Summary: The tale of Tadashi Shoji‘s fall ’13 collection is of exiled nobility inspired by the splendor of the Russian Empire and the eventual fall of imperial rule. The journey begins in St. Petersburg, Russia in the darkness of winter. It was a turbulent time. Exiled royalty fled to Siberia disguised as peasants so the collection showed a mix of aristocratic style with folkloric details.
Down the runway came beautiful dresses of various lengths and volume. One blue lace number was seemingly fitted in the front and ballooned out at the back for surprising almost cape-like effect. Tadashi’s spring ’13 collection was mostly lace so there was very little new here. They were very pretty, but expected. What I did not expect to ever like again (since the late 90’s) was washed or burn out velvet. However, in deep ruby reds and sapphires, the effect was amazingly regal. The peasant styles were not my favorites, but for someone who is into glam boho chic I can see these dresses being brilliant options.
Tadashi is of course known for his dresses and gowns and for red-carpets and society balls and he more than delivered. I was also thankful to see he had some long-sleeved options for women who may not have time or the inclination to pump iron every day. What really shocked me was to see Tadashi using the hot fabric of the moment, “neoprene.” I swear I had to read that again to make sure that was really what I was seeing on the line sheet. Where was it? I had no idea where. I was surprised to see it was used in his last few looks. Seriously? I had no idea it was neoprene.
Colors: ivory, snow, pale pink, rose taupe, burgundy, sapphire, dusty navy, deep amber, duchess gray, black
Fabrics & Textures: lace, chiffon, organza, tulle, bonded wool, neoprene, cut velvet, washed velvet, sequins, paisley printed gazar.
Key Looks: sapphire bonded lace and chiffon watteau back sleeveless dress; deep amber/black paisley printed gazar boatneck drop waist gown; black lace and chiffon high neck long sleeve gown; duchess gray guipure lace short sleeve dress and leather belt
– Lauren Dimet Waters