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Power (Suits) to the People

by staff writer | DC magazine | February 21, 2011

When fashion designer Elie Tahari joined Kirsten Gillibrand’s policy roundtable at the Fashion Institute of Technology in late January, he addressed the junior senator from New York as both his legislator and his client. Tomorrow, Ellie Tahari—the brand—will open the company’s ninth boutique in the country at Tysons Galleria and we’re guessing Senator Gillibrand isn’t the only Washington power player anxiously awaiting its arrival. Tahari’s focus on femininely tailored pieces dovetails with sensual fabrics, texture and detail. Channeling Lauren Hutton, the spring 2011 collection reinvents a woman’s “perfect uniform.” It’s a belted blazer for the inside-the-Beltway crowd, paired with a full pant. Lady lawmakers—and the rest of Washington, for that matter—take note. As for the gentlemen, Tahari creates svelte, yet wearable, clothes that suit both the K Street and creative crowds. Elie Tahari, opening Feb. 25, at Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, 
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