Steven Tai – London Fashion Week – AW17


Loosely fitted silhouettes tweaked with geeky-girl aesthetic presented by Steven Tai’s, Sleep Now Work Later collection.  The presentation set in the serene vault space at The Painting Rooms, RSA House , where the models dressed in neutral palettes with “garments to count sheep in and yawn at the responsibilities of the waking world.” In the hyperreal bed-scape ribbed fabrics twist and twirl around the models. Steven Tai is able to elevate his work with innovative technological developments on fabrics —  sleep masks embellished, silky edges of quilts created, detachable lower half skirts and ‘pillow legged’ woolly trousers. Feminine pleating filtered through the designs creates a muse of dormancy for a winter collection. Extensions of the garments; camel hoods tied on necks, trousers hems covering shoes really showcase the unique blend of luxury and comfort with a sleepy mood. Ultimately Steven Tai guides us through the notion of sleep patterns as they appear, with each individual outfit displaying motifs. His Autumn Winter 17 collection in beige, white depicts the youthful innocence and carefree freedom in fashion in which no style seems too silly or frivolous to become high fashion. The collection has moral to its story, that if you sleep to see your dreams you’ll work to achieve them.

Words by Dayna Dibua

Images by Ieva Lasmane