NEW YORK (AP) -- People want pretty eveningwear, whether they are watching the Oscars or attending a charity gala or black-tie party. Tadashi Shoji gave them just that in the parade of gowns he sent down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week on Thursday.
His fall collection isn't overly complicated or particularly edgy, but it gets the job done: It has glamour and a hint of sexiness.
His inspiration came from the "Golden Age of Shanghai," he explained in his notes for the retailers, stylists and editors gathered at Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It was a time "of modernity, transformation and prosperity that preluded a darker time."
A flame-red washed velvet gown had a dramatic cowl back filled with black beading, and ballgown with a gold-and-black beaded lace bodice had the full Cinderella treatment for its skirt. The green blouson-top gown with mermaid hemline that opened the show was tailor-made for a bombshell.
For more of a delicate look, there was a green lace tiered dress with a handkerchief hem, while the trick of putting sheer black lace over gold fitted linings had a more sultry effect.
Shoji also put in his note a quote from Marlene Dietrich: "I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men."
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