The Tadashi Shoji spring 2012 Preview

1 Sep

Text, Vivian Kelly

It’s that time again – it’s the week before New York Fashion Week, and the previews are starting to come in and I’m getting an idea of what we’ll be seeing on the runways for spring 2012.

The first women’s preview to come in was from Atelier PR, about the upcoming TADASHI SHOJI spring/summer collection, inspired by the tulip, hence, “the tulip anthology”.

INSPIRATION STATEMENT:

“So, in the tulip, we have a flower of beauty and grace, of charm, refinement, and distinction. It is a powerful flower and it knows it.”

-The Tulip Anthology

“As conveyed by photographer Ron van Dongen, the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is homage to the enchanting beauty and splendor of the tulip.”

WHY THE TULIP: it’s delicate, but constantly evolving and changing, like good design should.

COLORS AND FABRICS WE CAN EXPECT:

A vibrant palette of flora in shades of fern, magnolia, rosebud, and willow rendered in silk linen, embroidered lace, and draped tulle.

SPECIAL TOUCHES: Hand painted brush strokes that mirror the tulipʼs petal markings and beading, sprinkled like dewdrops on a spring morning.

I’m marking my calendar for the unveiling of what looks to be a lovely collection, with quite a few one-shoulder looks this designer does so well.

Tadashi Shoji’s s/s2012 show will take place on Thursday, September 8th, at 2:0op.m. at The Stage venue at Lincoln Center.

In the Meantime, we’ll have to interpret what this sketch will look like in the flesh. Below, some of TS’s top looks from seasons past to help fill in the blanks.

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