Mercedez Benz New York Fashion Week: Tadashi Shoji Spring 2014

Tadashi dresses have a whimsical and well-conceived construction to them, particularly in the way the bodices and hips of many of these dresses are ruched to help shape the looks of the wearers. In knee-length dresses, this whimsicality is often expressed by the fun overlapping of tulip-style skirts and other asymmetrical details. In gowns like the Jersey Draped Cocktail Dress, architectural details begin to display themselves in the complex winding shoulder straps, which cross over the chest high on the collarbone.

Are for women looking for a sleek, modern collection that is ultimately wearable yet still directly off the catwalk. The designer’s collection is suitable for numerous body type, thanks to well-molded silhouettes that help render an hourglass shape. Perfect for formal occasions, including black tie dinners and runway appearances as well as proms and weddings, these stylish gowns and dresses give you the opportunity to showcase femininity and strength in one straightforward look.... Read Less

Hem lengths vary greatly on this year’s collection of Tadashi dresses, with some of the gowns creating full-length silhouettes that will dazzle on the red carpet or at your special event, whether it’s a prom, a family party, or some other special occasion. These longer-length skirts should be worn to extremely formal events, particularly public appearances, since they might be considered too formal for many family occasions (unless you plan to attend a state wedding!). Conversely, the shorter dresses from this designer convey a delightfully informal sense of fashion. Drawing from the looks on this season’s runways to inspire your appearance for your next big event gives Tadashi the chance to deck you out in their finest!

Edgy and raw is OK for someone else, but Shoji says he’s happy to have his clothes called pretty, sweet and ladylike. He staged a parade of pastel dresses dotted with lace, embroidery and feathers and dubbed the collection “Sweet Liberation.” Shoji said backstage, “I think we need more sweetness and fun in this world. I am not afraid to be sweet, and women are confident enough now and know they can be taken seriously even if they wear pretty clothes.”

Sweet liberation is just that Sweet, romantic, light and breath taking. The soft delicacy of materials took precedence as each garment strutted down the runway. What I loved most about this collection was the simplicity of each silhouette. Short volumes for tops and airy geometric shaps were set off by original-designed fabrications. The Tadashi Shoji show took me back to a time when dresses made a statement as soon as you entered the room. Any woman wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress will surely command attention this spring.

“We need more sweetness and fun in this world,” the Associated press reported him as saying before the show.

Among the celebrity guests taking it in were Amber Riley, Alyssa Milano and Bella Thorne.

Credit: Zahra Kerry
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