Snakeskin Satchel Stars in Elie Tahari’s Spring/Summer 09 Advertisement

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Israeli born designer Elie Tahari has unveiled his new spring/summer 2009 ad campaign. It stars the stunning Italian model, Angelina Jolie lookalike Bianca Balti.

I love the way Terry Richardson has photographed Bianca, with his favorite flash techniques illuminating her dewy skin. I’m not sure anyone could make those clown-like Heather pants look good, but Bianca does her best with the gold spotted trousers.

Those harem pants might not have won me over, but I can’t help drooling over her snakeskin satchel. It’s called the Nico, and it’s promising to be one of Elie Tahari’s best-selling accessories this season. The pale python finish could so easily appear washed out, but the hand-painted gold detail and polished gold hardware gives the handbag some added flair.

You can get a jump on the next season’s trends at one of Elie Tahari’s boutiques. The spring/summer collection is currently available at the Atlanta, Bal Harbour, Boca Raton, Boston, East Hampton, Last Vegas, and New York stores.