Channelling Shanghai's socialites of yesteryear, Vivienne Tam sent forth a spring 2014 collection inspired by the city's West-meets-East elegance. Yet nostalgic it was not: Tam's it-girls were mostly of the moment, garbed in frocks and drapery one could easily envision upon bright young things the world over.
Print and embroidery mash-ups were a big focus here, namely with a lo-fi outlined floral motif that looked particularly modern on a loosely peplumed top and skirt combo. For the more adventurous, a sunset-striped, one-shoulder maxi-dress stood out--it breezily evoked an air of dynastic Chinese robes. Sometimes Tam's vision felt discombobulated, such as with an oversized parsley-and-pansy motif that fell short of her collection's otherwise contemporary threshold. Yet, the designer was on trend with midriff-highlighting separates (have you ever seen so many midriffs in such a short time?), and on point with an aesthetic sensibility that will surely appeal to her customer.