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Tadashi Shoji's show: NY Fashion Week garden party
Tadashi Shoji's spring collection is all about the season's flowers
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' There was a garden party at Tadashi Shoji's runway show Thursday with both literal and abstract interpretations of flower-inspired fashion.

In the notes he left for the retailers, stylists and editors at New York Fashion Week, he said he was paying homage to the "enchanting beauty and splendor of the tulip."

He was drawn to that particular blossom, he explained, because it "is full of life, incessantly evolving and changing in shape."

He didn't stop there, though. Besides the purple strapless short frock with a classic tulip hemline and the more unusual floor-length version, Shoji also offered floral appliques, floral prints and floral-inspired lace. All of his colors had flora names, including daisy, petunia, fern, magnolia, rosebud and willow.

Shoji strayed from his theme a little for a series of hand-painted striped dresses ' and a boatneck gown in black and a blush primrose color was particularly nice. It was sleeker than many of the other looks.

An off-the-shoulder dress with a flounce around the neckline was also quite pretty.

Dresses with bodices wrapped in grosgrain ribbon but tiers of tulle on the skirt captured a little yin and yang. Beaded dresses with blousoned tops had a lightness you don't always see with heavy embellishment.

As for the ivory-colored tulle and lace gown, it would be lovely for a bride, but there probably aren't many other occasions to wear it.

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