Images by Tony Von Thelen
Romance was brought to New York Fashion Week with Vivienne Tam’s Spring/Summer collection. The line was inspired by Raman Hui’s Chinese 3D fantasy movie, Monster Hunt and its sequel, Monster Hunt 2. The story was set in a mythical land where humans and monster-like creatures coexist. The designer specifically wanted to highlight a monster protagonist from the movie, Wuba. His image appeared on various pieces like the handbags and dresses featured in the show. The colors were also kept similar to the movie, kept pastel and soft. Graphic motifs of landscapes similar to the film were also embroidered on breezy frocks and cotton shirts featuring bits of silk.
“I loved the message—bringing hope, love, friendship, and family all together. I want to bring that message to the world; that’s why the clothes are joyful,” Vivienne stated backstage before the show.
Although the inspiration may come off a bit youthful and animated, the designer kept all the pieces very free-spirited, and nomadic. Cotton met silk georgette, lace dresses were topped off with braided belts of nylon cord, and fanny packs were worn as cross-bodies, adding playful vibes to almost every look. There was an element of mysticism to each piece, just as Vivienne imagined.