Designer Tadashi Shoji’s spring 2014 collection exuded confidence. His looks are sweet, feminine and liberating. The dress is back! Lengths are no longer a question and haven’t been for a long time. Look in the mirror. If you have the shape and the legs, flaunt it. Remember, it’s all about what looks good on you.

Asserting a look of confidence in these designs is important to Shoji. Fabrics are delicate. Even though there are sumptuous black dresses in the collection, the other colors used throughout the collection are often pastel with shimmering hues that look glamourous at night. The structural simplicity of silhouettes includes short sheaths, voluminous tops and geometric shapes. Every style was set off by an original design and its original fabrication.

His details were remarkable. On some gowns, bodices are encrusted with clusters of incandescent crystals and paired with skirts of silk organza. Other ethereal gowns are enhanced with an ostrich-feather fringe. An atmospheric palette is created by blending transparent layers of pastels. Translucent organzas are overlaid atop perforated neoprene while sheer lattice is lined with sequined embroidery. Whispery tints of frosted jade, lavender and ivory are mixed with light pearl, lemon and pale pink. His collection is beautiful.

Born and raised in Sendai, Japan, Shoji is the founder and chief designer of the Tadashi Shoji collection. He loved to draw and paint at a very young age. His designs are worn by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, the Jacksons and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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