Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TADASHI SHOJI SPRING 2011


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Lincoln Center

“INSPIRED BY THE RENAISSANCE FRESCOS OF PIERO DEELLA FRENACESCA AMD BOTTICELLI, AND DRAWING UPON THE ICY COOL COLOR PALETTE OF VENETIAN LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE, MY SPRING 2011 COLLECTION IS AN HOMAGE TO 15TH CENTURY ELEGANCE AND ROMANCE.”

But with today’s benefits of indoor plumbing and dry-cleaning, of course.


Words/Images Judith Ecochard




































Our first experience with a presentation format at the Lincoln Center locale was one where we thought ---hmmm, they need to figure at the flow of humans.












































But there was nothing to detract form the sheer loveliness of veteran designer Tadashi Shoji's evening wear collection of silk chiffon, antique crinkled silk organza, ruffles, lace, tiered and draped gowns and strapless or one shoulder frocks.















































































































The pale pastel and neutral palette, evocative of summery scoops of sorbet and the pale moonlight…sandstone, ivory, corsage pink….

One knockout design element was how well the draped gowns hung on the models…we could image the soft billowing if this indeed ---was a catwalk show. Gently flattering for silhouettes we thought of the knockout ability of Rita Hayworth’s 40’s Hollywood siren glamour…versus today’s nothing left to the imagination Red Carpet moments of some types.













Kudos to Luc Bouchard for MAC and Rodney Cutler and his team. The make-up and hair respectively was lovely too…soft sensual flushed faces…and simple buns for the updos.






































FYI; The LA based designer hails from Sendai, Japan. Studied fine art, moved to the states to further his studies, designed stage clothes for musician like Elton John and Earth Wind and Fire (oooh, the 70’s) and launched his own collection of special occasion dresses in 1982.