World peace! You don’t hear that only in beauty pageant competitions… not anymore. In fact, it’s becoming a very in-demand notion to play with, and so Chinese-American designer Vivienne Tam has started the journey of presenting the world peace in her own designs. Her new fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection was recently presented at NYFW, reminding the audience about the beauty of prints and cross-culture references.
Tam mentioned, “I’m a designer, but really, it’s about sharing the culture of the world, bringing cultural harmony.” Whether these looks were harmonious or not, there were definitely a few pieces that would conquer the hearts of everyone, regardless of cultural belonging.
Tam’s inspiration is not focused on her own cultural background, but stems from her travels in Central Asia, Russia and Turkey. Impressed with the richness of patchwork and embroidery, she incorporated her favorite details into her new designs. And the ancient Silk Road, which was once a hotspot for trade (including fabrics, dyes and precious metals) always has a lot to offer to modern-day designers.
Ethnic prints took over our wardrobes last year, and they still continue the invasion. Whether they belong to the many nations who lived on the territory of current Turkey or are a result of the extravagant Russian culture, they blend incredibly in the cocktail with modern practices.
The hemlines, of course, were kept according to the cultural standards – knee-length and maxi only! Tam’s most favorite technique was the ikat, the process of dyeing the yarn for creating patterns when weaving, a very old and complex practice, now being reborn on the New York’s most glamorous runway.
It’s not suitable for the taste of a clean-cut fanatic; the Vivienne Tam fall 2016 collection is for the expressive characters that can handle prints from head to toe… not an easy task.
This multi-colored ethnic inspiration was combined with the season specials like leather and lace. Hints to ancient carpets, Eastern iconography, incredible silhouettes and architecture stand by the newest fashion offerings to the average New Yorker.
Most of the NYFW fall/winter shows we’ve seen so far were all constructed with similar color palettes. Whether it’s the over-popularity of the prints or just a unison in color choices, Vivienne Tam’s new collection was not an exception. The colors were very earthy – warm browns and blacks. There were also a few flashy colors that added spice to the winter atmosphere. Just as Pantone’s latest report had predicted, red is going to be a trend.
Tam’s collection started with screaming reds and maroons, ranging from dresses to tops. The darkest shades appeared in all-red outfits or dresses and tops, while the sharp vibrant red was decorating the prints throughout the collection.
This is Vivienne Tam… chic and cultural, sophisticated and comfortable. Unique pieces of design that not only open new perspectives on fashion, but also on the inspirations behind them.
Photos courtesy of Vogue