June 16, 2010 New York
Elie Tahari's Resort collection took its influence from Andrew Zuckerman's photographs of exotic birds, a body of work that's inspired more fashion than you might expect. Brilliant flashes of color (including chartreuse, one of the season's unlikely color hits), abstract wing-inspired prints, and a dusting of feathers attested to the avian theme, but the birds who buy Tahari gravitate toward its leathers, especially in outerwear. For them, there were hand-quilted jackets, a little more Matrix than macaw, and a supple gray trench, both in the skin, plus plenty of slinky little dresses to throw on under them. There was a decided urban bent to the collection, with its liberal sprays of sequins and menswear-inspired separates, but for the Resort-er who resorts, a few beachier print dresses and caftans, too. Apparently, that's what the label's growing international contingent clamors for, and soon they'll have even more places to get it. Tahari is opening its first independent international store in Istanbul in the coming months, followed by Qatar and Seoul.
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