Stephen Ciuccoli has ﬁled the ﬁrst of his Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week fall 2012 images.
Last season, we had Vivienne Tam, an American designer with a Chinese heritage, inspired by a Japanese zen garden. Showing how cultures cross so easily in the US, this fall 2012, Tadashi Shoji, an American designer with a Japanese heritage, took his inspiration from the golden age of Shanghai.
It was trade-mark Tadashi when it came to eveningwear opulence and mastery. There was an excellent use of lace, ruching and trains. Gone are the same-again gowns that we spotted from some others last season; in are ﬁgure-hugging, lengthy dresses with lace panels in the front décolletage and back, creating a distinctive allure for fall.
Chadwick Bell, meanwhile, also had an oriental theme, at least with the name of the scent, Oriental Smoke, that came over the runway at the start of the show. The fashion itself, however, was inspired by Picasso’s Boy with Pipe and Arlene Gottfried’s Midnight—the story of a woman who ﬁnds herself frequenting opium dens, or, as the Chadwick Bell noted, ‘a slightly neurotic, impeccably dressed, lost in herself woman following a trail of romantic ecstasy down a yellow-lit hall of deliciously intoxicating opium smoke.’
While upscale, the Chadwick Bell woman went on her adventure in coats, short skirts and dresses, in jersey, wool and jacquard, with black, gold and green being the predominant colours for fall here.