Elie Tahari: His Life in 21 Q&As

Elie Tahari

Now when 40 years of experience is behind Elie Tahari’s back his name is a brand name. And now it’s a norm that every fashion journalist is hunting for an exclusive interview with a world-known fashion designer. But while most attention is paid to his prospects, I would like first to remind how he started.

Currently Elie Tahari is running a $500 million business but he started with only $100 in a pocket. He is an example of how American dream came true. Since his parents divorced Elie spent many years of his teen-life in orphanage in Israel. When he was 17 he immigrated to the USA with you already know how much money. It’s hard to believe but he was an electrician at that time and he turned to work in Manhattan’s Garment District. That introduced him into a fashion industry. Being in the right place at the right time he decided to try his own hand in making clothing. This is how his brand was born. At that time disco parties were very popular but not much dresses were available to satisfy the needs of party-goers. This was the niche chosen by Tahari. He began to make flirty dance dresses. His dresses had a huge success among women so that after only 3 years of his living in the States Elie Tahari opened his first boutique on Madison Avenue. In the 80’s he tried to predict what women would like before their even know and again he hit the mark!

These were tailored suits that were redefined a decade later. Year after year Elie Tahari managed to create the clothing so craved by women so that in celebration of 40th anniversary he has been honored with a personal day – September 4, 2013.
Well, it’s clear now why Elie Tarary is so sought-after by fashion lovers as well as fashion journalists these days. These questions & answers I came across at http://www.thefashionspot.com will help you find more about iconic fashion designer:

  1. The night before my show I will most likely… be working into the late hours of the night with final model fittings, making sure everything is perfect.
  2. The morning of my show I plan on… eating a healthy breakfast; I know there is a busy day ahead and will need all the energy I can get.
  3. When it comes to managing stress… meditation is the cure for me.
  4. What I’m most excited for Fall 2014 is… the luxurious detailing with leather trims and amazing prints.
  5. For me, Fall 2014 is all about… statement outerwear pieces.
  6. The item of clothing I’m currently wearing the most is… my neon T-shirts layered under my button downs.
  7. When I’m at work, I love wearing… my Prada sneakers; they are so comfortable and I am able to run back and forth to my design meetings.
  8. The most treasured item in my closet is… my Elie Tahari Duncan Jeans because they wash beautifully and fit like a glove.
  9. My beauty essentials are… my Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Lip Balm and Eau de Monsieur eau de toilette from Annick Goutal.
  10. My Fashion Week must-haves include… great food…my team likes to order Mediterranean and of course music to keep us energized.
  11. When I’m looking to get inspired I… take a walk around the city; it’s provided me with endless inspiration for the past 40 years.
  12. I could never travel without… my tablet.
  13. The one electronic I can’t live without is… my iPhone.
  14. If my days had one extra hour I’d… spend it with my children.
  15. The last thing I Googled was… Richard Serra artwork.
  16. I’m dying to splurge on… an exotic vacation, so I could explore a new destination.
  17. My guilty pleasure is… my sweet tooth.
  18. I couldn’t survive Fashion Week without… my amazing team, everyone works around the clock to finish the collection in time and I couldn’t do it without them.
  19. I will always be excited about NYFW because… I love to see what my peers create. NYFW is such a special time in our community, it’s a week filled with amazing energy and creativity.
  20. When it comes to picking models… I always go for the natural fresh look, I love a girl with a personality….the models bring the clothes to life.
  21. As soon as my show is over, I plan to… have a toast with my team and celebrate the successful end of another Fashion Week.

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