The 30-year-old ready-to-wear firm is launching a capsule collection of costume jewelry for fall. With styles such as the Catherine, Elizabeth and Victoria, the Empire Collection comprises statement pieces that feature antique crystals embroidered on black mesh and ribbon with dangling glass and metal beaded pendants.
"I've always been obsessed with women in significant positions in history," said Rory Tahari, Elie Tahari's vice chairman and creative director. "And I recently watched 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and had this incredible reaction, thinking about the whole idea of great women who have changed the course of history. So I wanted to create a collection that takes you back to another time and place. I felt this idea of feeling regal and it was a special feeling."
The Elie Tahari Empire Collection will be available in smoke, diamond and ruby hues. It will be sold at Elie Tahari's six boutiques in the U.S., as well as at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. The pieces will retail at around $400.
Tahari said she devised the concept about a year and a half ago after beginning to collect vintage jewelry. One pair of drop earrings in particular got her thinking about the category as a whole.
"Every piece of vintage is special and unique, and I think I'm someone who likes to express individuality and uniqueness," she said. "To go to a party or to work and to wear something special and different makes you feel special and different, and it's a way to escape and transform yourself. So it started with earrings, but in the end I had this burning desire to create our own pieces."
The launch marks another foray into accessories for the Tahari brand. In September the firm added belts with Max Leather Group and partnered with Accessory Network Group on a handbag collection under its Tahari line.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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