Inspired by Ancient Egypt and styled by Joe Zee, who was seated front row, the Spring 2012 Elie Tahari show had all the closet staples we’ve come to expect, but sexed-up with daring cuts (think a blazer worn as a top) and more gold than we’ve seen on any runway thus far. There was nothing tacky in sight, however, in this sophisticated collection that thankfully stayed clear from Egyptian prints and overly bright metallics.The Ancient Egypt inspiration came through loud and clear with near every look finished with at least some gold. Gold made its way into the accessories including metallic gold necklaces, gold cuff bracelets, gold belts, glimmering gold fold-over clutches, gold sandals, as well as via embellishments – for example on the cuffs of sleeves. Gold also lined the sides of jackets, coats, pants, dresses, and covered buttons. The most notable uses of gold, however, were a pair of white jeans shredded in certain areas to reveal gold-covered threads, gold trimmed trench coats, and a metallic gold dress that recalled vintage Paco Rabanne (one of the first designers to work with metal).
It wasn’t all sheers and neutrals finished with gold, however. Snakeskin print along with dusty shades of blue, orange, and yellow were fashioned into bags, dresses, pants, blouses, and other separates and whether they were made from silk, raffia, mesh, or another material, nearly every piece was accented with a touch of gold. The show closed with a series of black dresses accented with gold hardware and zippers each of which oozed ancient Egypt in the sleekest, sexiest way possible.