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Punk Meets Chic Backstage at Rebecca Taylor FW13

The last time we caught-up with designer Rebecca Taylor, she was in her showroom sorting through tons of portfolios at her show casting. Now, we find her in the Meatpacking District at the Highline Stages, ready to reveal her fall/winter 2013 collection.

We asked Rebecca what she looks for when choosing her runway models, and she said her girls must be “strong, confident, have a little bit of a tomboy feel and, of course, beautiful.” Models Sung Hee Kim (left) and Soo Joo, who are both signed with Wilhelmina, certainly fit the bill.

Stylist Kate Sebbah worked with Rebecca to balance the Brit punk-inspired designs with feminine accents, like these bootie-esque heels.

Rebecca’s production team give final instructions on the walk and pace of the show, to ensure that each model is in sync with the music.

Ford model Kremi Otashliyska seems to be enjoying all the pampering backstage as she gets a disheveled toss to her tresses. Look out for this brown-eyed girl in the spring ’13 Balenciaga campaign.

A M·A·C makeup artist gives model Soo Joo a quick once-over before sending her out on the runway.

“I did a lot of jackets and coats for this collection,” says Rebecca, who worked with leather, shearling and twill. “It’s a strong season for tailoring and also mixing that whole boy-meets-girl vibe.”

David Bowie, one of Rebecca’s favorite musicians, provided some inspiration for the collection. An androgynous tension was created in each design through defined tailoring that was then balanced with soft silks in opaque and sheer fabrics. “For fall ’13, I had this idea of a girl who just left the nightclub, and she’s wearing a very beautiful dress. She has her boyfriend’s coat over the top, so it’s very structured, double-breasted, sort of biker. I was going for little bit of a punky feel.”

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colón