The goal of any fashion designer should be to build a temple to his wares whose formidable architecture perfectly showcases the brilliance of his patterns and cuts -- and whose location ensures you can enjoy all that right after feasting on chewy, delicious Pretzel Nuggets. Succeeding on both counts: Elie Tahari, now in NorthPark.
An Israeli who moved to Greenwich Village with $100 to his name, Tahari's invested considerably more than a Franklin in his new Dallas boutique, stocking it with all kinds of names you'll pretend to've heard of: mid-century furniture from Edward Wormley and Hans Wegner, chandeliers from Venini, and architectural cues from Milan's Lissoni Associati including a floor-to-ceiling glass-and-metal facade, black steel hand rails, white oak floors, and Venetian plaster walls. Balancing suavely understated charcoal, black, brown, and tabac against subtle, moto-jacket-esque engineered stripes, the slim-fitting Fall 2011 lineup claims inspiration from, of all things, vintage military blankets -- all of which miraculously translates into a look that could let you saunter into a European winter resort without looking like the kind of jerk who'd saunter into a European winter resort.
To celebrate the new store, Mr. Tahari's personally hosting an opening party on Thurs, Oct 13th, and the first 5 Thrillist readers who RSVP below can attend with a guest -- unless you've been hitting the Pepperoni Pretzel Nuggets, in which case there might only be room for one of you.