Shangri-La, the fictional utopia dreamed up by James Hilton in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon, was the place Vivienne Tam's world-traveler touched down for Fall. She called the collection "Shangri-La Remix," and it combined the Himalayan textiles and shaggy fur Tam's traveler picked up on the road with familiar pieces from back home. The mix, at times, was a little overdone, but most of the individual items were worth digging out.
Strongest was the outerwear. In roomy menswear silhouettes, pieces featured the groovy prints you'd most likely find on a trip somewhere far away. A black and green wool jacquard wrap skirt with a diagonal motif had the same found-object quality; it had a simple sexiness that was obscured by the mandala appliqué on the coat worn with it. Tam is at her best when she keeps things simple, and she's still finding her footing when it comes to dependably solid separates. Fall was a step in the right direction.
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