February 06, 2007 New York
Season after season, Tam reworks the Chinese qipao. This go-round, she developed a qipao/twenties hybrid and overadorned it with ruffled bibs and geometric shapes ┐slashed┐ to expose flashes of the underlayeringand then added clunky, studded wood platform shoes for good measure. It was difficult to imagine where anyone could wear most of this: A lot of it was too fussy for the office but still not quite right for a night on the town.
A copper-sequined mesh dress was an exception, as was a satin trench with a quilted skull on the back, and a dress with a dragon-embroidered overlay and fur trim at neck and hemlines. Those worked because, unlike much of the rest, they were straightforward looks that hadn┐t been forced through some esoteric fashion filter.