Elie Tahari Spring 2014: Brazil Chill

It was a grand affair for Elie Tahari's 40th anniversary party. We were packed into the designer's flagship store on Fifth Avenue like sardines (the
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It was a grand affair for Elie Tahari's 40th anniversary party. We were packed into the designer's flagship store on Fifth Avenue like sardines (the
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It was a grand affair for Elie Tahari's 40th anniversary party. We were packed into the designer's flagship store on Fifth Avenue like sardines (the skinny kind) in a can. Models lined the entire humid space standing on platforms while the likes of Glenda Bailey and Neiman Marcus's Ken Downing came to fete the Israeli-American designer.

The collection was inspired by the architecture of Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil. The notes said that it was a collection that "juxtaposes the contrast of strong linear shapes against graceful curves, symbolic of the futuristic city."

We saw this in outerwear with raw edge silicone trims, exposed matte zippers, and laser cut leather bonded to mesh. They were clever, easy, and felt new. We also saw fitted scuba dresses, and organza parkas paired with beautiful breast-baring blouses. All in refreshing colors that Tahari dubbed "mint foam," "light iris," "soft sky," and "rose mist."

And since it was the brand's 40th birthday, there was an homage to Tahari's most iconic silhouettes: jumpsuits, shift dresses, swing coats, and of course, there was leather. It made for a perfect mesh between old versus new, satisfying longtime fans of the brand while being relevant to the young, street style girls who yearn to look effortless.

Photos: IMAXtree