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Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012 Runway Show

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week began yesterday in New York City, and the first show I attended was Tadashi Shoji. You probably know his name from the red carpet; Octavia Spencer wore an opal grey gown by the designer to the 2012 SAG Awards. This season, the designer took his inspiration from the Golden Age of Shanghai, or as the show notes read, a "glamorous world of modernity, transformation, and prosperity that preluded a darker time." This was played out in column gowns, drop waist dresses, high necklines and low hemlines in opulent fabrics like lace, chiffon, silk and velvet. Two of my favorite gowns were made from this luxe fabric, one in emerald green and another in ruby red. Stunning. The "Paris of the Orient" motif was played out in softer tones, too, like seagrass green and ginseng golds, as well as black embroidered lace. It's hard to pick a favorite but the most successful gowns (and there were many) had some sort of stunning back details - a plunging back, lace panel or intricate beading - that left a lasting impression. Can you see any of these dresses turning up at the Oscars?