Always a red carpet favorite, Tadashi Shoji knows exactly how to produce an evening gown that perfectly combines sexiness, elegance, and pizzazz to make heads turn. This season, we saw an unexpected edge: black tattoo motifs and tribal patterns, grunge wet hair, heavy dark makeup, and chokers. The outcome? Brilliant. Inspired by “a tattoo parlor that has been transformed into a dressmaking atelier”, the patterns were treated like a second skin. Embellished bodysuits were layered with faux furs and skirts, and form fitting gowns had lace inserts and sheer panels, giving an illusion of second skin. I simply loved the delicate but statement arm bands. Slits up to the hip, bronze metallic detailing, and countless numbers of embroidered sheer pieces felt as though the designer is looking to expand his look to a younger generation. Tadashi closed his collection with a series of solid, etheral, pleated chiffon gowns that flow down the runway like a dream, almost like he was bringing his collection home.