Saturday, February 27, 2010

NY FALL 2010: Vivienne Tam

Vivienne Tam: Year of the Tiger

By Benjamin Le Hay for

It was refreshing to see Tam expand her styles for Fall 2010. Downplayed were the peony prints and glossy silks with cut out appliqué. Without abandoning her Chinese influences, this season’s theme, “Chinese Zodiac,” took inspiration from the various animals of the Chinese calendar.

There was more urban glam and metallic in the clothes this time round and it worked better. Looks like a bold, red silk failed, “dragon scale” origami cheongsam tunic, a champagne floral appliqué cashmere silk tee and animal printed tulle floral appliqué coat — were more decadent options. However a black wool, tulle vest with floral accents, a sleek black strapless organza origami dress and several military coats provided tamer alternatives.

Aside from the standard copious amounts of Veuve Clicquot, the label’s signature Vivienne Tam for HP laptop computers and desk monitors — featuring her floral designs — were also on hand at the presentation. It will be interesting to see how clients take to these upgraded designs, but it’s more than likely they’ll find plenty to desire.

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