World-renowned fashion designer Vivienne Tam presented her Spring 2012 collection, entitled ‘Zen Garden’, to much fanfare at Lincoln Center during NY Fashion Week. Celebrity attendees included Angela Simmons, Wendy Williams, celebrity stylist June Ambrose, and Beverly Johnson, the first Black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue.
The inspiration for the latest offering from her namesake label (inspired by Chinese design, culture, and contemporary fashion) comes from Tam’s love of the spirit of the seventies and familiar strolls through Zen gardens in Asia. According to the New York-based designer, the seventies “embodied change and love of nature. These pieces carry sophistication and experimentation using geometric and organic shapes, overlapping patterns and rich unexpected hues found in nature.” Overall, this collection is not only accessible but offers a wide variety of silhouettes for the warmer months.
The runway show was dominated by fringe shirtdresses and tops in black and crème, an explosion of seemingly incongruous geometric prints in a single head-to-toe look, garden print fabric used on blazers, trousers, and clutch bags, along with flowy blouses in sheer chiffon and silk gowns in coral and turquoise.
Of the 40 distinct, beautiful, and effortless looks presented, there were a few looks that were standouts. The black organic print chiffon flutter sleeve blouse paired with black print silk wide leg trousers was striking. Other unique looks included the coral jagger blazer, chiffon blouse, and coral trousers paired with a garden print clutch (a playful, yet feminine take on the menswear look); the honeycomb print knit cardigan over a black and champagne fringe top and skirt; as well as the champagne silk placket blouse paired with purple velvet flap shorts. While the later sounds cringeworthy, it was executed superbly.
For more information on this designer, visit VivienneTam.com.
For more of my fashion musings, check out her blog Disciples of Haute.
— Sharifa Crawford