Tadashi Shoji does what he does best – creates a flattering dress with texture for almost every occasion, and for this Fall 2011 line, he has not strayed far from the formula. This time around he was inspired by ancient moss gardens of the Far East, from the connections and spaces between branches and moss, to the placement and formation of rocks, and the reflections and shadows of water.
When compared with last season’s collection, I see a lot of the same techniques and similar materials used, but this time around the greatest difference lies in the colors. Instead of ashy and rosy tones, alongside the friendly muted fleshtones we see some darkness and depth.
The greatest successes in this collection are in the colorful dresses with the constructed bodices, and flowy skirts, the black and white lace numbers, and the pieces with the more restrained use of texture. The least satisfying parts of the collection were some comparatively washed out dresses with maddening overused silk chiffon texture, as well as ones with popcorn rosette explosions, as they seemed less appropriate for a red carpet, and more for a department store. But perhaps that’s where Shoji succeeds, with his ability to satisfy both celebrity and consumer needs.
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