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Tadashi Shoji Fall 2014

Left to right: Carrie Preston, Andrea Powell and

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The inspiration: A moonlit Moorish Palace, ornate architectural details and “the mystery of romance and yesteryear.”

The vibe:  Special occasion dresses across the boards with definite red carpet flair – ladylike, feminine but not overly frothy.   A new focus on youthfulness, though there was still stuff for mothers-of-the-bride.

The lust-o-meter:  Terrific laser-cut...

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Tadashi Shoji: Sugar High

Tadashi Shoji's spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz

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Backstage at Tadashi Shoji, the designer held court preshow dressed in a kooky mix of colors: a periwinkle blue cardigan, a green and white striped button down shirt and …. pale pink pants. It was a visual statement. Which is exactly what Shoji said he was trying to make with his frothy collection of evening looks.

“It’s about sweet liberation,” he said. “Not women’s liberation. Women are...

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Tadashi Shoji bows to Russian royalty

The Tadashi Shoji Fall 2013 collection on the

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Oh how prescient, with a major snowstorm on the horizon, that Tadashi Shoji opened his show at the tents on Thursday with a blizzard of snow projected on the runway. 

But Shoji was referencing those tough Russian winters and his muse was Russian royalty in this luxe, elegant show that seemed full of fresh ideas while still conjuring the Russian Empire. 

Of note, long...

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