Vivienne Tam is always influenced by her roots, and this season she struck the perfect balance of East meets West. Inspired by chinoiserie, Tam infused her collection with ornate Baroque patterns, a touch of Victoriana and traditional Asian prints. It may sound like a hodgepodge of ideas, but it worked like a charm.
Victorian blouses, picture-frame lace dresses and a ribbon-tape-lace embroidered vest-and-dress combo were modern takes on vintage appeal. Prints ranged from a phoenix vase pattern on a techno mesh dress to an iridescent bonsai motif gown. But what looked freshest on the runway were the quilted numbers Tam sent out, especially a black nylon quilted fit-and-flare dress and a camel wool A-line skirt.