Elie Tahari

You know I can’t resist snapping one of my favorite street style stars! Ece Sukan always delivers an awesome look, and I especially love today’s chic moto-maven style. Ece is hitting all the top trend notes: lace layers, turtlenecks, lace-up stilettos, and of course the moto jacket. I’m so into this new layering trend of a long, sheer piece over trousers, and I can’t wait to try it out for myself.

xo,
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Biker Jackets | Lace & Sheer Black Tops | Black Lace-Up Sandals

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Topshop Boutique Leather Moto Jacket | Elie Tahari Chiffon Blouse | Joie Lace-Up Sandal

 

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I’m convinced there is no one more sublime than Caroline Issa. She has the most impeccable taste and is one of my all-time favorite style icons. I can’t wait to try all the pieces from her collaboration line with Nordstrom, in hopes that some of her chic will rub off on me!

I would wear today’s outfit in a heartbeat. Monochromatic white is still a major theme and Caroline’s baby-blue oversized wool coat is a subtle statement piece. I could go on and on in my adoration of Ms. Issa, but it’s only day 2 and we’ve got a month of style stalking to go!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Blue Wool Coats | White Trousers | Bow Blouses

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Elie Tahari ‘Sicily’ Coat | Halston Heritage Trousers | Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa Blouse

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Culottes have taken over the world! Andrea’s voluminous pair has an intriguing print and it’s nice to see some fresh, vibrant color. Andrea’s style is deceptively simple and pared down. By knotting a sleek leather belt, Andrea keeps her full-cut separates from overwhelming her petite frame. Pairing pointed flats with her look, à la Audrey Hepburn, is très Parisienne.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Blue Sweaters | Gaucho Pants | Pointed-Toe Flats

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Equipment Cashmere Turtleneck | ASTR Gaucho Pants | Tory Burch Calf Hair Flats

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Sub-freezing temps didn’t stop this pretty pair from rocking their favorite dresses at Fashion Week. I love catching friends on their way to the shows. One of the best parts of FW is catching up with your besties!

Erika and Ria said they were having a blast and loved the excuse to get dressed up. They both look gorgeous, while showcasing their own personal styles. Thanks, ladies!

xo,
Crystal

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Tweed Dresses | Classic Black & White Pumps | Red Sheath Dresses

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MARC JACOBS Tweed Dress | Manolo Blahnik Pump | ESCADA Scuba Dress

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Shea may be an Angeleno, but she has no problem getting into the swing of a New York winter. Shea’s light palette was a breath of fresh air amid the darkly styled masses.

Pink coats are one of the top trends of the season, and I love this relaxed blazer cut. Sequin detailing and metallic boots dress up her casual denim to create the perfect look for an afternoon at Lincoln Center.

xo,
Crystal

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Sequin-Detail Tops | Metallic Boots & Booties | Pink Jackets

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Ashish Sequin Sweatshirt | Charles David Bootie | Elie Tahari Blazer-Style Topper

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Elie Tahari

Just in time for the launch of his spring 2011 collection, Elie Tahari tells us about his company, his philosophy and his start as a designer for the disco set. Now a sought-after wardrobe essential, the Elie Tahari brand is known for its modern sophistication and timeless elegance.

If you’re in the Chicago area, head to our Michigan Avenue storeon March 19 for a personal appearance by the man behind the brand, including a fashion show, shopping with Elie Tahari and his team, as well as a chance to win a pair of Elie Tahari shoes—now available at Nordstrom in stores and online. Can’t make it? Check back for our post-event coverage, or discover more about the world of Elie Tahari at Access Elie.

How would you describe your label, and who is the woman you envision while designing your collections?
We make clothes for modern, sophisticated, confident women. Clothes should not mask or overwhelm a woman’s personality or natural beauty.

Why did you become a fashion designer?
I began in fashion by opening a shop with collection pieces I created for the disco crowd, and, soon after, I opened one of the first shops on Madison Avenue with beautiful suits and dresses for working women. That is when I started using my name on the label, and the business took off from there.

How has your vision/philosophy changed since you started your company in 1972? Or how has it remained the same?
My vision has always been that clothing should be quieter than the woman, so that her true beauty can shine through.

What was the inspiration for your fall 2011 collection that we just saw at Fashion Week?
Lots of Ls: L for love, luxe, luscious, layering, leather, lace, leopard, and longer lengths.

What is the most important thing readers should know about you and your label?
I have found that one of the key factors to my success is that I listen to my customer. As the brand continues to evolve and grow, I always try and find new and innovative ways to give my customer what she wants.540

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The Modern Nomad

 
As is often the case in spring, designers look to exotic cultures for inspiration. This seems even more relevant this season as the idea of escape comes into play.

African tribal references provide a rich source for bold print and embellishments. What’s new here—once again—is the clean, modern approach.

 


 

The spice route also shows up on this journey as a reference point for color and crafted details. The approach is just as simple with a single component of ornamentation making the statement.

 

 

More subtle are the easy, draped or wrapped pieces, which reference authentic indigo dyes and ombre effects.

 

 

Another play on the important maxi dress completes the different ideas that all live within this modern nomad trend. For each section, it’s an eclectic mix of references, but the end result is not.

It’s so beautifully modern and perfect for spring and leading into summer.

-Red

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Gold: A Gilty Pleasure


The allure of gold was too much for many designers to resist in spring 2011 collections. From gorgeous gowns to embellishing details, the runways were sparkling this week.

It’s a dazzling response to our current climate, offering an opportunity to feed your desire for decadence—a clear craving for opulence and hedonism in the form of this coveted precious metal.

Although the era of bling seems a long way behind us, there is no substitute for gold this season. So go ahead, indulge yourself.

-Red

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