Good news for those of you who like Vivienne Tam's East-meets-West aesthetic but can't afford her normal price points: She's launching a lower-priced line, Vivienne Vivienne Tam, for fall. The designer has teamed up with Republic Clothing Group to produce a range of modern sportswear, according to WWD, which will include knitwear and separates priced from $29 to $99 per piece. Tam's normal prices range from $100 to $300.
The first budget collection reportedly centres around asymmetric and architectural shapes for dresses, cardigans and jumpers, with a mix of textures and lighthearted prints. Tam will work closely with the Republic design team, but has licensed her name to a project they'll spearhead. "My collection is more woven-driven," Tam said. "I have always looked for someone who does sweaters well. It’s an enhancement of my collection at a better price point."
Vivienne Vivienne Tam will hit stores this August, and Republic President Michael Warner said he's targeting department stores including Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's.
If you celebrated Chinese New Year this weekend, then it’s too bad you weren’t wearing a piece from Vivienne Tam’s Fall ’10 collection. Although it's the Year of the Tiger, the designer made room for each creature from the Sheng xiao zodiac - even the rat. Never using fur or even leather (the animals wouldn't like that), the designer used ruffles and swoops of fabric to imitate animal coats. Tights came decorated with wildlife prints, and lapels carried the occasional bit of origami detailing.
The whole 18-look collection carried a youthful vibe, and each piece felt ornate but never ostentatious. Normally simple outfit combinations - such as a black trousers and a silk top covered with a slouchy cardigan - became playful with jam-packed ruffles, swashes of sequins and bow details. But the piece we most have our eve on? An easy and relaxed metallic gold top, which we'll plan to have in our closets by next Chinese New Year.
Vivienne Tam with Jessica Stroup and Estelle
Jessica Stroup and Estelle hit the New York Fashion Week scene for Vivienne Tam's reveal of her new HP "digital clutch" computer.
Whose style was best?
Butterflies. Seventies. Now you pretty much have the theme for Vivienne Tam's Spring 2010 show - but have you heard that her newest accessory is a "clutch" computer?
Want to see some of the most fashionable ladies who keep us fashionable? Check our selection of top female fashion designers from last night's CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. From Vera Wang to Anna Sui (who received her Lifetime Achievement Award from Jack White of the White Stripes - heck yes), we're impressed overall with their wardrobes.
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