SINGAPORE — With Thomas Tait’s abstract colour sense — which inspires him to playfully combining splashes of teal and mustard yellow for example — it’s no wonder the Canadian-born designer and his harlequin-inspired designs have been nominated for LVMH’s inaugural Young Designer Prize.
“Obviously I have a one-in-12 chance of winning,” he drawled. “There are 12 finalists of different ages from all over the world with different backgrounds.”
Budding 26-year-old fashion designer Thomas Tait.
Tait doesn’t necessarily identify as a minimalist designer but, with his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, he said he wants things to feel “more out of control”, adding that his work had “always been about control” and “trying to hone what the initial feeling was meant to be, creating as much clarity as possible”. “I didn’t want to look at the collection and make immediate logic out of it. It was the first time that I was drawn to more colour and texture.”
The youngest-ever graduate of Central Saint Martin’s Masters programme, the 26-year-old designer claimed he doesn’t work with specific inspirations in mind, opting instead to go with what feels natural. “If I went on a trip to Morocco, my collection wouldn’t be Moroccan. It doesn’t work that way.
“Most of the time when I’m designing my collection, I’m not even entirely sure what the inspiration is,” said Tait. “It’s only when I look back, and it makes more sense in hindsight. I guess you could call it a natural diary for me.”