For fall 2016 Tadashi Shoji RTW featured classic garments with a unique spin. Tribal influences turned the runway into a tattoo parlor as the show opened with a sheer jumpsuit worn with a short black wrap skirt that appeared to almost be painted onto the body. Though these motifs may seem like something that would be a little edgier than previous collections, they work by producing beautiful and subtle undertones resulting in elegant fall looks. The tattoo and tribal look is something that has been exemplified in a variety of bohemian influences through the years but Tadashi Shoji is one of the first shows that used these motifs with ink adornment effects. Looks in this collection were produced using sequins and paillettes arranged in tribal geometric patterns. While the looks closely resemble some tattoos that have been seen before, the sheer and the unique textured print on these dresses transformed the looks from day to evening.
Some of the strongest looks in this collection were the black textured asymmetric cocktail dresses and the formal long gowns that mixed metallics with black to almost create a hand painted canvas. The floral embroidered sheer gowns took the collection to a look of elegance that is timeless. There was a lightness and romance to the floral that would draw your eye wanting to see the craftsmanship up close.
With the elegant sheer insets and rising slits these dresses are equally sexy as they are formal. These sleek looks can be worn at a variety of occasions. Like a good tattoo, Tadashi Shoji created RTW fall fashions that are not flashy or incredibly brazen. Instead these are very formal and understated looks that have a touch of rebellion while exuding sophistication. This collection was surprisingly more formal than the inspiration it was drawn from.
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