Tadashi Shoji Spring 2014 RTW
Tadashi Shoji's ladylike offerings were the backbone of his 38 look Ready To Wear collection. Prim, proper, and demure, he started off strong with a series of perfectly tailored tartan cocktail dresses; the print would be carried throughout the show, and may have gotten a bit heavy-handed by the third evening gown shown in floor-sweeping plaid. Luckily, there were many other saving graces to the collection.
Experimenting with lines and patterns on more traditionally shaped garments, there are quite a few-more eye-catching pieces outside of the overarching plaid: a pink party dress beaded with what look like scallopped seashells, an unlined lace gown with strategically placed floral appliqués, and truly dazzling sequined, feathered confection with white tassels at the bottom. The candy-colored palette mainly consisted of sunny yellows, seafoam greens and blues, and a dash of pink for a rather whimsical effect overall. The bit of black seen is majority used in linings to offset the bright colors.
The fit of each piece was impeccable, and clearly harkened back to a bygone era. Fit and flare waistlines followed the curves and emphasized the hips of each model without clinging like a second skin, and the modest hemlines and pastel colors couldn't help but invoke the image of both a fashion-conscious housewife in the 60s or a very sexy secretary. Interestingly, there was a very modern styling with such nostalgic clothes, with a dash of rock and roll in the tousled hair and minimal makeup used.