Vivienne Tam Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 21, 2012

Ethnic themes in fashion can go wrong so easily. They can often wind up looking gimmicky at best; offensive at worst. Vivienne Tam practically revels in her Chinese heritage, and pays homage to various other Asian cultures, and yet it never feels anything but beautiful, respectful, and inspired. This collection, entitled “Shangri-la Remix,” combined Himalayan textiles with her signature Chinese motifs (like that stunning dragon print shirt), rendered in deep jewel tones with luxury touches like big fuzzy collars and neck pieces. Everything about this collection says “sophisticated, serene, and worldly,” which, come to think of it, describes Vivienne Tam’s entire aesthetic perfectly.



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  • I love the colors and the sometimes radical plays of textures.  The Shapes are great and the vast majority of the pieces are individually, very desirable.  
    But please, please, please, I am BEGGING you and all other designers, please, knock it off with the huge neck wrap thing.

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  • Joyce VG

    oooooooh scrumptious!

  • Would love to wear some of these. Love the wide leg pants. 

  • snarkykitten

    I imagine her shit looks good because it’s a person of Chinese descent designing, not some out of touch white guy fetishizing and appropriating someone else’s culture

    the fungus growing from the models’ necks has go to go though

  • I LOVE these color stories and pattern and texture combinations!! And that jacket middle top row is to die for!


  • LOVE LOVE LOVE. I have never liked a collection as much as I like this one. Thanks for showing it to me, TLo! I now know who I will buy when I get rich. That red ensemble (left on row two) is utterly amazing. The colors are gorgeous, and so is that model’s hair with it.

  • minnye

    I covet a few items from Vivienne Tam each time a new collection comes out.  Sigh…

  • CatherineRhodes

    Maybe it’s my plebian sensibilities and my inability to appreciate things that are “sophisticated, serene and worldly” — but IMHO that is one of the butt-ugliest collections I have ever seen grace the pages of this blog.

    • Must agree here.. :-/ I guess I don’t get it.

    • lovelyivy

       You and me both. I like some of the pants, and a few of the prints, but the shapes, the styling, the collection as a whole read frumpy and unattractive.

  • NasserShaheen

    Someone needs to step away from the fur. Apart from the simple fur trimmed collars every single fur look here is plain silly. Top row #3 and third row #1 look like they’re wearing old car seat covers!

  • lucasuk82

    I wish there was a men’s line – these are exactly the colors, textures, and patterns I seek when shopping for myself.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Is this what Marni was aiming for? Because this doesn’t look like a mismatched mess. This looks awesome.

  • MilaXX

    I love the colors and materials. Minor quibble is the fake fur, but I’m not a fan of that n matter who the designer. 

  • hughman

    What really drives the theme home is all the Asian models she used. Oh, wait…

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      agreed. but how does one address this in the case of a person who is discriminating against her own people? if in a lite way. but still.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i liked the fuzzy collars the first few times. after that it is overkill [although, in truth, if it is actually all fake fur then there is no killing involved & i’ll fairly happily tolerate the lite visual pounding]. red dress & red outfit in the second row are really very nice–particularly the dress. but that same dress is forced to underwhelm [this time, as opposed, i guess, to overkill] by its juxtaposition w/ a coat that’s nowhere near as fine & w/ which the dress clashes & doesnt work.

    some of the other pieces here are also very fine, some of the elements of those pieces even better [bottom row, middle. row above that, shirt, middle. row above that, little sweater that looks like its had fruit made from an early plastic applied to it in rows, middle. whole outfit above that, middle. & the black leather laser cut business next to the plastic fruit business. on & on]. but somehow the whole collection doesnt quite cohere. more of the current fashion world’s problem of having too much stuff, i think, bursting out all over.

  • travelingcat

    Gorgeous! Love the use of color, texture, and patterns. 

  • Mexxoo

    I wonder which starlet is going to wear the red dress (second row, far right) which practically shouts, “And my Lady Parts are HERE!!!!” 
    Lovely collection, even so.  🙂

  • Ceur –

    I’ll take the dragon top in the first row, the whole right look (without the ugly fur collar) in the third row, the blue jacket (without the ugly fur collar) in the middle in the fourth row and the dress in the bottom middle, thank you very much.

  • Isy

    Oh my god I want those medallion trousers so much.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Love this collection!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Absolutely love this collection!
    Love the rich colors and the striking prints. There’s so much going on, but somehow it doesn’t feel cluttered. 

  • wyliemab

    Gorgeous. I have lust in my heart…

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE the very first one (top left) and the very last one (bottom right).  Paging SWINTON to wear that bargello/tweed wrappy dress in the 7th row on the right.