There is a beautiful 57-year-old Chinese American designer that has really been splashing about on the New York Fashion Week runway of late and that is undoubtedly the incredibly talented Vivienne Tam. Her East-Meets-West aesthetic is renowned and coveted by many; this time around her inspirations are from the European impressions of what China was really like back in the 17th century, known as chinoiserie, and the bringing of that impression into the modern age for best results. “I love that time period, but I didn’t want it to feel too soft,” she stated when explaining her Vivienne Tam fall/winter 2015-2016 collection backstage. “Mixing in leather and high-tech materials makes it more urban.”
Vivienne Tam’s birth name is Yin Yok Tam, her surname inspiring the brand’s name itself, while her love for her own culture shining bright through every collection she releases. She is a multi-talented artist who has written books, designed netbook computers, created the dresses for animated characters online on Stardoll and for the Animax movie LaMB. She’s even collaborated with a Chinese jewelry brand to further increase the fan base for her designs. This time around, her ready to wear pieces are being showcased on the New York Fashion Week runway with gusto, with a wide array of choices to pick from.
It appears that the neoprene and mesh that Vivienne Tam has been experimenting with of late have found their place on the catwalk, though have also managed to avoid the more plastic feel that often seems to accompany synthetic fabrics. The dresses look pretty amazing with their flared skirts and fitted waists, the A-line that is so in for the year appearing on nearly every piece. The closing piece alone was a shimmering number that paired the tech mesh with a thickly embroidered trip, truly making the model appear to be the humanized version of a Baroque Chippendale mirror. The chest, the shoulders the sides of the hips and the area just about the knee were covered in the mesh, while the rest was of a pretty grey coloring that had the dress looking like a princess of the past meeting with the modern industrialization of the present. It appeared strange at the beginning but the look certainly begins to grow on you until you are but itching to try it on yourself.
It appeared that there was a bit of something Victorian among the Vivienne Tam fall/winter 2015-2016 collection as well, the influence translating into high collars and ruffled necklines, as well as the draping blouses. We see knee-length midi hems across the board and gorgeous rich red colorings appear around one particular outfit. There is even a completely see through top with jet-black beading up to the choker that gives it a very Goth-like look. That one in itself is a common enough trend for the fall and winter seasons.
It was the evening gowns that looked truly outstanding, but we must say that we love the shorter midi hemmed dresses the most. They had such charm to them that so many other designers failed to realize. Let’s hope that the coming collection will be even better, especially keeping the average woman in mind.
Photos courtesy of Style.com