Tadashi Shoji Spring 2013: Three themes, mixed results

For his Spring/Summer 2013 showing at New York Fashion Week, Tadashi Shoji presented not one cohesive collection but three capsule offerings, with varying degrees of results.  The first, inspired by Venice, offered a series of gowns and dresses in lace.  While constructed well, the sequence couldn’t quite avoid repetition, and the use of the same swath of material from top to bottom at times overwhelmed several looks.  The same held true for the second section featuring floral prints, this time drawing from Kazakhstan all the way to Xi’an, China.  Shoji saved his best for last with his signature evening gowns that first put him on the map in New York while still designing outfits for the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants.  Representing a fusion of his first two inspirations, a couple of the exquisite gowns combined lace chiffon with floral appliqués.  Clearly, eveningwear remains Shoji’s strength.

Photo Gallery: Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer 2013
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine

Video: Tadashi Shoji Spring 2013 Backstage & Runway

video by Kwai Chan & Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine

Other credits:

Hair: Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken
Make-up: Luc Bouchard and the MAC Pro Team
Shoes: Joan & David
Accessories: Sequin