Elie Tahari turned up the heat for the Fall 2011 show with a “Victorian Jetsetter” theme (as we oohed and ahhed from our third-row perch!). In a color palette of black, white, taupe and burgundy, the sophistication that Elie Tahari is known for was turned up to a sexy collection, but with a classed-up twist. His play with lace, leather and fur shows that he is still a wizard with craftsmanship with no signs of slowing down. The blend of fabrics was spot-on, using at least three different materials for one look, something many can’t do successfully. Crafty suiting blended with lace overlays and leopard ombre equals a collection that will make every woman salivate.
And we must not forget the shoes. Oh, the shoes. Over-the-knee boots paired with fitted pencil skirts in leather and suede, ankle boots with long skirts, plus patent leather pumps that served as the key foot accessory. Hair and make-up were left to a minimum, keeping all eyes on each piece of the collection. Flat-ironed, straight hair was middle-parted and brushed down into a low ponytail wrapped in a leather band, accentuating the fresh-faced skin that was only highlighted with color on the cheekbones and lips.
The evening gowns could’ve been more sexier in fit, but worked into the collection cohesively. Overall, this show is what Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is defined by: amazing, beautiful designs for a smart, but sexy woman.
Editor’s Note: I must say I fell in l-o-v-e with the winter-white coat pictured above, and can barely speak over both the leopard ombre and scarlet hues. Just gorgeous. The sexy black lace isn’t bad, either. Ok, we’re in love with the entire collection. – xoxo