Rebecca Taylor may not be the most radical of designers and sometimes she errs on the side of ‘safe’, but she also creates clothes that are sweet, feminine and realistic – and although that sounds like a backhanded compliment, it’s not.
I was underwhelmed by Taylor’s F/09 RTW collection, which I was lucky enough to see at New York fashion week last year (albeit from the back row!), as it seemed like the New Zealand-born designer was trying a wee bit too hard by layering floral dresses over woollen knits and then pairing the outfits with coloured socks.
Her F/10 RTW collection, on the other hand, is much more relaxed and natural – it’s as if she has created looks that bring together pieces from Lanvin, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Chloe; with her signature statements, such as delicate leopard prints and flower motifs, trickled throughout. What this says to customers is that you can combine one of Taylor’s knits, for instance, with a pair of slacks from Target and vintage accessories – and still look chic from head-to-toe!
These are my favourite looks from the collection, and the pop culture references that inspired them (well, in my mind anyway):
Inspired by: Rick Deckard in Blade Runner.
Inspired by: Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl.
Inspired by: Penny Lane in Almost Famous.
Inspired by: Audrey Hepburn from the waist up.
Inspired by: Annie Hall in Annie Hall.