Born in China, but having lived almost all her life in Hong Kong, Vivienne Tam’s style is strongly influence by Asian cultural traditions. Clear-cut lines, the use of traditional Chinese prints and bright color palette are what make Tam’s style distinctive and original. Even Vivienne Tam boutiques are decorated in Asian style with sculptures of dragons, ancient Chinese furniture and paintings. What can we say the Vivienne Tam spring/summer 2015 collection? Prints, prints and spring-ready prints again! It is said that the ornate treasures of the Ming and Qing dynasties that today are situated in the Forbidden Palace are what inspired Tam when creating this particular collection. So this time as well, Asian prints and embroidery were iconic for the designer’s collection.
To techno music blaring from the speakers the first Tam models one by one were appearing on the New York catwalk. The first few dresses were rather casual: all white with round necklines, embroidered shoulders and narrow diamond shaped cutouts up on the front. Then the outfits got more colorful and “printy”. High collar shirts striped with colorful vertical lines paired with high waisted skirts in planty-flowery print, lacey mini dresses with similar print, Bermuda shorts and half sleeve short jackets flooded the runway. Short pants in Gaucho style and mini skirts also come patched with graphic motifs. The silhouettes are straight, flared and sometimes even form-fitting.
The pieces bore prints of landscapes, birds perching on trees, flowers, plants and nature in general. This talked of spring so much! The black and white colors provided the main backdrop for these prints and made them more apparent and their role more vital. The last part of the show saw blue patterns over a white background, which, again, reminded us of Chinese Ming dynasty and china vases. Although the Vivienne Tam spring/summer 2015 collection had a historic feel in it, there was no single piece of clothing that looked antique or outdated. Everything was quite modern and stylish. As for people, who can wear Tam’s designs, we think they turn toward younger audience, although at timers we can find pieces suited for people of older age.
In terms of accessories, Tam offered unique long strap handbags and clutches. As for jewellery, we saw the models wearing Pandora bracelets.
After the show there was much discussion about the slick hair of Tam’s models. To us it was just plain cool, it was different and unique. Wearing sandals over socks is not something you see very often on fashion walks either. But that’s the thing about Vivienne Tam: the lady likes to surprise!
What we love about Ms. Tam’s style is her ability to keep everything to the point. The Vivienne Tam spring/summer 2015 collection did not lack anything, but it was not too try-hard either!
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK