Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Tahari … Be Still My Heart

Sammy, Senior Editor and fashion blogger at Catalogs.com, is on her way to the Big Apple for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. She leaves sunny South Florida on Valentine’s Day, which is a lovely day for a passionate odyssey into the world of high fashion.Leslie in Tahari.jpg

Sammy, writes about fashion at Let’s Talk Style. She has been putting pen, or rather keys, to virtual paper for a couple years. Sammy has a following of fashionistas who love her wit and often tongue-in-cheek view of the world populated by models, designers, awesome handbags, can’t-live-without sweaters and celebrities.

So how does a fashion fanatic go from blogging one day to jet-setting her way to the world’s greatest fashion circus?

Pretty much the same way one goes about blogging on any topic to having a real presence in the conversation: being passionate.

Sammy has a natural knack for writing – she is a published playwright – and she has enthusiastically cultivated her presence as a fashion observer. She isn’t afraid to promote herself. Her passion and her well-crafted blog served as her entrée for fashion press accreditation. Miami Beach Fashion Week, Sammy’s home turf, was the perfect starting point to create a place for herself among the cameras and beautiful people. She earned a place in the “Press Book” and kept her observations and her blog in the fray. Now Sammy’s inbox is filling with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2010 invites to shows, receptions, showrooms and boutique events.

For the next couple of days, I’m living vicariously. Fashion blogging is Sammy’s niche, not mine.

But just to tease me, Sammy let me know that Tahari is among the elite designers who will be showcasing their line at Fashion Week. Sammy has an invitation to attend the Tahari event, which I think is just thrilling.

I am a devotee of Tahari. I absolutely love Tahari’s tailored suits. I always find something perfect from the line when I have to dress for a special dinner or celebration. The company has a great story. Elie Tahari, who grew up in an orphanage and came to the US in the 1970’s, worked his way up from a boutique in Greenwich Village to running a fashion empire inspired by his vision for dressing sexy, sophisticated women with clean, straight lines. (Image caption: Leslie styling in Tahari with Senator Bob Graham.)

The Tahari Web site is super chic and tailored, too. It is not an e-commerce site, but a “showroom,” with a cool flipbook for browsing the new collection, and a very easy to use search tool for finding a Tahari retailer. Tahari is not a Catalogs.com merchant, but they certainly should be. I would guarantee my personal attention.

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