With pieces like a slightly futuristic looking Glazed Tweed Moto Zip Jacket and a Figured Lace utility Coat/Jacket made to look like Denim with Ultraviolet Blue Lace sleeves and a matching dress under, Elie Tahari is taking a few risks in the realm of the unexpected for his Resort 2016 collection, and for the most part it was a success. What wasn't so much a success was that these payoff risks came to look more akin to afterthoughts or insertions into the collection to embolden the rest of the more merely... Mundane looks.
Tahari would do himself and his customer a great favour by taking more such risks and being less the Go-To guy for Stylish Sporty Separates. He has the technical facility to do more and do better, like the Rough-Hewn, Raw edge of a supple Black Suede Bolero paired with Black Flares and Tee that was Chic and with its ragged edge jacket, had a little more Oomph in its soul! Conversely, throwing a Curly Mongolian Wool Gilet over a Black Tunic and Flares with Lace insets at the sleeve cuff comes off as about as radical as a Caesar Salad!
Being one of the older of the old guard in NY and Global fashion, means that Tahari has a Well-Established AND Well-HEELED constituency of clients that don't want the boat rocked too vigourously, Yet and Still, if Tahari wants to speak to the women who need a little bit more of a Knockout punch in the pieces of fashion they select, he's going to have to start to speak to them in their language. As tricky as that might be, Being Fashion Bi-Lingual has never been to the Detriment of any Designer!