Vivienne Tam 2021 collection shows a vision of Qing Dynasty romance mixed with eclectic 1970s psychedelia is this season’s fusion of East-meets-West.

The 600-year-old Forbidden City inspires Tam in Imperial yellow, vivid green, crimson, white and ink black – a bold, earthy palette echoing the marble, brickwork, murals and paintings.

Romanticism updated with a rebellious sartorial twist, this collection is designed with love. Ruyi cut-out lapels, collars, ruffles and wide jacquard sleeves are inspired by costumes in Chinese TV drama ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’ depicting the Qing Imperial court. Modernized motifs are adapted from Chinese scroll paintings of landscapes, flowers and myths. An abundance of old-world romance rendered in a contemporary style.

Vivienne Tam shows a denim, jacquard, plaid, cotton fleece, lace, silk and Tam’s signature mesh and embroideries – textures are infused with 1970s counterculture. Vintage style patchwork and pleated skirts, flared pants, sweatshirt bodies, high collars, and prairie blouses expressed in lush fabrics. Innovative embellishments such as Chinese silk ribbons made sporty.

Tam turns to graphic effects and high-impact, modern shapes to offset traditional flourishes – see the reversible, hooded, polar fleece in a painterly blue floral print, or stylish jacquard and patchwork cargo pants with cuffed, cropped ankles.

A modern sense of globalism. A world stronger together than apart.

Vivienne Tam has been honored by Forbes magazine as one of the “25 Top Chinese Americans in Business” and People Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in the world, is an international designer known for her culture-bridging, east-meets-west approach to design as well as pioneering global collaborations marrying fashion with technology and renowned brands such as HP, Lenovo/Moto, Tencent, Google and Starbucks.

Vivienne effortlessly blends her cultural roots with a modern design vocabulary recognized for its artistry. She is also the author of the award winning book “China Chic” and pieces from her collections are housed in the permanent archives of the world’s most prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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