INTERVIEW BY BROOKE RUTHERFORD
BR: What was your starting point for the A/W ’11 collection?
T&N: We were inspired by the Fifties: by the decade’s contrasting glamour of Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Our presentation will be set like Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii. Models will be arranged in the style of Irving Penn. So it’s a mix of feelings from the Fifties.
BR: Favourite pieces from this collection?
T: It has to be the black, scalloped, off-the-shoulder, chiffon dress.
BR: So what are you wearing right now?
T: I’m wearing a Topshop silk blouse and a tiered-ruffle skirt with black-leather, pearl embellished wedges – both Tata Naka.
N: I’m wearing this midi-length dress from our Spring collection. The print is a collage of ripped and worn denim that’s been digitally printed onto silk. It’s a juxtaposition of destroyed, cowboy-style denim and silk, an optical illusion.
BR: With two of you designing, who wears the trousers?
T&N: We’re both very dominant personalities. We both wear the trousers.
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