It was the Victorian period that was being channeled by Elie Tahari’s creative director Fred Tutino, bringing the olden era into the modern century. Darker colors, less show of skin and lots of frills and bows make the Elie Tahari fall/winter 2016-2017 line-up an interesting collection to look through, a collection that was presented off the main runways at the New York Fashion Week. It is ready-to-wear and expected to hit the stores in August, but it is hard to think about that when we want to get our hands on some of those pieces as soon as truly possible.
For the spring season, Tahari introduced an interesting gypsy peasant look, but it has moved away to something more upper class now it appears with the fall creations. It took vintage and reworked it, bringing in solid and burnout velvets in mostly black and some burgundy, while weaving into the outfits some lovely lace and tulle, two materials that are rarely not included in each collection shown off in 2016. Velvet pants in a relaxed form also appear, among other velvet pieces.
We love the shearling vest with a modern twist, the cropped pony skin moto jacket and flowing black degrade chiffon dress, the high-neck blouses and the military coats. We absolutely adore the frills and ruffles that give it the Victorian charm, the sweaters, the coats and more.
The designer brand is known for its sleek and professional-life perfect pieces, where everything feels rich and also ornamental. The separates are the biggest thing it works with, and Fred Tutino knows how to work the textures. Silk velvets, fil coupe, graphic lace, pony hair, shearling, and other such materials give the opulent vibe that Elie Tahari is known for. From inky blue velvet suits to romantically sexy sheer lace blouses, the collection keeps true to its form and gives us exactly what daily events create a need for.
There are even some rather awesome floor-sweeping peasant dresses that have a cut that is not too feminine but just enough of a sexy silhouette to garner much attention. It is a darker collection though, with greys and black and white and taupes, with a little too much in the realm of black for our tastes. It does have great evening outfits for a relaxed night out, with lots of black dresses to be found among the mix.
We do wish there was more color to be found here though. While overall it is a cozy collection, we know Tahari could do a bit better in the designs. After all, just because it is the fall and winter does not mean that we need to tone things down so much after the summer days. On the contrary, we should be celebrating the Year of the Fire Monkey for every single season and month of the year.
Photos courtesy of Vogue