Tadashi stunned on the runway of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with a Fall 2014 collection that struck a fine balance between antiquity and modernity. Taking inspiration from the Moorish style of architecture, Tadashi incorporated new fabrics, embellishments and silhouettes to mimic the ornate buildings found in Morocco and Andalusia, Spain.
Here, we break down the intriguing fabric choices and fresh silhouettes that graced the runway.
The laser-cut pattern is a nod to the intricate window work found in Moorish palaces. The slight sheen of the micro-suede and a saturated color palette of primary reds and blues draw from the glazed tiles that are a trademark of Moorish architecture. This mini dress, which features a more modern length, is an ideal option for a cocktail dress. The mini dress is a new silhouette for Tadashi, who incorporated the youthful length in several looks of this collection.
For those looking for more subtle elegance, this column gown is a statuesque alternative. The design is made of wooly lace, which has been brushed for a soft-hand feel, perfect for wearing to a wintry special occasion.
Crewel Embroidery and Corded Embroidery on Tulle
This look is dripping in dramatic elegance with a bold floor-length embroidered tulle cape featuring tactile crewel embroidery. The flame red flourishes are echoed by the subtle ivory corded embroidery on the long sleeve gown underneath. The unique patterns of this collection were custom designed by Tadashi and his team. This luscious combination makes for an elegant eveningwear option.
Printed Tulle and Printed Gazar
These printed looks in magnificent shades of blue are effortless. The intricate motifs found on the hand-painted tiles and hand-woven rugs of Turkey were the inspiration for these prints. The effect is unparalleled, instilling these looks with an air of mystical royalty. A deep V-neck creates a flattering hourglass shape while a pleated strapless gown is easy to wear. Both feature beaded details, carefully sewn by hand for precision.
This daring design features a halter on a backless gown for a sultry style perfect for an evening out. Corded embroidery with hand-beaded details for an eye-catching bodice. Silk chiffon on bottom provides a weightless, ethereal contrast to the elaborate top.
Antiquity marries modernity in this unique look, as traditional Rachel lace is banded in contrasting hues into a contemporary chevron motif. The popular chevron pattern not only serves a as a modern graphic element but also draws the eye inward to give the illusion of a long and lean shape.
Metallic Chantilly Lace
A metallic update to chantilly lace , adds a winter-appropriate element of sparkle to an elegant cocktail dress. The tiered rosette bodice and cap sleeves imbues the dress with a swan-like sophistication.
Velvet Tees and Diamante Embellished Tulle
Velvet upgrades a simple black tee to a modern separate fit for a night of glamour. The knit floor-length skirt features tulle encrusted with shiny diamantes veiled in knitting that shimmer just so in the light. The result, which happens to be Tadashi's favorite look, is cool understated elegance.
Velvet Paillettes with Accents of Frayed-Edge Chiffon
The finale gowns featured unique frayed-edge silk chiffon details and velvet paillettes to great reception. Tonal strips of silk chiffon were sewn into the seams of the dress to create frayed edges that give the tailored look of seaming. The beautiful, strong lines are a unique design feature that plays into the Moorish feel of the collection. Velvet paillettes, more understated than the conventional paillettes featured in seasons past, beautifully reflect light for a hint of sheen.
No doubt that Tadashi's fall collection, featuring designer cocktail dress and elegant evening gowns, is an example of how the traditional can synthesize with the contemporary to produce seamlessly beautiful designs. The translation of Moorish architecture into custom fabrications, diverse embellishments and fresh silhouettes, as imagined by Tadashi and his team, are successfully executed in this collection.