as diverse as Ikea and Louis Vuitton are moving inland in search of new customers.” Warm weather
A London Design Maverick as a Pragmatist (On the Runway) “Thomas Tait was in New York last week for London Showrooms, a presentation of young British fashion talent. Actually, Mr. Tait is Canadian, educated at a technical school in Montreal. In 2010, he completed the master’s program in women’s wear at Central Saint Martins in London, whereupon he joined that distinguished race known as the Young Fashion Designer.”
“Thomas has such potential. The couture of it, the lines – his work is exceptional and wonderful.” Legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, commenting Tuesday night on the incredible potential of Thomas Tait, winner of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. Thomas was first featured in The Business of Fashion in May, and most recently following his stellar, hush hush London Fashion Week debut