Drawing design inspiration from the glitz, glamour and tragic fall of the Russian Empire, Tadashi Shoji sent a collection of demure dresses and impeccable separates in understated hues down the runway. Folk embroidery and a few minimalist tailored pieces made for an ideal mix of clothing easily worn outside the black tie affair. Models wore dark cherry lipstick and drop crystal earrings with hair haphazardly tossed into a side pony. An impressive assortment of lace was used throughout the collection as well as heavy velvet (which turned out to be surprisingly sophisticated). From drop-waists to empire waists, Shoji’s romantic dresses ran the gamut. Our favorite piece: a floor-length velvet gown in a light mocha hue boasting a stunning draped plunging neckline with black lace inlay.
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