Last season Tadashi Shoji presented a collection inspired by “The Great Gatsby” that celebrated life, hope, and happiness. This time around, Tadashi displayed colorful, glamorous clothes that celebrate a fluidity of style, occasion, and presentation. “Boundless Expression” describes the new aesthetic. With saturated bold colors and hyper-feminized menswear-inspired textiles, Tadashi wants us to free ourselves to blend and bend traditional fashion rules. Tadashi stated “This season, glam up. Tease the typecast and outfit how you envision it. Wear gowns to feel good because confidence is beautiful and confident beauty is radiant. Remain exquisitely you.” Tadashi digitally showed us a variety of silhouettes such as gowns with modified A-lines skimming the hips then falling into volume, long-sleeved gowns, and dresses, with Tadashi’s ever-present draping and V-plunge necklines. Pinstripe-inspired diamanté on stretch velvet to chevron jacquard suiting was used to create this very feminine but bold collection.
My favorite look was a gorgeous deep ruby-red dress in a velvet fabric with diamante triangles embroidered on the top. This dress also re-introduced a blouson waist, which is flattering-for-all women and easy to wear. Another amazing look was a black dress cut from beaded and paillette embellished tulle that twinkled in movement and hinted at being able to see through right to the body. Covering the dress was a sapphire-blue shaped evening coat with a geometric print, rolled collar and tapered sleeve. Together, this look was definitely unique and bold, yet, it still had a very feminine shape that would be a marvelous addition to any gala event.
This season, Tadashi combined a multitude of shapes such as coat dresses, tuxedo-inspired tops, dresses draped in liquid metallic colors as well as a diamond twill embroidery that could be found throughout the collection. Tadashi continues to focus on aggressively feminine clothes but in this season, he is also using unique, bold, and at times more masculine textiles. He is pushing us to move beyond feeling simple joy. Now, he also wants us to take chances and forget the traditional rules for dress.