Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12. Vivienne Tam’s “Beautiful, Colorful and Effortless” Zen Garden

September 10, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, New York Fashion Week Spring ’12

Summary: Resurrecting certain decades seems to be a key theme on this season’s runways. So far we’ve seen tributes to the 40′s 50′s and 60′s but no one is arguably celebrating the fearless 70′s better than Vivienne Tam. Tam’s concept embraced how the era “embodied change and [had a] love of nature”, which was clearly apparent in her various floral motifs – bursting forth in reds, blacks, creams, blues and greens –and in her more modern embellishments like appliques, sequins and delightfully shimmying fringe.

The collection was titled Zen Garden, and though the vibrant colors and busy prints were hardly a manifestation of tranquility, there did seem a certain sense of peace that resonated throughout. These clothes were confident, self-assured and beautiful and ready to dress a woman that was doing great things, either for the world or just for herself. Other Zen-like qualities that Tam touched on was a sense of lightness, that could be seen in the fluttering chiffon gowns, the sheer blouses and again in the fringe (oh, the fringe!) while the 70′s again came through in her geometric patterns and color blocking.

Upon reading the program, I wondered how it would be possible for Tam to achieve a conceptual balance between such varying ideas: the bold statements of the 70′s, the organic styling of nature and the delicacy of a zen garden. But after seeing the collection and the harmony that each look had with the others, I realized that each theme embodied the same sense of freedom of allowing one to be beautiful (and having fun with it!) without submitting to compromise.

Colors: red, petal print, black petal print, zen lotus, black, white orchid, bamboo print, blue bamboo, tie0dyes print, orange, green, garden, coral, chambray, cream, color block, pink orchid, khaki, honeycomb print, burgundy, champagne, purple, gray, turq,

Fabrics and Textures: cotton, netting, silk, chiffon, organza, suede, fringe, woven, crochet, applique, silk chiffon, knit, beaded, velvet, embroidered, draped, sequin, waterfall sleeves

Key Looks: petal print chiffon shirtdress, black crochet flower applique fabric fringe flapper dress, velvet purple flap shorts, orange suede carryall, orchid sleeve organza sheath dress, garden print chiffon waterfall sleeves gown, jagger blazer, garden cotton bardot pants, orchid tuxedo shell

—Alia Rajput

Photos: NYMag

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