Fall 2011 RTW: Elie Tahari

17 Feb

This was Tahari’s first runway in a decade — opting previously for less formal showings of his collection. Lace, animal prints and furs sum up this collection to me. Although Tahari says it can be summed up by: “lots of l’s. L for love, L for luxe, L for layering, leather, lace, leopard and longer lengths.” So clearly he’s better with the alliterations than I am. Tahari put his office-chic style to the side and opted for more glamorous looks — or maybe just a different kind of office. There was no lack of glamour in this show and no lack of elegance. There was lace everywhere in such a beautiful fashion — over simple, sheer tops or layered on itself to create simple skirts. I absolutely love the peacoat style, cape-like, three-quarter sleeved white jacket with the bow belt. The use of leather was tasteful and elegant. The prints were so lively and wild that they were actually more wearable than a subtler version of the print would be. This was an elegant and excellent collection, it is impressive how Tahari stepped out of his comfort zone and really played with the styles. The first look, the long black gown with eggplant weaving up the middle and collar — that’s one that is ready for the red carpet right now.

Credit: style.com

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