Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 27, 2011

Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection

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.
Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection
Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection
Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection
Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection
Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection

 

[Photo Credit: elietahari.com]

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  • Anonymous

    Love.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Want.  WANT WANT WANT.  

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… some of it’s pretty, but there’s so much going on that a lot of it looks like it wouldn’t be flattering on anyone but those with model proportions. I’ll be interested to see what ends up in the stores.

  • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

    Let me be the first to say: “Love it!”

  • Anonymous

    This is beautiful. I wish I was tall and thin (and rich!). Oh well, at least I can admire it as art.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    Not enjoying the knee-high boot sandal things. But the rest is simply divine!

    • Anonymous

      I actually quite like those!  I hate open-toed boots/booties categorically, but because these are “open” all the way up the leg, they work for me.  Man I wish I could pull those off.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        They look like gladiator shin guards. Also a bit too literal. But to each his own, it’s a lovely collection.

      • Anonymous

        To my surprise I found myself liking them too and I normally hate this style. I think they work for the exact reason you stated. I would LOVE to wear them! *sighs longingly*

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    Pretty. In fact, I thought Wow for the first look, and then–but who would wear it?  And would it look good or silly if you were just standing or sitting around?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

    Now THIS is color! I love it.  How is it that everyone is doing the “safari” thing? Do they have a Facebook group and talk about themes first?!?

  • Anonymous

    Lovely. Great looks for entertaining or socializing in Santorini.

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    Sumptuous. I don’t love everything (I just don’t like gold clothing), but I love a lot of it.

    Lots of sheer going on here.
    Those are some gorgeous blues that are made even better because blue can easily look cheap and tacky. The orange and yellow pieces are fab-u-lous. The black pieces are the most 80s looking, although not necessarily in a bad way. They’re just my least favorite.

    The shoes are crazy.

    • Anonymous

      The black are the least interesting, but the shiny blue is old too.

  • Anonymous

    Some of these looks are amazing

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Really like this collection.  Very well done — in fact, it is my favorite “colonialism” themed collection yet in a season that is overflowing with them.

  • Elizabeth Riley

    Gawd, LOVE. Almost none of it would flatter my curvy body, but WANTTTTTT. I love this era in history.

    • http://theredheadd.wordpress.com deb wood

      kind of a bummer for us curvy girls, right?  :)

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Love.  Love love.  Cannot wait to see how this is translated into stores.  THat gold skirt/white blouse (second row middle?) LOVE.  The blues start a little too muted for me, but still love.  And love the golden yellow.  Wow.  

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the gold skirt/white blouse was my favorite too.  I want it.

  • Anonymous

    For the first time I’m tempted by an Elie Tahari collection.  There are some great pieces here. (Though I do find the pants/jeans with holes in them clumsily anachronistic.)

    • Anonymous

      For real. I usually find Elie Tahari to be quite boring, but this is all really really beautiful.

  • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

    Love all of this, even the crazy gladiator-cagey knee high sandals! I have a serious soft spot for Tahari. One of my favorite and most flattering going-out shirts is a Tahari I got for a steal. Not sure I understand the comments about it only being good for model proportions. The strongly gathered waistlines on most of these probably would flatter many of us curvy girls, not to mention the bottom-heavy flowy fabrics would as well. Anyway, feminine but strong and fierce. Love it. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

    how pretty!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    Beautiful. Even the stills look like they’re moving

  • Anonymous

    I adore the color scheme for this collection. It’s absolutely beautiful.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Luscious, delicious colors, effortless looking shapes that could actually be worn by other women besides size 2 models, and interesting finishes and details. BRAVO

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002209332020 Molly Maguire

    Beautiful — and Tahari’s clothes are very wearable irl. Every season some of his pieces wind up in the back room at Loehmann’s and are totally worth it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294766703 Gretchen Dingman Wirges

    Love it, BUT…doesn’t the blue dress from the thumbnail remind you of the gown Michael Knight (PR Season 4) did where Heidi criticized the weird “Mickey Mouse Boob things”. lol. Yes, I’m a geek for remembering. Carry on…lol

  • http://theredheadd.wordpress.com deb wood

    oh, those BLUES!  Lovely!

    I’m loving the whole color palette, really.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty colors. Double breasted jackets with flowing chiffon skirts — interesting, but BULKY. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, color me envious. I feel like this is refreshing. My palette is cleansed from Versace. The color story is quite pleasing and rich. I WANT IT ALL.

  • MilaXX

    This is very pretty and can I say how happy I am to see longer hemlines?

  • Anonymous

    Stunning clothes. I love Tahari.

  • Anonymous

    For all of this I would go back to 1890. Mmmmm, lurve that color palette.
    Safari Elegance.
    Send the Tardis!

  • Anonymous

    Spring 2012: Don’t leave the house without your safari elegance or fake tan!

  • Christina Brennan

    This is a great collection.  I love it, especially the pops of gold.

  • Anonymous

    this and the D&G collection.  wow.  s’wonderful. s’marvelous… 

  • Anonymous

    WOW.

    Love the color choices. That top pic is just about the prettiest think I’ve seen all year.

  • Wrenaria

    So pretty!

  • Megan Patterson

    They could make a TV show based on this collection! 19th century explorer lady arrives all buttoned up, but steals all the clothes and jewellery from the tombs she plunders.

  • Anonymous

    Love the colours, even the gold. 

  • Anonymous

    Pretty!

    Some very nice blouses and tops.

  • Sara__B

    The models look stunning in these urban safari outfits. I can almost feel the warm wind from the desert as it moves the fabrics…

  • Anonymous

    This is so nice to look at after the dismal PR posts. Gorgeous color story.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always liked Elie Tahari.  This collection affirms why. It’s beautiful.

  • michelle shields

    yeah finally  a designer that believes in color!

  • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

    As others have stated, the color, the COLOR. It’s like all my favorites in one collection. Absolutely gorgeous. And that top outfit is incredible. Want it all.

  • Anonymous

    I just want to lick this collection!  So rich in color and the lines are amazing.  I have always been a huge Tahari fan, I push it towards all my girlfriends, especially the mid 40′s gals, it really fits well.  I am so drawn to the colors today because I am working on a guest suite for a charity designer showhouse here and the color  pallette is peacock/teal blues, saffroon yellows, chinese reds so these models could fir right in.

  • Anonymous

    Ohpausemigod! The shoes! The gold skirt second row middle! The yellow trousers! Everything orange! I wantssss them my preciousss.

  • Anonymous

    I like it.  They look like clothes to stand around and be snooty in while Hercule Poirot solves some old broad’s murder.  And that’s definitely high praise coming from me!

  • Anonymous

    You know what I love about this collection? I can actually see women of all different sizes and shapes being able to wear most of these outfits. And I covet that coat in the first row!

  • Anonymous

     This is a really feminine and sleek collection. Love the shoes/sandals. I like seeing the inspiration without it being literal. 

    I am surprised by how much I love all the gold! I think the entire palette of the collection is beautiful. 

  • Anonymous

    I adore the colors he chose. Beautiful. I  like about half of the collection while the other half is either too fussy & overdone or just not to my taste.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

    Love it. Really, really want those gold sandals too even though I’m too old for them. Good example of how beige doesn’t have to be dull or depressing. 

  • Anonymous

    oh yes.  Not the most eloquent, but that was the first thought in my head.

  • Susan Crawford

    This is gorgeous stuff, all right. The colors are out of this world, and the collection hits just the right balance between haute chic and totally wearable – uber glam!

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    Lots and lots of fabulous. I bet that would be a great show to see in person.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, gorgeous.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    glorious.

    i love love love love love the shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Back in the HoJo days, if someone had told me that I would just melt for turquoise and orange on a runway show, I would not have believed it!

  • Anonymous

    For some reason, I’m wanting Kim Cattrall to wear these pieces with some Hepburn-ish styling.  I think it would work!

    • Anonymous

      yes, i could see her especially in some of the orange pieces.

  • Anonymous

    will someone please enlighten me as to the pronunciation of this designer’s name?  is it elie as in elly mae clampett or elie as in eli in the bible?  it trips up the flow of my silent reading.  anyway, i love this collection, especially the way the metallics liven up the neutral/khaki pieces.  the last three black looks, not so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raweiser Rachel Weiser

    Oh my God I’m in love. The white and gold in particular are faaaabulous! Get in my closet!

  • Anonymous

    Oh the shoes.  Oh the shoes, shoes, shoes, SHOES!  Sigh.

    Wait, were there clothes in this post?

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely LUV!  Tahari is awesome.  Everything is beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    WANT. Not sold on the bags, but I love the silhouettes and the colors (and I am not a gauzy-skirt type).