The Ambitionista x Tadashi Shoji NYFW SS18

In the midst of an exhausting and sleepless New York Fashion Week, Tadashi Shoji’s SS 2018 collection was definitely a breath of fresh air. I’ve always known Tadashi Shoji for regal evening dresses meant for the red carpet but this time around, he treated the audience to a collection that can get one California dreamin’.

Influenced by the laid-back West Coast, Tadashi Shoji rolled out playful and delicate dresses made for the free-spirited gal. Frankly speaking, they look like dresses I would love to kick my work stilettos off for and slip into for a vacation. Maybe I would leave my desk for these dresses…who knows!

The flowy silhouettes are gorgeous, to say the least. They’re the kind of dresses that bring some swinging action down the street, if not a shoreline.

Here’s some more Tadashi Shoji from the runway:

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heidi nazarudin at tadashi shoji nyfw 17
heidi nazarudin at tadashi shoji nyfw 17
heidi nazarudin at tadashi shoji nyfw 17
heidi nazarudin at tadashi shoji nyfw 17
heidi nazarudin at tadashi shoji nyfw 17
heidi nazarudin at tadashi shoji nyfw 17
heidi nazarudin at tadashi shoji nyfw 17

Gemstone and golden colors dominated the collection, painted across frocks in beach umbrella-inspired stripes, jacquard florals, and luxurious lace work. Living in Los Angeles, I have to say that Southern California’s colors and textures influence my wardrobe and bring it the life it needs. It’s never tiring to draw inspiration from So-Cal. Always vibrant, never drab.

For the show, I wore Tadashi Shoji’s Bazile Tea-Length Dress and it is as breathable and flowy as it looks—I may or may not have twirled in this dress a little too much. Love that it can go from the office to a night out, too. Styled with a coat, boots, bold pink clutch and sunnies and I was good to go.

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West Coast Represent! And wearing Tadashi Shoji.

Some other details—Louis Vuitton envelope clutch and Durrah Jewelry “Spring” rings.

Another gorgeous Tadashi Shoji number is this Camila Tea-Length Dress, which I wore to the Bazaar Icons party. Love this. The lace trimmings and sheer fabric look like it’s a lot of work to wear but I was able to move and mingle around just comfortably—thanks to the jersey lining underneath.

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Arriving at the #BazaarIcons party.

Put on red ankle-strap heels for an extra chic finish.

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Glam rock chick essentials: Tadashi Shoji Camilla Tea-Length dress and snazzy electric guitars in the background.

Posing with Natalie Lim Suarez (of Natalie Off Duty) and Jessica Wang (Not Jess Fashion)

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Jared Leto still managed to look better than me and my pretty get-up though, LOL.

Here’s to the next NYFW.

My New York Fashion Week F/W 2016 Picks

Ah, NYFW … that time of the year where the streets of New York are once again filled with creative yet stylish chaos. When the streets are teaming with women wearing tottering heels rushing from one jampacked show to the next. I was invited to over 40 shows and although I liked most of them, the designers below stood out the most.

Here are my top picks for this 2016 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week:


Zang Toi is one of my all time favorite designers and this season he wowed the crowds yet again.I love how his collection this year is so multi-faceted – it was so versatile from street style, tailored wear & red carpet, Zang Toi had it all.

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Street Chic

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Red Carpet


Thomas Wylde (another FAVORITE of mine) is my go-to designer in Los Angeles. The carefully curated pieces, had that perfect balance of rock and roll and refinementwhich I can never get enough of. Even though they used predictable leather, fur and primary color combos, when paired with head designer’s Jene Park’s creativity , never failed to draw admiring gasps from the crowd as the models stut down the runway.


3. O’2ND

Comfortable, feminine, tailored – these three put together would definitely describe my favorite fashion go-to pieces and O’2nd’s presentation didn’t fall short on that. From slim-cut to bell-bottom trousers to fantastic coats, textured tops & sequined pieces, O’2nd is definitely on my must-watch designer list this year.



Among my top picks this year would definitely be Concept Korea’s showcase on different fabric and textures from fur to dark denim, tartan and leopard prints and bright colored boots – the eclectic mix may be out of the box for some, but their sleek tailored pieces topped together with uniquely crafted ensembles leave a fashion statement to be remembered.


Lie Sangbong falls into my designer picks for NYFW Fall/Winter 2016 for his choice of neutral and bold color palettes topped with fur and artistic patterns into tailored everyday pieces.

Some noticeably NYFW Fall/Winter 2016 trends would definitely include masculine silhouettes incorporated into women’s wear through beautifully tailored pieces incorporated with leather or fur outerwear. For the busy fashionista hopping from show to show, you can also find out more  on NYFW Fall/Winter 2016 Outfit of the Moment.