Vivienne Tam Fall 2011

When & Where: Saturday, February 12 at 3 p.m., the Theatre, Lincoln Center
Runway Recap: This was my first-ever invite to Vivienne Tam's show, which, after years covering Fashion Week, still manages to excite me (and even better--when I have an assigned seat, which now happens more often than not). For fall, Tam was inspired by the Kun Opera in China, which is known for elaborate, dramatic costumes. This translated into very strong, almost warrior-inspired suits in tweed with broad shoulders and intricate finishes. There were great glittery dresses, dragon motifs, and intricate guipure lace overlays, but the daytime looks, wearable yet exciting, made the most lasting impression on me.
Standout Look: This look is so refined, but I think it conveys the theme of the collection so well. The cropped vest evokes a pagoda with its shoulder detail, and the cropped trousers had a subtle tonal applique. It shows that one's clothes don't always have to shout to get the point across.
Bonus Points: It's somewhat sad that this is even worthy of bonus points, but Tam had the most diverse lineup of models I've seen yet this week--not just Asian, but with darker-skinned girls too.
Where to Buy: Click here for store locations.

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