Fashion designer Elie Tahari embraces fall with a cool weather inspired collection and an inaugural run at eyewear.
Elie Tahari’s designs in the past four decades have evolved along with women’s empowerment.
After more than 40 years in the business, the last thing Elie Tahari wants to do is rest on his laurels. Though his comprehensive collection is already a formidable fashion empire, Tahari is as busy as ever, recently receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his outstanding contributions to the United States, and debuting an eyewear collection earlier this year. “For a long time I have wanted to create stylish yet sophisticated eyewear for our customer as part of the Elie Tahari lifestyle,” the designer explains. Indeed, the glasses feel like a natural extension of the mega fashion brand, which includes work-and eveningwear, shoes, and accessories. Cast in hues ranging from oyster and periwinkle to crimson and black, the collection includes classic aviators, chic cat-eyes, and ultracool wayfarer styles.
One of the new fall 2014 looks includes the designer’s sumptuous Dalia coat.
Ultimately, the frames echo the clean lines and shapes intrinsic to Tahari’s ready-to-wear collection, though he remembers the design process as fun-filled and uniquely collaborative. “The ladies in my office all gave their input on shapes and frames for the debut collection. We had several fit meetings and tried to identify the shapes that would look great on everyone,” Tahari explains. “My favorite is the Camilla, an appealing, oversize oval shape that is timeless and looks chic from the city to the beach.”
Still, the eyewear launch is just another step in the progression of Tahari’s career. “I started off making flirty dance dresses and tube tops during the disco era. I transitioned into women’s dresses and career power suits in the ’80s,” he recalls. “Today, the Elie Tahari woman is strong and confident. Over the past 40 years, women’s roles in society and the workplace have changed, and I like to think my designs have adapted to their success.”
Courtney sunglasses ($158).
To Tahari, there is a common thread between his brand philosophy and that of the Washington professional. “The DC woman is always on the go; she is looking for style, but also functionality,” he says. “She needs a great look that is appropriate for the office but can also transition nicely for an after-work event.”
Classic handbags and accessories provide the perfect finishing touches on Tahari’s ready-to-wear collection.
For fall, Tahari has delivered a collection rich in statement outerwear, including voluminous cocoon coats and mixed-media jackets, though it is the new three-quarter-length Dalia coat with a geometric panel of wool, a decorative back zipper, and a high-curved collar that he feels best suits the DC woman. “In a cold metropolitan environment, having a statement outerwear piece is key. With all the walking around in the city, your coat becomes the focal point of your entire outfit,” Tahari says.
Rest assured though that the designer has no less enthusiasm for this collection than the decades’ worth before: Tahari says, “I am so blessed that I get to wake up each day and go to a job that I love.” Tysons Galleria, 571-765-3396