May 19, 2011 New York
For Resort, Elie Tahari is out of the office and into Africa—Marrakech, to be precise. Creative director Kobi Halperin mused that his destination of choice would've been Egypt, but "considering everything that's going on in the Middle East, Morocco was the safer option." Turbans and caftans were a given, and a palette of tangerine, periwinkle, and "fresco" suggested Yves Saint Laurent's fabled Jardin Majorelle, a charming if somewhat overvisited inspiration. There were several breezy evening looks with of-the-moment high slits. One of the cream-colored crepe column dresses was cut asymmetrically with one sleeve, while another had a keyhole neckline with filigreed embroidery. Practical? No. But pretty nonetheless. An oversize tuxedo jacket with a single button closure and a hand-plissé'd parka jacket were more typical Tahari fare.
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