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My first show under the tents this season was Tadashi Shoji's Fall/Winter 2012 Runway Show, quite fitting since I'm a huge fan of his wearable, accessibly-priced dresses.

While the spring collection is fit for a garden party, dominated by ruffled pastels and jewel tones, the inspiration for the opulent fall/winter 2012 collection is the Golden Age of Shanghai, with rich, dramatic velvet, lace, chiffon, and silk drop-waist dresses, column gowns, and extended hemlines in brilliant colors of marina and seagrass, and classic black, red, and gold. Here are my favorites:

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012

The still photos really don't do the collection justice. They moved so beautifully down the runway oozing effortless glamor with their modesty and classic silhouettes.

Real clothes for real women. Always a bonus at fashion week.

Can you imagine yourself somewhere fabulous in one of these?

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