MBFW: Tadashi Shoji's Romantic Spring Collection Makes Us Swoon

Designer Tadashi Shoji's party frocks for spring 2013 are a delight for the eyes.
-PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com

Last awards season, actress Octavia Spencer wore Tadashi Shoji to almost every single award show. Tadashi's designs make every woman look like a sexy glamourpuss.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching his spring 2013 fashion show. I sat next to a Fashion Week buddy, Lamont Jones, Jr-he's a journalist from Pittsburgh, and we've sat at many fashion shows together over the years. Unfortunately, I was overcome with emotion when some of the dresses floated down the runway. When I'd see a dress that made my heart go faster, I'd smack Lamont on the arm. He, in turn, would whip his head back and forth and say, "What is going on?!" Sadly, I think he's not going to want to sit next to me after yesterday's event.

The dresses - party frocks and gowns - were all spectacular. Tadashi Shoji took us on a romantic trip that started in Venice (Venetian cutwork and embroidered lace) before heading off to Kazakhstan (printed gazar), the Gobi Desert (printed chiffon), and the final destination, the ancient city of X'ian (silk dresses). And all without leaving our seats!

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Billowy, fluttery dresses floated over the runway. They nipped in waists, showed off the back with beaded, embroidered lace, and they sang of romantic moonlight evenings.

Some dresses were made from horizontal lace bands, while others had lace panels. A few floaty dresses were made of horizontal strips of lace and printed gazar (Lamont received a few bruises from that one!). There were floaty Ikat printed dresse that made me swoon. And the gowns! Each reeked of red carpet glamour. Sensuous star appeal was sewn into every stitch.

By the end of the show, I had chills and was almost in tears at the beauty of it all.

PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.

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