Stimulated by elaborate home interiors, a spectrum of textile prints is illustrated throughout the Elie Tahari Fall 2014 collection. “My collection is by inspired by the grace and fluidity of the 1930s and a feminine interpretation of 1940s menswear,” says Tahari.
The unexpected pairing of feminine fabrics with men’s tailoring creates a balance between delicacy and structure. Touches of silks and chiffons are layered with luxurious brocades, jacquards, and velvets. Menswear-inspired fabrics such as tweeds and wool are softened with cashmere and silk while vintage inspired sheered milk jackets are touched with lace.
The construction and particular details of each design are given specific attention with added elements such as ruching, pleating, and ruffles. Ironwork embroideries and buckles accent laces and slender grosgrain. The deep color palette ranges from candle-lit jewel tones and brisk violets to smoky greys, reflecting the hint of changing seasons.
Silhouettes are long and lean, suited, and fluid. While skirt and rouser length varies, the focus remains on the waist, best expressed by belted jackets found in the collection. Voluminous skirts, from fluted to ballooned, cropped pants and jackets, and the sensuous and delicate knits of the collection all serve and feminine.
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