Getting a cab around 4:30 in NYC can be challenging. Getting one at 4:30 while it's raining makes it infinitely more difficult. So if I need to suffer through the experience of waiting in the cold and wet, fighting off aggressive competition, and dealing with crabby cab drivers, my destination had better be worth the effort. Vivienne Tam's Fall 2009 Collection was absolutely worth it.
Inspired by the Chinese character "wu", meaning "nothingness" or "without", Vivienne Tam explores the Asian philosophy of creating an empty space that gives way to the new and unexpected. An insightful and profound reflection of the current global economic climate causing a re-birth of individuals as they return to a simpler way of life. And while there was very little that was "simple" about what went into the designs in her collection, it was absolutely filled with delightful surprises and a renewed energy.
The palette was rich with luxurious jewel tones including crimson, eggplant, magenta and teal, and infused with black, white, and smokey greys. I was enthralled by the textures created by the combination of cutouts, weaving, quilting, appliques, with fabrics in silk satins, chiffons, charmeuses, wool, and her signature mesh. My personal favorite piece was a brilliant turquoise chiffon and duchess satin strapless dress. Other standouts include a one-shoulder red charmeuse dress with origami detail, an impeccable black wool coat with cutout detail, and a perfectly fitted deep green leather dress with cutout applique. Once again Vivienne Tam has delivered an amazing collection that is thoughtful, masterful, and just really really pretty.