For Spring/Summer 2015 designer Tadashi Shoji transported us to the Golden Palace of Venice to a moment just before sun sets when the light dances upon the Grand Canal. The light so soft, illuminating the shimmering waterway which served as the beautiful backdrop for the runway, reflecting the facade of the Ca’ d’Oro. Built on water and steeped in beauty, the Golden Palace of Venice was the perfect destination for the inspiration behind this collection.
For his Spring collection Tadashi Shoji paired intricate detailing with playful transparencies. Insets of chain mesh on tulle ornamented the bodices and sleeves & multi-colored jeweled embellishments were inspired by Millefiori glass. Sheer mesh necklines gave the illusion of dresses just floating down a runway. Softly sculpted silhouettes were introduced with unexpected twists. Floor-length gowns constructed with capes attached are sure to find their way to a red carpet where they belong for all the world to admire. The final look as shown above of the gold metallic embroidered tulle floor length cape worn over a sleeveless gown with the chain mesh insets was the standout piece in this collection. Dresses, cut from bonded spacer mesh, felt both structured and airy.
The colors of the city inspired the designer’s muted palette. Glowing pastels of frosted jade, pink shadow, and blue stone were shown built up in translucent layers, while the brilliant ultramarine blues of Venetian lagoons were brilliantly paired with ivory and navy. Fabrics that were custom-designed caught your eye. There were Motif-embroidered tulles inspired by Gothic architectural details of the Ca’ d’Oro. Floral motif lace was hand-tinted by bonding chiffon pieces to the back of lace.
With the promise of an evening of enchantment, a Venetian dreamscape came to life at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Watch the entire runway show presented at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: