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Elie Tahari: Naughty and nice

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: A model

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: A model walks the runway at the Elie Tahari Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG) Photo Credit: Getty/Frazer Harrison

Elie Tahari is in a darkly romantic mood for fall -- emphasis on the dark.  Silhouettes are refined, fabrics luxe, but a number of the looks seem to whisper of something...slightly naughty.

Take the exquisite lace, used for sheer, swirling tops that are revealing...up to a point.  There's a whiff of the dominatrix in a leather jacket, or tiers of chains hanging off the sleeves of a chiffon dress.  And leather vests, like the one worn over a long knit dress, look a lot like hosters.  All of which perks up this sophisticated wardrobe and prevents it from ever becoming staid, boring.

One caveat: We're kinda scratching our heads about the white tights.  Really?  Can a person pull that off after one's first ballet recital at age 7?  We have our doubts. (Go for the tall white boots instead.)

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