A lace backdrop set the tone for a collection inspired by the Golden Age of Shanghai at Tadashi Shoji. Fittingly, lace, velvet, ruffles, pleats, brocades, and sheer lightweight fabrics were bountiful in the line-up of cocktail dresses and gowns, most of which were done in muted jewel tones including green, gold, and cobalt. Red, brown, black, and Asian-influenced florals were also in the mix.
The collection had an overall soft feel with streamlined silhouettes that often featured fluttering tired bottoms and cap sleeves. Long sleeves and dropped waists also appeared on the runway and offered alternatives to some of the more daring looks designed with sheer panels and bare backs.
While much of the lace detailing could have easily come off as dowdy, the delicate fabrics used made them anything but.
I’d put money on Taylor Swift’s stylists eyeing many looks in this season’s collection.