Fall 2020 Ready to Wear
Photos by Tadashi Shoji
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Tadashi Shoji is a man who knows his strengths. Season after season the indefatigable Japanese designer creates beautifully intricate collections of dresses and separates, traditionally inspired by some far off place that evokes images of wanderlust and fancy parties with exclusive guest lists. Shoji’s Fall 2020 Ready to Wear collection was no exception, set against the backdrop of 14th Century Mongolia, based upon a book the designer had recently enjoyed.
Rich fall colors of burnt red, orange, and brown were highlighted by pops of royal blue, turquoise, and emerald green on the array of dresses parading down the runway, not a pant leg in sight. Arms and legs were sheathed in elegant black evening gloves and opaque black tights, respectively, sometimes dotted with a bracelet here and there. The dresses themselves were pure Shoji (with, perhaps, a few Valentino influences along the way). Intricate patterns in brocades and lace were accented with faux fur hats, oversized coats, and shining fringe. Evening wear was 80s inspired with voluminous shapes and shoulders, appearing in vibrant metallic blues and greens. The standout evening looks were two column dresses, impressive for their elegance amidst the volume and abundance of details in the other looks, one solid red, one sparkling green, both with ruched oversized shoulders, the green with a plunging deep V neckline, while the red had a simple front, falling to ruffle accents toward the bottom.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky