On February 6th, 2020 Tadashi Shoji presented his FW 2020 collection in New York. The inspiration, Mongolia, with its fabled empire and extraordinary past. A place where tales of many Dynasties originated. Spanning centuries it’s where East meets West, filled with intrigue, a legacy that at times is larger than life and it’s this spirit that can be seen throughout the collection.
The inspiration can be seen with Mongolia’s ancestral roots of spirited beauty of the Mongolian steppes. It’s this point of reference we can see weaving its way through the collection in the nomadic outwear, fur lined coats and robe inspired wraps with sashed waists with exquisite luxe patterned textiles. Also seen in the collection, feminine cover-ups that blend faux fur with delicate sequin accents and metallic brocades. Balancing perfectly ornate pieces that are both intricate in design but functional, it’s occasion wear meets functionality.
One of the largest empires ever known was the Mongolian Empire, and it saw unprecedented transformation. Bringing together the East and West by opening trade routes which created an exchange of goods and created an influence through each other’s cultures. It was during this time Buddhist monks traveled with merchant caravans in this age of advancement. It’s this influence that can be seen in the draping of the monks’ outer robes that is reflected in Shoji’s one-shouldered silhouettes with necklines that are asymmetric, feminine and bare.
Models wore undergarments by Commando, jewelry by Sequin and footwear by Nina Shoes.