Friday, September 14, 2007

Vivienne Tam S/S 2008 ... A New Dimension

Who does the best chinoiserie-infused designs after the eponymous Shanghai Tangs? Do I hear you say Vivienne Tam. Hmm, well you're right.

The Hong Kong-native is famously known for infusing chinoiserie elements (think Mandarin collars, cheongsam, and Mao jackets) throughout her designs and eventually, the Americans happily succumbed to it.

Recently, the designer opened her flagship store at New York's famous Mercer Street while at the same time put her latest Spring/Summer 2008 collection on parade to guests who were treating themselves to the luxury drink. Have no idea what it is? Champagne baby! Lots of it. A total of 16 pieces were created by Tam for the upcoming season that may take place in another four months to come.

Banishing Paul Poiret's droopy silhouette, Tam got creative by exploring the age-old and much-treasured method of Chinese paper cutting art.

Such creative approach resulted a sexy silver-mirrored dress in leather, a piece that should be the focal point to her Spring/Summer 2008 collection. Adopting the trendy gleams of metallic, she created a shift dress heavily decorated in large magenta goldfish shaped sequins that looks magnificent.

The vivid Tropic colors is celebrated in exquisite cocktail dresses with rich pleats and texture details, and a rainbow dye job. There's also a metallic version to it as well. Other must wear item is a white A-line dress with sheer straps and adorned with small white and fluffy pompoms.

As usual, the chioiserie element of calligraphic writing is embedded into the collection as part of her design trademark.

Vivienne Tam's Spring/Summer 2008 collection will be available exclusively at Vivienne Tam corner, Parkson KLCC starting next year.

*Photos by Marcio Madeira for

Vivienne Tam
- Parkson KLCC, First Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50800 Kuala Lumpur.

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