NYFW: Elie Tahari Celebrates 40 Years In Fashion

What does it feel like to spend 40 years in the fashion industry? For Elie Tahari, who celebrated his ruby anniversary this year, “It’s like I just started,” he said. “I don’t feel like 40 yet.” At his spring 2014 presentation at the Fifth Avenue location. Meant to invoke the “futuristic city,” the room was set up with inverted white scopes with models arranged on circular pedestals, flirting with the crowd or bopping resolutely to the pulsing music. Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed September 4th as Elie Tahari Day, it seems the fashion community will have an annual occasion to celebrate the designer’s positivity and commitment to beautiful design. Plus, for the first time ever, six pieces from the Elie Tahari Edition 1974 collection will be available for pre-sale from September 12–22. Via Elle.com

The architecture of Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil as created by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950’s, is the inspiration for the Spring 2014 Women’s collection. The collection juxtaposes the contrast of strong linear shapes against graceful curves, symbolic of the futuristic city.

The collection brings together elements of sport with futuristic components such as high tech fabrics and materials, including raw edge silicone trim, exposed matte zippers, and laser cut leather bonded to mesh. Organza parkas, double-face leather biker vests, fitted scuba dresses, and easy pants in both prints and solids in lightweight fabrics are key pieces, with details such as washed out snakeskin prints, geometric eyelet, and waffle mesh. The soft color palette features mint foam, sand storm, light iris, soft sky, and rose mist.

The Spring 2014 Men’s collection combines distressed fabrics with smooth tailored elements.  Key pieces include a slim fit leather biker jacket, stretch linen cropped pants, a herringbone linen garment washed jacket, sharply tailored blazers and mixed media leather and nylon outerwear pieces, with details including contrasting trims, raw edging, and a palette of blues, cool gray tones with a hint of teal.