It’s always fascinating to meet a person with a different background (which would basically be just about everyone), especially one exposed to multiple cultures from a young age. Not only is there a lot to learn, but they tend to bring a fresh perspective to otherwise everyday things.
New York based, China-born and Hong Kong trained fashion designer, Vivienne Tam, has been offering Eastern-inspired clothing with a modern edge since a launch of her eponymous brand in 1994. Her “Forbidden City” inspired spring/summer ’15 collection is no exception; in abundance were rich, saturated colors and exotic patterns reminiscent of artworks preserved at the World Heritage Site. Particularly compelling were nature-inspired embroidery work combined with a sporty vibe as seen in techno power mesh dresses with exotic imagery such as flower and landscape embroidery, or laser cut appliqué which were all too realistic and convincing with a spoonful of hipster cool. Perhaps what makes this collection extraordinary is that it’s where traditionalism and modernism, and nature and future coexist oh-so-harmoniously. There’s geometry, femininity, technology; and the way they complement each other is in all likelihood not much different from how her Chinese and HK upbringing and the time in New York have helped shape her as a prominent fashion designer, and an urbanite who doesn’t only embrace but celebrates her roots time after time.
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