June 18, 2014 New York
Vivienne Tam likes contrasts. "Here, I'm thinking about my Chinese heritage and mixing those ideas with techno fabrics and sportier silhouettes," said the designer about her new Resort collection. Organic floral appliqués were used throughout, layered on a cotton-spandex A-line top and a flared dress, but also on a black-and-white jacket made of techno mesh. That netted fabric appeared again on a black drawstring top, worn over a bright yellow bandeau. A hexagon eyelet was another major element, used either as an accent—like on the sleeves of a mandarin collar dress—or as the main event (like on a laser-cut neoprene bomber). There was a lot of layering of the appliqué, netting, and eyelet, and it sometimes came off as too busy for one piece. The looks that worked well—such as a patchwork jacquard top and skirt—were the most straightforward.
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