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Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012 Backstage- “Shanghai” Collection”

19 Apr

Text and Videos, Vivian Kelly


This City served as a source of inspiration last season for society designer, Douglas Hannant. This season, designer Tadashi Shoji drew inspiration from past and present Shanghai to deliver a beautiful collection that stars such as Olivia Spencer, will continue to love and wear.

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Tadashi Shoji Spring 2012 Show at Lincoln Center

15 Sep

Text, Vivian Kelly

This collection’s floral theme was in evidence before the show even started. I had enough time pre-show to inspect the head of the runway, which usually just has the designer’s name and/or logo projected onto it. That’s basic but a bit ho-hum after about 10 shows, so it was refreshing to see the green sprig and floral backdrop, which had us thinking, “spring, flowers”.

From the preview, I already knew that the tulip was a focal point of inspiration, but  the preview sketch didn’t prepare me for how beautiful the tie dye short sleeve bellskirted dresses would be and how the colors so closely mimicked  the pigmentation of an actual tulip bloom.

This was the strongest grouping, but there was a lot more for both day and evening dressing that was also noteworthy. The multiple tiered chiffon and tulle dresses  were simple, beautiful, and simply beautiful. Next came dresses in marigold yellow, carnation, peony pin and one sublime print – a kind of broken-up floral. Designers such as Shoji, Mara Hoffman and Custo Dalmau have been using these digitized prints for a while now to create prints that suggest a specific flower or object and make an interesting alternative to a straight-forward print. It’s no wonder that young stylish celebs such as Blake Lively wear Tadashi Shoji to events where they know they’ll be photographed from every possible angle and have to look perfect. I’d like to see her in this yellow one-shoulder dress.

Touches such as ruffled necklines that imitated crushed flowers further attested to the Mr. Shoji’s creative prowess and technical skills. There were one shoulder designs that were both pretty and refined and not the least bit Eighties retro. The designer departed from floral at the end and showed gown after gown in the season’s nude for evening, which demonstrated his shirring and draping technical skill, as they defined the models’ busts and waists in the most flattering way possible.

The finale floral gown though, took the cake. It was a combination of  everything that was right with this collection:  the floral print. draping, ruching, one-shoulder and flowing fabric that looked as light as air.  Thanks to this collection, spring/summer 2012 NY is a season that I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

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”.


“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.


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.