This season, Tadashi Shoji focused heavily on texture. Most of the designer’s looks came embellished with lace, fringe, feathers, sequins and appliqué, giving movement to balance out more standard cut shifts. Ornate fabrics and contrasting designs further gave the collection visual interest – of particular note was the designer’s use of tartan for evening. Cocktail looks with short sleeves and floor-sweeping gowns with long ones were also a welcome alternative to classic silhouettes.
The real knockouts of the collection, however, were the series of fringe-hemmed metallic looks that surprisingly popped in after a parade of dark and neutral tones. Also worth singling out were the gowns finished with sheer chiffon that ran nearly the entire length of the models’ legs, which managed to appear both fashion-forward and wearable.