Teatum Jones’ SS18 collection is a creative homage to Natasha Baker the “Horse Whisperer.” Natasha is a GB Paralympic dressage eleven-time gold medalist. Natasha suffers from Transverse Myelitis and from the waist down has no feeling in her legs. In spite of this, she manages to mount a three quarter tonne animal and make it perform effortless- ly, dance gracefully and create magic in front of thousands of spectators.
SHAPES & SILLHOUETTES
Inspired by Natasha’s open, feminine and contagiously bright personality, SS18 silhou- ettes re-explore Teatum Jones’ archival strength in drape and feminine fluidity.
The collection features serene summer tailoring, fine merino knits alongside oversized utility shift dresses and swathes of fabric displaying asymmetric dress hems, cut out sleeves and ‘pick up’ draping.
Continuing from AW17’s concept of optional tension, the use of industrial sized eyelets and straps allow the wearer to independently rediscover a diversity of volumes, tensions and lengths to work on their individual body shape. Inspired by conversations about wheelchair mobility and the motion of picking up fabric to remove it from wheels, mani- fests itself in the ‘pick up drape’ seen throughout the collection in dresses, skirts, trench coats and statement shirting.
PATTERNS, FABRICS AND TEXTURES
Inspired by Natasha’s piercing sense of clarity and calm in the face of challenge; we see precision in colour-block pleated skirts, striped sequin embroideries, transparent flocked organza and the weightlessness of printed silk satins. Devore silks, named after Natasha’s former horse “Woody” are woven in a pattern based on the formation of a galloping horse.
All demonstrate a truthful and sincere approach to wearable, luxurious and desirable fabric developments signature to Teatum Jones’ accolade as textile pioneers.
Natasha’s intense connection with her horse has been captured in the romantic spring palette, of flesh pink and summer evening blue to demonstrate the empowerment and freedom that this connection gives her.
Show Jumping Rosettes inspire a graphic twill stripe in pastel blue and mint green, captured in oversized shirting and draped skirts. Black flocking plays as a bold graphic contrast making this delicate fabric almost 3D.
The unbreakable focus and determination between Natasha and horse is demonstrated in a stark palette of dark navy and rusty ochre wool embellished with duck egg grey fringing as part of a collaboration with Friday Fox Horse blankets.