The Beauty of Flight. Not a bad place to start as inspirations go for a Fashion collection. Tadashi Shoji chose this as his point of reference and Rendered it in Feathery Embroideries and Prints and Motifs, such as the unexpected touch of using the Gears that make Flight possible as an Abstracted Embroidery that looked more Ethnic than Motorized. The collection had some seriously Beautiful moments, Those early pieces that Mimicked Feathers in Meticulously worked Organza, Were Stunning, Especially the Dramatic Mantle in Black worn over a Black gown. Also Noteworthy, the Pair of Plisse pleated gowns with Beaded Feather Lace Embroidery in Strapless White with Black (The Best one of the two) and Vice Versa.
Along with the aforementioned pieces, a Navy pleated gown on Ine Neefs with the Gear embroidery stood out, but other than that, Shoji's collection, as Lovely and Lavish as it was, Failed to excite. Nothing stood out enough to make the collection POP! Plus, add to the fact that much of what was seen was straight from the Shoji Handbook and that lent an air of Staidness to the show. Inarguably, The clothes are Gorgeous, Will appeal to Shoji Loyalists and attract New Acolytes, But, In all Honesty, This showing was failing to Soar as Shoji's Dreams of Flight would have liked it to!