June 10, 2014 New York
A tiny daisy lace was used on a series of wide-striped dresses in various silhouettes and colors. There was a playful mini in white and fuchsia, and a preppy gown with a bateau neckline in white and true blue. Shoji could perhaps have omitted the long black-and-white dress with vertical stripes, which felt like it was uncomfortably stuck between night and day.
As it happens, the most interesting series in the collection had nothing to do with the ocean. For the first time ever, Shoji used cotton, inspired by a gingham-and-striped patchwork blazer that he made himself last summer. One in navy, another in pink, the short dresses had an almost casual feel; a true departure from the designer's glittery repertoire. Here's hoping he plays with the humble material even more for his Spring outing.