“Clothing should be quieter than the woman so that her true beauty can shine through”, says Elie Tahari. Simple and elegant, Israeli-American luxury fashion designer Elie Tahari’s designs speak for themselves. In the fashion world, Elie has a reputation of a fashion psychic. Not once has he accurately predicted the fashion trends for the coming season. Back in the seventies, Tahari already had a slight idea about the eighties fashion, and began designing costumes, which were to become bestsellers in the next decade. The label Elie Tahari is feminine and sensual; it is where the finest of textures are used and which can boast with it lush details. Elie Tahari is modern elegance and mysterious sexiness.
However, the Elie Tahari spring/summer 2015 collection showcased at New York Fashion Week was somewhat different from what we were used to see on Tahari’s collections. The colors were generally mild and neutral; the fabrics used looked like they have been worn too many times; they were all tattered and a little bit shabby. This is why the collection got “high-tech bohemian shipwreck chic” description from the designer himself.
The first dresses were simple, with round necklines and reaching below knees. Here the color palette featured white and beige. The dresses were complemented with fedora hats and clutches of neutral colors. Also, it looks like scissors were an important tool in the designer hands when he was creating the new collection. We saw white shorts topped with beige fringes, white ripped skinny pants, skirts reaching below knees with several slits and skirts with little holes carved in them.
With pale blue color came asymmetrical flowy dresses with round necklines topped with dark blue cotton-knit jackets, somewhat misshapen faded tees, figure hugging pants, scarves, wide legged short pants and so on. Floral patterns also were not missing from Tahari’s collection: a black jacket with fringes topped a layered dress that had light blue florals under. Tulip and draped skirts were also common. The pieces did not show much skin, the dresses and skirts were either knee length or longer. With brighter colors such as bright orange and light pink, came the enclosing part of the show. Netty textures were all welcome here.
As for accessories, the pieces were rather free-spirited here as well: plastic chunky bracelets and clutches, which actually looked like they were wrapped in pieces of fabric with bangles and all. Mr. Tahari’s footwear ranged from high-heeled open toe platforms to flat leopard print sandals.
In a word, Tahari went against all the rules of fashion industry and tailoring in particular. His lines were not clear-cut, the designs lacked symmetry, and the textures were too worn and ragged. But all these characteristics are what make Elie Tahari Elie Tahari. His style is deprived of any rules; he is free in his endeavors and creations.
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