Tadashi Shoji is an American-based Japanese fashion designer best known for his evening wear dresses which have been spotted on countless A-list celebs at red carpet events, to the former first lady herself, Michelle Obama. Shoji is also known for creating dresses that complement the female figure, but are also comfortable to wear, after all if you’re a celeb smizing on the red carpet for hours at length, you ought to be able to breathe and move elegantly with all those cameras around. We love Shoji because he designs dresses for all different body types, not just up to a size 8. Fuller figured (and equally gorgeous) women, such as Octavia Spencer, have been known to sport Shoji’s designs as well.
On February 8th Shoji showed off his Fall 2018 ready to wear collection and we are swooning. His collection consisted of beautiful and classic silhouettes with a little bit of that Shoji magic touch to make the fit just right. Jewel tone gowns, little pink cocktail dresses, and black full length evening dresses were adorned with sparkles, jewels, sequins, and made to fit with carefully placed ruching in all the right places to complement the female form. Everything from the colours, to the red lips, gold eyeshadow, perfect sway-in-the-wind blowouts and powerful yet seductive music emulated exactly how one would imagine a Shoji woman to feel: flawless and unstoppable.
The first model proudly loped down the runway wearing an asymmetrical one-sided off-the-shoulder dress that was shorter in the front and longer in the back, made of a silver sparkly material with a black strapped neckline and fabulous ruching and drapery around the waist and hips. The look was styled with black peep toe sandals, long diamond earrings, and red nails with a metallic finish. Iconic. The collection was the perfect balance of edgy and feminine. The models’ expressions were fierce, yet seductive, womanly, yet commanding attention.
The next few dresses were in shades of prussian blues and silvers, playing with the same black straps that adorned the neckline of the first dress. A standout look was definitely the sparkly, halter top, fleur de lis embellished jumpsuit, with a belted waistline to add shape to the otherwise airy silhouette. The pop of pink cocktail dresses were the perfect way to add a playful note to the rest of the more conservative looks.
The collection slowly moved into later evening attire, and at the very end were a triad of absolutely stunning black, floor length, evening gowns. Another look that stood out to us was the gold sequined pant suit, paired with a little gold sequinned chemise underneath that had details of black lace around the neckline and interlaced into the bodice. The best part – the two seemingly substantially sized pockets on either side of the blazer – perfect for tucking away your must-have items on a purse-less night out, and the notched lapel added a more conservative touch to this party look.
We’re certain that dresses from Shoji’s fall collection will become staples in many women’s wardrobes this fall and we can’t wait to see them live and in action. Again Shoji proves his ability to embrace and flatter female figure, from the ruching of a perfectly synched waist, to the addition of playfully placed sequins and the supplementation of a modern twist on an otherwise classic silhouette, we are reminded of the reasons that Tadashi Shoji was throned king of the evening gown.