Tadashi Shoji SS16

Out from under the flower woodland portal walked the models wearing Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer 16.  The first white lace shirt was belted at the waist. The next look was a three-quarter length floral lace shirt atop pants. The third look was also white lace, a robe. The pink and black number with black chiffon skirt paired with an athletic jacket was beautiful, as were the tulle skirts with a double horizontal stripes at the bottom- which also seems athletics-inspired. Beautiful floral embroidery adorned the green and black dress; blue and black striped dress; and green, white, and black variation. The green dress with floral pattern and white top and skirt with blue embroidery were both gorgeous looks, which were followed by white tulle skirts paired with similar tops with the crosshatch pattern. The pink look’s appliqués, and the pink and green embroidered dress are breath-taking as is the white and purple embroidered dress on sheer fabric that followed. There was also a simple cape dress with purple embroidery. The most breathtaking look is the blue sheer dress with matching tonal embroidery and the dress that proceeded it, which was a deeper purple sheer tulle dress with embroidery around the perimeter of the bodice. The flowing fuller dress is beautiful and seems to me a little too full on top- but was at least cinched at the waist.

The overall look was surreal, feminine, delicate. The palette was white, lilac, green, and black, as well as a pastel pink.  We see obvious Asian influence, which is appropriate there is definitely the 70’s vibe but it wasn’t as obvious an influence as we’ve seen in the other collections, but rather suggested in silhouette or with the use of broderie-anglaise, for instance.  The show wasn’t original but safe, ornate, and impeccably executed.

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