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                                                                                          Fall 2012

                                                                                          Vivienne Tam Fall 2012

                                                                                          WORDS - COURTNEY PORKOLAB, PHOTOS COURTESY OF VIVIENNE TAM

                                                                                          Spicing up her usual East-meets-West aesthetic, Vivienne Tam crossed traditions and cultures in an old-world-meets-new for Fall 2012, drawing heavily from Shangri-La—the mystical, Himalayan Utopia in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon—and resulted in an appropriately titled, ‘Shangri-La Remix.’

                                                                                          Chock-full of ethnic elements and an abundance of bold colors and textured fabrics, the styles brimmed with Himalayan textiles, mandala appliqués, embroidered Chinese motifs, ombre wools, chevron prints and shaggy Mongolian furs; all in rich hues of toasted apricot, cherry wood, burnt sienna and pops of teal. This worldly mix was met by street sleek tailoring which incorporated a plethora of modern, menswear silhouettes and shiny jacquard prints. The ethno-modern fusion was heavily layered, mixing slouchy trousers with tailored blouses and jackets and vice versa; skinny pants worn with comfy sweaters and globally chic wool coats paired with fluffy fur collars.

                                                                                          Collectively, this was an exciting showing from Tam, definitely one of her strongest, with her outwear pieces being the clear standouts.