Tadashi Shoji’s show notes for fall said, “A tattoo parlor has been transformed into a dressmaking atelier.” And with that in mind, a number of the designer’s looks — including his mesh catsuits — had an overall “inked adornment” effect, while much of the collection was richly embroidered with sequins or paillettes in geometric or tribal motifs far more elegant than the tattoo theme might suggest.


What worked best here were the intricately embroidered tulle dresses. Among these were a great-looking, paillette-covered tribal slipgown and a dark green geometric-embroidered tulle sheath under an oversize short faux fur coat. Yet the collection’s strengths were tempered by an abundance of ultrahigh slits, sheer insets and that unflattering high-low effect.

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