It’s a big year for fashion designers! Kenneth Cole, Dennis Basso, Tadashi Shoji, Kate Spade New York, and Yoana Baraschi all celebrate milestone decades in the industry in 2013—from 10, 20, and up to 30 years! Kate Spade’s Creative Director Deborah Lloyd (pictured with the brand’s stylist, Brad Goreski) thought her brand’s 20th year in business was a good time to be nostalgic. “When I came in the ’80s, driving into Manhattan and seeing that amazing skyline, I felt all the energy and the possibility, and that what this [anniversary collection] is about,” she told us. Inspiring! Click through to see how each designer celebrated his or her fashion birthday.
Tadashi Shoji’s 30th anniversary collection just hit the runway at New York Fashion Week today, and before the show, the designer clued InStyle.com in to his next big project—a scent! “We just signed our perfume,” said the designer, who is adored by stars like Octavia Spencer, Kate Beckinsale, and Nina Dobrev. “It’s coming next year. It’s a light floral, with rose and cucumber. It’s very light.” And it was important to him that it was wearable every day. “I tried it and I love it. Everyday I wear it!” Keep an eye out for his first-ever scent, due out in 2014.
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After collaborating with Octavia Spencer on her awards season attire, designer Tadashi Shoji transformed the elegant lavender column The Help star wore to this year’s Golden Globes into a stunning wedding dress. “I decided to make the ‘Octavia’ gown in ivory for our new bridal collection after the positive response,” Shoji told InStyle.com of the Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress winner’s pastel number. “I love the way the soft draping envelops the figure while the jewel embellishment adds sparkle for a bride’s big day.” And every bride deserves her own red carpet moment! The gown will be available for Spring 2013.
Plus, see how Shoji made her Oscars gown!
True to form, Tadashi Shoji‘s spring collection was fit for a lady. The feminine touches included delicate scalloped lace, flirty ribbon sashes and sparkling jewel appliques. Though the embellishments were pretty as can be, there was an overall understated elegance to the 13-dress collection. Click through the gallery to see our favorite Tadashi looks, and more from Bridal Fashion Week.
Octavia Spencer’s Tadashi Shoji Oscars gown just got a wallet-friendly makeover! The designer created a $448 version of the original, which had taken 1,000 hours of work, a team of 10, and six fittings to finish. You don’t need a red carpet to work the look—we think the remake is a great option for brides who aren’t afraid to sparkle. Score yours at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California today and Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas, Nevada starting Thursday, April 5th. Call 1-877-TADASHI for more information.
Plus, see how the original was made!
Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Octavia Spencer chose a hand-beaded, ivory silk tulle Tadashi Shoji gown for her big night. Fun fact: it took 1,000 hours of work, a team of 10, and six fittings to get the customized gown from the designer’s showroom to the red carpet, the label told us. “She’s a genuine, nice person,” lead designer Shoji said of outfitting the actress. “I appreciate that she wore my dresses and she appreciated that I designed for her. It’s mutual admiration.” See the gown’s journey from sketch to reality in the gallery!
Octavia Spencer’s go-to designer for awards season is Tadashi Shoji. The Help star has worn his creations to the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the designer is thrilled. “She’s a genuine, nice person,” Shoji told InStyle.com at his fashion show in New York yesterday. “When I went there for a fitting and she put on my dress, she literally cried. I appreciate that she wore my dresses and she appreciated that I designed for her. It’s mutual admiration.” And her faithfulness to him is what he loves most. “She’s getting really well-known, but in the beginning she wore my dresses. Then, the much bigger designers came to say, ‘hi.’ But she’s loyal.” So, does this mean we’ll see the Best Supporting Actress nominee in one of his pieces at the upcoming Academy Awards? “That, I don’t know,” he said. “Surprise, surprise.” Here’s to hoping!
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Channing Tatum may play Rachel McAdams’s husband in the The Vow, but the actor stayed close to his real-life love, wife Jenna Dewan (in Tadashi Shoji), at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere. “There was a part of him that was able to channel our relationship into this film,” Dewan told InStyle.com. “It’s actually more fun for me to watch it because I’m like ‘He does that with me!’” See more stars at last night’s hottest parties, including Uma Thurman and Mariska Hargitay, in the gallery.
— Rose Walano, reporting by Andrea Simpson