The youthful appearance of the Tadashi Shoji pre-fall 2017 collection has an air of volume and romantic notions throughout. The collection features well over 20 looks, each dramatic in its own right and stunning in an old school breathes new life sort of way.
Whether your taste is light and girly or dark and deeply dramatic, there are options for both and in between. The use of layers, lace and prints worked beautifully well, creating a mental image of the skirts sweeping along as someone would walk, the various layers adding flair to every step.
I can definitely see the Tadashi Shoji pre-fall 2017 collection being quoted as many people’s favorite overall looks. So many of the floral prints are incredibly interesting and complex as they provide depth to the looks. The variation of necklines includes off-the-shoulder pieces, plunging V-shaped necklines and even closed, standard necklines, and in each variation the effect is to flatter regardless.
The entirety of the collection was heavily influenced by a portrait of Marthe de Florian, painted by Giovanni Boldini. Marthe de Florian and Giovanni Boldini were lovers at one point, and her portrait was found in her former Paris abode. The detail in the painting showed off the voluminous quality of the sleeves, corset and ribbons on her dress. It was a very romantic notion and feel to the painting and that was translated into the fashion shown by Tadashi Shoji in the pre-fall 2017 collection.
The collection was modernized and geared towards a more youthful clientele that could fully refresh the Belle Époque style, which is French for Beautiful Era. The use of the signature lace Shoji is known for elevates the feel and overall aesthetic of the dresses. Though they are heavily influenced by the Belle Époque style and the painted portrait of Marthe de Florian by Giovanni Boldini, the colors, lace and bodices looked incredible.
Truly reflective of Tadashi Shoji’s personal aesthetic, the prints are in colors that are richer and deeper put up against brighter, more prominent colors than the source materials and inspiration. The touches of velvet and jeweled tones are incredibly vibrant behind the patterns, and the range of hemlines and lengths is inclusive, allowing for wear that may not necessarily lean more towards formal without losing any of the drama of the fluttering sleeves and floating skirts.
The overall feel of the Tadashi Shoji pre-fall 2017 collection is incredible and a very interesting choice for the transitional season, as most mini floral patterns and lace show up around springtime.
Photos courtesy of Vogue