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Monday, September 12, 2016

#NYFW: Tadashi Shoji Spring 2017

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tadashi shoji spring 2017
This was one of the prettiest runways in the first few days of NYFW. Tadashi Shoji drew his inspiration from the art of Wu Junyong. The show opened with an animated short called "The Living Ark" that had a dreamy depiction of animals and birds romping through nature. A crane saves the animals by pulling up the tree by pulling it up from a scorched Earth.
So how does that translate to eveningwear exactly? The dreamy blue, white, green and red from the animation was reflected in the collection. There were feathered fringe dresses to represent the birds. There were beautiful flowers embroidered onto dresses and jackets that had an exotic Garden of Eden look. Flowers were also entwined in the lace. Other embroideries emulated animal patterns like tiger or leopard. The silhouettes ranged from long and lean and slinky to short and flirty. There were a lot of sheer looks from the lace and embroidered tulle. Some of the dress bodices had corset closures. This was one of the sexiest Tadashi Shoji collections I have seen from the designer.

The jewelry of choice was the extra-long tassel earrings that swung from the models' ears. The hair was pulled back, but the knot and a few strands of hair was deliberately loose to show how the attitude was not supposed to be stuffy. There was a handbag or two with feathers trailing from the bottom.

Tadashi Shoji always has a sweet smile for all of his fans. He was one of the few big designers who happily made red carpet gowns for women of all sizes a few years ago. The rest of the industry is slowly catching up to him. I loved watching this pretty collection, I think this season was my favorite of all his collections.

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All photos by Mariana Leung

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