May 22, 2013 New York
Sometimes the inspiration you're searching for has been right in front of you all along. Such was the case this season for Elie Tahari, who rediscovered a series of photos of Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal that had been hanging in his office for years. The structure of the once-futuristic flight center provided the blueprint for Tahari's Resort outing, which focused on both linear and curved silhouettes executed in a predominantly black-and-white palette. There were flattering fit-and-flare frocks cut from either lightweight crepe or ultra-thin leather (the latter style had a cool floating seam detail at the hemline), as well as slim stretch jacquard trousers. Layered chiffon tanks and shirtdresses showed off the contour of the body, and a cocoon-shaped jacket with adjustable zippers on each sleeve also added dimensionality to the lineup. Fashion has been on a graphic black-and-white kick for a couple of seasons now, so it was the few pops of color among the office-appropriate staples that felt freshest here. The collection could've benefited from more pieces like the easy silk shift featuring a zesty lime laser-light motif or a cherry-jam-hued biker jacket (which unfortunately didn't make it into the lookbook).
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