Vivienne Tam Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 21, 2012


This was our very last show of Fashion Week and as we sat there, bone-tired and hungry, we marveled at just how appropriate it was to close out the week with this collection. Modeled on the Five Elements of Chinese cosmology – metal, wood, water, fire and earth – there was a serenity to the collection; a feeling of perfect balance. Which isn’t to say we loved each piece (although we loved a lot of them); just that, taken as a whole, it was uniquely beautiful and compelling. Loved the bold geometrics mixed with metallics, and the simple but eye-catching color story.



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  • Middle look, second row.  That is so me.  Beautiful collection, mostly for someone else.

    • joything

      Echoing you, on that look. 

    • la_lala

       Agreed on that look, plus that model is freakishly stunning.

  • Sobaika

    This is a very thoughtful collection. I love some of the more graphic pieces, especially the blue.

  • lovelyivy

    Stunning, and gorgeously complex.  Definitely fashion for the thoughtful woman. I love it!

  • snarkmeister

    Scary circus clown suit!  Third from the bottom, on the left.    However, I love the machine nut dress two rows up from that, on the right.

  • annieanne

    Love the colours and the textile choices but those are some boxy and unflattering silhouettes.

  • eandh99

    the red cropped jacket over the black and white geometric – I wish I were wearing that right now.  

  • mjude

    i love it

  • formerlyAnon

    Right hand dress, third row & left hand dress, last row are my favorites. Overall these left me cold, though I liked a lot about them.

    This seemed like a really technical or maybe intellectual collection to me – the clothes looked very thought-out, and how much I liked each had as much – sometimes more – to do with the model and how she wore each piece than with the garment. I didn’t find the appeal of each intrinsic to the garment. In most cases, the women could make the garments look good, but I didn’t feel like the garments could make the women look good.  For me, that’s a negative.

  • MilaXX

    Pretty! This may be one of my favorites out of all the fashion week collections you’ve shown.

    BTW- Audio ads? Still bug. Please make them go away.

  • Judy_S

    Yes, an interesting array, but I think some of them would look better on a wall than on a woman’s body.

  • piecesofconfetti

    I love this collection. It feels like I’m looking at art.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The words “Oh wow” spontaneously leapt from my mouth as I scrolled through this collection. It’s like looking at a winter garden through a Japanese screen. Beautiful colors and geometrics.  I love the deco-leaning prints and the very open, angular broderie.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Frank Lloyd Wright meets High Fashion.  I love them all.

  • Anathema_Device

    I love so much of this. I am trying to think of something insightful to say, but all I can think of is “Preeeettty.”

  • Clueless_Jock

    It’s “ineresting” rather than “pretty”.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Love huh.

  • Now this, THIS is whimsy and unusual shapes done well. Gorgeous.

  • kimmeister

    Yay for model diversity!
    Those shoes are as ugly as sin though.

  • j_anson

    First time I’ve actually thought a collection theme was interesting, clearly portrayed in the collection, not an obnoxious cliche, and really working. Usually I hate the themes. The color palette is really working for me. And the silhouettes and shapes are doing a fantastic job of feeling genuinely derived from the elements but in a modern way. I like.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Very cool – love a lot of this.  First four rows are really great.  Loses me a little after that – gets too geometric.

  • lamamu

    I wish my everyday life was fabulous enough for me to wear these! 

  • Deedles

    Here comes the science (fiction)… Top row, far right: the mutating virus from the 1971 movie “The Andromeda Strain.”

    • understateddiva

       Also the necklace in the fifth row is the symbol on the chemical waste bins at work. (it’s in several of the prints and cutouts as well)

  • Verascity

    I swear I’ve seen that first dress before… where?

  • quiltrx

    I really like this!  I love the bold, graphic nature of the designs, but they look calm and minimal, not frantic or overdone.

  • Not loving a lot here.  

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i actually really like a lot of this. not that i could wear it, it’s too shapeless.

    but the main thing i think is that theres some stuff here that’s gorgeous & other stuff here that is real world wearable. the gorgeous stuff is not really wearable in real life & the wearable stuff is plain. odd.

  • blue_hedonist

    I just fell in love so hard with that red dress that has the cut outs on the shoulders. A breathtaking collection.

  • Zippypie

    Despite the sheer long skirts over short (stupid trend), this collection is fabulous!  She really interpreted the elements into garments in a way that is not costume but inspired.  Love it.

  • Truly_Outrageous

    I just love Vivienne Tam. I REALLY love how she uses her culture in her designs and she does is fabulously well. I responded well to the turquoise and black looks.

  • 4th row, middle look – I could wear that.
    I -wish- I could wear the blue dress on the same row, but have way too much in the boob department to make that work.  Sad 🙁

  • Very striking, although my least favorites are the laser-cut wide leg capris. The black-white-orange is somehow very soothing.

  • poppity pop pop pop!!

  • RedRaven617

    I really like the clothing, but found the “brick” look of the shoe/sandal very distracting. 

  • guest2visits

    I like some of the geometric shapes and the layering of them.  Like the 1st and 2nd rows, and the second dresses in the 3rd, 4th,
    and 7th rows.  Don’t like the footwear.   I like when the teal is used sparingly with the b/w.

  • libraangel

    Interesting and beautiful, but I am getting sick of seeing underwear under dresses!


    Really tired of the sheer floor length skirts over minis and sheer anythings over granny panties, however I think this collection is undeniably gorgeous. Really love the graphic pieces.

  • ccm800

    just a couple of the textiles are one toke over the line – and shoes certainly show no sign of growing out of their long running awkward stage do they? but I like this colllection very much. very versatile. 

  • lucasuk82

    Is it just me, or does it look like the fabric was sourced from the ’60s TARDIS?   It is?  Ok.  Love the color story and prints, a lot of pieces seem kind of boxy.  (Police boxy?  I’ll stop.)

  • AuntieAnonny

    It’s so “modern” YLS, I’m loving it. Not sure if anyone else sees it that way, but this is a great sequel to another designer’s work.

  • Sweetvegan

    Love these!

  • bitterk

    Now that is how you do black and white.  Bitches take notes.