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For several seasons, Valentin Yudashkin has shown his collections in the ornate Salon Impérial at the Westin Hotel, mere steps from the Tuileries with its beautiful flower parterres. So when he cited French gardens as his latest point of departure, it was almost as if he were looking to his own grand backyard. As inspirations go, it was a loose one, although a keen eye might detect a resemblance between the golden tracery embellishments on his final gowns and the filigreed gates that hem in châteaus around France. Hydrangeas, Yudashkin’s favorite flower, appeared as his own hand-painted watercolor print, as fragile openwork, and as encrusted dimensional clusters and branches.

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