Among the many, many brands showing at New York fashion week, Tahari is one of the handful that appeals directly to the mainstream consumer. Real women wear it, in their real daily lives. So it was only fitting that this evening's presentation—staged informally at the brand's showroom—used "real women" as models. One was cradling a baby. Several chatted away with each other, sipping Champagne. If you wanted a preview of how these clothes are actually going to be worn, Tahari provided it.
As for the clothes themselves, the showroom setting offered proof that the collection on show was but a small representation of the Tahari offering as a whole; racks and racks of additional pieces lined the room. The big theme, onstage and off, was color: Designer Elie Tahari went tonal in a big way, creating color-block, tone-on-tone and painterly variations of tealish blue and green, red and fuchsia, and navy and purple. Throughout, office silhouettes predominated: Trousers were either extra-long and narrow or wide-legged and laced in the back, blouses came with gypsy touches, and jackets, like one in a combination of tweed and brocade, featured a lot of textural variation. Fur and reptile skin abounded. The casual mien of the presentation sometimes made it hard to read these looks for an overarching statement, aside from the big color story, but the women wearing the clothes looked happy to be in them.