Designer Spotlight- Tadashi Shoji

The runways this year have been full of modest inspiration. Two weeks ago I posted some images on my Instagram profile from Armani Prive’s Haute Couture looks and my thoughts on them. Here’s a quick reminder of the look that dominated that runway:




I spoke about my reaction to the shimmering, translucent looks, with Eastern motifs and the most obvious, turban, and how I felt that it was at once inspiring and subversive. Armani is by no means the first to look to the East for inspiration. Valentino  featured Arabesque gowns in his Spring Summer 2014 show:



This week, Tadashi Shoji has further reinforced this trend with his show at NYFW. This latest collection was inspired by “Moorish palaces, luxuriant textiles and ornate architectural details.” And the reason for all the sleeves?

“Covered up, because covering up the arms is something many women look for in a dress,” he (Tadashi Shoji) said backstage.

Hmmm… I’m not going to go into a deeper analysis of this being an obsession with the ‘Exotic East’ a la Orientalism, or the irony of this trend in a Post 9/11 world. It’s a Friday afternoon and I’m having a much too comfortable day at home to bother with that. It seems, on the surface however, that designers have maybe caught on to the fact that being ‘covered up’ is actually a good thing, or that it actually expands one’s creativity and scope for design. Let’s see how long this trend stays around for until we go back to ‘bare skin’ as fashion.

Here are some of my favourites from his collection:






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Quotes from Tadashi Shoji from:,0,900359.story#ixzz2sblXNmc7

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