Tadashi Shoji Fall 2014 Collection

Posted on February 07, 2014

Mr. Shoji does it again. Known for his use of rich colors and lace elements, he seems to have turned the dials up to eleven on both with this collection. Taking the lace motif a step further than anyone had a right to expect, he offered up gorgeous laser-cut microsuede dresses with Moorish influences that simply reeked of luxury chic. In addition, there were beautiful infusions of velvet throughout, giving the entire collection a richness beyond what we normally expect from him. And in a development that will make a lot of our readers happy, every single lace or sheer dress went down that runway fully lined. It was actually kind of refreshing – and it perfectly demonstrated that a well-made lining is a technical and aesthetic achievement on its own.




[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • Allie Carter

    Luuuuuuurve the long red cape. Wish I had somewhere to wear it.

    • barbarienne

      I so want capes/cloaks to become a regular thing. SO MUCH. They look awesome on everyone, and they’re fantastic as one more easily added/removed layer when the weather is being weird.

      • Kayceed

        I love capes so much. I have short ones in camel, dark brown, gray and black; knee-length in ivory with fur trim; floor-length in black/gold and blue velvet. And yes, I wear them. Go ahead, be your own fashion super-hero. 🙂

        • barbarienne

          I have a plain and serviceable cloak made of very tightly woven wool. It’s perfect for days when it’s chilly (50°F) and lightly raining. Also, it goes over a backpack, so is much better than an umbrella if I’m carrying lots of things.

          I’ve had it for 27 years. I wear it 10 or 20 days a year, and it’s still in like-new condition.

          • Kayceed

            Fantastic! I am on the hunt for a knee-length woolen day cape, in which I can pretend I am striding across the Scottish moors whilst I am actually walking my dog on a rather banal sidewalk.

      • Anna Vasquez

        They’re… not a friend to the big-tittied. In my very personal experience. But maybe I’m just not owning it enough.

        • I totally understand. It often depends entirely how the cape is cut–try a few different cuts and lengths and see what makes you feel the most fabulous. I have had success with a 3/4 circle cape, which eliminates a lot of fullness, particularly over the bust.

    • Lori

      Me too. I covet that so much. I have nowhere even remotely appropriate to wear it, but I still want it. I’d make up occasions to wear it. Heck, I’d wear it grocery shopping. The grocery store could use a little infusion of fabulous, right?

      • travelingcat

        Given what I saw in the grocery store last night, it absolutely could use an infusion of fabulous. It may be our duty as bitter kittens.

        • I have alwys thought it an unstated part of Kittendom that we must spread Fabulous wherever and however we can.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        Pleeease wear it to the grocery store; it would be so fabulous! But know that if I meet you there, I will tackle you to try to get it for myself.

        • Lori

          Do not make me have to throw vegetables and canned goods at you to protect my cape 🙂

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            Oh guuurl…

      • I have a vintage (faux) leopard cape my grandmother gave me. I used to not know where to wear it. Then I realized the answer was “anywhere I damn well please”.


    • travelingcat

      I gasped and went ooooohhhh when I saw it. I agree with barbrienne, capes need to become a thing again. I have a gorgeous almost floor length wool one with a big hood complete with tassle that a friend found at a resale shop. I love it and rarely get to wear as it doesn’t get that cold here too often. Fortunately today it is, I’m going to pretend it’s red and black and fabulous. (It’s dark forest/army green with faded brown lining and fabulous.) I also feel like I get a mini work-out wearing it as it’s so heavy!

    • I let out a great big old Gay Gasp on sight of that cape.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Helen from Project Runway is probably SCREAMING at the computer. She wasn’t too far off with her cape collection.

    • When you own something like that, anywhere you wear it becomes the place to wear it. You just do it!

    • TAGinMO

      LUPITA. OSCAR NIGHT. Sweet Baby Jeebus, please make this happen!

  • DKBB

    Wow….this collection is truly sumptuous…and that cape is to die for!

    • Rhonda Shore

      The collection is so lush…the hues, the fabrics…everything!

  • jilly_d

    I don’t love most of this….musta had to be there. But I would seriously cut someone for that blue short cape.

  • @Biting Panda

    Gorgeous. Love it. Want lots of it.

  • nannypoo

    If I ever went anywhere this is who I want to dress me. The third one down would suit me just fine, or one of the print gowns. Beautiful.

    • zuzu

      The best part of Tadashi Shoji is that his clothes are not only gorgeous, they’re fairly affordable. Even the dresses that Mo’Nique and Octavia Spencer wore during awards season run about $500 or so. Definitely something you can save up for for a special occasion, and classic enough you can wear it more than once.

      • Kate4queen

        yup, they are affordable for a special occasion and even more important, they come in real woman sizes and still look awesome. I have quite a few of his dresses. 🙂

        • Lower L

          I have one dress of his and it’s fantastic. I tried it on for a lark, and couldn’t believe how great I looked in it, or how comfy it felt. I think it may have been in the $350-$400 range. A bit spendy, but not outlandishly so. …And now I want an excuse to wear it out on the town RIGHT NOW, but it would look silly with snow boots.

          • Kate4queen

            I don’t get to wear them much in Hawaii but I do a couple of fancy dress up type conferences every year, so I get a chance to wear them out then. 🙂

    • SugarSnap108

      I love that third one.

  • JulieTy

    GORGEOUS. Every one. I wish I had celebrity paper dolls for this collection– to play paper dolls!

    • alyce1213

      Hi, Julie, We met last night. I do agree!

  • That red cape. GIVE IT TO ME!!! *drool*

  • MidArmJewel

    Ohhh… that burgunday velvet!

  • J-Ko

    Is it weird that I got a little misty eyed looking at this collection? Simply gorgeous.

  • marlie

    This is gorgeous. I don’t love everything in this collection, but everything is elegant and wearable. And that black and red cape is TO. DIE. FOR.

  • Jessica Freeman

    A few minor quibbles but basically covet it all.

  • Anna

    Love. Parallel universe Anna is going to have so much fun shopping for these.

  • miscorrections

    That long sleeved oxblood velvet gown is tremendous. I’d love to see Rooney Mara step out of robo-chic and into that.

    • JulieTy

      Hooray for SLEEVES!!

    • Bridget Smith

      Is it too on-the-nose to say I’d love to see Michelle Dockery in it?

      • miscorrections

        I had the same thought initially, but then I decided I’d really like to see it on someone atypical.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        I thought “Lady Mary” too.

  • Judy_S

    With a few exceptions, these are all “be me” dresses. I can almost taste what it would feel like to be privileged to wear one (requiring a more privileged body shape than I have, alas…. as well as a heftier purse).

    • barbarienne

      Well, this is Tadashi Shoji. His designs scale well to quite a range of body sizes. Though, yes, I think his looks assume a woman has at least a bit of a waist. Not so great for women who are boyish or apple-body.

      • Judy_S

        You’re right. I thought about that afterwards. Alas, I am more of an apple but I might get closer if/when some of these show up on the RC.

  • SewingSiren

    So here’s how it is. I love A. capes. B velvet. C. long sleeved lace D. linings.

  • Suzanne Moore

    These are all so beautiful, so elegant! The only thing that bugs are the black shoes when paired with the lacy, lightweight white frocks. They just seem to heavy. But that’s just a minor quibble.

    • SewingSiren

      I agree that the black sheer stockings aren’t quite right for the sleeveless white chiffon dresses. But that long sleeved knee length white lace with the black stockings is a perfect look in my book. I’d wear it right out of the show room as is. With the addition of a green velvet turban and my shaded prescription lenses. Just cut and paste the head of T Lo’s illustration from Everyone Wants To Be Me or Do Me ( the old lady wearing the turban and shades in the graveyard , which pretty much is me) to see what I mean.

    • demidaemon

      Oh, I agree. i thought the shoe choices for the show were particularly heinous all around.

  • Ginger

    Those black velvet pants with the white lace top = pure modern Katharine Hepburn realness. *SWOON*

  • FrigidDiva

    I just want one of those capes. I have a short length one that I get compliments on all the time, but I would seriously do just about anything for one of the long ones.

  • Alyssa

    What a beautiful collection!

  • colleenjanel

    I would cut a bitch for either of those capes.

  • Danielle

    One of each, please.

  • Kathy

    On some of these, the collar and low waist look kind of frumpy, but pretty much everything else is gorgeous. Maybe the low waist looks good on some and not on others. I love the first red print gown with all my heart and all that velvet.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I love the red and black cape! Hope we see it on the red carpet on someone like Cate Blanchett

  • Julie Chase

    I want that short teal dress, the long black, and the red and blue gown please and thank you.

  • Deac82

    Some of the pieces go a little Valentino, and oddly others go Marc Jacobs (see Miley’s Met Gala Dress by MJ). While Valentino can go stuffy, these feel more likely to end up on the backs of actual women in the real world–not just Billionaires and celebrities.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Beautiful and much more affordable but they definitely look like Valentino. Also, I believe McQueen did a gray and white cape like that. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Everything after the cape was just white noise. Sweet fancy Moses, that was beautiful.

  • parfumpoise

    Beautiful, but reminiscent of the recent Valentino collections. Especially that cape.

  • MilaXX

    So much pretty. I love that he lined all his sheer pieces.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      Exactly what I was going to say (or type). Mostly beautiful pieces and all the private bits are kept private. What a breath of fresh air!

    • Pennymac

      Class and talent. These are just out right beautiful; Nipples are not needed as a distracting styling element. BRAVO!

  • Emily Smith

    I imagine the models who were picked for his show must have been thrilled when they saw what they were wearing. These are stunning.

    • Lower L

      I think the long-sleeved red gown in photo 4 is fantastic, and it angers me that the model looks as though she’s upset at being made to wear it in public. Or maybe she’s just in a calorie-deficit-induced mental fog. (Speaking of which, since Tadashi Shoji is known for his ability to design clothes that look good on people with double-digit sizes, I would have liked to see a model or two who was a little larger than usual.)

      • Emily Smith

        She is probably just sad she can’t eat it.

  • Kelly Sowers

    I’d love to see Florence Welch in some of these…

  • Is it bad that every fashion show now, I am just wishing it was Lupita wearing all the outfits? 🙂

    I mean it is totally impossible that she could wear every outfit on every runway, runways would take a good couple of hours and then she’d have to go back and forth between the different shows.. It is a total can never be. But I dream vivid dreams of Lupita and only Lupita sashaying down all the runways in the world..

    If she were in that teal lace – the short one, not the longer spaghetti strap one.. worlds would collide and explode. That would be so beautiful on her.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    A fall collection shown with hoisery, be still my heart!

  • Blair Sylvester

    Love pretty much everything beside the red lace dress with nude lining

  • alyce1213

    I think a lot of tasteful lady stars will clamor for dresses from this collection. Just gorgeous.
    (The less tasteful may tear out the linings.)

    • zuzu

      And this is what someone like Mayim Bialik, who keeps covered for religious reasons, should be wearing.

  • LJCdoc

    Love. He’s becoming my favorite designer.

  • acevedob

    Great collection. Beautiful. I don’t know why I hate that darker blue, though.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the beginning and end of this – hate everything in the middle though. Still beautiful and wearable for the right rich ladies!!

  • zuzu


  • Kathy_Marlow

    I’ll take one of everything, please.

  • CAPES!

  • rakkelia

    I adore almost everything but my god, those capes. I must have them in my possession!

  • Sunraya

    I don’t like a lot of them. I wouldn’t use most of them if I were a stylist. However, I do love the 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th from the bottom.

  • Sarah Thomas

    If he starts using plus size models, he will become my favorite.

  • CatherineRhodes

    What a gorgeous collection. Bravo!
    The lining not only rescues the dress from tramp territory, but gives it volume and swing.

  • rlc

    Thrilled to see sleeves!

  • E. D.

    Love the grey dress with the cap sleeves and belt.

  • decormaven

    Love it all. What a master of the craft.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    There are some really beautiful things here.

  • jspark

    It looks like his muse is Jessa from Girls, am I right?

    • charlotte

      Jessa and Leelee Sobieski.

  • somebody blonde

    Gorgeous. I absolutely love that cape/white gown ensemble. Someone needs to wear that IRL.

  • Nancer

    OOHHH! That red cape is Gorgeous!

  • unbornfawn

    Love most of the collection. Especially love the colors!

  • Laura Renee

    Wow wow, 13 and 19. A lot of this reminds me of Naeem Khan from last year, but it’s gorgeous work.

  • MzzPants

    A. A designer might as well draft the lining pieces the first time around. It’s far easier to remove a lining that to retro-fit one. B. LURV the printed gowns. C. I want…no, need,…no…WILL Mother Fucking KILL for that red cloak! Come at me bitches. It’s MInE!

  • Mmmmm…yes. To everything. Including the latest in puritan whorehouse chic. Michelle Dockery will have some lovely things to wear in the coming year.

  • willworktomorrow


  • SierraDelta

    I need a new lifestyle if I’m going to wear any of these.

  • Anne

    Oh, I love the flowy blue gown. Next time I’m in the market for a gown…

  • save_the_hobbit

    Absolutely gorgeous…of course, I’m inclined to like anything lacy. It’s a fault of mine.

  • littlestars

    That little cape and especially the matching dress: NEED (but will obviously never have…or maybe could have? Just looked at the general price of his clothes doing a Google Shop search. Am I looking at pricing for a lower-end diffusion line or something, or are this designer’s prices actually reasonable?). In fact, I would love to have every one of the shorter dresses in my closet right now, please.

  • Trickytrisha

    Glorious for the most part. A little too prairie school marm in places, but my god, so much pretty.

  • quiltrx

    SO MUCH PRETTY!!! Mr. Shoji never disappoints me. Some new angles to enjoy, but still very recognizable in style. Love it.

  • baxterbaby

    Where art thou, Florence Welch.

  • Caitlin Rain

    Don’t you just know that Christina Hendricks will see this gorgeous collection and make a beeline for that one high-necked pseudo-Victorian look with the long black velvet skirt? Bless.

  • Aidan B

    Ugh, this is so beautiful it hurts. Mostly because I want it and know it’s unattainable.

  • yethica

    I want that black and red cloak to wear over the gown that I sport for my (fictional) concert for (fictionally) winning the Liederkratz Society opera competition.

  • anotherkate

    Beautiful! I love the capes, and those Islamic patterns are so gorgeous.

  • demidaemon

    Though I don’t love every dress–the ones with velvet seem a bit overdesigned, in my opinion–I love the collection as a whole. Also, linings should be considered part of the design, as they are here, because they can dramatically change how the dress moves and lays; it also prevents the crappiness that happens when a hastily inserted lining is used for an RC appearance.

  • Toby Wollin

    OK, I love everything here – we all get that the guy can make magic with lace and other evening and dressy fabrics. But how about throwing a bone to the ladies who need a nice work dress for fall/winter (anyone who can do great stuff with lace should be able to design a dress in wool crepe or wool knit while standing on his head in the shower)? Or a great pantsuit (Hillary R. Clinton could use someone who could design her one that actually fits her in the armscye and the seat)?

  • crystal76

    That red cape!! <3

  • LaSylphide

    A few I don’t care for, but overall, beautiful. Usually I don’t particularly like blue or red, but those deep, rich colors in this collection are just gorgeous.

  • Corsetmaker

    Yeah, it’s nice, but……..
    I’m not wowed to be honest

  • That last burgundy one belongs to Lady Mary, methinks.

  • Coleen

    I just had this vision of Cate Blanchett wearing that long electric blue gown on Oscar night. Too much?


  • msdamselfly

    Wow! This is how it’s done

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Love it. And love that I don’t have to see all of their nipples! You’re right, TLo, I really appreciate the lining.