Tadashi Shoji debuted his Spring/Summer 2013 collection today, and what a debut it was. Certainly, there was a moment when every person present lost their breath. If there were ever a way in which a line of clothing could move a mass of people, Tadashi Shoji had mastered it as of this afternoon.
Models showed and stunned as they took us through a visual journey – through Venice, to Kazakhstan, to the Gobi Desert, then to the caves of the Dunhuang before finishing up at Xi’an. Warm tones such as beige and soft pink were shown with cooler tones such as jade and iris. The first dresses to grace the stage were mini-dresses in trapeze styles, while the ending pieces were gorgeous full-length gowns. The collection, with its flowing and airy fabrics, seemed as if it were intended for a traveler seeking not a place, but freedom.
The main theme wasn’t strength, power, or glamour. Though all dresses embodied an east meets mid-east meets west vibe, fit for a ladylike traveler enamored with both ancient and new, the only dominant theme across the board seemed to be plain and simple beauty…all sorts of kinds of beauty. In this collection I saw the dress I was looking for when I shopped for this trip. I saw the dress I want to get married in some day. I saw every dress I have ever dreamed of, ever, and surely, every woman present saw a dress (or two, or five), that didn’t just speak to her own closet, but to her unique personality and experiences.
Despite cultural and color differences, all of the garments were clearly united by fine detailing. As show-goer Veneice, attending on behalf of Kittybradshaw.com, told me, “You can tell there was an attention to detail. The textures really took your attention. Even the neutral dresses stood out.” The show was crafted with deep love and care, and it was extremely evident, even though Shoji’s appearance at the end of the show was modest and not at all extravagant. In a case like this, the phrase “My work speaks for itself” never rung so loud and clear.
Photos by Sarah