Elie Tahari showed his especially vibrant take on autumnal jewel tones for Fall 2012 towards the end of New York Fashion Week. The show was definitely all about the color. I'm excited to see color blocking has some staying power as a trend and I hope more women take a cue from runways like this to see how simple it can be to pull off. I think that's Tahari's hope too, as they had real women modeling the clothing at their presentation in an informal setting.


The collection definitely showcases office wear, and is one of the more wearable, accessible collections at fashion week. Another "real world takeaway" is the way they mixed texture, with fabrics like brocade, reptile, fur and tweed. Tahari kept monocrhome looks interesting with texture, pattern and shine. But in general I'd like to see pieces from the tone on tone looks broken up with some neutrals. The greens, blues, purples and fuchsias are just begging to provide a POC (pop of color!) to an office or casual ensemble and would be great as statement pieces in a fall wardrobe.

Silhouettes were slim, but it was good to see both wide-leg and skinny trousers for variety. It was a very tailored look with some bell sleeves or wide ruffles here and there. Overall it was definitely about the pant, though I loved a metallic silver pencil skirt paired with a bomber-type jacket. Outerwear was also a key element, with lots of statement coats from the aforementioned bomber to swingy cape-like silhouettes.