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story by Ashley Roberts
photos by Pete Cameron Dominkovits
editing assistant Sierra Baskind
As an homage to the enchanting beauty and splendor of the tulip, Tadashi Shoji‘s Spring 2012 conveyed their myriad variety and vibrancy perfectly as the show transitioned from the first to the final looks. It was like watching the life of a tulip from beginning to end. Starting with fitted pieces resembling newly blossomed tulips petals, transitioning into flowing pieces that get brighter and more lively as the collection progressed.
Creamy silk linens with greens the shade of grass and yellow for sunshine, the designer combines the two before diving into bold hand painted striped silks. Layers of pleated tulle embroidered with lace shown in corals and pastel pleated chiffon submerge. Embroidered laces and appliques in black emerge before final bursts of floral-printed silks. Mr Shoji has conveyed the never-ending beauty of the tulip, and young-heart women who run through fields of them.