Inspired by the architectural shapes and futuristic designs of Eero Saarinen’s landmark TWA terminal at JFK Airport, Elie Tahari focused on geometrical shapes for resort. Working linear lines and plays on proportions, the clothes ranged from body-conscious silhouettes, such as slim pants and form-fitting dresses, to A-line shaped jackets and asymmetric tops. While there were a few prints, most notably a laser-light motif on a silk T-shirt dress, the focus here was on texture via mesh insets and jacquard. Leather always plays a prominent role in Tahari’s collections and this time the leather jacket with studded sleeves and the laser-cut leather and knit dress were highlights.
And looking to his upcoming 40-year anniversary in business, Tahari said he’s going back to his roots, yet in a modern way: “We’ve always dressed a professional woman but it started looking old and stale. Now we want her going to work looking cool.” For that, he offered plenty of great blazers with detailed finishes such as raw edges, leather insets and zipper details.