If you look for high energy on the runways of New York Fashion Week, Vivienne Tam’s FW17 show most certainly delivered. Inspired by the electrifying energy of Hong Kong nightlife – where the neon lights decorate the city skyscrapers – Tam’s collection showcased looks that were unafraid to be bold, bright, and fun.
‘Mix and match’ was also a strong theme of the show, where strong metallic knits and patent leather were toned down with contrasting textures – such as menswear-inspired wool tweeds, plaids and stripes. A slight nod to the early 90s, silk jacquards, sequins, and liquid jerseys also made an appearance, but revamped, fluid and deconstructed.
To take these urban jungle looks one step further, subtle touches like uneven hems and less-subtle lace metallic skirts were paired with oversized blazers. The visual culture of the city that never sleeps comes through in bursts of bright color and metallic, from neon fuchsias, to greens and purples, to midnight blues, all inspired by the omnipresent neon signs of the city.
Complementing many of the looks, were travel-sized bags with full-sized personalities, for the ‘culture explorer.’ These statement accessories were a personal runway favorite of mine. Overall, Vivienne Tam put together a collection, and a show, that was as high-spirited as it was playful.
All photos by Dan Lecca