Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12. Elie Tahari’s Modern Day Sphinx

September 14, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, New York Fashion Week Spring ’12

Summary: For as far back as any of us can remember, the Elie Tahari name has been synonymous with a modern, feminine look, often in suiting. His trenches, blouses and pencil skirts have always blended seamlessly to create one cohesive look and, after all these years, he’s still doing it. For spring ’12, Tahari took cues from both the rich fabrics and textures of ancient Egypt, as well as the “elongated hour-glass silhouettes” of the early 20th century in preparing his sleek and modern shapes of the season.

The collection started out in crisp whites and tans with metallic accents. Jacquard blazers and raffia jackets were long and lean, as were the silk pants and plisse blouses. The easy pairings gave way to more complicated layering when clean, cloudy blues took over with a dash of snakeskin and feathers. Tahari created tone on tone pairings by exploring various shades of blue in each ensemble, and even through in a little denim under the flowing silk vests and tunics. After the cooling sensation of blue, Tahari heated things up again with spicy jolts of tangerine, peach and coral accented with hand braided leather and more gilded hardware. Again a mixture of tones within the palette was apparent, but never in dissonance with each other.

The final looks glided down the runway in jet black with geometric cutouts and spliced chiffon panels. These looks conjured the most images of ancient Egypt due to their structure and regal flair, as well as the royal gold showing up again on belts, straps and sandals. Each vignette within the collection was unique, yet still seemed a part of a greater whole. The pieces were all subtle, yet displayed brilliant craftsmanship down to each delicate detail, a testament to why Tahari will continue to outfit powerful and glamorous women for years to come.

Colors: white, khaki, metallic, beige, gold, blue, teal, turquoise, dusty blue, orange, tangerine, peach, mango, bronze, copper, ebony, noir, black

Fabrics and Textures: shantung, snakeskin, silk, tencel, metal, fur, silk jacquard, chiffon, pleated, denim, silk chiffon, linen, jacquard, feather, mesh, leather, raffia, sequin, woven tweed

Key Looks: shantung topper, gold metal tank dress, feather vest, metallic wedge, silk harem pant, metal mesh tank, jacquard tunic, embellished silk halter blouse, tulip pant, halter jumpsuit, chiffon dress with gold belt


-Alia Rajput

Photos: NY Mag

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