Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 2011
So-long sweet summer. As if we weren’t bitter enough for the end of the sunny season, Vivienne Tam rubbed salt in the wound with her Spring/Summer 2011 Collection that floated down the runway in the Theatre at the Lincoln Center. The comfortable and breezy silhouettes and crocheted knits made me want to wear it now. All I could picture the entire show was laying in a field of flowers reading a classic novel on a warm, breezy summer day with a glass of icy lemonade.
Guests swarmed into the Theatre to see the new collection – which veered from her usual dark, structured silhouettes – including Kendra Wilkinson, Serena Williams and Denise Richards in the front row.
The cotton lace dresses and patchwork uttered relaxation. The ivory macramé sandals, paired with several looks, just make you want to kick off your heels at that very moment in time and walk down the runway with the relaxed models. Each piece was like a peculiar treasure that you would only find in a thrift store.
Minimal splashes of denim accentuated patchwork and beaded dresses. The ivory doily and eyelet patterns and floral prints popped against the dark theatre with a large screen to show close-ups for those in the back rows. The tribal patterns in the latter part of the show lived up to the name of the collection – The New Silk Road. Most noteworthy was the Coin Adorned Jumlo Print Draped Dress.
Tam dedicated her show to the people of the Silk Road, in which China and Pakistan experienced devastating floods leaving millions homeless.
The collection was a nomad’s dream, with worldly looks that would entice one to globetrot and pack only this collection, starting on the Silk Road with a modern approach.
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