Five Elements inspire Vivienne Tam for Spring

Associated Press Modified: September 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm •  Published: September 12, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Vivienne Tam took on the Five Elements of Chinese cosmology in an East-meets-West spring collection of three-color geometric applique and hexagonal cut work that moved with her models Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Touches of black patent shined like metallic silver and gold printed on cotton denim for tops and wide-leg cropped pants. A trench was also done in the bright silver.

A geometric design of white, jade green and black stole the show, in loose cropped pants, a short organza column dress and another looser and waisted dress with black straps and matching cutouts at the chest.

The yang? Reverse pleats at the hip in a long column dress. Nobody but the very thin, and hipless, can wear those.

Hexagonal cuts in black overlay was worn with a poplin sheath of white, black and gray. A more calming use of black hexagons came in lace in a long dress.

The elements, metal, wood, water, fire and earth, each have their own category of shape, color, texture and power. Tam explains in her notes it was those combinations — fire triangle with metal circle, or water wave with wood column, that she wanted to express.

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