Rebecca Taylor’s feminine-chic aesthetic is an ode to her upbringing and her mother, who made a lot of the designer’s clothes growing up. We spoke with Rebecca about growing up in New Zealand, the beginning of her brand in her Brooklyn apartment and the modern versatility that makes her line endlessly appealing—plus her advice on how to be a sexy, confident woman, much like herself.
We didn’t think it was possible to love designer Rebecca Taylor more. Her romantic yet modern, lacy but comfortable clothes inject a fun feminine element into our wardrobe and breathe fresh, delicate air into our closet’s empty corners. And after hearing about some of her influences (David Bowie, her mum), we adore her even more.
Get to know the New Zealand designer in these three short films.
Fashion Week Journal for Friday, February 20
Welcome to London, where things are feeling downright bucolic—but that’s really just because: a) Hotel Indigo is in the sweetest little neighborhood; b) it’s no longer 19 degrees; and, c) everything feels that much more charming in London.
But—time zones, time warps and good times—we’re still catching up with ourselves on New York Fashion Week. Please bear with us as we blur the lines between the USA and the UK, beginning with this adorable and very appropriate conversation with designer Rebecca Taylor, a New Zealander living in Brooklyn.
For the first day of Milan Fashion Week, we couldn’t ask for a better show location than the Piazza del Duomo. Italian fashion blogger Chiara Biasi stood out in the crowd, thanks to her fabulous mixed patterns.
Volume is a key element to this season’s best trends, and Chiara is rocking this oversize coat and gathered skirt. Her global prints are on the money, and I love that she uses a white tee to balance it all out.
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Check out highlights from Saturday’s shows, including sporty-meets-sexy styles at Alexander Wang, odes to Japan from Herve Leger and Tibi, and feminine simplicity from Jill Stuart and Rebecca Taylor.
Sexy silhouettes mixed with sporty details at Alexander Wang—a fresh departure from last season’s masculine-tinged collection.
New York Fashion Week is literally storming through the snowy streets of Manhattan tomorrow—and The Thread is your daily destination for all things fall/winter 2014! To celebrate the week of chic, we asked Rebecca Taylor, the queen of downtown cool, for a little preview of what we can expect from her runway show on Saturday.
Divine Details: With matelassé organza applied over mesh and metallic-glazed jacquards accented with chains, we can look forward to a controlled edginess in the line’s newest pieces.
Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.
Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.
Lela Rose says:
I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”
This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”
This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.
Monique Lhuillier says:
I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”
This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”
“Spring/summer 2014 is about modern romanticism. Construction details and trims reference early American workwear, with a hint of feminism. Key silhouettes experiment with proportion—cropped tops, full trousers and teacup skirts are paired with soft, modern volume in rounded sleeve shapes. Airy, crisp white poplin shirting and geo eyelet are layered with tactile matelassé, laminated knit and crystal-encrusted lace.”—Rebecca Taylor
Photos Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
One thing I love about the chilly winter season is the plethora of hats on the scene. Lindsey’s fur topper has a chic Russian vibe and adds just the right touch of luxe to her chromatic, feminine look.
After a season of beanies and sporty knits, it’s refreshing to see a classy lady.
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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.”
Photos by Fernando Colón