Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Vivienne Tam’s Exotic Metallic Gleam.

February 15, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12


Summary: Mixed with bursts of shaggy fur and mismatched exotic prints in eye-popping colors, Vivienne Tam‘s AW12 collection is a veritable explosion of color and patterns, imbued with a metallic sheen that gleams throughout.

In what is becoming a strong motif this season, Tam exhibited particular strength in her outerwear — the collection’s gorgeous, multi-colored coats in various proportions standing out as particular favorites. A magenta velvet coat creates a bold statement with its generously oversized grey fur collar. A camel version is equally chic but a bit more subdued, reducing the black fur lapel’s volume for a look that is effortless and clean. Straight-lapelled jackets that hit the knee are scattered throughout the collection in diagonal geometric patterns of various color schemes. With fur, without fur, patterned, monochromatic, ombre — Tam has successfully created a glamorous coat for every moment and every woman in this collection.

The silhouettes of the pants were another standout component of each look: from oversized and flowing wide-legged cuts, to sleek, slimming metallic ankle-length trousers, there is strength in their shape that emanates confidence and a unique approach to styling.

At moments this collection is a lot, but the individual pieces are divine and the designer’s Himalayan inspiration rings strong. Tam produces a strong collection each season, and this is no exception.

Colors: Red, black, plum, burgundy, magenta, camel, cream, brown, purple, sky blue, fuchsia, tan, pink, navy, cerulean, green, pale pink, burnt sienna, baby blue, teal, seafoam green, forest green, mint, white, marigold.

Fabrics and Textures: Satin, silk, fur, appliques, shearling, leather, stripes, metallics, tweed, brocade, wool, paisley, prints, draping, layering, ombre, color blocking, velvet.

Key Looks: Red and black ombre wool coat with a feathered collar, over a striped plum, burgundy and red striped tunic with silk red cropped trousers; Magenta velvet coat with an oversized grey fur collar, highwaisted silk brown skirt and a blue scarf; Shearling cream coat with black leather panels, black and brown silk ankle-length trousers with a blue cropped blouse.

— Amanda Aldinger


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