by jennine on March 3, 2009


Maybe it’s because this past seasons’ shows were my first experiences at a major fashion week, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m still sifting through everything. Since I hadn’t been to the states since before the financial crisis, there seemed to be a very different tone. You could sense the worry in the air. A friend of mine had told me that after 20 years of working in the fashion industry, all the sudden it was so hard to find work. Friends outside the fashion industry have been talking too about the difficulty of finding work. Things are changing, some people noted how depressing the shows were, others snorted about the omnipresence of bloggers, like all you had to do was start a blog to get into a show (Oh yes, it’s that easy).

When things change, there are some people who reminisce about the way things ‘used to be’. Things ‘used to be better..’ like memory is anything to really trust, lord knows how many times memory betrayed me, enabling me to  justify going back to a bad lover, or to eat at Mac Donald’s ‘remember all the fun times?’ Yes, remember how good things used to be, before mobile phones, atm machines, TiVo, penicillin, times when we had to kill a forest of trees for a magazine that could be read in 5 minutes.

Then there are the people who adapt when things change, who don’t wait so long to read the writing on the wall. They may even take the writing on the wall and integrate it into their newest work…

Then there are the people who adapt when things change, who don’t wait so long to read the writing on the wall. They may even take the writing on the wall and integrate it into their newest work. Vivienne Tam is one of those people, instead of making you jump through hoops and ride tiny tricycles just a crappy seat at a runway show that’s over in 10 minutes, Tam has engaged the blogging community by setting up an event where bloggers can access multimedia stations, take close up photos of the collection. Even for the show, HP had flown a group of bloggers to the show (myself included).  Unfortunately because of traffic (automobile traffic) I missed the presentation, but they set up mannequins with the latest collection. I found Vivienne Tam to be very friendly and interested in the blogging community, which most designers are really open to bloggers, but many fashion week events aren’t so blogger-friendly. Though I do believe that within the next few years, you’ll see more designers embracing the blogging community, I would have to say that Vivienne Tam is one of the first to break these boundaries, I mean for goodness sake, a year and a half ago, I was denied press access to SF Fashion Week because the promoters didn’t consider blogs press.

Anyway, I could talk for hours about this. Back to Vivienne Tam’s collection, titled Nothingness, the Chinese character with that meaning was worked into every piece. I love typography, and was intrigued how it sculptural the writing could be in the dresses. I particularly liked the leather dress which was rich with textures. Some of the other pieces I think I liked more when viewing them on Models instead of mannequins, but that’s almost always the case.  All in all it will be interesting  to see how things develop from this shift in presenting new fashion, because it’s not nothing, it’s definitely something.

There is the lovely Tierra from Technology Starlet and  her autographed VT Mini(I forgot mine, so no autograph for me!) But we did get a special gift from Vivienne Tam… as soon as I get nice photos, you’ll see!

Here are the  bloggers who were invited on this special trip (most of which aren’t fashion bloggers, as it was also about the VT Mini).

❤ Techie Diva ❤  Tech Mamas ❤ Notebooks ❤  Ponzarelli ❤ Chip Chick ❤ Gear Live ❤ Gear Diary ❤  Gotta Be Mobile ❤  Moosh in Indy ❤ The Art of Accessories ❤  A Mom in Red High Heels ❤  Morning Side Mom ❤ The Mama Bird Diaries ❤ Vivir Latino

I have to say thank you for without HP and Vivienne Tam, the whole NYFW experience, including the IFB Dress Up Soirées wouldn’t be possible.

For more NYFW pics visit my flickr set.

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halley March 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

I love how you tie everything together into a theme! What a great post!

Sabrina March 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

This collection is beautiful!

I’m glad that some designers are revolutionizing the fashion industry. Bloggers are a serious force to be reckoned with. Since I’ve started reading blogs, I’ve stopped buying magazines cold turkey. They just aren’t as relevant or interesting anymore… Vive la blogosphere!

Sal March 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

I’d heard that Tam really reached out to bloggers for this round of shows … hopefully she’ll be a groundbreaker and not a loner.

WendyB March 3, 2009 at 10:12 am

“Things ‘used to be better..’ like memory is anything to really trust, ” — so true.

Birdie March 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

awesome!! I’m glad at least one designer is down with the media who’s writing about and showing off the designer image!



Amy March 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

I say forget the good old days and let’s push things forward!

That grey dress - second from left - is unbelievable. Wow.

Alicia/InstantVintage March 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

Amazing story - I’m glad she is embracing the people who are fast becoming the taste makers in the industry.

lisa March 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Lovely post. I enjoyed every sentence of it. :)

jennine March 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm

❤ halley, thanks i’m glad you liked it!
❤ sabrina.. yeah, bloggers are becoming so…
❤ sal, something tells me she’s a groundbreaker
❤ amy, here, here!
❤ alicia.. yep, though it’s hard to believe… yet so cool
❤ lisa ❤

eyeliah March 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Things are definitely different right now, and a bit scary. but we have to keep living our lives, the economy unfortunately can’t always be good. Lets just hope it turns around and soon.

Kezia March 4, 2009 at 11:11 am

Great post!

Prêt-à-Porter P March 5, 2009 at 12:40 am

that is very nice and very smart of her. she looks so charming too. i like the top she’s wearing.

real style real people March 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

That was a great post to read! I posted about her show last week because I just loved her collection- so great that you saw it up close and personal! I think many are changing their minds about bloggers. I got my local newspaper column gig (a weekly shopping column)in my hometown, because they let me submit some of my favorite blog posts as writing samples. According to my journalist friend, this was a HUGE step for a newspaper-to acknowledge a blog as actual writing (and lucky for me)!Take care!

Tierra M Wilson March 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Aww… I just checked my email today and the picture you took of me is sooo cute! Thanks Jennine!

E March 10, 2009 at 1:07 am

My friends know as a designer I’m fashion obsessed so they give me their amazing “hand me downs” because they know I will appreciate their beloved pieces. One my favorite gifts is silk Vivienne Tam blouse with these amazing sleeves. It totally has this lux boho vibe yet remains a very classic piece. Unfortunately it recently got a weird mystery stain on the back. I can’t get out and I just want to cry every time I see it. I’m going to ho have to dye it a new color and it was a perfect neutral :( Sorry a bit off topic! haha

Love the post and Ms Tam’s designs!

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