A good designer will take you on a trip when he shows you his latest collection and that trip often has a time travel element to it. For this collection, Elie Tahari took us to explorer-ridden 19th Century Egypt. More intelligent social commentators than us can opine as to why there’s been a tinge of colonialism to the spring collections, but at least with this one, it’s nowhere close to literal. With sandy beiges, peacock blues, and Cleopatra golds, elongated silhouettes, explorer-style coats and Egyptian-style details like gathers or gold accents right at the middle-front of the waist, you can see where he’s coming from but you never feel like he’s retreading a worn path. There are a few times when a look is overdone, but overall, it has the breezy chic feel of a romantic, adventurous 1890s gal, standing atop history and striking a pose.
[Photo Credit: elietahari.com]
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