New York Fashion Week Fall 2011: Tadashi Shoji

What: LA-based designer Tadashi Shoji showed his Fall 2011 dress collection and TBF attended.

What They Say: Tadashi Shoji’s designs are known for their simple elegance and effortless ability to float across the runway. “The art of birds dancing … branches intertwining … light reflecting in water,” his show notes stated. The collection featured softly draped, silk crepe one-shoulder dresses in shades of “eclipse,” “sunglow” and “horizon.” And the hand-cut silk organza petals on cocktail shifts were created to exude rough elegance.

What We Say: The collection’s less-is-more looks were for the most part, successful, while there were a few, ruffled, belted, pleated cocktail confections that left us scratching our heads. However, in his formal wear, Shoji made a strong statement for ease in dressing up, which we’re totally on board with. The collection started small and ended with a bang. As the show went on, we saw the trend transition from one shouldered numbers with pleating, to elaborate statement making evening gowns covered in feathers and rosettes. Surprising splashes of magenta, deep purple and yellow on several floor-sweeping gowns made a memorable finale. Another thing we loved? The vivacious tunes by the likes of Florence and the Machine. The music was fresh, just like the gorgeous colors in his collection.

Overall we were pretty pleased with the collection. What we took away from the event was that dressing up really can be as easy as throwing on sweatpants. This fall, Tadashi Shoji has two wise words for us all: effortless elegance.