Day 1 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall 2011 at Lincoln Center had me at, among many others, the runway show of Tadashi Shoji as he unveiled his Fall 2011 collection in The Studio.

From the show program: 

” The ancient gardens of the Far East – manifesting a sense of harmony among man, architecture and nature.  The art of birds dancing in rhythmic harmony, branches and moss intertwining, light and shadows reflecting in water – all these works of nature together emoting a spiritual transcendence, balance and tranquility. “

I definitely got that mood as I found my seat and was basking in the blue and white glow of the pre-show cloudy sky image projected upon the back wall.  Hopefully the others in the room were feeling, like I was, the serenity as well so as not to overwhelm the celebs in attendance.  Around me were R&B singer Kat DeLuna, figure skater Johnny Weir, actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress Amanda Garrigus, television personality Katrina Szish and model and Internet celebrity Cory Kennedy.


Personally, I really liked 6 of the 30+ looks that I saw come down the runway.  There was a black stretch wool jersey asymmetrical dress with feather trim detail; a black stretch wool jersey dress with hand cut organza floral detail; a horizon ombre gazaar strapless fringe dress; a begonia/claret tiered fringe silk chiffon off-shoulder gown; a begonia cap-sleeve hand pleated silk chiffon gown; and a moss hand pleated silk chiffon one-shoulder gown.


One overall theme which I found to not catch my eye in a fine light was the black and gold ribbon waistband.  Beautifully crafted, don’t get my wrong, but something which I felt cheapened some of the looks where the ribbon stood out and didn’t merely melt top with bottom.

Backstage it was anything but the calm serenity that was the mood for the Fall 2011 Shoji Collection.  Countless reporters with their microphones anddvideo and digital cameras as well as droves of friends and colleagues giving their congratulations on a fine show.


– Mike J

[Photo Credits:  Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America via and Mike J]