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Tadashi Shoji: Sugar High

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

Tadashi Shoji's spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week included special occasion dresses in whispery pastels -- mint, lavender, pale yellow -- as feminine as it gets done up in lattice lace, sequin embroidery and ostrich feathers. (Sept. 5, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

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 already liberated and they’re not afraid to show their femininity and sweetness and I can help them.”

Indeed, this assemblage of bonbons -- all special occasion dresses in whispery pastels -- mint, lavender, pale yellow -- was as feminine as it gets done up in lattice lace, sequin embroidery and ostrich feathers.  Some of it may have gone a touch too froufrou and at least one was pure mother-of-the-bride, not that there's anything wrong with it though overall the effect was pretty and pleasing.

So who would Shoji's ideal client for one of these confections? “Hillary Clinton,” he said. “If she wore one of my pastel dresses, the media would go crazy.”
 

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