Tadashi Shoji Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 06, 2013

Tadashi Shoji Spring 2014 Collection




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  • LadyCelia

    Are they coming late to the party on sheers and lace, or is the trend (god, no!) continuing?

    • Rhonda Shore

      i thought the same thing…the sheers are the only thing i don’t care for in this collection. Love the plaids.

  • Diego!

    This is simply BEAUTIFUL!!! I love everything here! 🙂

  • Jacquelyn

    I just said “want” to many of those knee length dresses. Some of the gowns are ok, but I really like the shorter ones.

  • In_Stitches

    This seems like such a departure from his usual aesthetic. When I think of Tadashi Shoji, I think sexy queen. This collection is more…fussy lady. Like Chanel’s quirky cousin.

  • Glam Dixie

    A few clunkers are in the mix but I really like a lot of this. Love the plaids.

  • YoungSally

    Some of it (particularly the plaids) are really nice….but the ones that combine mint/lace/ruffles scream “80’s wedding guest”

  • Kate

    Too many of these are a cross Easter Sunday meets mother-of-the-bride.

    • Getoverit

      You nailed it.

      • ballerinawithagun


  • Pudgy Possum

    Not exactly fashion forward, but very pretty.

  • LJCdoc

    Is it just me, or do a lot of these look like jammies?

  • alyce1213

    Mixed – I love some of these and see others as “(very) high-end wedding party.”
    They are all very feminine and flattering. I particularly love the plaids/checks.

  • bayusc

    Behold, the Octavia Spencer collection!

    • Monzerrat Ontiveros

      with those prints? are you kidding me?

      • bayusc

        She wears almost exclusively Tadashi Shoji. I can easily see her in #1, 6, 12, 13, 25… Look what she’s worn in the past…He doesn’t just design for size 0 models…

        • ankali

          Well, I wish he’d stop working with just size 0 models on the runway. I think a ton of the dresses up there look awful on the models, but would probably sing on a bigger girl.

          • demidaemon

            I had the same exact thought!

        • e jerry powell

          I’m calling it for number 26 with the tiered fringe accents. Some of the other lace things are also contenders, though the last look is probably not one of them. I could see her werqing it in 33.

    • Aurumgirl

      No, seriously, I think she might be able to do it with dresses number 6 and 29, but the others will make her look like a great big box. A lot of them follow that Dior “H” line, which demands a very flat chest and very small hips. No one curvy is going to get much from these clothes. Very pretty, but no longer suitable for Octavia.

      • A lot of them (what a huge collection!) make these skinny models look awfully wide in the hips. Octavia needs to stay far away from them.

  • charlotte

    Aprons and kitchen towels? Come on, Octavia’s not going to wear that.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree, this is not the classy collection she requires. But I’m sure he’ll do some one offs just for her.

  • MK03

    These vacillate between stunning and fug.

    • conniemd

      That’s where I’m at. I do like the plaids. Sorry to see he used some of the sheers, though, was hoping that trend was gone. It’s definitely pastel soft.

  • Chaiaiai

    5th one down would be a great wedding dress!

  • Latin Buddy


    1) lace, sheer, plaid…bad trends in a single collections

    2) are the 90s coming back? (the plaid)

    3) the color scheme is so boring

    • rag254

      The 90s are so back.

  • A couple of these say “Fanning” to me.

    • charlotte

      As in “Clothes I have seen on a Fanning far too many times”….

      • Have Fanninged, do Fanning, will Fanning.

        • charlotte

          Fanning myself….

  • Kathy_Marlow

    That purple one needs to come and live in my house..

  • Elena

    Something about this collection is so hideous and dated to me. Not exactly sure what it is, but I think it’s because it screams “grandma!” to me.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Why am I not impressed? It’s too much pastel for my taste. Plus, I keep thinking of Octavia Spencer, and just . . . no. Although, now that I think about it, a lot of these models just look like the dresses are too big for them. He may need bigger models for his runway . . .

  • Clueless_Jock

    Tadashi Shoji could have made an interesting story about “Lace meets Plaid” but this all looks too safe and generic.

  • RedRaven617

    A lot of these looked a little too “bad bridesmaid” to me. But I love the colors.

  • ChiKat67

    I feel like I’ve seen every one of these dresses before. Doesn’t make (most of them) any less beautiful, but wish there was something new here, cuz I looove Tadashi Shoji!

  • hughman

    I do not get the “styling”. They all look like mean sorority girls.

  • Slanted & Enchanted

    I’m not really in the camp that says all clothes should be flattering to the body (sometimes gurls just wanna have fuuuun, not worry about if their clothes are doing them the right “favors”), but I’m distracted by how terrible most of these clothes look on the models. Like the proportions are just wrong and the sizing is off.

    I’m 22 so I’m not sure if I’m the target audience but I don’t want to wear a single thing in this collection. So matronly but also juvenile at the same time. I keep looking back on it and it’s making me sad.

    • Bexxx

      Also 22 and I feel the same way. This all feels so very outdated, drab, and unflattering to me. The necklines on those last iridescent gowns look like 80’s cruise ship dining room decorating to me.

    • 3boysful

      In particular, the black plaid and lace number makes the poor model look extremely hippy.

      • Slanted & Enchanted

        The one that I’m losing it at is the knee-length dress made of beige upholstery fabric with sheer sleeves that have some sort of fringe, a peplum, and then a sad piece of string holding the neckline together…which, because of the color, looks like twine.

      • Nondescript

        Man, I was just thinking that, although this collection underwhelms me in a number of ways, I loved how it’s celebrating curves rather than hiding them. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

        • 3boysful

          Well, the problem is that few non-model people are 5’11” and 105 lbs or thereabouts. So what’s a more average-sized (because we’re all “real”) woman, with actual hips, gonna look like in this stuff?

          • Nondescript

            Curvaceous, I’m thinking. The point of clothes are not to hide. If you’ve got big hips and an hourglass figure, work it.

          • demidaemon

            I think the problem is actually the model’s slimmer figures, for once, Some of these would look spectacular on non-model women. However, on models, they tend to look dumpy because they don’t have the necessary curves to properly fill them out. Unfortunately, designers would be hard pressed to fill out an entire runway show with plus-size models for multiple reasons (lack of supply, fashion’s preconceived notions, the tendency to design in sample size, etc).

  • MilaXX

    So pretty and feminine. I saw a few of these on Instagram yesterday. Love Tadashi!

  • Imasewsure

    Wow the shiny stuff is really tacky… love the plaids and some of the shorter dresses though

  • marlie

    Mostly very, very lovely, though there are a few pieces that seem a little too referential to the Dior (or was it Chanel) collection from last year.

  • Danielle

    The fringe is the one record scratch in this collection.

    • tereliz

      I think the fringe goes better with some of the deco-esque lines than the feathers. But I usually hate feathers.

  • anotherkate

    Huh. I’m not crazy about this. Much as I love plaid in general, I don’t think it’s working for me as formalwear. Plus I can’t be on board with more sheer half-skirts and the sparkly dresses feel too Easter egg to me…I guess this one just isn’t for me!

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love that most of the models look healthy and not unnaturally skinny.
    Many of theese dresses could be worn as wedding gowns.

  • There’s a lot of pretty fabrics used, but then I think in the back of my head: grandma’s tablecloths. I’m torn. I’m in a love/eh relationship with this collection. And yes to the person who said there’s a lot of stealth wedding dresses in the lineup. That includes the pastel ones as well. Why it gotta be white?

  • ConnieBV

    Damn, that model in the lilac dress looks like SJP.

  • BitterOldQueen


  • sagecreek

    Oh, I like most of these very much! I’m crazy about plaid.

    The first lace dress, though, reminded me of taking my aged mom to DAR conventions.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Note to self: Tartan is back.

  • Sara__B

    Plaid is a nice change, but I’m bored by the overabundance of lace and sheer.

  • Brianna Rae

    Is it just me, or is the bust on the 2nd to last dress eerily reminiscent of that Project Runway Rockettes challenge a few seasons back?

    • random_poster

      Yes! I was just thinking that Dimitry was getting ripped off!

      • ec

        That dress was made by Christopher “Michael Costello Lite”

    • anneland

      I thought so too. Surprised I had to read so far down the comments to find you. 🙂

  • I has confused.
    I’m getting Easter in the 80s here and that’s not at all what I was expecting.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Not digging on the ‘crotch lace’ gowns, but the first few looks were really pretty, if rather standard.

  • H2olovngrl

    Wow, so simple and pretty!

  • Qitkat

    I’m trying to figure out which of these designs could be adapted for larger women, but I’m not seeing any possibilities.
    I do like a couple of the gowns, #24 with a simple strapless design in an interesting black and white check, and the next to last gown in all white, shimmery with a city skyline bodice effect. Many of the rest seem overwrought, although he does use some lovely checks and plaids.

  • HM3

    Wedding, wedding, wedding, wedding NIGHT, wedding, New Jersey (what is with those black pieces? ICK), wedding, wedding. YAWN. Too delicate/girly/pastel for me.

    • demidaemon

      Yes, a few of these have a certain RHONJ’s name on it, don’t they?

  • Lower L

    More visible nipples… Et tu, Tadashi? Overall, I like the silhouettes of many of these, but a lot of the fabric (or fabric combos) I find questionable. And I really dislike the boxy, horizontal-rectangle-crop-top look in items 1 and 2. These weren’t flattering in 1986, and they still aren’t.

  • SewingSiren

    I love the bias cut plaid chiffons.

  • CeeQ

    Loving the plaid – especially 2nd dress from the top and one of the longer gowns.

  • kirkyo

    Some hits and misses but that first lavender dress is just stunning.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    I mentally impose Octavia Spencer’s head on all the models. I don’t like most of these dresses.

  • d4divine

    …………………………..oh sorry, I nodded off for a bit

  • frannyprof

    Wow. I really do not like any of this. Feels very dated.

  • Kate4queen

    Hmmm usually a big Tadashi shoji fan and own several but these are a bit ‘pastel’ I do like the checks though, so there might be possibilities….

  • Tracy_Flick

    Flammable 80s nightgowns.

  • Sandra Oh

    Has he always been this bridal?

  • Louise Bryan

    I would just like one of these, just to have in the closet for special occasions. Just one. Please?

  • Trickytrisha

    I’m flashing back to bad 80’s TV. Are some of these are just a shoulder pad short of Joan Collins in Dynasty?

  • lalahartma


  • kimmeister

    Only 2 of these stand out to me – the ethereal lavender one somewhere in the middle, and the scalloped peach dress.

  • LipstickForPigs

    High-end mother of the bride. Not offensive, not super eye-catching.

  • Sunraya

    Some beautiful dresses – I adore the lavender, yellow and peach ones. Beautiful and wearable. And I can see Drew Barrymore in that checked gown!

  • Alison

    I want #11, the pale yellow short dress, for my spring wedding next year. Gorgeous!

  • theblondette


  • Jane

    That metallic blue dress fifth from the bottom looks like Cher’s mermaid costume in the movie Mermaids. I am not a fan of the metallic dresses, but I love the purple sheer lace dress.

  • quiltrx

    LOVE!! A couple of looks that I could live without, but overall it’s as good as I expect from TS.
    I think the short lavender dress (with the lattice at the neckline) is my very favorite, followed by the black/white lattice gown. And I love all the plaids! (I don’t even mind that some certainly call-back to that gorgeous grey plaid Dior gown a few years ago!)

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    A really uneven collection for me. I love pretty much everything that involves a plaid or geometric without too much creeping lace…but there are a lot of “playing dress-up with Grandma’s curtains” pieces, too. I want to like the sparklier dresses toward the end but they all come off as just-this-side of overworked.

  • Not really inspired by the collection overall, but the strapless baby blue gown certainly has my attention.

  • LaSylphide

    Not terribly inspiring, or original (oh good, more transparent skirts), or fashion forward, but some are quite pretty (love the purple, and the plaids), and a lot of them are wearable, maybe by my grandmother, but that’s OK; she needs nice clothes too.

    However, based on past experience, some of his clothes can look kind of dowdy on the models (see #20), but better on real women with female shapes (e.g., Olivia Spencer), so I look forward to seeing some these on the RC.

  • Aaminah Khan

    I’ll have one of everything, please. So beautiful and feminine, and all the textures are making me want to reach out and stroke them.

  • Aurumgirl

    I love plaid gowns, and I love that seashell pattern–but I’m not really in love with the sheerness applied to these fabrics. And I see the shape’s changed on these dresses (isn’t this the designer who regularly outfits Octavia Spencer? She won’t find too much to work with here).

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    This is my favorite collection by far! I love the use of the plaids, the geometric prints. I love it all.

    • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      After a fourth, fifth, and so on, look, I’m not crazy about the sheer overlays. The scalloped fabric dresses, both the pink and the black are stunning. I’d love to own them both but I would remove the sheer skirt from the black dress and wear it cocktail length. Even though they border on ice skating costumes, I’m also a fan of the skyscraper bodice (sheer with sparkles above, geometry entering from below). More gowns than not would benefit by losing the fluffy sheer skirts and becoming cocktail dresses. Although not something that typically appeals to me, the long plaid gowns are gorgeous, especially the bias cut long-sleeved one. Again, not something that would normally catch my eye. If I could choose only one, though, it would be the pink scalloped cocktail dress, so flattering and feminine without being twee or showy. Now I need to get out the sewing machine and figure out how to recreate it on Lauren’s budget. Thanks for posting inspiration.

  • wontons

    Pretty dresses. Nothing that looks unexpected to me (except the plaids), and I wonder if they’d read as matronly or bridesmaid on anyone older than these young fresh things.

    I don’t care for the super-shiny ones, and the one I covet most is the short dress with the slightly fringed top, worn by the model who looks like Courtney Cox.

  • LOVE the pretty pastels – mint, lilac, and yellow, especially. The plaids are cool. Really tired of the sheers.

  • kimiakay

    Whoa. Isn’t this the same designer that dresses Octavia Spencer? It’s hard to believe it with this collection. It looks cheap to me, almost every dress. Some of the black ones at the bottom are better, but the first ones are awful, in my opinion. I realize her dresses are customized for the RC, but these fabrics are look bargain basement. Maybe they look fine in person? But I am surprised with the whole of it.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    can chloe moretz show up at her next photo call in that top look? please?

  • guest2visits

    Delicate, feminine; I like the low key plaids (#6), the scallops, and this pale blue gown (#23).

  • OffToSeeHim

    I see a lot of upcoming red carpet looks here!!