Tadashi Shoji's SS17 collection was stunning. The jewel tone embroidery was hands down my favorite visual element in this collection about spiritual rebirth; the metallic lace and plunging necklines added a sensuousness to the religious motifs. It took everything to not put down my camera and just enjoy the show, maybe have a good cry about the embroidered hummingbirds and Buddhist hamsa hands.
The runway was having almost as good a time as I was. I was crammed into the most crowded and suffocating (but most fun) media pit ever: something like the subway during evening rush hour, but filled with chatty, friendly people. There's really no easier place or way to make friends. Our gear, limbs, and elbows were precariously arranged in a vertical gridlock that was an easy conversation starter: someone was breathing on my neck and I was breathing on someone else's. This in turn led to exchanging portfolios, photographer speed dating, if you will.
Between the media pit and the runway (and backstage!!), my last show of fashion week ended with the most gratifying feeling. Thank you to the Tadashi Shoji team for having me. Until next season!