Summary: The theme surrounding the Tadashi Shoji Spring '10 show collection involved the 'Passage to Angkor—Angkor Wat, Cambodia.' Having visited the Cambodian ruins, one of the the official Wonders of the World, I was excited to see the shapes and colors of the mystical landscape manifest itself into the clothing. It is easy to see why the backdrop of Angkor would be a fitting inspiration with it's cavernous maze of temples, mysterious stone faces, and cascade of ancient, overgrown trees—a side of nature almost impossible to experience on this side of the world.
The collection featured mostly simple, fitted silhouettes—minidresses displayed subdued but elegant accents like rolled collars, contrast stitching, and criscrossing swaths of hammered silk crepe. The concept of illusion beading, a subtle film of sparkle, added depth to some otherwise plain shapes. The luxe fabrics were stand out components—crinkled, tucked and pleated they provided a much more aesthetically pleasing effect, especially the hand cut silk organza which came alive in its movement on the runway. And though the collection was lovely and completely wearable, I thought that many of the pieces may have been too safe in their design. With a muse like Angkor Wat, I had hoped that the proportions and styles would be bigger, more extravagant, and not as neat.
Color Palette: champagne, ivory, pearl, navy, dove grey, verdant, silver, peony, black, eggshell, mist, white, nude, abstract print
Fabrics and Textures: hammered silk, hand cut silk, silk crepe, vine beading, jersey macrame, embroidered lace, faille, georgette, silk georgette, silk chiffon, beaded lace, jacquard, silk organza, hammered, draped, crinkled, pleated, illusion beading, rolled, basket weave
Key Looks: champagne faille strapless dress with contrast top stitching, navy and dove grey crinkled silk chiffon with illusion beaded lace, navy silk georgette and illusion silver beaded skirt, black silk georgette with illusion gold beading rolled collar dress, white hand-cut silk organza strapless gown
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