Florence, Italy – The conceptual high-point of Pitti Uomo 88 was provided by guest designer Thomas Tait, whose Spring/Summer collection was presented in an interactive installation.
"A lot of it was about trying to stimulate creative communication. I have been interested in this subject this past year," Tait, the May 2014 LVMH-prize winner, told NOWFASHION.
Many times, fashion repeats itself; however, Tait showed the Pitti crowd that he is one designer who enjoys breaking that cycle.
Fuchsia thigh-high lycra boots, printed with tangerine silicone spots and outfitted with circular heels, kicked the Spring/Summer collection off with a bang.
As guests walked down the linear exhibit, a transparent ribbed sweater dangled overhead, reflected in its simplistic splendor by the mirrored accents of the show.
"The concept is to push innovation of materials and the construction of the garments," Tate said.
Set in the aristocratic grandeur of the city's Boboli Gardens, architect Mehrnoosh Khadivi, who has collaborated with brands like Nicholas Kirkwood and Pollini, created a tunnel, asserting each piece as an individual work of contemporary art.
The most conceptual pieces of all were the Resin Led mould earrings that pulsated, sitting near a semicircular pochet – pieces one can only really understand with the naked eye.
In addition, flat screens scattered throughout depicted conversations between Tate and friends like Khedevi and Cathy Horyn as they chatted about fashion, career, and family.
"Ultimately, I wanted to create a free space, where people are encouraged to touch the clothing and ask questions and have the freedom to go on a little adventure," Tait said.