May 28, 2009 New York
Elie Tahari focused on some of 2009's familiar silhouettes: exaggerated shoulders, harem pants, and—in a deliberate nod to "the Michelle effect"—shift dresses. But the execution favored sophistication over trendiness, and that should satisfy the designer's customers. Pops of fuchsia were balanced by hits of indigo, seen in sexy denim jackets and silk blouses with splashy prints resembling Rorschach tests.
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