On Thursday, Sept 5 Japanese-born Fashion Designer Tadashi Shoji presented his Spring 2014 RTW at NY Fashion Week.
His collection was named Sweet Liberation — The desire to assert our confidence is combined with the beauty of sweet femininity. Inspired by this joie de vivre, we set our course to the sky and embark on a liberating flight.
A soft delicacy of materials take precedence. The structural simplicity of silhouettes, short volumes for tops and airy geometric shapes, are set off by original-designed fabrications. Bodices, encrusted with clusters of incandescent crystals, are paired with airy skirts of silk organza while ethereal gowns are embellished with ostrich-feathered fringe.
An atmospheric palette is created by blending transparent layers of pastels. Translucent organzas are overlaid atop perforated neoprene while sheer lattice lace is lined with sequin embroidery. Whispery tints of frosted jade, lavender, and ivory are mixed with light pearl, lemon, and pale pink.
Fashion empowers. This Spring, a new confidence of dressing is discovered, one that emboldens feminine empowerment and inspires Sweet Liberation. ~Tadashi
His designs have won a loyal following with women worldwide, including a wide range of celebrities, such as Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer, Kate Beckinsale, Dita Von Teese, Oscar Winner Mo’Nique, Helen Mirren, and Katy Perry. Watching the soft pastels float down the runway it was easy to see why Tadashi Shoji has such a powerful celebrity following. The collection was light and airy with beautifully embellished embroidery.
Tadashi Shoji participated in a Q&A at the AMEX skybox following the show where he discussed how he found his passion for fashion a little later in life and this season’s collection. One guest asked Shoji about his use of lace. “Everybody’s using lace. I think lace is a trend and it’s in fashion. All the lace and the embroidery, which you saw…I don’t buy lace from lace companies. Everything that is embroidered, we design it ourselves by computer and we send it to an embroidery company or we use our lace and then we make our artwork and send it out. Our own lace and our own embroidery, we make..and cut it by hand and sew it together. It’s very intricate work.” He said his goal is to make affordable and unique pieces.
Nails: Butter London
Watch the entire runway show here: