Tadashi Shoji was one of my first shows ever at New York Fashion Week some eight seasons ago, so I have an incredible soft spot for this amazing Los Angeles-based designer who always delivers such pretty, beautiful clothing that works for a variety of body types. For Spring/Summer 2012, Shoji took us all to a gorgeous garden party filled with frocks and gowns seeming plucked straight from the flower beds. The beginning look was a beautiful pink minidress with tulip skirt that actually looked like, for once, a real tulip.
Longer versions in gorgeous hues of violet and yellow followed, and then the collection moved into beautiful striped party dresses…
… evolving into lovely draped floral chiffon and beaded gowns that would work on women of a variety of body types. The one-shoulder and strapless bodices were a theme that carried throughout, an alluring silhouette that works on almost any woman. After all, you don’t gain weight in your shoulders and that slip of skin is incredibly appealing.
Lovely and red carpet-worthy, I found the collection to hold its theme and paint a rather optimistic view for spring 2012 of next year. If Tadashi’s frolic through the flowers is where things are headed at the beginning of next year, I’m more than happy to join the party.