Examiner.com was on the scene for designer Tadashi Shoji's Spring 2014 presentation at The Stage at Lincoln Center as a part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Sweet Liberation was the theme for this season - the desire to assert confidence combines with the beauty of sweet femininity. Notables in attendance included Alyssa Milano, Patina Miller, Amber Riley, Liu Mei Ren, Zeng Li, Devyn Abdullah, Jessica White, Jiang Xin, Rochelle Aytes, and Bella Thorne.
When we asked Jessica White was she loved about Tadashi Shoji, she said "I love the fact that everything is really feminine. I am all about femininity and really beautiful cuts for women and it still makes you feel really sexy and I really enjoy that." When asked what she is most looking forward to this fashion week, White exclaimed, "The madness, like always, every single year. I used to do the shows a lot when I was younger. So now coming here and...my publicist and my team piling on a lot of shows, I still really get the adrenaline rush of now just sitting back and enjoying and watching my new friends - Jordan and Joan and Chanel come and do the shows. You know, the madness is my favorite part."
We also spoke with "Glee" star Amber Riley at the presentation.
Q: What brings you to Tadashi Shoji?
Riley: I have never been to Fashion Week before so I am just excited about everything that’s about to happen on this runway. Tadashi actually is the very first designer who dressed me for a red carpet and they’ve always been so nice and sweet and everything is so, so amazing. It fits me like butter, their dresses are so greatly made.
Q: So since this is your first Fashion Week what are you most excited for?
Riley: Seeing the fashion! I’m really excited about the experience and watching the fashion shows and seeing what’s going on with his collection. I’m expecting the best because they usually give the best.
Per usual Shoji did not disappoint. His collection was stunning. Color highlights included whispery tints of frosted jade, lavender, and ivory mixed with lemon, light pearl and pale pink. We loved the gorgeous intricate lacework on the dresses. Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken curated the hair, MAC did the make-up, butterLondon did the nails, Joan&Divid provided shoes and accessories were by Natalie Frigo. You can check out our favorite looks in our slideshow!
After the presentation, we headed up to the American Express Skybox, which is located right above the runways. The premium access lounge allows for Card Members to view the presentations, meet designers and gain industry insights from influencers at Lincoln Center. Tadashi Shoji participated in a fascinating Q&A, where he discussed how he found his passion for fashion a little later in life and this season's collection. One guest asked Shoji about his use of lace. "Everybody’s using lace. I think lace is a trend and it’s in fashion. All the lace and the embroidery, which you saw...I don’t buy lace from lace companies. Everything that is embroidered, we design it ourselves by computer and we send it to an embroidery company or we use our lace and then we make our artwork and send it out. Our own lace and our own embroidery, we make..and cut it by hand and sew it together. It's very intricate work." He said his goal is to make affordable, but also unique pieces.
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