Runway Review: Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer 2012

"My inspiration came from a Dutch photographers picture of tulips," Shoji explains in the American Express Skybox after his Spring/Summer 2012 show.  "Each tulip was different, so I began this collection by hand painting silk linen fabrics so they all had unique ombre effects to them." Normally during New York Fashion Week I watch shows like other editors, but this season some of the shows I'm watching are going to be in the American Express Skybox with other fancy American Express card holders.  Besides a birds eye view, champagne, coffee, salad and light fare was served as about 30 card holders mingled and had the experience of NYFW insiders.

The collection was very feminine and hair and makeup was kept natural to compliment the color palette used throughout.  Magnolia and rosebud were two shades that really stood out against the crisp, white runway.  Celebs in attendance included True Blood's, Carrie Preston and singer, JoJo.

After the show, two special guests were escorted into the skybox.  First, Gail Simmons of Top Chef spoke about her love for Tadashi Shoji and how she loves wearing his his jewel toned dresses on the show because they pop on TV.  Then, Shoji came in to celebrate the success of his show and answered card members questions.  His closing remarks, "Buy my dresses!  All of you American Express card members can afford 10 of them!"

*This post is sponsored by American Express, but the content and opinions shared are my own.