New York Fashion Week: Vivienne Tam A/W 11

Following on from spring’s love affair with Orientalism, Vivienne Tam presented a collection oozing with eastern promise.

The show started with dark, structured wool coats featuring sweeping collars and wing-like shoulder panels, moving onto softer silk dresses with dense embroidery, fringing, and intricate prints.

Tam sited the 66-year-old Chinese tradition of ‘Kun Opera’ as her inspiration, explaining that her use of lace, crochet, appliqué techniques give the clothes a handcrafted quality.

Some dresses were slightly overworked and became too busy with elaborate prints and tassels, but sometimes the world needs a bit of exaggerated decadence, so if Chinoiserie is your thing, who am I to criticise?

View Vivienne Tam’s A/W 11 collection here

By Vanessa Woodgate

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