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5 posts tagged "Elie Tahari"

Elie Tahari Makes History

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Elie Tahari 1974

It’s not often that the City of New York dedicates a whole day to a fashion designer. However, if anyone deserves it, it’s Elie Tahari. In honor of the icon’s fortieth year in business, Mayor Bloomberg declared Wednesday, September 4 Elie Tahari Day—the dedication ceremony for which was hosted by Joan Rivers at the designer’s Fifth Avenue offices. To further celebrate the four decade milestone, Tahari, who, among other things, popularized the tube top and was one of the first fashion labels to open a store on Madison Avenue, in 1974, has launched Elie Tahari Edition 1974—a collection featuring some of his signature silhouettes with modern updates. Having debuted during Tahari’s Spring ’14 presentation, the range includes classic shifts, tuxedo-inspired jumpsuits, savvy separates, a textural swing sweater, and more. “I am beyond blessed that I get to wake each day and go to a job that I love and am truly passionate about, and I look forward to the next forty years,” said Tahari of the anniversary. To own a little piece of history, visit Elie Tahari’s website, where select items from the 1974 range will be on pre-sale through Sunday.

Photos: Courtesy of Elie Tahari

A Fashionable Night In, Screwing Up For Fun And (Fashion) Profit, And More…

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Over in London, the fashion set celebrates Fashion’s Night In, with exclusive deals, live chats with designers, and get-it-first opportunities. Don’t know about you, but after Halloween, we could definitely use a night in. Let’s bring this one to the U.S., hmm? [Vogue U.K.]

Bloomingdale’s is known for its shopping bags—it’s Big Brown Bag is something of a modern icon—but for its latest revamp, the store has tapped a few of its nearest and dearest to put their own spin on the shoppers. Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, and Elie Tahari have all contributed new designs, which will begin rolling out next month. [WWD]

The half-glam, half-casual look that’s been a staple of the party circuit for months now finally has a name, courtesy of J.Crew head of women’s design Marissa Webb. (She’s contributed plenty of looks to the genre, like this Fall ’10 one, left.) Ladies, you’re wearing the “intentional screw-up”—yes, it sounds a little bit boarding-school-girl-gone-bad, and yes, we kinda like that about it. [WSJ]

And speaking of boarders-gone-bad, Ryan McGinley hit San Francisco recently for a new show of photos of attractive, young, naked twenty-somethings. Hey, if it ain’t broken… [Hint Mag]

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew

Elie Tahari Lives Large, Menswear Bulks Up, Ladies Shop Online, And More…

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It’s a big day, quite literally, for Elie Tahari: The designer opened a new 2,250-square-foot shop in Saks Fifth Avenue, the largest on the retailer’s fourth floor. “I thought Ron [Frasch, Saks’ president and CMO] was going to give me my own zip code,” Tahari said. [WWD]

And it’s about to be a big week for menswear. According to a rough count, there are 42 men’s presentations and shows scheduled for New York fashion week (not counting coed presentations), making this season the largest for menswear in memory. [WWD]

What do girls want? To shop online for designer clothes. Nothing too strange about that. What is strange is that designers and their reps don’t seem to understand why. [NYT]

Racked applies itself to some heavy-hitting investigative journalism and discovers that the mysterious @FashionWeekNYC Twitterer is…some guy named Nathan Stobezki. Case closed, probably. [Racked]

Good news from fashion’s revolving doors: Vogue‘s Ethel Park has been named T‘s new senior fashion director. [NYT]

Bad news from fashion’s revolving doors: Chloé CEO Ralph Toledano has left the company; designer Hannah MacGibbon is said to be “devastated.” ]Fashionologie]

Photo: Andrew Thomas

Elie Tahari, The CFDA Do Right By Humanity

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It was chilly in New York last night, but the welcome couldn’t have been warmer at Diane von Furstenberg’s studio for Gohar Rajabzadeh, the first-ever winner of the CFDA’s Liz Claiborne Scholarship (pictured, left, with DVF and Art Ortenberg, Claiborne’s husband and business partner). Rajabzadeh, a senior at the Miami International University of Art & Design, is of Persian descent and grew up in Sweden. Inspired by both places, her designs are all about easy sportswear and outerwear, and she, fittingly, cites Liz Claiborne as a major influence. “I also love texture and playing with fabric. The one piece I think everyone should have is a great coat with a big hood and deep pockets.”

The deep-pocket appreciator now has a deep-pocketed benefactor. The $25,000 scholarship prize is endowed by Ortenberg in his late wife’s memory. “There’s nothing like being accepted by your peers,” the dapper Ortenberg told the crowd. “There were 20 finalists, but Gohar stood out.” The judging panel—which included Van Lupu, Dana Buchman, Andrew Rosen, Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, Victoria Bartlett, and Ortenberg himself—agreed. “For a young designer, this is like winning the lottery,” said Elie Tahari. But there’s more than mere money at stake. “To support young designers is just a great thing for humanity,” he added. What could be warmer than that?

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

Blasblog: More Cocktails Than Collectibles At Elie Tahari

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The annual Winter Antiques Show is one of my favorite events in Manhattan. It’s not because I’m decorating my apartment and looking for that perfect Louis XIV chifforobe (how many dressers does a girl really need these days?), but because I just love looking at old stuff. And every once in a while, you’ll find something great and affordable. Last year, for instance, I bought an issue of Look magazine from the early sixties with Elizabeth Taylor on the cover. The tagline: “Elizabeth Taylor Talks About Herself.” Oh, how I long for the days when cover lines were as blunt as a lead pipe. I still read that article every few months, by the way. Hearing Dame Liz say that she doesn’t think she’s particularly attractive does wonders for my self-esteem. But I digress. This year’s antiques show kicked off last night at the Elie Tahari store in Soho with a party for Young Collectors, drawing fellow fans of old stuff like Vogue‘s Meredith Melling Burke, Kipton Cronkite, and interiors guru Thom Filicia. But sadly, apart from those three, it seemed that most of the revelers, a crew composed of your basic store-party vixens, were more concerned with the cocktails of last night’s fête than the celebration of home decor of yesteryears. Mr. Tahari (whose lovely wife Rory is pictured here) held court in the middle of the filled-to-the brim store, quite possibly the most popular man in the room. “Don’t get me wrong, I love an old lamp as much as the next person,” sighed one guest, cocktail in hand. “But now is not the time to be investing in pieces to decorate my studio apartment in midtown.” Then, after a sip, he added: “We’re in a recession—I’m just here for the open bar.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan