NYFW Spring ’15: Vivienne Tam Turns Chinese Art Into Fashion (And Uzo Aduba Approves)
Spotted in the front row were Orange is the New Black “Crazy Eyes” actress Uzo Abuda (who fittingly wore a vibrant red-orange shift), and Carmen Electra who showed up in a sultry, sheer crimson dress.
The Hong Kong-raised designer drew nods of approval from Aduba (who in retrospect, I probably should not have spent so much time ogling) with highly structured dresses and two-pieces “inspired by the decorative treasures of the Ming and Qing dynasties.”
And how do ancient Chinese relics translate to the runway? Even better than you’d imagine. Think high-contrast outfits with bold, graphic landscape prints rendered in saturated colors. Think silhouettes that are decidedly modern, from boxy tops to wide-legged pajama pants.
The final look of the evening was a gorgeous summation of the 37 outfits we’d been treated to: a floor-length sleeveless gown in white power-mesh, covered by a cerulean appliqué of traditional ocean wave patterns. It’s not often that I open my closet and ask myself, “How can I most closely resemble Chinese porcelain today?” but Vivienne Tam’s striking collection has made me rethink the boundaries of art and fashion.