Tadashi began his show with a silk linen tulip shaped ball gown, consisting of hand painted white magnolias against a green swathe of fabric.
It was evident in these first few moments that Tadashi’s collection was spring inspired to the max. However, there was not a ‘floral’ in sight. Each outfit physically took the form of an understated and elegant flower. With sunshine, lilac and pistachio colours, gradually fading down to cream, as the base flowed out into a tulip- shaped cut hem or gathering silk ruffled on the shoulder blade to duplicate that of a blossoming flower.
Shifting then to striped and willow tulle and metallic embroidered cascading lace tiered gowns, off the shoulder cuts complimented by the models’ simple and soft pulled back hair, that draped down past their collarbones and swished along their backs as they walked. Crinkled taffeta one shoulder dresses with petal detail ensued, with an explosion of colours from fuchsia to sunflower and blush to mauve.
With an appreciation of the ‘gradualness’ of this show, taffeta gave way to nude silk chiffon, metallic and sheer embroidered lace.
As Florence & the Machine’s latest track, ’What The Water Gave Me’ dramatically yet gracefully entered the showroom and encased itself around the ears of all in attendance, stunningly feminine and ethereally sexy hand beaded, silk chiffon, off- the- shoulder, strapless or criss-cross backed gowns with high splits and flowing drapery triumphantly ended what was very much a romantic springtime collection from Tadashi.