“East meets West” was Tadashi Shoji’s inspiration for his eponymous line’s Spring 2013 collection. The Japanese designer sought to create looks that displayed “a journey along a modern silk road” for our “virtual traveler.” His detailed designs were intricate and delicate, the result of using lace, silk, and chiffon to create a harmonious blend. The simple, branch and floral backdrop in soft shades of blue added to the nomadic tones, and the sartorial story continued with tunes that offered an uplifting, free-spirited, and powerful atmosphere. On trend with the hues of the coming spring and summer season, Shoji used warm, “desert bloom” shades: rose dust and rusty neutrals balanced by cooler colors like jade, china blue, and pale iris. The result: a magical, earthy odyssey for the modern-day peasant girl.
Angela Simmons (daughter of RUN DMC rapper Rev Run), was seated front row next to style maven June Ambrose. Clad in a beautiful, sequined jacket with blue, green, and bronze details atop a black dress and heels, she said she was eager to see what Shoji had in store for spring. For now, Simmons let us know what her must-have is for fall. “A jacket — a really nice jacket, because you can wear that with anything,” she quipped.