When the new Cruise 2016 collection from Japanese-born American designer Tadashi Shoji came across our fashion desk, we had to find out more about this creative talent. Growing up as a budding artist and landing the coveted role as apprentice to major Japanese art influencer, Jiro Takamatsu, Shoji established firm roots in the art world, honing his creative drawing and painting skills. It wasn't until he made the leap across the Pacific to set up new roots in Los Angeles that he began to awaken is true passion – fashion

For Cruise 2016, Tadashi Shoji (pictured above) calls upon his Japanese heritage, using sashiko patterns of decorative stitching, his mother's skills of hand-dewing kimonos and Japanese gardens of peonies, among others. The blue and white colour scheme also lends itself to designer's eastern roots, giving the collection a fresh and clean palette. 

The lineup exhibits delicate collage lace dresses, a basket weave jacquard frock with lace insets and a lace bomber jacket paired with a long transparent skirt. A young and modern take on evening, that retains a sense of elegance. Discover the collection in full via our gallery below...