Elie Tahari Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2015 New York

There were points in the Elie Tahari presentation today where things felt a little forced, or a tad overdone. According to the notes, the 30 looks looked to a "shipwrecked high-tech bohemian," which though a mouthful, was an interesting start.  Gauzy dresses and shirts that swaddled around the body and as if made from whatever was on hand were nice iterations as were the slightly deteriorating heather tees layered under cardigans and tucked into patchwork suede skirts.  Patchwork came again, done well as a rolled up suede bag but seemed a bit overkill and awkward as a top, swatches of fabric jutting out a bit too awkwardly for the beauty found in much of the collection.

The footwear was a definite part of that beauty. Pointed snakeskin derby shoes, open-toe high heeled zip-ups and gladiators in both high heel and flat versions were consistent strong points to the looks. The weakest point of the show: the most literal translation of its theme in an "iPhone dress" composed of mesh with iPhones tacked on.  This is the sort of wearable tech almost no one is going to wear.