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The Contemporary Wave: Introducing Tangram

Tangram spring/summer 2012 collection (from left to right): silk jumpsuit, printed rectangle panel dress and shirt dress.

I’ve been saying this for a while but I think contemporary brands are the future of fashion. Just take a look at the recent Paris Fashion Week where Kenzo was relaunched as a more affordable contemporary label under Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberton Leon. Olivier Theyskens also seems perfectly happy at Theory (he’s making an appearance in Hong Kong later this month) and if sales are anything to go by, he will be there for a while.

Which brings me to Hong Kong’s latest contemporary label, which I discovered last night at a party held at the studio of  Whitespace (aka the very cool design consultancy that designed The D’Vine). Tangram is the brainchild of South American designers and husband and wife team Paola Sinisterra and Ignacio Garcia, and is a line of cool, casual separates that will appeal to the modern girl. The couple moved to Hong Kong three years ago after living in Spain (Paola worked for Zara for a few years) and decided to launch their own line for spring/summer 2012.

I’d describe the 15-piece women’s wear collection as a combination of luxe wadrobe staples and fun pieces that play on prints including vintage florals (many are inspired by Ignacio’s graphic design background). Everything is made from lightweight silk that drapes well on the body, making it perfect for Asia’s tropical climate. Paola wanted the line to be comfortable while looking good, so its free of tailored tight pieces, save for a pair of cute tie waist silk shorts and high waisted silk pants.

While the design is simple there is something alluring in the shapes, colours and the lightness of the silk – my favourites included the oversized shirt dress in blush, short silk jumpsuit in nude and the taupe and black rectangle top. In fact many of the shirts would give Equipment a run for their money. Best of all prices are reasonable and range from HK$700 to HK$2,500.

While no stockists are confirmed yet, you can email requests to hello@tngrm.net

www.tngrm.net

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