Monday Muse: Tadashi Channels Pretty & Punk For Fall 2017

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2017

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2017

It’s been nearly a decade of transition for Tadashi Shoji. As seasons have come and gone, the designer has slowly, but surely, skewed his line younger, including punchy colors and shorter hemlines to his shows. And although his long-sleeved gowns, picture-perfect dresses, and allover lace standards have never left the store, the designer’s runway presentations have eschewed the house codes lately. But with his latest outing, those go-tos are back in full force, albeit with a welcome update. For fall 2017, Shoji’s mishmash of inspirations made for a collection that has something for everyone.

“The time to express your true self is now,” the designer’s show notes read. When Vogue dug a little deeper backstage, the always personable Mr. Tadashi added: “I was inspired by the youth revolutions of the late ’60s and ’70s — from Tokyo to Paris to New York. That’s the flavor!”

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Tadashi Shoji Fall 2017

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2017

Shoji’s excitement translated into what looked like Sansa Stark’s wardrobe as seen through a punk-rock prom queen. Strange for a designer known for lace columns and etherial red carpet gowns? No, not considering that the looks included flourishes like trailing ribbons, tapestry prints, and feminine velvet. Tadashi’s continued play with color and texture was exciting, especially with dashes of shocking fuchsia, oxblood sequins, and acid-green velvet. There were a few sheer maxis that towed the line between festival wear and red carpet, a delicate balance few designers would even consider. But Shoji’s deft hand made those light-as-air dresses float and fly, instead of weighing down the model.

Rose prints were another hit, adding a bit of flair and fun to kimono-sleeved gowns and short looks, too. It was all a bit Medieval, a little counter-culture thanks to deep, moody hues, and altogether a collection that brought together seemingly disparate inspiration, but showcased the evolution of the brand from staid and pretty to exciting. That’s something to be said about a fashion stalwart like Shoji.

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