The Clothes: Showgoers who made it to the rooftop of the Skylight at the McKittrick Hotel were transported all aboard the Skaist-Taylor Express. Models flirted and walked through an abandoned country traincar and along weathered wooden rail tracks. Underneath low-strung flags, editors sat at worn-in tables and benches with rainbow pinwheels, bowls of limes, and tequila bottles, breathing in the incense-infused air (we did not see anyone taking shots at 1:30 in the afternoon.) Like the original brand that made them famous (Juicy Couture), you get the feeling that the Skaist-Taylor collection is designed for, and inspired by themselves. The slouchy bohemian-tinged collection had a modern California meets ‘70s rockers feel (both Skaist and Taylor are married to ‘70s musicians), with see-through lace crochet minis that hit mid-thigh, tasseled peasant dresses, silver sequin skirts, fringy tops, and shaggy gray and white fur shrugs, some shot through with bursts of electric orange. All the models and the designers wore knee-length lace-up gladiator boots. It was an accessible take on the free-spirit aesthetic, for fans of the original Juicy, who have grown up a little, but not too much.
The Hair & Makeup: No one paid attention to the face, because it was all about the hair: Loose, long, blonde and black, flowy ‘fros from Oribe that swayed to and fro with the wind.
The Soundtrack: Like the world’s best blues rock mixtape, and as the music selection was curated by John Taylor, of Duran Duran, it kind of was. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” – Stephen Stills, “Love Me Like a Man” – Bonnie Raitt, “You’re No Good” – Linda Ronstadt, “Fire and Rain” – James Taylor.
The Vibe: Like an eclectic “OMG, look who’s here!” backyard reunion of the fash pack. A music meets fashion crowd, including musician dads and their cute kids, with shaggy haircuts and enviably cool leather motorcycle jackets.
The Front Row: Even though there wasn’t a “front row,” Gina Gershon, Glenda Bailey, Joanna Coles, Linda Fargo, Mickey Boardman, Suzy Menkes, Amy Astley, BryanBoy, Hillary Kerr, and Rumi Neely were all in attendance.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, any celebrity married to a rocker.
WTF Moment: Just my own. My iPhone recorder died as I was about to interview Joanna Coles. I died (not in a good Rachel Zoe way.) Also, no one took any tequila shots?!