Tadashi Shoji Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 09, 2013


Tadashi Shoji’s runway show is always a highlight of our fashion week because you can always count on breathtakingly beautiful looks to parade past you. For this season, he took his inspiration from the exquisitely tragic grandeur of exiled Russian nobility, forced to wear peasant clothing to disguise themselves in flight. The result is a blending of aristocratic vestments and folk costumes. Dark, demure, and regally feminine. It’s a gorgeous succession of looks.


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  • save_the_hobbit

    Thank God for this after those ugly ass PR collections.

  • VicksieDo

    It’s reading dowdy to me.

    • charlotte

       It’s a pity. I removed a huge deal of fabric from almost every dress in my imagination.

      • e jerry powell

        Exactly.  But I don’t think they’re all that bad, given the narrative.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Some of these give me a distinct Gunne Sax vibe. 

  • Jessi03


  • patticake1601

    Oh not lace over fabric again 🙁 

  • I covet the black dress with the blue lace, even if it’s not the most adventurous thing ever to walk a runway.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      That was my favorite too.  Those bottom two bands are doing great things for her shape.  I love it.

  • carolie_king

    Not fond of the velvet or the feathers/feathery stuff, but it’s a beautiful collection.  Love the sleeves on #12.

  • Some of these look a bit sister-wife, but we’ll be seeing most of these looks on the red carpet in the next few months.

  • Dorothy

    I’m with the posters that don’t like the lace. It reminds me of doilies and cheap halloween costumes.

    • Aurumgirl

      And it has been done beyond death now.  

  • I’m digging the aristocratic gypsy kinda vibe here, but I have to say, a lot of these are going to look pretty dowdy on Elle Fanning.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Rows #3 and #9 are my favorites, LOVE those!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    A bit too on-the-nose with the period modesty, but the silvery dress is GORGEOUS and I want it.

  • MilaXX

    Love Tadashi, but a few of these dip close to sister wife. The first dress in row 5 & the middle dress in row 8 are the ones I have the most trouble with. The rest of the collection I like.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Also, on a fit note, this collection is going to mostly look stunning on very thin people. This reads very Keira Knightley to me, not Octavia Spencer, you know?

    • MilaXX

       I only see 2 I think would work or curvier figures; 6th row last and 9th row first.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        6th row middle might be better. The last one is a bit too loose to be flattering.

        • MilaXX

           Agreed. It’s also less volume on the hips. I wonder how Christina Hendrix would look in that. I’d love to see the blue against her red hair.

          • Pants_are_a_must

            You know she’s going to screw up the accessorizing and somehow still end up having babyheads, right? 

          • MilaXX

             You gotta have faith. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

          • Pants_are_a_must


    • Aurumgirl

      Octavia will still be able to wear a variation of look number 14, but it’s beige with black lace.  She might not want to.  There’s something very “overgrown little girl child” about it all, like the target buyer is a really tall 9 year old, stick straight and lanky and obviously very cold.  

  • Ash

    All of these are gorgeous, even the lacy and transparent ones. *drool*

  • Third row middle I love, but the others not so much. There are a couple that Florence Welch could and probably will WERQ.

    • mmc2315

      Yes, 3rd row middle caught my eye as well.  Also, the entire 4th row.  I felt an impulse of wanting to grab these dresses and try them on.  Although I like pretty clothes, I don’t usually get that “let’s play dress up” urge.

  • LongTall_Sally

    The velvet and feathers seem overly heavy to me (particularly in #10 and #29) but for some reason I don’t mind the lace here.  I think I like it better when it is used as a design element, like in the last row — the combination of the geometric design with the lace appeals to me.

  • Now I went to college and studied things like the Romanov family massacre, but sometimes I can’t help but laugh when I hear what inspired a fashion collection. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    You know some poor dear is going to try and werq the deep V red one on the 10th row. If ever there were a Shoji dress that should not be taken off the runway…

  • Carrieanno

    Yay. More lace.

  • jmorino08

    I spy a few Oscar contenders! Some of the shorter dresses are too sack-like in my opinion and the long velvet downs look like they would weigh anyone down, but that white one with the long sleeves has Fanning written all over it and I love what he did with those necklines that have a mini-cape-like quality to them and the shorter black dress the red head is wearing with the froofy looking skirt is fantastic!!!

    • Adelaidey

      Sack-like on the models, to be sure- Tadashi Shoji always looks best on bigger women with some curves. I would love to see Christina Hendricks in 3C, 4C, 7A or 9A.

  • That’s a lot of lace.  And I love it.  The first dress and the middle dress in the third row are just gorgeous.

  • GorgeousThings

    There are some nice looks, but much of it reads pretty ugly, and I don’t mean in the jolie-laide sense.

  • Zippypie

    Ah, frak.  More lace.

  • alyce1213

    Some of the long gowns are quite beautiful, but the shorter dresses tend to be a little boxy. The cut velvets in the 4th row are very dramatic and I’ll bet the three long gowns in rows 3 & 6 look so much better in person.

  • The pictures don’t even do this collection justice. It was breathtaking, the blue velvet dress and the white one with nearly the same silhouette (5th row 3rd look and 7th row 2nd look) were sublime. I looooooved it. So pretty.

  • I could see Michelle Dockery in a number of these frocks.

  • joything

    Ninth row, center – dark silver lace over black is how lace should be done, IMHO.

  • afabulous50

    What’s great is that real women with actual real size bodies can wear these clothes…what a concept!

    • Jackie4g

      That’s always a good feature of Tadashi. Real women actually can wear many of his styles.

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful; I like at least one thing on every line. Wonder who’s going to wear the red lace dress in the second to last line.

  • formerlyAnon

    Many are too girly-feminine for my tastes, but [as one can probably say about most of the big designers’ runways] what I wouldn’t give to see these up close!

  • e jerry powell

    Which look will Octavia Spencer rock best this year?  So many choice candidates!

    • carpediva

      I was actually feeling bummed because I don’t really see anything for our Miss Octavia! 

      • e jerry powell

        True, but these are all in sample size, and Shoji modifies everything he does for Octavia.  I think second row, second column or third row, second column (basically the same dress with a change in collar and sleeve) could work quite nicely.  I can see lots of ways that the stuff in the line could be made to work, and there’s no real reason that she would have to wear the looks as is.  Just bouncing ideas through my head like a first-year stylist…

  • The velvet dresses are great for Nemo-like weather!

  • The long white dress (8b) would make a gorgeous wedding gown in a country setting.   I love a lot of these!  3b, 4c, 5abc, 6bc, 7ac, 8abc   wow <3

  • marilyn

    Interesting.  More my idea of designer wear.

  • Kate4queen

    Fourth row from the bottom middle long dress, mine 🙂
    I’m a big Tadashi fan and own a lot of pieces so I’ll be interested to see how these look in person.

  • Anniebet

    Find me a fainting couch… I’m gonna swoon!

  • The first couple rows were kinda hiddy, but the rest is fantastic. Love the black/scarlet combo in the 4th row!

  • lrhoff

    This collection didn’t wow me, as it usually does.  There were a few stand-out pieces, but, overall, a bit of a dissappointment.

    • Melvis Velour

      I agree, some of the stuff had me going “…I’ve seen wallpaper that looks better” but that one dress with the Belarus/Ukrainian needlework on it was GORG!  Something Dmitri would have come up with. 

  • Monabel

    Ye Gods, TLo, Russian nobility disguised as peasants? Is that you, or the publicity handout? FTW?

    • Monabel

      Oh, yes, and the collection is dreary.  I expect more from those Russian nobles. 

      • Well they were fleeing from death squads…but even that can’t excuse those ones that are wearing lamp shades.

        • Monabel

          But, this has nothing to do with the Russian revolution, and whose wacky notion was it to invoke that? Don’t use other people’s tragic messes to label your fashion collection. Even if it were better than this.

  • siriuslover

    So beautiful. Now THIS is fashion. And the storyline is very poignant.

  • Qitkat

    Watch the show on line if you can; many of these photos don’t do the dresses justice. They looked absolutely stunning in motion. I loved so many of these. I particularly love the royal blue with the black lace bands and the red and black gown. The velvet gowns are very lush. The lace looks far from cheap on the runway, very elegant in fact.

  • pdquick

    If they wore these in flight, they probably got hanged. Not that I don’t love it. 

  • barbarienne

    Few of these are to my personal taste for wearing–I’m a pants/separates girl and these are all dresses–but they are extremely enjoyable to look at. Beautiful.

  • quiltrx

    Overall, LOVE.

  • Guest

    I’ve got my money on three of these for Chastain’s Oscar dress. The black with silver lace overlay, blue with lace shoulders, and that last blush one.  They’re just screaming at me for some reason.

    Side note- there’s a gold pailette (sp?) one in Christian Siriano’s show that would be absolutely stunning on Jennifer Lawrence. Is she contracted to wear Dior?

  • MissAmynae

     I’ve got my money on three for Jessica Chastain’s Oscar dress.  The black with silver lace overlay, the blue with black lace shoulders, and the final blush and black lace. Don’t know why- they’re just screaming at me.

    Side note- There’s a gold pailette (sp?) gown in Christian Siriano’s collection that would be stunning on Jennifer Lawrence. Is she contracted to wear Dior?

  • lalahartma

    I think they look terrible.

  • Damn. I wish I was an exiled Russian noblewoman so I could wear this. 

  • meowing

    Sleeves, bless him, sleeves.  Not every woman Of A Certain Age has guns like Shelley O’s, and we want sleeves.  Damn it.  Gracias, Tadashi.

  • msdamselfly

    Really love it—love the romance and storytelling

  • That floor length red velvet. To DIE. 

  • BLech.

  • girliecue

    Overall, a lovely and very feminine collection. But no matter how luxe and well-made, it’s impossible to take capelets seriously.

  • Really, really beautiful. I’m not in love with the velvet pieces, but I still adore lace, so this collection makes me very happy. Oh, if I had a million dollars – I’d buy almost all of it. 

    ETA: The first piece reminds me of the blue and white Asian pottery. LOVE.

  • Really pretty and a few look tailor made for Flo and her Machine.

  • amaranth16


  • EEKstl

    In anticipation of my stepson’s wedding in November I was so excited to see what he had in store for the fall as I think his would be a perfect option, but oh dear.  Not good.  The exception to me is the red velvet (and its black, sleeveless sister).  Those are beautiful.  I find most of these depressing and, oddly, ill-fitting.

  • AthenaJ


  • Alyssa

    What a gorgeous collection…I can’t wait to see some of these pieces start showing up on the red carpet.

  • Damn! Those are some finely dressed peasants! Are we sure they didn’t just kill the nobles and take …… hey wait……