Vivienne Tam: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 ~ I Heart Heels

Friday, September 16, 2011

Vivienne Tam: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012

By Sarah Kleinhenz, Fashion Week Correspondent

When watching the Vivienne Tam spring collection flow down the runway, I couldn't help but feel like I was in the middle of a Zen garden. And who doesn't need some calm and quiet in their life? (after fashion week, I could use a lot of zen right about now) Using light and airy fabrics like silk chiffon and linen, Tam created a collection full of tranquility and sophistication. 

"The makeup look at Vivienne Tam is inspired by the beauty of a Japanese zen garden. The skin is clean and natural, while the lashes are long and curled. Metallic eyes and lips give this look a modern 70s vibe." -- Andy Koh, Maybelline New York Makeup Artist

Whimsical prints and geographic patterns collided for a calm nature-inspired feel (yoga, anyone?). Vivienne said that "her love of the spirit of the seventies," was a big inspiration for this collection. Rich coral, chartreuse, citrine and cyan were the colors de jour for these ethereal looks. It "embodied change and love of nature," Vivienne said, and you could really grasp what she felt and wanted to express from every look walking the runway. There was an underlying feminine innocence to her designs. She knows what works for her and sticks with it, with minimal change. If you're a less-is-more-type-chichette, then look no further than this spring collection. The minimal-esque make-up was done by the ever-fabulous team from Maybelline, while Cutler created the slightly loose and messy but somehow controlled up 'do's.

P.S. The always-glamorous Angela Simmons was seated front row. She was wearing a snakeskin print dress that had a bright-orange exposed zipper. I DIE! Wendy Williams sat next to Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl). Holland Roland (Teen Wolf) and Beverly Mitchell (7th Heaven) were also sitting together on the front row.

[Collection photos from Style.com]

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