Despite the so-called fifth wave of the pandemic leading to the cancellation of the live launch of her latest exclusive Chinese New Year collections at new visual arts museum M+ on January 7, homegrown fashion designer Vivienne Tam is all smiles. She tells Tatler, in her typically cheerful voice, “I love bringing sunshine to the world. My latest collections are full of colour; colours bring energy, and the bright future is like a rainbow.”
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The first collection, named Pop Pop Tiger after the sound that firecrackers make, features a friendly-faced tiger motif on unisex T-shirts, tote bags, foldable nylon bags and lai see envelopes in a range of shades.
The Tiger Together collection includes a netting top, a qipao, a modern take on a traditional Chinese padded jacket and scarves, all printed with four pop art-style tigers characters in a checquerboard pattern. According to the ancient Chinese zodiac, 2022 marks the year of the Water Tiger, which symbolises love and harmony in family life; Tam’s tiger family—Mother Tiger, Father Tiger and their daughter and son—is inspired by that symbolism. The use of pop colours and playful images also pays tribute to one of her most famous early works, the checquered Mao collection that wowed the fashion world in 1995.
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