02/16/2012 12:02 EST | Updated 04/17/2012 05:12 EDT

At NY Fashion Week, Vivienne Tam's line for women is influenced by menswear

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Vivienne Tam took a distinct cue from menswear for her fall collection at New York Fashion Week.

The designer sent her models down the runway Wednesday in men's striped wide-leg trousers, tweed trousers and a zigzag print on a soft wool men's coat. But Tam made efforts to make the pieces more feminine, adding a leather waistband or making a men's blazer in a jacquard fabric.

Tam stayed true to her East-meets-West sensibility, calling the collection "Shangri-la Remix." She appliqued a tweed dress with a dragon and used intricate, black and red see-through dragon lace to create a dress. The model wore it over a white sleeveless shirt.

The show's notes said the collection was "city modern" and "street sleek tailoring" meeting ethnic elements.

The runway ended with a pair of one-shouldered gowns, one red with a high neck and the other blue and black with a peek-a-boo cut at the right hip.

Models wore high heel ankle booties in brown, red and black. Tam accessorized her looks with collar, scarfs and ruffs.


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