New York Fashion Week Fall ’09. Vivienne Tam’s Exploration of Nothingness

February 18, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Fall '09






Summary: For her 20-piece collection, Vivienne Tam found inspiration in the Chinese symbol for “nothingness.” Oddly, that's what I thought when I went to see the presentation since I was able to see nothing. I arrived pretty much when it started. Held in a small loft space in Soho it was so packed with people more eager to drink champagne than view the collection, I was unable to see any of the models wearing the collection. I lasted five minutes.

Once I was able to review photos of the collection hours later, I was a little disappointed. Especially since her Spring '09 collection was one of my favorites. Tam, who admits she is not a pants person, went with mostly frocks and skirts with blouses. The Chinese character for nothingness "WU" appeared on most of her collection in some form. I loved the color palette, but found the fit of some of the items to be a bit off. Especially the red tweed suit which seemed stiff and bulky. Mind you, I would take one of her HP notebooks in a New York minute.

Color Palette: ivory, red, magenta, purple, lavender, turquoise, green, silver, black

Fabrics & Details: silk, chiffon, satin, duchesse satin, ponti, charmeuse, melton wool, leather, fox, herringbone tweed, sequins, Swarovski crystals, cutouts

Key Looks: purple WU sequin sheath dress; lavender cchiffon skirt with magenta stamp print charmeuse blouse; black heeringbone tweed cape jacket and pencil skirt with a black chiffon blouse; cream charmeuse dress with black chiffon overlay; black chiffon gown with satin WU halter

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: WWD

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