Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Backstage at the Vivienne Tam show

(From FrolicHawaii.com – 2/22/2015) – Amanda Stevens

Vivienne Tam and Karen Hu, Miss China 2014 backstage before the show.
Vivienne Tam and Miss China 2014, Karen Hu, backstage before the show.

Flying back to Honolulu was bittersweet for me. I was sad that the NYC Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was over, but grateful for the experience – especially the one that I had at the Vivienne Tam show. Unlike fashion shows in Hawaii that I’ve produced, the shows in NYC allow photographers, media and celebrities to gain access backstage and see what’s happening. It’s really part of the culture there. But at the Vivienne Tam show, I also received the rare chance to work backstage, under the direction of Hawaii’s-own Lynne O’Neill. This was huge! Bucket list huge! It’s like getting sideline seats at the Super Bowl.

Amid the organized chaos and distractions backstage, I stayed focused on the duties I was assigned from the production team: round up the models, get their shoes on before rehearsal, take the models from hair and makeup to first looks, and help line them up for the show. Sometimes we had less than a minute to change the models from their first look into their last look, with zippers, buttons, hair touch-ups, then right back into the line.

Needless to say, I was super busy backstage, but here are a few behind-the-scenes photos I was able to snap:

Vivienne Tam presents Adrienne Bailon with a gift backstage before the show.
Vivienne Tam showing actress Adrienne Bailon features of Tam’s Opera Girl battery charger before the show
Backstage with model Karolina who was first in the line-up. She's pictured next to her model card and changing area.
Backstage with model Karolina who was first in the lineup. She’s pictured next to her model card and changing area.
Vivienne Tam takes a last look at the models in the line-up before the show.
Vivienne Tam takes a last look at the models in the lineup before the show.
A few members of the production team after the show.
A few members of the production team after the show.
It was great meeting fashion expert and TV personality Jeannie Mai (right). She actually might be coming to Hawaii, perhaps for Honolulu Fashion Week, fingers crossed.
It was great meeting fashion expert and TV personality Jeannie Mai (right). She actually might be coming to Hawaii for Honolulu Fashion Week, fingers crossed.

A little about Vivienne Tam:

Tam was born in China and raised in Hong Kong since the age of three. I really took notice of Tam’s career when she created a collection to auction off so that she could help the pandas that were affected by a devastating earthquake on May 12, 2008 in the Sichuan Province.

Her fall 2015 collection demonstrates that she is still the reigning queen of China-chic. I love her collection’s ornate prints, Victorian silhouettes and school-girl flare skirts – definitely east-meets-west but distinctly true to Tam’s cultural roots.

Here’s a look at the entire show courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week:

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