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Tadashi Shoji is the type of designer that gets inspired by his many exotic travels. His most recent one was in Southeast Asia, where he saw several monks out and about in urban areas wearing their traditional garb for all the world to see. It’s these spiritual people that influenced Shoji to put more emphasis on draping for his Fall 2019 show in New York Fashion Week. Here, instead of the earth-toned cottons and linen the monks draped themselves with, women of all shapes and sizes were draped in jewel-tone silks and velvets that shimmered on the well-lit runway. An ombre effect came into two eye-catching numbers, one in a ruffled black-to-fiery orange and another in black and cobalt blue. At times, gold and silver embroideries emphasized a regality among the looks, particularly one in emerald velvet that had a crystallized silver turtleneck peeking from underneath. This was a collection made for Hollywood royalty, and it won’t be much if a surprise when some A-listers out there sport a gown or two on the red carpet!
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