NY Fashion Week Spring 2012: Tadashi Shoji runway review

September 11, 2011
By Sheryl Blasnik

Tadashi Shoji SS2012


Fashion Designer Tadashi Shoji showed his Spring 2012 collection on opening day of NY Fashion Week, September 8th.  From the moment the lights came on and the first model graced her way down the runway the inspiration was clear and simple:  The Tulip.

Show notes:  “As conveyed by photographer Ron van Dongen, the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is homage to the enchanting beauty and splendor of the tulip.  Rich in it’s color yet delicate in it’s form, this admired bloom is full of life, incessantly evolving and changing in shape.”

Color palette: Daisy, petunia, fern, magnolia, rosebud and willow

The opening look was a magnolia hand-painted silk linen strapless tulip shaped dress.  The colors were a mix of vibrant garden florals with some neutral and ivory tones.  Many looks were hand-painted further speaking to his floral garden theme.  The collection had a feel of spring is in the air with the use of ombre on hand painted silk paying homage to dewdrops on a spring morning.  The tulle fabric on the models was delicate and looked almost ethereal.   The collection was light and flowed like a field of willows in a gentle breeze.

There was a mix of off-the-shoulder gowns, one-shoulder dresses and strapless formal wear.  The embroidered lace and floral appliques reminded me of a summer wedding in a garden filled with flora and fauna.  The show concluded with an ivory /lily floral print silk chiffon one shoulder draped gown with a high slit.

So in the tulip, we have the flower of beauty and grace, of charm, refinement, and distinction” – The Tulip Anthology

Sheryl Blasnik


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