The 4 Questions of NYFW (Take #17: Vivienne Tam)

by Wendy Sy Photographed by Dan Lecca
Friday, February 17, 2017

The electrifying energy of Hong Kong nightlife was the inspiration for Vivienne Tam’s fall/winter 2017 collection. The result? Dresses, bomber jackets, knits and blazers in a variety of neon colors, metallics, plaids, tweeds, stripes and sequins. Tam, who grew up in Hong Kong, also dedicates the collection to the 20th anniversary of the territory’s handover from Britain to China. The designer answered our four fashion week questions backstage before the show.

A woman’s outfit isn’t complete without. . .

A lot of people say an outfit isn’t complete without a bag, but for me, there’s always something more. You can coordinate individually.

What are runway shows good for nowadays?

The excitement and the energy. Like an artist representing something, there’s a message to say.

How would you improve fashion week?

I would say the scheduling. Also, maybe change the location every few seasons. All the designers should be together more.

What does fashion say about America?

It’s about individuality. You can do anything as long as it is great. America is the land of opportunity.


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