Tadashi Shoji Spring 2013

gown gownNormally one of Miami Olivia favorites for his lavish flowing gowns that seem to float over the runway, Tadashi Shoji took us in a different direction this season with mostly lace, lace and more lace. Cut-out lace made up nearly every look in a rainbow of colors and a measuring tape full of hem lengths. The styling, slightly mermaid, was very Old World Spanish. Boat neck collars and cap sleeves, long waistlines and demure styling with only drop hoop earrings for adornment emphasized the simple elegance and grace always prevalent  his shows. While we love the grace and sophistication, and the many dress styles, we would have liked to see some variation in texture. The color palette, jewel tones with white underlay showed the exquisite work that did go into all that lace. The final pieces, with softly lighter-than-air skirts and intricate beading, left us breathless.  Our favorite design was the royal blue gown with mosaic like beaded bodice that matched the first look. Tadashi knows how to pull off the Red Carpet looks which will surely be one of these final stunning gowns.

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