Tadashi Shoji SS16 RTW
When asked backstage about the through line for his Spring 2016 collection, Tadashi Shoji summed it up in one word: “Japan.”- VOGUE
This season, the show attendee numbers are cut by half, if not more, with the new spaces and limited seating. The growing media is also a factor. Shoji’s show had 5 rows on each side of the runway compared to the normal 12 or 11. It’s almost crazy to think that thousands of people would kill to be here.
As I sat down, I noticed a crowd of press around some gals I’ve never seen before. Turns out that a famous model and actress from Japan were flown out just for Tadashi’s show. They were wearing huge ball gowns and another was with date. They, of course, had front row. The space was small and cozy, with beautiful purple, pink, and white flowers hanging over the door frame and around it.. It was by far my favorite display.
As I have a lot of European blood in me, I LOVE a beautiful gown more than anything else I could possibly wear. If I could, I would wear one everyday. The SS16 collection progression was clearly evident to be inspired by Japan with the color scheme and details reflecting the peonies, irises, and cherry blossoms from Japan that were embroidery on the dresses. The intricate detailing and use of sheer is beautiful.