The Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 show opened with a soft, draped short suit look: red cotton blazer, petal-print netting blouse and petal-print draped shorts – prints and bounds of color then took to the stage.
Tam was inspired by the Zen gardens in Asia and we see this in the petal and garden prints, the petal appliques, and hopeful colors that flooded the spring collection.
The draped shorts, the translucent materials, the short suits, the devil-may-care-dresses have dominated the New York Spring 2012 runways but Tam took those everyday pieces and added a bit of sophistication to them. There are a few fringed numbers, the colors are bright and the pieces had a level of maturity. Vivenne Tam is for the focused gal about the city. Think look 5 – a black petal-print, chiffon blouse with flutter sleeves and matching wide-leg trousers – sophisticated maturity that hinted to the 70s, another source of inspiration for the designer.
Although certain applique designs came off subordinate to other designs, the real winners were the red blazer, red chiffon blouse and trouser or the silk orchid-placket blouse with the velvet purple flap shorts. The evening looks of a turquoise draped silk gown or the garden-print, waterfall sleeve chiffon gown were standout looks where you see the duality of the American and Asian sensibility within the collection.
Click on the slideshow on the left to view the full collection.