3 posts tagged "Tadashi Shoji"
The last show at Bryant Park’s Salon tent went to L.A.-based designer Tadashi Shoji, who sent out lots of ruffles and a strong palette inspired by one his favorite pastimes: gardening. “I have a nice big garden in L.A., and I thought of the black rose, then added more and more colors,” he said. “Most of the time, I’m doing really architectural forms, but this time it was more soft and organic.” Stylist Tina Chai was backstage after the show, rejoicing at the end of her long week, which included four shows and two presentations. “Tomorrow I’m going to sleep 14 hours, and then I have to catch up on all of my Oscar movies,” she said. “I’m going to have, like, eight hours of movies, and Benjamin Button—that will take up, like, half that time.” Not yet ready to switch gears, front-row guest Fabiola Beracasa still had her mind on the week’s sartorial offerings. “My favorite collection had to be Alexander Wang. I was getting this very Fly Girl vibe and a little Kelly Bundy,” she said. So, should we expect to see Fabiola rocking the early-nineties thing come fall? “I’ve been channeling Kelly Bundy for some time now,” she informed us. “It’s just not obvious, since I don’t look so much like her.”
Though Spring is generally when designers get their color on, at least one upcoming collection looks set to remain faithful to monochrome shades spliced with ever-so-subtle flashes of ultramarine and kryptonite blue: that of Los Angeles-based Tadashi Shoji, whose collection is inspired by Jean Nouvel’s architectural monument for the new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. “I was struck by the interplay of beauty and light and the streaming geometric shapes,” reveals the Japanese expat, whose ode to longtime influences Madame Grès and Vionnet is exemplified by draping effects with tulle, pleated silk organza, and laser-cut detailing. “It’s all very pure, but expect a lot of twists,” says stylist Tina Chai, who was hand-picked by Shoji to collaborate on the September 12 presentation in Bryant Park. “We met with seven different people for the job,” says Shoji, “but once we saw Tina, we just clicked.”