For Tadashi Shoji, Spring ’15 started in Venice. Specifically Ca’ d’Oro—the famous golden palace that sits right on the Grand Canal. “It was the reflection of the palace on the water that inspired me,” Shoji said at his studio a day before the show. Indeed, the collection appeared to be bathed in a soft glow. For instance, there was a certain warmth to the capped-sleeve cocktail dress made of pink embroidered tulle, and the blush lace tunic with bell sleeves. Gondolier stripes furthered the reference, showing up on a shirtwaist chiffon gown. It could’ve been hokey, but instead those stripes were yacht-party perfect.