Vivienne Tam spent much of the confinement in Hong Kong, where she made yoga and nature hikes into her schedule. She returned to New York City in a happy, upbeat state of mind with one of her most personal collections to date.
This designer has always incorporated elements of her heritage into her clothing, and she continues to do so for spring: a hoodie with pom poms, woven jacquard denim with a Chinese dragon pattern, qipao and button closures. are reinterpreted for a casual outfit. What’s new is how Tam’s daily life and interests have influenced her brand’s expansion into activewear this season. You will also notice men in the lookbook; this is the first time Tam has made a unisex offer. Tam’s expansive mood seems to be tied to her new and enthusiastic embrace of inclusion, at least gender and ability. Alison Yu, the Hong Kong Paralympic gold medalist wheelchair fencer, is part of the cast.
Tam, who designs his own fabrics, took real pleasure in assembling city and nature motifs into the main print of the season, from which the collection takes its name, City Camouflage. She has used this colorful pattern on out and out clothing: Tam doesn’t have time for solid-color hiking clothing. “I want to be the flower of the woods,” she says.