Downtown Drama: Elie Tahari

Like the rest of the world, I've become a huge fan of J.Crew in the last few years. Ever since creative director Jenna Lyons took the helm, the brand's turned from basic and preppy to luxurious and edgy. But have you ever wondered what would happen if you took J.Crew's aesthetic and turned it up a notch?

Hello, Elie Tahari. The Israeli orphan turned fashion designer has been creating high-end wearable, hip clothes for over 35 years. I love the way he mixes bold prints, tailored suiting and textures like sequins, fur and lace — all of which are on trend for this fall. His pieces range from pretty affordable ($250 dresses) to serious investments ($450 blazers). They're great for the girl who wants to turns heads in the office, then show off her curves in in a sleek cocktail dress.

Needless to say, I'm pretty pumped to see Tahari's Spring 2011 collection at New York Fashion Week next month. Here are a few shots from his Spring 2010 campaign:

 

And here are some of my favorites from his pre-fall 2010 lookbook:

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