Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week starts Thursday, but leave it to Elie Tahari to sneak in under the wire with a Fashion Week holiday all his own -- that’s right, Wednesday, Sept. 4, was Elie Tahari Day, proclaimed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in honor of the designer’s four decades in the fashion industry.
Joan Rivers took time off from her E! “Fashion Police” gig Wednesday to stop by Elie Tahari’s new pop-up shop on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to celebrate with Tahari, one of her fave designers. Also on hand were a slew of top dogs from the major department stores -- Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, and so on. There was even the Fort Hamilton High School marching band playing their hearts out in the window display.
Tahari, who spent his early years in an Israeli orphanage, arrived in New York in his 20s -- smack dab in the middle of the disco era. He started out as an electrician but eventually turned to fashion -- popularizing the tube top in his first days as a designer. He expanded to dresses, tailored suits and, well, the rest, as they say, is … you know.
To pay tribute to that history, Tahari has developed a special Elie Tahari Edition 1974 capsule collection, featuring updated takes on some of his iconic silhouettes of the past. It will be shown at his Spring 2014 presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Not a bad way to celebrate a company’s 40th anniversary.
Although, as Rivers says -- “It doesn’t look a day over 39!”