Red Carpet Commentary: Tadashi Shoji

The runway designer weighs in on past celeb red carpet looks.

Celia L. Smith Jan, 28, 2015

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“When I saw Ciara in this gown, I was so happy; her style gave the chiffon caftan gown a modern look while staying appropriate for the event in Dubai. My customers in the Middle East gravitate toward these types of dresses.”––Tadashi Shoji

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“This was the first cape I designed and I was very excited to see it make its red carpet debut at the MET Gala. I also liked that Janelle stayed true to her menswear-inspired style – she pulled off the cape effortlessly.”

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“Nicole styled the ivory lace floor-length cape perfectly; she mixed high and low (H&M dress)– making it accessible to everyone.  I really liked this whole look.”

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“We sent Octavia some images from our upcoming Spring runway show and she fell in love with the hand-beaded detail and twisted draping.  We actually had to meet her in Atlanta to fit this gown since she was filming there.  We’d go anywhere for her!  I adore Octavia and cherish our relationship.”

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“Hannah wore this during NYFW in September.  Our diamante embellished tulle strapless gown looked perfect on her skin tone.”

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“Aisha looks flawless in this long sleeve hand-beaded gown.  We originally created this for a runway show for our store opening in China.  We didn’t even need to do a fitting with Aisha; this fit her right off the runway and onto the red carpet – perfectly.”

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“I think this metallic chiffon gown looks beautiful on Mindy and she exudes confidence in it.  The silhouette, draping, and color are all classic.”


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