Inside The Vivienne Tam Fall/Winter 2018 Runway Show
Vivienne Tam presented her FALL/WINTER 2018 collection last night, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 in Gallery I of Spring Studios. The collection is inspired by a spiritual expedition through the Himalayas to Tibet, evoking the infinite essence of love, and the discovery of its vibrant topography, art, culture and indigenous people.
Exploration of this mystical landscape imbued with a sense of timelessness, finds expression in a compelling collection that imagines the urban traveler’s journey over the mountainous terrain in pilgrimage.
The collection, rendered in varying hues of burnt orange, gradations of earthy khaki, red, burgundy, brown, blue, deep turquoise and Tara green, which a touch of black and white, is iterated in wool, silk, corduroy, techno-fabric, tulle mesh and lace as well hi-tech conductive material and knits, for warmth and comfort. The mélange of contrasting patterns and multiple plaids are accented by prints and signature colorful, hand-crafted embroideries depicting universal Mandalas, and the muse, Green Tara.
Silhouettes are loose and multi-layered, in the nomadic tradition, and denote the yin and yang. Belted or cinched plaid jackets with puff sleeves and blouson tops are paired with long, gathered or pleated skirts that replicate the Mandala effect, and puffy quilted parkas, trench coats and oversized, boxy plaid overcoats, are omnipresent.
Hooded, shearling-lined jackets and coats sometimes are trimmed with sheared Mongolian hair and are paired with ultra-suede paneled and flared skirts. Striped and fringed sweaters are also a highlight of the collection. Complementing the looks are hand-made, beaded earrings and colorful, tasseled adjustable belts and bags.
Vivienne Tam always has been known as the pioneer in merging fashion and technology and now she has further integrated tech innovations into her designs — incorporating smart textiles and wearable electronics into her new collection.
Coats and sweaters with removable pieces include smart, conductive fabric with a power source to keep the wearer warm and comfortable while looking stylish.