Ever since it was first announced that Elie Tahari would bring his modern lines and exceptional tailoring to Kohl's with a DesigNation collection, we've been waiting with bated breath for the debut. And true to form, the designer delivered, with a stunning line-up that serves, if anything, as a sartorial ode to his one love—New York City.
"New York gave me so much. I came to New York at 19 or 20 years old, and it changed my life. Everything I've learned is from New York," he tells InStyle of his muse. "It's the capital of the world."
The designer arrived to the city from Israel in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket, and since then, he has made a name for himself for his coveted designs. The man even has a day in his honor (it's true: Mayor Bloomberg designated Sept. 4 as Elie Tahari Day to celebrate the designer's 40th anniversary last year). So how exactly did he bring his ready-to-wear aesthetic to the masses? The Elie Tahari DNA is inherently there, the designer insists, through the same silhouettes and the fit.
"Design-wise, it's cool and hip, and the value is amazing. Mostly everything is under $100, but it looks like a $1,000 piece," he marvels. "We delivered the best product to the consumer."
The 55-piece collection boasts easy tunic shifts, layered tops, and jacquard dresses all washed in a strict color palette of black, white, and gray ("the colors of NYC," he explains), with touches of yellow to depict NYC taxis and pops of cobalt blue ("it's the shade of dreams; it's the shade of America").
But what really stands out are the iconic cityscape prints and the boldly stamped NYC tees. And it looks as though celebrities are already fans. Emmy Rossum layered the black-and-white bomber over a flared cityscape-print dress (above, left), while Kate Bosworth took a more relaxed approach and paired her NYC tee with denim cut-outs and black Robert Clergerie flatform sandals (above, right). Olivia Palermo picked up on the color palette of her georgette top (the image was actually shot right from the Elie Tahari showroom window, the designer reveals) with a white midi skirt, a yellow clutch and black strappy heels (below). And finally, Sophia Bush worked it in shades of gray with a moto jacket, mock-layered knit, and mixed-media leggings (above, center).