Vivienne Tam Autumn/Winter 2017 Runway Show

Gallery I at Skylight Clarkson Sq, 550 Washington Street

THE INSPIRATION: The collection was inspired by the electrifying energy of Hong Kong nightlife, ablaze with neon lights, enveloping this urban jungle in a haze of exciting velocity.

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THE COLLECTION: The visual culture of the city that never sleeps is conveyed in bursts of bright color and metallics — neon fuschias, greens, purples and midnight blues derived from omnipresent neon signs and grids that light the skyscrapers.  Iconic signage, traffic lights and contrasting dark tunnels are translated into neon prints, alluding to modern city life. Strong metallic knits and pleathers are toned down with contrasting textures comprised of muted menswear aspects such as wool tweeds, plaids and stripes.  Silk jacquards, sequins, liquid jerseys and extensive ruching in gathered sleeves, leggings and bodies channel the early ’90’s but silhouettes are contemporary — loose, fluid and deconstructed.  Uneven hems and lace metallic skirts and cropped trousers are paired with draped and oversized blazers while shoulder pads give structure.  Dresses are easy and modern, expressed in a plaid qipao or a gathered, sequined form. Puffed jackets are rendered in both metallic and matte nylon while bomber jackets and sweatshirts are constructed from unexpected fabrics such as gathered wool plaid, jacquard and silk organza with the occasional appliqué.  Complementing the looks are colorful evening bags that double as travel kits for the world traveler the culture explorer.

WHO: Attended guests included: Bea Ting Kuo (Actress), Bella Harris (Model), Cailee Rae (Singer), Camren Bicondova (Actress, Gotham), Carol Alt (Model), Danielle Campbell (Actress, The Originals), Eleanor Lambert (Model), Emma Myles (Actress, Orange is the New Black), Holly Taylor (Actress, The Americans), Hong Tao (Actress), Jenna Leigh Green (Actress), Kelly Bensimon (Model, TV Personality), Krysta Rodriguez (Actress, Smash), Morena Baccarin (Actress, Deadpool), Nigel Barker (Photographer, TV Personality), Rodney McLeod (NFL, Philadelphia Eagles) Paris Hilton (DJ, Personality), Petra Nemcova (Model), Sayo Akasaka (Model), Sigrid Raabe (Musician), Sisqo (Singer), Tiffany Trump (First Daughter)

The following also attended: Abby Huntsman (Fox & Friends, Host), Andrew Warren, Blair Clarke, Cheryl Casone (Fox Business), Gaia Matisse, Jennifer Creel, Julie Macklowe, Kimberly Guilfoyle (The Five, Host), Reya Benitez, Shauna Mei, Susan Gutfreund, Susan Shin, Tracy Stern, Yue-Sai Kan and others.

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