When the music started pulsing at Rebecca Taylor’s fall/winter 2012 show, everyone’s heart skipped a beat. Perhaps the impactful opening was on purpose as the new Rebecca Taylor girl is anything but shy.
Gone were the frills and frippery of the brand’s heyday, replaced by a veritable army of Lower East Siders. And while the proportions sometimes missed the mark, often coupled with unfortunate lace-trimmed leggings, the new RT gal is confidently styled, unafraid of tweed peplums, velvet sweats and illusion frocks.
On hand to support the designer were cool girls Zoe Kravitz, Olivia Palermo and Glamour‘s newly minted Editor-at-Large, Louise Roe. “I spent the morning at the office,” she told us. “We are having a party tonight so like, my job sucks,” she laughed, “I get to go to a big party.”
And while she’s over fashion’s tendency to combine words, identifying ‘jeggings’ and ‘shooties’ as death-worthy buzzwords, Roe couldn’t help but create one of her own: “What about tote plus clutch,” she asked aloud. “Tlutch?”
But while Roe was in a playful mood, others were there to work. “I’m researching trends,” Real Housewives of New York‘s Ramona Singer inexplicably told a reporter.
Meanwhile, Rebecca Taylor was busy steadying her nerves backstage. “I still get crazy nervous every single time,” she told us. “Because it’s a live show, there are so many things that could go wrong!”
Despite triple-furred boots with conical heels, nothing did go wrong and as the models marched the finale in syncopation with the thumping beats, it was clear that Rebecca Taylor has finally found her voice and isn’t afraid to use it. Or is that Taylor Armstrong?