Designer Tadashi Shoji offered a few surprises yesterday on the runway at New York Fashion Week. Mr. Shoji has long been synonymous with old Hollywood style glamour with his beautiful gowns and cocktail dresses. For Fall 2016 he departed from his more traditional style showing tribal influences via life prints on bodysuits, jumpsuits and mini dresses. The show opened with a model coming down the runway in a brown leaf printed body stocking (see picture upper left) with a black wrap mini skirt over it. The opening set the tone for an edgier, and straight on sexy collection from the designer. There were jumpsuits and thigh high slit little black dresses with the same brown print leaf tribal print added added to the bodice and side panels for contrast.
The collection also featured plenty of Mr. Shoji’s trademark looks with red carpet worth long gowns, lace overlay illusion dresses and even long trains. But there were also body stockings along with oversized fur coats that looked more like Kim Kardashian’s recent stylings than Mr. Shoji’s work. Completing the look was dark, goth styled make-up on the models and wet look styled hair. It was a dramatic change from the upscale sleek chignons and red lips on the models from previous Tadashi Shoji shows. Of course, sending a few surprises down the runway to spark conversation and create buzz is part of the New York Fashion Week marketing strategy for most designers–who can forget Milly’s granny panties a few seasons ago?