Since making her major fashion industry debut in 1994, Chinese-born Vivienne Tam has always been one of the most popular designers in America for her unique, east-meets-west fusion. She specializes in sophisticated garments with clean lines, rich colors, fabulous beading, and generally polished quality.
Tam’s ready to wear collection for Fall 2011 featured fitted tweed outerwear and traditional shapes ornamented with lace, ruffles, scales, and very innovative embellishments. One favorite was a cropped, fitted dark blue jacket with flared cuffs, which was paired with cropped black slacks and black platform boots.
A similar, yet edgier look was a double-breasted vest over a fitted black mock turtleneck worn over cropped, business-gray trousers and black boots. A totally different, yet totally-Tam look on the runway was a black crochet drop waist dress worn over black underpinnings. The dress featured lovely blouson sleeves, something we saw in Diane von Furstenbergs Fall 2011 collection too.
A more over-the-top cocktail dress was a sleeveless dark blue number that featured ruffles and scales that fell to a dropped waist and ended in a ruffled mini skirt.
A final runway look that was a bit of a departure for Tam was a slate blue and white print dress with long bell sleeves and a deeply slit handkerchief trim skirt that was primly belted in black patent leather.