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.
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.