Elie Tahari Spring / Summer 2014

With his Spring Summer 2014 collection, ELIE TAHARI celebrated 40 years in the Fashion industry with a presentation at his Fifth Avenue flagship. The entrance of the store was framed with trees made of white rope, wings, and trays of champagne. The space seemed to be filled with some sort of white tenting with cut outs that created inter connecting rooms. This type of unique decor made me wonder its significance. Luckily, I was able to have a quick chat with the woman who was responsible. She explained that one was meant to enter a forrest, walk into a nautilus wheel, and feel held in the spiral of life. I couldn't help but think that the spiral of life was quite possibly the best place to be well dressed...
Models were placed on pedestals all around the store with accompanying spotlights that made them seem slightly angelic. TAHARI'S show notes name the "architecture of Brasilia" as the collections' main inspiration with the "contrast of strong linear shapes against graceful curves". The color palette was mostly soft hues featuring just a few hints of color and the classic black. Think jumpsuits, laser cut leather, and a touch of chiffon. Other looks that were labeled "Edition 1974" were updates of some of the designers iconic styles.

The store was crowded and a bit humid, but being able to see the pieces up close and personal was totally worth it. Along with several wearable looks that need to be added to my wardrobe, the presentation included men's apparel in the back as well. Admittedly I don't have much interest in clothing produced for the opposite sex, but it certainly didn't hurt that the boys were extremely easy on the eyes.