It was as if a sea of butterflies fluttered down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week’s Vivienne Tam Spring 2010 show. Vivienne’s spring collection is whimsical, smart, and definitely high tech as she unveiled her newest accessory, which was being carried clutch style by the models in the show: an HP Notebook donning her Spring 2010 butterfly motif.
Poetic fabrics in garden hues with just a dash of boho dark sparkle graced the catwalk, evoking images of urban prairie maiden flower children. The silhouettes in the collection are unequivocally feminine and texturally appeared to flutter with each movement and included: silky slinky tops tying at the neck and easing into long flowing sleeves, bell shaped pants and softly tailored suede jackets, belts, and vests, fringed purses and jackets, and of course, butterflies everywhere – soutached, slashed in satin, boldly printed, embroidered in denim, appliquéd in sequins, and emblazoned on computer clutches.
The color palette of Vivienne Tam’s spring collection seemed to have been taken directly from nature herself. Colors like chartreuse, lavender, and jadeite complemented softer neutral tones as blushes, creams, tawny and Age of Aquarius blues were translated into psychedelic prints.
The hair and makeup at the show represented youth and naiveté. Hair was worn wavy and parted in the middle in a very natural, unaffected way. The eyes were heavily lined in black, but in a rounded manner for a doe-eyed look and were paired with a satin finish on lips that had just touch of shimmer. Skin was clean and fresh, slightly blushed, and highlighted for a healthy glow.
My favorite piece of the collection was not quite as whimsical as the others, but was stunning nevertheless, and was also the finale of the show: a bolero made from brightly colored sequins resembling flames, which was something totally otherworldly, like the jacket of a Chinese Goddess. Sequined everything is a very hot trend right now in general, and was incorporated into the collection appropriately well.
Vivienne Tam’s aesthetic is the perfect marriage between innocence and sex: ladylike yet curious; playful yet refined. Her pieces have a soft elegance to them, and they are always very wearable. I was very fortunate to interview Vivienne at the show’s after party, where she looked as beautiful and delicate as her clothing, and during which she told me her inspiration for the Spring 2010 collection was the story of the Butterfly Lovers, (the Chinese equivalent to Romeo and Juliet), romance, and so of course butterflies. She also said she likes to work with lightweight fabrics such as chiffon and silk, which is clearly stated in her spring collection, and she also mentioned she was wearing Prada shoes since the ones she had originally worn needed to be given to one of the models last minute for the show. Indeed. As George Carlin said, “The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”
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