Vivienne Tam Fall 2011 NYFW

The scene on the runway just before the show

Vivienne Tam’s, Fall 2011 line is about duality. For this collection she derived inspiration from the elaborate costumes of the 600-year old Kun Opera in China as well as the avant-garde Guangzhou Opera House designed by postmodern architect Zaha Hadid

Cream waffle-pattern opera sweater

Emperor robe print dress with fringe and cloud applique

Charcoal grey pagoda vest

Cream dragon crochet tunic with jet crystals

Black empress peacoat with flower applique

Black dragon crochet floor-length dress

Black imperial slash patchwork sheath dress

Black opera quilted empress hooded coat with removable fur trim

Lace, embroidery and crochet dresses

Black suede vestcoat with red cloud applique and mongolian fur trim

The translation into clothes meant modern sculptural shapes and stylized dragons, clouds and fire mixed with traditional embellishments like lace, crochet, fringe and appliques. This is the kind of collection I was so happy to see up close – the intricate details and texture seen from a few feet away imparted the clothes with a beautiful magic. My favorite looks include her pagoda jackets with structured shoulders and collars; the simple yet chic waffle-pattern cream opera sweater, the floor-length black dress with intricate dragon crochet, and my very favorite – the black cloud sequin fringe dress – with incredible movement and vibrance imparted by the sequins and fringe.

See our video of the show HERE