NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tadashi Shoji used metallic armor-inspired and ornate materials for his fall / winter 2021 design on Sunday, presenting a series of intricate shimmery dresses on the first day of virtual New York Fashion Week.
In the previously recorded video, the American designer, best known for her evening gowns, unveils a silhouetted hug skirt adorned with fringed sleeves, puffed shoulders, paillettes or lace details.
The model stands above a fire-lit sky and atop piles of old furniture – including a piano, chandelier and bed frame – in the video, with smoke sometimes billowing from below.
With COVID-19 restrictions canceling the usual bustling catwalk shows, designers have had to rethink how they present collections.
February 14-18 New York Fashion Week: The shows are mostly virtual events, with most brands sharing their latest design videos and only a few hosting live presentations from social distancing.
“The last year has challenged us in ways we could never have imagined. Nothing escapes unaffected. We yearn for security. We are forced to gather our strength every day, ”Shoji said in the event notes.
“This season, I want to design work that inspires a sense of protection, a collection that reflects our strength – a power so obvious you can tap your knuckles on it, and it will sound like steel.”
There were velvet dresses decorated with floral prints, as well as black trouser suits and velvet jumpsuits.
Draped evening gown, with shimmering or off the shoulders. There are also several choices of jacquard party dresses.
Shoji chose a palette of bronze, dark brown, red, orange, steel and midnight blue.
Other designers who introduced their designs at New York Fashion Week include Badgley Mischka, The Blonds and Jason Wu.
Reporting by Alicia Powell and Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Edited by Richard Chang