Whimsy never goes out of style, does it?
Which is exactly how I felt literally jumping from the spunk of Vivienne Tam‘s new collection, taking inspiration from the unlikeliest of places during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Her inspiration was the disparate and quirky city of Houston, the city of art, music, technology and food! Pairing this with her Chinese heritage and iconic colors and motifs, this was juxtaposition at its most adventurous.
Given that Houston was home to NASA, Rice University and cowboys, all the motifs and emblems made it to the collection, which was synchronized with vibrant colors – meteor orange, NASA’s official blue and spaceship silver!
The metallic silvers in particular were a standout – clear and untarnished layers of silver in trousers, puff dresses, short jackets and off shoulder tops, showcasing true versatility.
Oranges and pinks made a roaring comeback, tinged with the fiery hues of outer space, juxtaposed with the delicate but bright feminine hues.
Sometimes they stood out on black dresses and shirts too, or paired with white, almost like staring at shooting stars (albeit pretty flowers!) in outer space.
There was a huge tale of juxtaposition going on, with Vivienne Tam’s mainstays of flowers paired with official NASA logo hats, or feminine fringes with robotic metals, and colorful lace speckled butterflies with working style sneakers.
The result was an East meets West collection called a “Space Cowboy”, making homage to both the futuristic clean cuts as well as the drool-worthy vintage styles. It was a mix of bohemian meets rodeo, and one that was difficult to classify, but easy to identify based on its target girl – a hip, urban and experimental girl who liked her modern conveniences as well as her nods to retro styles.
Frilly cowboy shirts, silver buckled belts, bags with fringed edges were all the more masculine inspired styles, balanced with off shoulder tops with wide leg pants, puffed sleeves, and floral or lace dresses. Outerwear was a common theme, similar to other travel based collections like Desigual, with canvas and denim jackets, fitted waistcoats and oversized kaftan style kurtas, reminiscent of Indian designs.
Despite having a complex fusion of themes, Vivienne Tam’s collection was undoubtedly original, and stayed true to a uniform theme.