It's the Year of the Snake! Vivienne Tam presented her fall 2013 on Chinese New Year at Lincoln Center. The striking red and black collection had me drooling for the upcoming season.
The centerpiece print was an Obama inspired print with QR codes embedded as part of the artwork. As the pioneer of the East Meets West aesthetic, a smiling Barack Obama seemed the ultimate symbol of both. The rest of the prints also had high-tech graphic looks that drew on highly stylized Chinese characters. The Chinese calligraphy was also cleverly embedded in the style lines and pieced seams of the dresses. The bold red on black and white made every piece pop on the runway. Super dark lips and punk ponytail hairstyles gave the models a bad-ass serpentine look.
I even loved the shoes, which were shiny red or black patent leather with contrast straps.
Ms. Tam is not just about fashion. She does aim to do good with her brand. This season, she partnered with Save Love Give, an organization that turns your overpaid wireless waste into funds that mentor and provides micro-loans to underprivileged women to become self-sufficient.
The only thing that would have made this show better? If the runway started raining red envelopes...
Photos by David TW Leung
Watch our interview with Vivienne!