Tadashi Shoji is the master of ethereal evening wear but this collection got lost somewhere on its flight from Shanghai, where Shoji found his inspiration this fall. Citing in the notes, the collection “hearkens back to the Golden Age of Shanghai, a glamorous world of modernity, transformation, and prosperity that preluded a darker time. Opulent fabrics of lace, chiffon, silk, and velvet craft the silhouettes of drop waist dresses, column gowns, and extended hemlines.”
There was no shortage of lace as the first 11 looks consisted of chantilly lace used in blouson dresses and a-line gowns. The collection moved towards looks with velvet detail before moving onto full on velvet gowns. While velvet can make for a nice trim or detail, it just doesn’t work on a full-length gown. Shoji’s vision was cohesive, it just needed a little more.
- Craig Held (@HauteCraigture)
Designer website: TadashiCollection.com