I’d been looking forward to the Tadashi Shoji Fall 14 show ever since I realised that his dresses are actually within the price range of us normal folk. Unlike some designers, his price points are, pleasingly, well within grasping distance for that standout cocktail dress you might be needing next Holiday season. Having happened upon his website whilst researching some wedding looks for an upcoming client, I was excited to see that his covetable designs could actually find their way into your wardrobe… albeit for that special occasion.
For Fall 14 Tadashi Shoji was working a Moroccan vibe. With the backdrop to the show transporting you to a Moorish palace, his models sashayed down the runway in a collection of ornate laser-cut gowns in tulles and velvets, with ultra ladylike silhouettes.
His mission to strike an elegant balance between the exotic antiquity of the East and the requisites of the modern woman, was executed to his usual expert design standards.
Using fabrics like micro suede, which he detailed with laser-cut designs, to look like something you might have found on the walls of a Moroccan riad; he showed simple shifts, elegant day dresses and full on floor length gowns. I loved the crewel embroidery on an amazing cape.
This neat navy dress would be perfect for a winter cocktail party.
Whilst I loved the insouciant elegance of this velvet top and sequin embellished skirt combination… it had me imagining Sharon Stone working it on the red carpet.
Hair: Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken
Makeup: Lisa Houghton and the MAC Pro team
Nail lacquer: Butter London
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Music provided by Kevin Edwards (which was definitely exotic, otherworldly and made me want to grab some lamb on a spit with hummus on the side after the show).
By Sony Loren & Sara Delaney
Images: Sony Loren & Style.com
Style Tribe Quiz
Try our Style Tribes quiz to help figure out your Style ID
tribes quiz - sign up to download