On the evening of the show I proudly tweeted that I had dubbed Tiaan Nagel’s new collection “Lamb to the Slaughter”. It wasn’t the leg of mutton sleeves or sheep skin leather textures, but really the feeling that the Roald Dahl short story captures – A dark, eerie anticipation. Models seemed ominious with their large shoulders and garments coloured in raw blacks, greys and whites.
The collection was softened by sheer fabrics and the addition of black feathers in the finishing. Strips of soft fabrics were reinterpreted when stitched together in what seemed to be an imitation of the jo’burg skyline.
Beyond anything this collection was experimental. Nagel focused on reinventing the sleeve, often creating one without an arm hole and stitching it together with one seam. He also pushed he staff but introducing new materials to his studio inclusion specialized silk and linen fabrics and pig skin leather.