With more spring 2016 fashion shows being unveiled during New York Fashion Week, the main 2016 trends are slowly getting outlined. No one could better translate the springtime scent, serenity and the process of the nature’s awakening better than the designer Tadashi Shoji, who is physically in the United States but emotionally and mentally meandering around the Japanese streets and marvelous gardens. Despite the long years spent in America, Tadashi Shoji will never stop getting inspiration from his homeland and will always keep on importing this or that part of Japan down on the NYFW runway. The eponymous brand Tadashi Shoji is prominent with carries his strong wish to attire every single woman, regardless of her size and body shape. With this motto in his mind, the designer is constantly trying to facilitate the women’s lives that are hunting for unforgettable gowns and frocks to wear on special occasions.
The Tadashi Shoji spring/summer 2016 collection is afresh encompassing his homeland thoughts and womanhood targeting ladies that are just as modest as being super-sensual at the same time. Recalling his spring 2015 runway show, you may remember Tadashi’s inspirational source being his childhood in Sendai. This year when asked backstage about his inspiration he just pronounced one word “Japan” and he definitely meant it. Once the show kicked off, the audience instantly forgot about New York and traveled to Japan for only several minutes to enjoy the blossoming springtime in its gardens. The opening look was decorated with wisteria vines and the models were appearing one after another carrying blooming flowers on them. Being an expert of romantic looks and feminine silhouettes, Tadashi is using the best guarantees of delicacy and ethereal style – tulle, silk, layers and flaring hemlines, rich embroidery, acrylic appliqués and beads, which are effectively put together to form the stunning flora.
Looking through the collection one can hardly find even a single frock or gown that lacks in flowers. Some dresses are entirely covered with floral patterns, others may include embroidered flowers scattered here or there. At first sight some staples seem to be lacking in floral details, but they do exist in forms of refined embroidery on white tulles.
Talking about the color palette of the Tadashi Shoji spring 2016 collection, we should mention the romantic shades like white, ivory, lavender, champagne pink, pale pink and royal blue. You may also see a couple of emerald green and navy blue dresses with sporty lines combined with Japanese garden flowers that have been definitely tailored by the designer for more casual occasions. A close look at the collection is enough to catch some Japanese-style checkered patterns on some of the gowns.
Talking about romance and ignoring transparency would be unwise of Tadashi. The designer is definitely appreciating sheer fabrics, but only in a distinctive Japanese manner, completely rejecting American-style provocative and in some cases vulgar sheer outfits. Modesty with mysterious attractiveness is what fully describes isolated Japan and accordingly the talented Tadashi Shoji. Sheer tulles used in the collection are very attractively demonstrating the models’ silhouettes thus enhancing the ethereal atmosphere on the runway. The king of eveningwear selected a mixture of nostalgic Japanese songs to accompany the magical runway show.
With so many gorgeous eveningwear designs under his belt, Tadashi’s style is sure to be seen on his most faithful customers – Michelle Obama and Octavia Spencer – throughout this spring, as well.
Photos courtesy of Vogue