Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 11, 2011

Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection

We always liked Vivienne Tam’s work; impeccable clothes with elegant detailing and thoughtful inspirations. But it wasn’t until last season, when we finally got to attend one of her shows, that we were utterly blown away by it. It photographs well, but in person, all the fine detailing is astonishingly beautiful. For this show, we had the INSANE privilege of being seated in the front row to watch all of these looks from a mere 3 feet away. We literally teared up at the beauty of it all. Pictures on the internet can’t possibly do it justice. Gorgeous colors, beautiful, delicate sheer prints, extremely fine embroidery and lace detailing, shredded print skirts and flowy, dramatic, ’70s-inspired gowns floated past our open-mouthed faces.

It was a moment of pure fashion joy and we said more than once that we wished fashion shows weren’t such a rarefied experience. If the public could see a show like this up close, even if they don’t like fashion or don’t like this type of fashion, they’d be blown away by the artistry on display. The collection was described in the notes as ” a harmonious and peaceful rhythm…strolling through Zen gardens,” and that couldn’t be a better description. Seeing these gorgeous pieces from a few feet away left our spirits elevated for the rest of the day. It’s not that we think every piece is perfect, but the collection on a whole was certainly a perfect aesthetic moment for us. This is why you want to go to Fashion Week; to see — to experience — something like this.

 

Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection
Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection
Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection
Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection
Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection
Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 Collection

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  • TeresaRebecca Cunningham

    It’s all really lovely but I’m not sure about most of the prints, especially in combination. They just overwhelm the outfit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BA6BTBV4V3MQRX6K2HDEL7Y7TU MerridithK

    I’m so happy for you guys, getting invited and being seated in the FRONT ROW!  Tip of the hat to you, sirs!

  • http://twitter.com/NostalgiaOD NostalgiaOD

    So lovely.  Wish more celebs would choose to wear her on the red carpet.

  • http://twitter.com/NostalgiaOD NostalgiaOD

    So lovely.  Wish more celebs would choose to wear her on the red carpet.

  • Anonymous

    Simply beautiful and I want, I want, I want…

  • Anonymous

    Simply beautiful and I want, I want, I want…

  • Anonymous

    Simply beautiful and I want, I want, I want…

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! And a good respite for my eyes after seeing the pics of all that fug from the last PR episode… TLo I wish I could be the fly on your shoulder at some of these shows…

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! And a good respite for my eyes after seeing the pics of all that fug from the last PR episode… TLo I wish I could be the fly on your shoulder at some of these shows…

  • Anna Vasquez

    The high-necked long floral print (#8) needs to be on Cate Blanchett NOW.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    Love it, love it, even the crotch flowers everywhere (they are simply the most elegant crotch flowers ever).

    • Alisa Rivera

      I was thinking I love everything except the crotch flowers. And the centipede dress is also very weird, as are the pants with the cut-outs. Now that I think about it, I guess I love 80 percent of it and feel WTF about the rest.

      • Anonymous

        especially the salmon-coloured dress. It’s not even crotch-flowery anymore, it’s anatomically correct. Everything is there, ovaries, cervix, labia.
        I quite fancy the centipede dress – maybe with one set of pedes less.
        Everything else is pretty pretty and I love the colour-scheme.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    Love it, love it, even the crotch flowers everywhere (they are simply the most elegant crotch flowers ever).

  • Anonymous

    lovely!!! This is how a woman looks. LOVELY

  • http://www.facebook.com/CatherineKatz Catherine Katz

    I think the black and white print pants are what the sad B&W print pant like things from PR this week want to be when they grow up.  

    I would buy those in a heartbeat if I could!

  • Anonymous

    Those garments all move so beautifully. They are gorgeous and wearable. And a breath of fresh air after too much PR crap.

  • Anonymous

    [sigh] so gorgeous!

    Glad ot hear you boys are getting some great fashion karma coming your way in the form of front row sets at such a phenomenal show! No one deserves it more than you for your dedicated blogging through the mire of this present season of PR.

    srq

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    Thank you for sharing this. It occurs to me that there is a Rorschach-blot quality about some of those symmetrical  embroideries… that does NOT recall the PR Team Chaos effort…

  • Anonymous

    You must be beyond excited to have had front row seats!  Congratulations and I hope it’s the first of many such coups.  The collection is really lovely and I especially give two thumbs up to the gray dress (#7) and the shorts/shirt ensemble (#4).

  • Anonymous

    I love, love LOVE that floral print third row center. It just looks fresh and light (rather than dowdy, as some floral prints can be). Great color. And there was a dress made out of that fabric, with a fringy skirt that I absolutely ADORED! 

    I also love the eyelet cut-outs on the blue pants.

    –GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    What I love so much about a lot of these clothes is how youthful they seem without looking juvenile. Some “young” pieces for women of any age. Though mixed in with such a stellar collection, what’s up with those blue pants with the cutouts? They look as though they were attacked by uber-moths. On the flipside, that gold and copper dress is a stunner and totally schools every designer who has ever tried to go provocative and landed on vulgar instead.

  • Now I am The Bee

    Still absolutely green that you are there, but I am so happy for you.  You deserve to be in the front row–no doubt! 
    Love these clothes–quietly sophisticated and, dare I say, wearable.  Love the orange on white print, although it doesn’t work as well in the cream on black. 
    Love the pantsuits, too, especially the orange one.   I had to laugh at the cut-work on the legs of the blue pants.  I did that to my bell-bottom jeans in 1970!! 

  • Anonymous

    I love that first orange, flowy dress in the first row and that brown dress in (first item in third row) I want NOW!

  • Anonymous

    I have a Vivienne Tam dress that I have owned for more than 10 years and it still looks good and modern. I love her stuff. So great you scored front row seats to see the beauty up close!

  • Anonymous

    What fun for you!!! I love the floral dress and the floral jacket. Wish I could feel the fabrics. 

  • Terry Weyna

    Gosh, that orange is really a lovely color.  I particularly like the cream-colored shirt dress with the orange design and belt — flirty, springy, just beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Love and want several of these pieces.  Very happy for you guys.

  • Anonymous

    Love and want several of these pieces.  Very happy for you guys.

  • Anonymous

    Love and want several of these pieces.  Very happy for you guys.

  • Anonymous

    I really love all the applique’ and cutout work…just gorgeous, and it’s refreshing to see such detail on such wearable-looking pieces.  Beautiful.

  • MilaXX

    Love these clothes!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I’m totally in love.  Sometimes I’m seriously jealous of women and the options they have with regard to dressing.  This collection is wearable, gorgeous, and flattering to potentially a lot of different body types.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSGAZPEESHQT47ATH55GNOHHBY Erin

    Aw, I love you two so much.  (And I tell you that too often, so thanks for not getting a restraining order or anything.)  It would take a crazy turn of events to put me at any Fashion Week, but I love seeing it through your eyes — thank you!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSGAZPEESHQT47ATH55GNOHHBY Erin

    Aw, I love you two so much.  (And I tell you that too often, so thanks for not getting a restraining order or anything.)  It would take a crazy turn of events to put me at any Fashion Week, but I love seeing it through your eyes — thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688150598 Elizabeth Siegel

    I want that little green dress NOW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688150598 Elizabeth Siegel

    I want that little green dress NOW.

  • Anonymous

    So lovely! sigh…How fantastic if someone of this caliber and vision made larger sizes.

    Congrats to TLo—you have earned your spots in the first row, and I hope there are many more…

  • Anonymous

    So lovely! sigh…How fantastic if someone of this caliber and vision made larger sizes.

    Congrats to TLo—you have earned your spots in the first row, and I hope there are many more…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230057270 Allie Carter

    Can someone explain why designers of sheer tops seem to be so averse to putting a tanktop under them? or bra… or anything? It’s so weird and jarring… beautiful outfit, beautiful outfit… oh, look breasts. No one wears their garments out in the world without something underneath, so why not design what that something is?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      Allie, I completely agree. Even a very sheer lining, but the way it’s shown here and elsewhere puts it into pornographic territory and detracts from the fashion.

      • Anonymous

        Really? Pornographic? Why are we all so obsessed with sexualizing female breasts? I’m perfectly fine with seeing naked bosoms in other genres of art (anything from modernist painting to Greek statuery), so why should it be unacceptable in fashion? Sheer clothing highlights the female form without revealing it, which I think is an interesting and valid artistic choice– art is as much about the absence of something as its presence.

      • Anonymous

        Really? Pornographic? Why are we all so obsessed with sexualizing female breasts? I’m perfectly fine with seeing naked bosoms in other genres of art (anything from modernist painting to Greek statuery), so why should it be unacceptable in fashion? Sheer clothing highlights the female form without revealing it, which I think is an interesting and valid artistic choice– art is as much about the absence of something as its presence.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

          if you got it, flaunt it!

        • Anonymous

          I understand your point about other art forms but i think in fashion it just becomes slightly distracting from the art: the clothes.  I don’t mind the human body at all, enjoy nudity and don’t consider it pornagraphic but in a fashion show it just detracts and titilattes for that reason alone.

    • Anonymous

      I think it must have to do with showing how ethereal and sheer and delicate the pattern/cloth/design is. I don’t think we’d be able to see that as effectively over a tank top or with sheer lining. I don’t find it offensive – I guess I’m just used to it since seems that almost all designers have a few of these looks in each collection. This is just a stunning achievement.

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      What you see in a runway show isn’t necessarily what the line is going to look like in stores. Quite often, wheyou see a sheer piece on the runway, it will be sold with a lining. Essentially, the see-through pieces are there mostly for theatrical reasons, just like the sometimes wildly impractical hair, makeup and shoes you’ll see in a runway show.

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      What you see in a runway show isn’t necessarily what the line is going to look like in stores. Quite often, wheyou see a sheer piece on the runway, it will be sold with a lining. Essentially, the see-through pieces are there mostly for theatrical reasons, just like the sometimes wildly impractical hair, makeup and shoes you’ll see in a runway show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I gasped several times during the video. Just gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    I ADORE the dress you used for your top pic. Lovely.

  • Anonymous

    Love the saturated colors, prints, appliques and ethereal quality of the fabrics. Also loving the fact that the models aren’t all emaciated and fill out these beautiful garments. Just lovely!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never been lucky enough to attend a fashion show such as this, but I did get to see the Yves St. Laurent exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco a few years back. I took a friend – kicking and screaming – because he said “They’re just clothes – get serious, what’s the big deal?” Well. He was stunned into silence as I knew he would be. He loves art and these ‘clothes’ are nothing short of art. Just stunning. I only wish I had been able to see them walk a runway. Part of the exhibit included large screens on continuous loops of various fashion shows – not the same. Still, it was a glorious experience that left me as uplifted as you describe! Also, my friend no longer poo-poos fashion as “just clothes”! A convert! WOO HOO!

    Thanks for these pics – just a beautiful collection.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! I love it, the colours, the prints, everything. There are so many wonderful pieces, but the great flowing floating printed dress, number 8 in the pictures, is my favourite, I think (I adore that print, it’s colourful but not overwhelming, beautiful and light – it also has a number of lovely watercolour associations for me).

    And congratulations to you two for having that insane privilege.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! I love it, the colours, the prints, everything. There are so many wonderful pieces, but the great flowing floating printed dress, number 8 in the pictures, is my favourite, I think (I adore that print, it’s colourful but not overwhelming, beautiful and light – it also has a number of lovely watercolour associations for me).

    And congratulations to you two for having that insane privilege.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a link to a much-larger slideshow, so my fellow bitter kittens can swoon over the glorious details like I did…
    http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Spring-2012-RTW/VIVIENNE-TAM/VIVIENNE-TAM?cid=el:goo:runway:spring:2012:VIVIENNE-TAM&gclid=CP2llMr1lasCFYfs7QodRHkX-Q#mode=base;slide=10;

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

    I’m not a fan of the blue pant suit (pic 10). It looks like the dog chewed the pants to smithereens. Every thing else is pretty, just NMS.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    after looking at the project runway disaster area & perusing some of the new collections via the ny times, i am really glad to see that someone, someone can still design.

  • Anonymous

    This is a lovely collection and I like a lot of it. Very feminine and pretty. 

    It was very fun seeing T & Lo in the front row. 

  • Anonymous

    You’re right.   The photos are not doing these garments justice.  I’m strangely underwhelmed.

  • Mariah J

    Love all of this. If I were a starlet I would choose to wear a lot of these for my many important appearances and the minions would vote me IN!

  • kjthorp

    Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful use of prints (especially the green ones) and I love the above the knee dresses with the matching color tones and bug looking designs. The designs around the neck are amazing.
    I will take one of each.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her designs, her point of view and her attention to detail.  But I am so tired of seing nipples, really, really tired of the nipples.  I’m not considered a prude at all and I truly feel the human body is a beautiful thing but the sheer tops just become distracting from the gorgeousness of the design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    I loooooooved this collection. Favourite New York one so far!

  • Margot Brose

    LUV. HUH. That’s all.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

    The pattern and placement on that salmon colored sheath dress looks too much like a cross-section of a uterus. 

  • Anonymous

    Good Lord, that neutral sheath is gorgeous (third row left, also the thumbnail.)  I wish I could buy it as a dress and as a duvet for my bed.

    • Anonymous

      YES! That dress is beyond gorgeous, and I also have the same feeling of wanting it as clothes and as textiles in my house.

  • Anonymous

    it’s rare for me to want an entire collection, but…gah. Want!

  • Anonymous

    it’s rare for me to want an entire collection, but…gah. Want!

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Beautiful. 

  • Lisa

    God, how beautiful!  There’s nothing I don’t love in this collection – you guys were so lucky to have seen all that up close!

  • Anonymous

    The black dress in the 7th row (center image) looks like the design is an Xray or rendering of the spine – spinal column and ribs extending off. Which is a little….not awesome. Even if it ISN’T an Xray dress, the fact that it could be mistaken for one is a concern. However! Lots of great looks in this collection. Love that little dress that everyone else loves (from the thumbnail). Target, get on ripping that off in a nice cheap price point for us poor girls, okay?

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit, is that a lot of gorgeous. I found myself making the little noises that my dog makes when someone is holding a juicy burger and he desperately wants some.   

  • Anonymous

    Elegant and feminine..’bout time…….beautiful collection…..and original……meh on the rest of what I’ve seen from the other designers…big ass kudos to her!

  • Patricia Biswanger

    I would wear these clothes even if they made me look fat(ter), that’s how gorgeous they are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raweiser Rachel Weiser

    That orange and ivory dress fourth row from the bottom, center, is GORGEOUS. I don’t even care if I’m a winter and ivory would probably wash me out something awful. Want!

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i want it too.
      it would be the only white dress in my closet, probably for generations now, but i still want it.

      bravo bravissimo.
      {particularly in the face of all the other wretchedness available lately.}

    • Anonymous

      Yes. That is a “still got it!” dress, even though in those colors I would be searching my pocketbook for my tickets for my cruise on the Love Boat.

  • Anonymous

    Third Row, Right, b&w pant suit – WANT.

  • Anonymous

    What seems most 70′s to me is how many of these seem made to flatter small women – not extremely thin so much as slightly built.

    That said, I really like several of the dresses. Will certainly  never pass up a chance to see high end fashion up close, but for now, most likely forever, I’ll leave it to you guys. Enjoy the fruits of your hard work!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    What a beautiful collection! And so great that the two of you got to see it in person – like being able to see an amazing painting in a museum.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful.  I love the diversity of her models too.

  • Anonymous

    Now THAT is design.  I love it all!  The colors, the flow, the fabrics.  Nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583505025 Kelley Comfort

    LOVE her stuff (right down to buying the HP Mini notebook that she guest designed)!  Is that larger print Chinese bats? Looks like them from what I could see. I like the design because bats are good luck, according to the Chinese. Always can use more luck! I really want to fly to Hong Kong and visit her flagship store. Very envious you guys got to see these clothes up close!