Designer Interview: Elie Tahari at Neiman Marcus Chicago

April 14, 2015 • Chicago, Designers, Fashion Blog

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Fashion Designer Elie Tahari was at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue on Thursday evening for a cocktail reception and fashion presentation hosted by Caroline Maguire, Nieman Marcus CUSP Fashion Director. The show featured looks from the Elie Tahari Spring 2015 Collection.

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Elie Tahari and Caroline Maguire

Before the presentation I had the opportunity to meet Elie Tahari. I was thrilled to meet the man who designed so many pieces I have loved and worn in the last 20 years!

SCS: Ever since I can remember, Elie Tahari was always synonymous with “Great Fitting.” How to you manage to come up with new designs and still flatter women at the same time?
ET: Our industry fits for the runway and I fit the girls in our office. This is how we get the best fit for our customers.

SCS: Who is the Elie Tahari woman?
ET: She is confident, smart and knows what she wants. She does not buy because of a label.

SCS: Do you design your own textiles?
ET: Yes we do – the prints and fabrics. You will see some of our textured weaves with leather and fringe this season.

SCS: Your brand  is huge. I know you design everything including shoes, accessories and I thought you had handbags?
ET: We did have have handbags and we are going to relaunch them again next year.

SCS: What key pieces from your collection would you recommend for spring 2015?
ET: Something with fringe, something from the Sport line, and this season we have a lot of comfortable and user-friendly fabrics that feel good. These pieces are not a trend… we call it “Chic Shipwreck” The fabrics look washed and sun bleached with raw edges and also have high tech zippers and details.

SCS: What trends are you seeing in the near future?
ET: Shapes and trends change. Now I am seeing a wider pant leg…a soft bottom and a smaller top, and for quite a while we saw a big top over a legging…which is still fine. But women like a change.

SCS: What is the best advice (in designing, in business or in life) anyone ever gave you?
ET: That difficulties and challenges you go through in life are really a blessing to help you grow.

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Tech fabrics from Elie Tahari. This jacket reverses to a black and white print!

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Elie Tahari Fringe and “Chic Shipwreck” Spring 2015 Collection

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Woven Leather Fabric

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Elie Tahari Shop at Neiman Marcus Marcus Michigan Avenue on level 3

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Elie Tahari Sport

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I met Elie Tahari!

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– Carol Calacci

Photos: Second City Style

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