Sexy is what sexy does… Tadashi Shoji is probably our very favorite when it comes to the fall and winter season pieces shown off on the New York Fashion Week runway and we are having trouble keeping our jaws in place. There is just too much beauty to be found in this lacy, seductive, positively perfect ready-to-wear collection. There is a whole lot of skin being shown off, through pieces that have nude undertones.
The show notes suggested that the Tadashi Shoji fall 2016 collection presented a remix of body orientation, a tattoo reimagined into a dressmaking atelier. That is exactly what we do see in the 40-piece-long line-up that was shown off on the simple runway, with all eyes on the incredible designs themselves, which rendered us speechless from the get go. We see everything from body-cons to lacy creations, long skirts and midi heights, plunging necklines and off-the-shoulder looks, which really accentuated height and girth or lack thereof.
We especially fell in love with the final dresses that featured strategically placed cutouts and flowing skirts, the gauzy materials all the more sensual with the perfection of the nips and threading. There is so much in this particular collection that can work for nearly every occasion, from the simple but beautifully put together dresses to the more Gala-worthy looks, the black and lace party little black dress and use of bodysuits, which resemble interesting tattoos placed on every last inch of the bodies.
There are furry coats and strappy sandals, lots of slits and a focus on truly making a woman look and feel beautiful. There is something primal, tribal about it all, from the wet hair to the piercings and even the chokers that hint at a modern lifestyle that deviates from what has until now been considered the norm. Embroidered inserts at the waists make things more definitive, jewel tones appear in spades among the black and the odd white, with periwinkle, fir green and copper, while there are pale gold spins and even a blush beaded suit that is a dead ringer for Britney Spears’ infamous bedazzled body stocking.
One of the main things we notice is that Shoji captures the power of the woman through his designs, creating a goddess that is unconventional and bringing her to the modern forefront, while dressing her in something more stereotypical and what we deem worthy of a heavenly creature. Sophistication is the name of the game here, and the use of black only adds to the appeal of the collection as a whole.
We are sure that come the fall months, we shall be investing in at least a few Tadashi Shoji pieces, simply because they are way too good to pass up. After all, who does not love to be dazzled by the likes of the Japanese designer, a man who knows exactly what a customer wants, even without the customer knowing it first. Without a doubt, Shoji is a fashion genius.
Photos courtesy of Vogue