2010 February 15

Runway Reviews: Vivienne Tam, Karen Walker

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(NEW YORK) Vivienne Tam
This collection, themed The Year of the Tiger, featured extremely detailed pieces all inspired by animals from the Chinese Zodiac. ‘Snake’ prints, ‘Rooster Feather’ sequins and even a ‘Rat’ appliqué were invoked. Intricate patterns were visible on every pair of lace tights under the garments and hand folded, red origami animals served as pendants on select pieces. Models with clean makeup strutted inside a jam-packed Mercer Street gallery, where the looks ranged from feathered dresses to the strapless origami Tiger finale.

Karen Walker
Bob Dylan meets the Von Trapp family was Karen Walker’s focal point for her Spring collection, appropriately titled "Salzburg, USA." And though you may have trouble picturing Dylan in lederhosen made from window dressing, Walker pulled off a collection perfect for her quirky-cool customer. On the Sound of Music front? Chunky knits, uniform-esque skirt and short suits, and a series of prints based on the aforementioned curtains. Tying in the Bob Dylan were not only a new slew of sunglasses for Walker’s successful eyewear line, but skinny suits and boyish tailoring. Neither inspiration, luckily, was taken too literally, party frocks and a slew of great coats (often with plush oversized sheepskin scarves and trim) made for a collection of separates that will work whether you’re in Austria or America.