Today I attended the Vivienne Tam Fall 2011 runway show at the Lincoln Center, part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Tam always brings a unique East-meets-West aesthetic to her designs, and this season, she was inspired by the ancient Kun Opera of her home country, China. The inspiration was apparent in the structured outerwear with swooping, pronounced shoulders and collars as well as intricate embroidery and other embellishments. The color palette of mostly blacks and blues, dark purples with a few accents of red added to the drama. I really think this was one of Tam's best shows that I've seen, the collection was modern while hinting at the past and referenced the opera without veering into costume territory. What I would have liked to have seen is a few minor alterations to some of the eveningwear, a tweak here or there that would make some of the gowns more appealing to today's red carpet starlet.
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