Spring into shapes from the runway
RENEE MINUS WHITE | 12/8/2016, 10:25 a.m.
“Every woman, regardless of size and shape, deserves to feel confident, comfortable and gorgeous,” said designer Tadashi Shoji. This belief drives him and his namesake brand. For spring/summer ’17, his romance with the color blue was dramatic. There were several styles in the collection resembling many looks of the 1950s. The idea of a lace shorter pant or skirt under a long skirt created drama while models moved up and down the runway. These looks in soft, sheer fabrics flowed with feminine ease.
Details included draping, ruching and shutter pleats that are masterly tailored to flatter each of the garments. They use stretchable fabrics such as luxe jersey, embroidered lace and featherweight tulle to render a custom-made feel. So, whether it’s a cocktail dress or floor-length gown, the wearer looks red-carpet polished, with all the effortlessness of slipping on her favorite T-shirt. From the fabric to the fit, a Tadashi Shoji dress is infused with glamour and ease.
With a range of styles and exquisite craftsmanship, Tadashi Shoji inspires real women. On your most memorable occasion, you want to feel confident that the dress or gown you are wearing is comfortable and fashionable. In a word, you want to look beautiful.
The company has signature boutiques located in the United States, Indonesia and China.
Shoji was born and raised in Sendai, Japan. At a very early age, he began painting and drawing. He eventually moved to Tokyo, where he studied fine art. It wasn’t until Shoji moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s that he discovered his passion for design.
With a degree in fashion design, he began working with a prominent clothing manufacturer to gain experience. During the same time, he began to notice that women had few choices when it came to special occasion dresses in the contemporary market. So he launched his label in 1982. Today, Shoji’s collection is globally recognized. His looks are devoted to women ranging from busy working mothers to glamorous celebrities. With his original designs and innovative collections, women, regardless of their shapes and sizes, are inspired to showcase their beauty and walk with confidence.