Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 14, 2012

When you read show notes that tell you the collection you’re about to see took its inspiration from the “Golden Age of Shanghai,” then it’s not out of the question that one would settle back for a series of high-necked Chinoiserie dresses in the Dietrich style, but Tadashi Shoji’s a better, more interesting designer than that. We liked this collection for being a little unexpected while still calling back to its inspiration in a subtle way. There’s an old school elegance to the looks with a hint of modernity to them. To our eyes at least a couple of these looks don’t quite hit the mark, especially some of the gowns, but the shapes, colors, and textiles are all gorgeous and have us dreaming of cigarette holders and swanky nightclubs with mysterious goings-on.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • Anonymous

      LOVE the red “flapper” dress!

    • Anonymous

      Dibs on the teal dress in the second row. It’s mine, bitches.

      • Anonymous

        You’ll have to fight me for it!  I would wear the shiiiiit out of that gown.

      • Anonymous

        It’s yours, as long as I get the one on the right.

      • Anonymous

        I’m joining the fray for this one.  Also the middle of the third row and first in the last row.  I’m drooling.

      • Kate McCain

        Fine, as long as I get the gorgeous black-and-nude dress in the second row and the black dress in the fourth row. Loving the covered-sexy drama!

    • Anonymous

      This feels so Gatsby…there are some really interesting and pretty pieces in there.

      So florals are happening…hmmm.  Aside from the middle look, second row, these florals are pretty, but, seriously, floral patterns are a thing.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly – that 2nd row middle print looks like an old couch.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for the middle dress in the second row or the middle in the last row, but I love love love so many of the others.
       

    • Anonymous

      Sumptuous. 

    • Anonymous

      Love the red and black cocktail dress.  I see the inspiration – love that era but most of us can’t carry off the dropped waist.

    • Anonymous

      Some of these looks seem a little familiar, but they’re so darn pretty that I forgive them. Except that last dress. That one’s unforgivable.

    • Anonymous

      That green gown in the second row. I die.

    • Anonymous

      Gorge

    • Lisa

      Not nuts about it.  It all just looks itchy and 80s to me.

    • Anonymous

      I can see Florence Welch in any of the dresses on the second row.

      (As for me, I will take that gorgeous red and black tiered dress, please.)

    • Anonymous

      Extremely refined.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty, elegant, formal dresses, most of them with actual sleeves? LOVE.

      Sincerely,

      Longs for Swanky Nightclubs With Mysterious Goings-On, But Inherited Nana’s Beefy Italian Upper Arms

    • Anonymous

      I hate drop waists but so many of these gowns are STUNNING. The green one and the black one in the second row knocked the wind out of me. Major gay gasp. 

    • Anonymous

      There’s my pretty for the day.

    • Joanna Schuth

      I looove that green full-length. 

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      Love love love the green gown. Someone please wear that to the Oscars!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Stuh-Ning.  Totally gorgeous clothes from beginning to end.

    • Anonymous

      I’m tagging Nicole Kidman in the black dress in the middle, 4 rows down.

      Very pretty. Definitely a late 1920s-early 1930s vibe

      • Anonymous

        LOVE that dress!

    • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

      Gorgeous.

      And I could see the ladies at Downton wearing a few of these.

      –GothamTomato

      • Pennymac

        I love everything, and DA immediately popped into my mind as well. Beautiful!

      • http://twitter.com/Unityo30 Unity O

        Agreed!  I definitely see Downton Abbey with a little bit more modern twist to it.

      • Anonymous

        Bingo!  I imagined the Crawley sisters wearing these as well! 

    • Anonymous

      LOVE.  Right side, 2nd row is my fave.

      Most of these look perfect for a guest appearance on a Poirot episode…which, coming from me, is VERY high praise!

    • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

      Black dress with that high-necked lace at the front has my name all over it. If you’ll excuse me, ladies and gents?

    • miranda nicole

      I just want to lounge around in these dresses looking scrumptious. You know, just for fun. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/claudeth.forbin Claudeth Forbin

      These are stunning.
       

    • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

      Huh…I don’t really see the Shanghi  inspiration–this looks like a disparate collection of gowns.  But they are all so beautiful!  Love the blue burned out velvet in the last row, and the couple at the beginning that have the scoop detail at the neckline.    And a few of the black ones…and well–really gorgeous gowns. 

    • Anonymous

      Two favorites – Row 2 – far right – black and Row 5 – far left – red. Love.

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        My favorite is also 2nd row, 3rd column. I think Diane Kruger or Cate Blanchett will beat us to it, though.

    • Anonymous

      These are so pretty.  Why didn’t he do a better job for Octavia Spencer at the BAFTAs?

    • Sarah Thomas

      If the green one in the second row is not on Rooney Mara at the Oscars, I want my money back.

      The bottom row is reserved for Swinton.

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      That last gown on the left is to die. 

    • Anonymous

      So sophisticated, elegant and lovely!

    • Anonymous

      This is probably the best collection you’ve featured all week so far, seriously gorgeous. I hope to god we see these gowns at the Oscars.

    • http://twitter.com/delysia_lafosse Delysia LaFosse

      Breathtaking. I’m loving the 20s influence on the runways right now… and I imagine it will only get more prominent once the Gatsby movie is out.

    • Anonymous

      I totally love everything except the floral in the middle of the second row. It I merely like. This is all so beautiful.

    • butter nut

      i am squealing over all of these – LOVE!!!

    • Susan Crawford

      Great collection of chic, feminine, beautifully cut pieces for women who want to look like WOMEN! I can see Viola Davis rocking the blue and black strapless number, and Madame Streep? Have your stylist give Monsieur Shoji a call STAT: I believe there are a few things you need to try on.

    • http://twitter.com/carelessriver Cassie (C.M.W.)

      Ah, 1920s. I missed you so. (Without even having been there.) Wantwantwantwantwant.

    • Anonymous

      So pretty, I love this collection…

    • MilaXX

      Oh so pretty! It reminds me of pretty ladies in opium dens. I means that as a compliment.

    • Anonymous

      Very beautiful. I love everything here.

    • Anonymous

      LOVE!!!

    • Anonymous

      My favorite designer :) I love these rich colors, especially the green . :)

    • Anonymous

      I… will take one of each, please.  Wow.  

    • Anonymous

      I LOVE this collection. Don’t care for the blue and black dresses on the first row — the shapes are too stiff somehow, but every other piece is exquisite. 

    • Anonymous

      I LOVE this collection. Don’t care for the blue and black dresses on the first row — the shapes are too stiff somehow, but every other piece is exquisite. 

    • Aly Light

      I want, like, half of this collection. And invitations to fancy events to which I may wear these dresses.

    • Anonymous

      Love the red and black print. In fact they all look old-fashioned/retro to me but they’re wonderful.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      I want half of these in my closet, right now.

    • Anonymous

      Very 1920′s marries china. Some lovely things.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      You did go to the Tadashi show! I always wondered if you would, he’s one of my favorite designers. One of the few who occasionally puts sleeves on gowns and makes them wearable to events where I would freeze otherwise.  Row 4, the black gown in the middle, I need it.

      • Anonymous

          Yes, SLEEVES!  I cringe seeing goose-bump inducing sleeveless gowns in the middle of winter, even in a heated venue.  Could be an artifact of my advancing age/less than Shelley O. triceps, but that’s beside the point–it gets cold, designers!

      • Anonymous

          Yes, SLEEVES!  I cringe seeing goose-bump inducing sleeveless gowns in the middle of winter, even in a heated venue.  Could be an artifact of my advancing age/less than Shelley O. triceps, but that’s beside the point–it gets cold, designers!

    • Jessica Rowe

      The moment I saw this collection I loved it! Dress all the way on the right – second row, hands down fav.  In fact, it felt very Downton-esque to me.  (Never a bad thing)

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Yummy! 

    • Anonymous

      beautiful

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      I agree – beautiful pieces, but some perhaps push the ornamentation a bit to far to be wearable. Like the red and black dress in the first column; the flounces on the skirt just push it over the edge. Still, I would LOVE to wear some of  these looks (if I were 20 pounds lighter, that is. NOT forgiving silhouettes).

    • Anonymous

      The green dress in the 2nd row is my fave.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      you’re right – love everything but the gowns.

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      Is it just me, or could anyone else see Claire Danes and/or Diane Kruger WERQing the SHIT out of practically all of these looks?  Nearly all of these seem tailor made for them for some reason.

    • Anonymous

      So elegant – that teal gown is one of the best I’ve seen this season. What a great collection. 

    • Anonymous

      So much pretty… love!

    • Anonymous

      That teal gown in the second row is to die for. And you will if you fight me for it.

    • Anonymous

      That teal gown in the second row is to die for. And you will if you fight me for it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

      J’adore  this collection!!  Lovely dresses!

    • Anonymous

      Wow, so many gorgeous dresses; it’s hard to pick a favorite.
      I’ll bet this looked stunning on the runway.

    • Anonymous

      OMG.  I want it all.  This is golden age of Shanghai circa Indy and the Temple of Doom (a terrible movie, but good costumes).  Drool.

    • Anonymous

      What a lovely show!

    • Ramona Boersma

      There are so many amazing dresses in collections like this one; why don’t w see more cool stuff on the red carpet?? Love the blue on top, black on the bottom one.

    • Anonymous

      Really pretty, plus I love Tadashi Shoji because he is a designer who does plus sizes too.  Not that I have ever bought one of his designs (sadly, my life doesn’t call for cocktail dresses and gowns–maybe I can remedy that).  But I love the idea of some of these working their way into plus sizes too!

      • Anonymous

        I’m a size 10 and I buy Tadashi Shoji for formal wear and it is really flattering and cut for real women with curves. :)

        • Anonymous

          I am jealous of your need formal wear and you formal wear.  I bet you look smashing in it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R34D3TG5XAEKM6C2KWJG73V27M Laura

      Ooo I love this one!  And unlike so many other collections, this one seems to not only acknowledge but CELEBRATE the beauty of curves!  I know I’m biased, but clothes that actually want to showcase curves rather than obliterate them, or showcase boy-like bodies with zero curves, are so much more inherently sexy and beautiful.  Plus, the fabrics and shapes are to die for.  Melike.

    • Anonymous

      GREAT stuff!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, to be rich and thin … the green and black-and-gold looks in row 2 would be MINE ALL MINE. To wear in my house when I hosted Murder Mystery Dinner Parties.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, to be rich and thin … the green and black-and-gold looks in row 2 would be MINE ALL MINE. To wear in my house when I hosted Murder Mystery Dinner Parties.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Stunning. Apparently several of you have already claimed the teal so rather than start a fight, I’ll take the second to last one with the flowers. The gold ones are lovely too….oh…I can’t decide.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Stunning. Apparently several of you have already claimed the teal so rather than start a fight, I’ll take the second to last one with the flowers. The gold ones are lovely too….oh…I can’t decide.

    • Addicted2Glamour

      A few of these are very “student-y”, especially the first and third on the top row. But overall the fabrics and colors are gorgeous and quite luxe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179942711 Quincy Katz

      I’ll Be wearing the sequined black cut-out (5th row middle) as I sip my G&T in the TLo lounge tomorrow

    • Nora Mulllin

      The green gown on photo #4 needs to be in my closet immediately.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stevie-Lo/923283 Stevie Lo

      teal dress second row is what I dream about. Now if I only had a vagina I could totally pull it off

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      Zoe Saldana. Green gown. STAT.

      • Anonymous

         Brilliant!

        • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

           Thanks! :D

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Beautiful!

    • Anonymous

      This seems a little less smart (as in intellectual) than Shoji’s usual work.  Pretty, but uninspired.

    • Anonymous

      I agree some of these pieces don’t quite work, but I really like the overall feeling of this collection. Elegance that’s effortless, but never easy, if that makes sense.

    • Anonymous

      Nice!  I need to have the long earings & I’ll bet anybody that Angie will show up on the RC in that fab teal dress in the 2nd row…but it’ll be beige.  Sigh

    • Anonymous

      Second row, green dress, and black/gold dress.  Gorgeous!

    • oohsparkley!

      Love it all, except the middle flower print one in the last row – it’s too droopy/baggy.  The print is gorgeous.