Vivienne Tam is known for her amazing ability to combine her cultural references with beautiful, feminine designs that delight pretty much any wardrobe. For her Spring 2012 collection, Tam took us into a Zen garden full of sand, orchids, greenery and water for a collection that was rather lovely to behold.
I’m a fan of Tam’s work when it flows and I wasn’t disappointed this season. A delightful number of printed dresses, pants and skirts had such great movement that they seemed to simply float down the runway. She delivered amazing prints and the orchid motif that’s prevalent in a lot of her collections appeared again as embroidery and applique. Although some of the designs looked like origami standing away from the garments, the motif was used to great success as the back of a gorgeous tuquoise gown and within some of her prints.
If you’re a fan of strong prints, this is a collection for you. Tam delivered amazing graphics that played alone and together to a great deal of success. A few prints in particular – a honeycomb print on a pair of flowing shorts and a gorgeous hazy green starburst print on a blouse, will look amazing on a variety of women of different sizes and skin tones.
The showstopper finale gown was something spectacular to behold: a garden-printed work of magic with exaggerated kimono sleeves and a long train that seemed to float along the runway like a vision. It’s bound to make it to the red carpet circuit in some fashion next season.
I like Tam’s clothes because they are unabashedly feminine but work for the working woman. With well-bred career separates, flirty dresses and dazzling evening options, I think Vivienne Tam’s collection would make a winning addition to any spring wardrobe. I’m pretty sure a few pieces will make their way into mine.