The notes for Elie Tahari's fall collection said that it was inspired by an urban landscape covered in a Siberian winter--prescient, considering that New York City became just that after last weekend's snowstorm.
In fact, Nemo was the inspiration for the show space, improvised at the last minute. Tahari called in his friend, artist Gisela Stromeyer, to transform the former Chase Bank vault in the Garment Center into a "winter sculpture garden" with her fabric installation. When asked what inspired the idea, which was executed beautifully, Tahari told us it was a lack of choices. "A snowstorm, a few days, and all you have is an idea and friends to call who can pull it together," he explained. "Magic happened--it was magic and miracle!"
The snow-white backdrops allowed the collection to pop. For fall, Tahari presented lots and lots of black, with accents in teal and "carnaby hill" green. Tahari, whose bread and butter is the working woman, once more presented a very salable collection. This is the perfect wardrobe for the career gal--plenty of slim pants, pencil skirts, and boardroom-ready dresses. Particularly covetable was a black coat with a fur collar.
It might not get any editorial tongues wagging, but it's all infinitely wearable. As he told us during the presentation, "It makes me happy to know that I can help create a little beauty in the world. That's what we're here for."
For Elie Tahari's core customer, he's done just that.