Tadashi Shoji Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Tadashi Shoji, Spring 2013

THEME: Welcome to the “Modern Silk Road, where East meets West”

HAIR: Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken

MAKEUP: Luc Bouchard and the MAC Pro Team

ACCESSORIES: simple gold hardware earrings by Sequin

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Before the lights even dimmed and the seats had been filled by eager attendees, enthusiasm still at full mast on the first day of Fashion Week, we took note of the blue floral lights and low-key instrumental music playing inside the tent. Nail salon or Lincoln Center? Surely, we would be in for a muted display for spring. Well, this was hardly a chill undertaking.

The lights shifted, and a heavier soundtrack reminded us why we look forward to these shows: the pageantry, the emotion, the display of someone’s talent and hardwork. Call us sentimental, but we look just a little bit of drama to kick things off. Sure, Shoji’s ethereally-minded gowns were by no means as, let's say, intense as a Betsey Johnson parade of minidresses, but the strapless sheer numbers were just evocative in their own way. Tadashi Shoji designs for a lady, a confident woman, nothing demure about her. Get out of here, wallflowers. You’d be hardpressed to stay in the background in the babydoll dresses (paging Alexa Chung!) and layered tulle numbers.

While Beach Music and Sigur Ros, often toned down and restrained, swelled to emotive keys, the models, in modified Bardot ponytails, walked out in tulles, laces, blues, blacks, and pinks. We don’t see our lives going in the direction where we can snag some of these stunners for our own personal cocktail parties, so we ardently hope Tadashi Shoji’s gowns will be crowding the red carpets en masse soon enough.

FRONT ROW: Neiman Marcus's Ken Downing. Angela Simmons, June Ambrose, Daisy Fuentes