Get Dressed/ Designers
Kristin Booker • September 14, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Day Two: Tadashi Shoji Spring 2011 Collection

Before the Show: Contributing Editor Reese Pereira and I were backstage, interviewing the hair and makeup team to see what the look would be for the show. Tadash Shoji has a great understanding of his customer and the beauty look almost always punctuates the designer’s red carpet-worthy clothes. Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salons and MAC cosmetics did a gorgeous beauty look. More about that later. Let’s get to the clothes.

Designer Bio: If you’re not familiar with the red carpet darling that dresses stars like Queen Latifah, Jessalyn Gilsig, Nicole Scherzinger and more, he’s quite the artist. Born and raised in Sendai, Japan, he began painting and drawing from a young age and eventually moved to Tokyo, where he studied fine art. He moved to the states to Los Angeles to go to university, which is where he discovered his passion for fashion. After receiving his design degree, he worked his way through the ranks of other retailers before setting out to fill the niche of special occasion dresses in the budding womenswear market. In 1982, his LA-based fashion house Tadashi was born and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Collection: Tadashi’s collection was shown in a presentation space where we could view the designs up close. This Spring 2011 collection was inspired by the Renaissance frescoes of Piero Della Francesco and Botticelli, drawing upon the icy cool color palettes of both artists. The entire collection was a fantastic Roman holiday of design, with flowing evening gowns and impeccably-pleated cocktail gowns that made all of us in the room simply gasp. The materials used mirrored Tadashi’s inspirations: antique crinkled and hammered silk chiffon, Venice silk organza over lace and silk crepe looked magical in gorgeous neutrals with pops of metallic and mosaic embellishment. When you view the dresses up close, it’s easy to see why red carpet darlings adore Tadashi: the man loves good construction and glamorous details and it shows.

Trend Spotting: More metallic accents were visible, a great neutral color palette from ice to warm sand that would look amazing on any woman and very glamorous silhouettes were all part of a developing overall theme for next spring.

Overall Impression: The photos in the gallery say it all: the collection was breathtaking and made for women of all shapes, sizes and skin tones. Look for these beautiful gowns to hit red carpets everywhere come spring.

Please enjoy the photos of the collection in our gallery below. Let me know your thoughts!

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