I was REALLY looking forward to this show for two reasons. One, Tadashi Shoji is a legend in the business, and two, my clients frequently choose Tadashi items for formal events. He makes a great product that’s relatively covered, comfortable, and alluring.
Last year Tadashi showed blush, nude and cream with hints of extremely soft pastels. This year, he brightened up his range by using stronger mid tones along with his signature neutrals. I loved that.
The show opened with a delightful, shocking pink ombre bubble dress that resembled a tulip. His collection was in many ways floral inspired, which works well with the romantic integrity of his label. After the pink, we saw citron and lemon yellow, with coral, purple and touches of peach and lavender. These brighter hues were strongly underpinned with shades of beige, blush and off-white.
At one point, a horizontally striped series of frocks came gliding down the runway, and I did not like those at all. But it wasn’t long before we saw the type of looks that signify the Tadashi Shoji label: romantic ruffles, lace and mesh overlays, satin ribbon and bows, ruching, rosettes, and pleating. That was more like it.
My favourite gown was a ’40s inspired, off the shoulder sliver beaded number with a dropped waistline. Strong, simple and texture-rich. I know what you’re thinking — “dropped waistlines are hard to wear”. That’s true, but when the drape and cut of the fabric is right, it’s a flattering look that is forgiving around the midriff.
I liked that all dress lengths were represented in the collection, from mini to midi to maxi. I enjoyed how dresses were both sleeved and sleeveless. Necklines were high and low. Shapes were fitted and voluminous. Thanks Tadashi for giving us a choice of silhouette. I once again look forward to popping my clients into your romantic designs.