February 12, 2001
"East West Techno Fantasy" was the ominous title of
Vivienne Tam's collection, foreshadowing allusions to
The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Tongue-in-cheek references, however, are not enough to
see a collection through. Tam's paint-drip tees,
motorcycle jackets and moleskin trousers worked
because they looked natural and unpretentious, but the
show ran into trouble the moment Tam toyed with plush
tiger jackets, gigantic and unfeasible fur-trimmed
ponchos and puzzling cracked-patch skirts. Ditto for
the evening looks, which included everything from
feathered and beaded tunics to lotus-print dolman
On the upside, Tam showed several moleskin
pants, embroidered sweaters and jersey tops that would
be a worthwhile addition to any basic wardrobe.
Sometimes, less is definitely more.