Elie Tahari Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 15, 2012

Elie Tahari described both this collection and its presentation as evoking “A 1950s cocktail party in a Richard Neutra house in Palm Springs.” The results are colorful, modern, and streamlined in that mid-Century California way, with lots of tropical-inspired prints and a feeling of cool, chic casualness. This is a cocktail party we didn’t mind spending some time wandering around. We love the blues and coral/salmon shades, but we REALLY love a lot of the menswear looks (of course). Some of those unstructured jackets have our names written all over them.



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  • Pants_are_a_must

    They weren’t trying very hard to fit these clothes onto the female models, were they. So many of the looks bunch and stretch. Other than that, the collection is very ready-to-wear.

    •  True, true.  The crotch on most of the ladies’ pants don’t fit at all.  MK would say they’re missing something. 

  • I like all of it except the pants with prints

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       That was the only part I did like, haha. Of course, I have grown up in California and lived her all of my adult life, so these looks seem de rigueur to me. My closet is already full of similar pieces. Certainly not worth designer prices.

      The first dress in the first row looks like my mother’s bedroom when she re-decorated in anticipation of a manhunt for the father of her last child, just before she turned forty. 

      I do love the jewelry, though.

      • as you can tell from my moniker, i’m from cali also, and i love these prints.  true, there are plenty of cheap versions out there (chico’s?), but if you look at the closeup of the bracelet, you can see that the textile in that first dress is quite complex and full of textural detail.  i’d love to see some of these in person.  peace out.  one love.

      • angryparsnip

         I lived in Laguna Beach/Palm Springs for most of my life and these looks are very Southern California. So cool I have that bracelet, or very close, that a friend made… I love it !


  • holdmewhileimnaked

    this is mostly very fine, i like the accessories better than the clothing, which, odd as it may sound, is more of a conservative postpost take–bright colors & all–on mid-century stuff than is often done. otoh, if you want a maxipad? the skirt on the left, third row down, oh heavens. late days, late days is all.

    edited to add:
    not that it doesnt actually look more like a tampon.

    • quick, someone send this to tim gunn!  the blood’s still the wrong color, though.  that boy needs some education.

  • Sara__B

    Nothing new or original here, but a lot of highly wearable pieces. Looks like department store clothing, which is okay with me. Hope the price tags reflect that!

    • Jillian3538

      Actually, this is department store clothing. Elie Tahari is a bridge brand and its prices are mid-range. You’ll usually find it in the contemporary section of stores such as Bloomies.

  • Nice. Very wearable and chic.

  • alyce1213

    Not loving the color story, colors seem oddly mixed, not pleasing to my eye.  And I’m not that much into that much orange. 

  • I like the clothes very much, but I LOVE the accessories!

  • I love this collection — even the stuff I wouldn’t wear, I’m still enjoying seeing.  But guys, seriously, get some rest.  You’ve got to be exhausted.

  • RL McGruder

    Really REALLY want those blue/green pants.  So fun!

  • MilaXX

    Couldn’t they find a model who fit that gold shoe to showcase it? That foot is distracting.

    • meowing

      The foot isn’t the prettiest, but the gold and the white shoes are both plain ugly, donja think?

      • MilaXX

         The gold is okay, but yeah, the white pair are fug. But those feet are hideous.

  • charlotte

    Did people in California actually wear clothes like these in the 1950s? Must have been fun times!

  • hughman

    I think the clothes are cute enough but let’s get real, there is zero here invoking the “1950s”. If they’d said a “debutante party in 1984” I’d have been much more convinced. 

  • Fun. I like the colors. 

  • minnye

    I like a lot of this and am glad to see orange sticking around for a while. 

  • As a guy, can someone please take this year’s fad of gradient-coloured clothes behind the shed and shoot it?

  • formerlyAnon

    Jewelry and clutches the best of this. Though there’s nothing wrong with the clothing.

  • formerlyAnon

    50s is stretching it. There are a few pieces, yes. More in the menswear than the women’s.  Were anyone’s sheaths as short as most of those in the 50s? I know I bought the exact silk blouse in the middle of the last triple photo row in the 70s.

  • It’s like that time Don Draper left Pete Campbell at the hotel in Los Angeles and went off with those people in Palm Springs or where have you.   

  • Not very 50s referential at all, IMO, except for using turquoise and orange. Very middle of the pack (“on trend”, as they say) and quite RTW. Looks like stuff already in Nordstrom. Which doesn’t mean it isn’t nice, but I guess I expect (naively, obviously) designers with runway shows at Fashion Week to be more front of the pack.

  • mhleta

    I’m obsessed with neon orange and cobalt blue right now. This pleases me.

  • bellafigura1


  • The costume jewelry are divine.

  • Zippypie

    The menswear is so much more successful.  The womenswear looks literal 70s, not 50s, and there is nothing here that is fresh.

  • I like the description of the collection a lot better than the actual collection.

  • Azure Sky

    It looks like clothes.

  • Trisha26

    Love the peachy/orangey number with the foo-foo hem just above the accessories – except I want it in black. “Palm Springs Noir.”

  • I can see Jessica Pare wearing the dress on the left, 6th row down, in Mad Men.  The gold shoes are KILLA.  This is all very fun!

  • Judih1

    Like the shoes better than the clothes. The only thing 1950’s I see about this collection is the fact that people of color are non-existent.

    • Patricia Gillett

       Agree about the shoes. And WTH is up with the casting of this show?

  • piecesofconfetti

    Very wearable, but nothing exciting. 

  • In_Stitches

    The whole thing looks a bit done.  These looks have already filtered down from the runways, been produced by the Gap and worn by the more daring fashionistas for a year now.

  • I didn’t respond to any of these looks. Most are competently made but unremarkable. Others are downright gaudy (2nd row look #1 and look # 3 left-to-right). It’s a very uninspired collection.