Tadashi Shoji has become one of the go-to designers for making plus-sized women shine on the red carpet. Who could forget that frothy champagne-colored gown that Octavia Spencer wore to the Oscars?
Shoji obviously has a knack for making women–in all shapes and sizes–feel beautiful.
The entire collection for spring 2014 was what we’ve come to expect from Shoji: sumptuous, sweet, scintillating. The ultra-glam gowns came slinking down the runway in Shoji’s signature fabrics–organza, tulle, and lace–in a spring-appropriate palette full of seafoams, lemon yellows, lavenders.
Shoji called his collection “Sweet Liberation,” which was described in the show notes as being about “The desire to assert confidence… joie de vivre.” He realized that “joie de vivre” using exquisite crystal details, full skirts and sheath dresses, with a touch of ’70s retro glamor.
And this is exactly what Shoji should stick to–romantic, ultra-feminine looks–instead of some more daring pieces in the collection where he tried (but failed) to be trend-setting. One body-con dress in black and white had fringe that came out of a model’s underboob which reminded us of a lampshade. Another look was a peplum that moseyed down the runway like it was spring 2012.
But when Shoji did get it right–like that shear golden number that sparkled, or that black gown with hanging tulle–he nailed it. And that’s the Shoji that we hope to see more of–the same designer whose classic, feminine look make women like Spencer exude absolute confidence.