December 11, 2013 New York
Amid all of the organic textiles and artisanal elements (tassels, fringe, tapestry embroidery) that have been in play this season, Elie Tahari's clean, sporty lineup felt fresh and different. Referencing Pierre Soulages' bold, graphic paintings, Tahari whipped up athletic-inspired items like lacquered linen parkas, relaxed silk track pants, and a curve-hugging neoprene dress that featured panels of raw-edged tweed and a matte scuba zipper down the front. The designer's new outerwear was sidewalk-ready, with highlights including a crackled white biker jacket as well as a boxy car coat cut from featherweight spongy mesh. His signature sheaths also received the technical treatment and were updated in bonded, laser-cut leather.
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