February 04, 2008
Hong Kong Disneyland, of all things, recently tapped Tam, a native daughter, to design New Year's outfits for Minnie and Mickey in celebration of the Year of the Rat. Human versions of the celebrity mouse look were unveiled on the Fall runway. Unfortunately, there were no program notes to explain the startling apparition of the big-eared cartoon guy on various pieces here and thereincongruous, to say the least, among other clothes inspired by Himalayan thangka paintings (of all things). The other main leitmotif was the dimensional cutout technique that Tam has made her own, but which was also much used last season. Positive notes were pieces that demonstrated modernity and restraint, like a black coat with openwork, a dress with textural quilted clouds, a burgundy sequined jacket, and a cute gold cardigan-and-embroidered-skirt combo. Meanwhile, though, the metallic tights and Minnie Mouse shoes distracted from the clothes, some of which were ill-fitting. Even Disney magic couldn't save this one.