Backstage at the at the Vivienne Tam show for Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is all hustle-and-bustle with last-minute preparations and here on the runway it’s definitely becoming a who’s who in fashion, entertainment and business.
Model, actress, television personality, singer, and dancer Carmen Electra; daughter of rapper and hip-hop music pioneer Joseph Simmons (a.k.a. “Reverend Run”), Angela Simmons; former Miss USA Alyssa Campanella; New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis; singer and songwriter Neon Hitch; investor, former hedge fund manager, and socialite Julie Macklowe; fashion and style expert Jene Luciani; designer Diane von Fürstenberg; the current Miss USA and Miss Teen USA holders, Nana Meriwether and Logan West; and socialite, and my new friend, Emma Snowdon-Jones, who is always rockin’ to the music in her front row seat.
Vivienne Tam was inspired by the Yin and the Yang; opposites that are necessary to create a whole. Her outfits were inspired by the punk movement’s individuality and by military designs – two opposites that created a whole and a beautiful collection.
It was a collection that oozed confidence and had strong lines in the tailoring and individuality of the prints, designs and Chinese writing. Her point-of-view also came through the fabrics where soft silks meet hard fabrics such as leader and wool – a trend that has been seen throughout this Fashion Week in New York.
The colors red, blue, white and black are also colors that are shown by other designers so there is no discussion that these will be the colors for Fall / Winter 2013. Vivienne Tam’s collection was both feminine and masculine at the same time which gave it this punk feel.
My favorite was her China red cotton sateen one-shoulder gown with black leather ‘Wan Sui’ applique; it was feminine, yet strong and confident.
I am so glad that I got to be in attendance to witness her Fall collection, and I won’t miss another Vivienne Tam runway show again.
Photos by Mike J and via nymag.com, Michael N. Todaro, Astrid Stawiarz & Frazer Harrison of Getty Images North America, and Zimbio.com