Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2012: Glamorous Infusion of Ancient Asian Culture

The Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2012 Collection hearkens back to the Golden Age of Shanghai, a glamorous world of modernity, transformation, and prosperity that preluded a darker time. Opulent fabrics of lace, chiffon, silk, and velvet craft the silhouettes of drop waist dresses, column gowns, and extended hemlines. Brilliant colors of marina and sea grass are exemplified by the neutral hues of ginseng and hazel. A Mecca of wealth and sophistication, the “Paris of the Orient” will forever be a fixture of Shanghai’s identity.

The collection was infused with so much ancient Asian culture that it was hard not to get swept into the mind of designer Tadashi Shoji and imagine being taken back in time to a place where opulent fashion took rein. Intricate details in the form of embroidery and beading almost looked like they were carefully painted into some of the gowns. 

Lace and velvet were two of the biggest trends in his collection. My favorite dress was the black washed velvet and beaded lace bodice gown which was the grand finale piece. It was a natural marriage of materials as both exemplify glamour and romance.

Tadashi Shoji Black washed velvet and beaded lace bodice gown 

The ending quote in the press notes was “I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”- Marlene Dietrich 

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