Tadashi Shoji; What’s Going On?

A Venetian vision in lace, Tadashi Shoji’s latest collection seemed to float down the catwalk in a graceful medley of soft pinks, blues, and golden light. Warmly majestic and elegant, Shoji’s designs took inspiration from the famous Golden Palace which stands on Venice’s Grand Canal.

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“It was the reflection of the palace on the water that inspired me,” the Japanese-born designer explained, and indeed it is not hard to miss the Venetian influence in the blue hues and soft, glowing tones which run this collection’s overall palette.

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Black and white have by no means been forgotten, with both mini and maxi dresses in monochrome; the classic shades and silhouettes let the beautiful, romantic patterns make the statement instead.

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There is a light, ethereal quality to the dresses, blouses and skirts which come together in this gorgeous collection to add to that sense of a majestic, Venetian dreamscape. The intricate patterns in the lace also reflects the architectural detailing of the Golden Palace itself.

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However, for me, the crowning achievement of Shoji’s S/S15 collection are the full-length dresses with flowing, cape silhouettes; a gorgeous alternative to a fussy evening gown. The sheer panels in the bodices elegantly break up the look, preventing it from feeling too heavy whilst adding definition.

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This was definitely the show that really got New York up and running for me; I’m looking forward to seeing how these looks translate on the red carpet in the next few months, as I’m positive that Shoji’s sartorial slices of Venice will be snapped up by stylish celebrities everywhere.

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