With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, fashionistas from around the globe are packing their bags, booking their flights, and enjoying the last rays of sunshine before fall sets in.

Japanese-American designer Tadashi Shoji’s latest collection is being especially anticipated this season. Shoji, who is well known for dressing Octavia Butler, Christina Hendricks, and even First Lady Michelle Obama, is defined by the versatility and wearability of his designs. Sleek lines, delicate ornamentation, and draped jersey are all recognizably Shoji. His Fall/Winter 2015 collection featured both cocktail and floor-length dresses, with a focus on fur trim, romantic feathered skirts in blush pink hues, and dreamy white gowns with delicate lace embroidery.

Shoji is considered by many to be one of the more elegant designers working today, drawing comparisons to industry legends like the late Oscar de la Renta, who was known, as Shoji is today, for his strict attention to the female form. His background as a fine artist (he studied in Tokyo) influences many of his designs, as does his past apprenticeship in costume design. Still, while Shoji’s designs are certainly show-stoppers, they never seem to overpower the women wearing them.

Shoji has stated that his main goal in designing his collections is to make every woman wearing his clothes feel confident in themselves, no matter their shape or size. He also explained that he tends to gravitate towards fabrics, like jersey, that have a little more give so that each woman feels like the gown they are wearing has been custom-made for them. It would seem that he has been wildly successful.

Shoji, who formed his own label in 1982, had his New York Fashion Week Debut in 2007, and his house hasn’t stopped expanding since. His line is now carried in over 700 department stores across the globe. As a result of his success and influential designs, Shoji was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of American (CDFA) in June of 2012. With designs that dominate the red carpet and turn average women into royalty for an evening, it’s not hard to see why.

Tadashi Shoji is slated to show his new collection at 2PM on September 10th, and will be live-streaming online for those unable to attend in person. Classic lines, subtle embellishments, and fantasy are sure to be in store.

 photos by Andrew Wright



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