For Fall, Rebecca Taylor used leather, shearling, zippers, and embellishment to add a tough edge to her downtown girls. And while the collection had plenty of skirts and pretty frocks, there was a definite nod to the boys happening.
“It’s like you’re at CBGBs in the ’70s wearing a really cool dress,” Taylor told us backstage. “And when you leave it’s cold outside so you throw on your boyfriend’s jacket, and your makeup is just a little bit dirty. I love that.” Boy-meets-girl came through in the form of boxy bikers paired with pleated chiffon, utility pants (which were at times too literal) worn with soft knits or blouses and tailoring in feminine shades of blush, plum, and teal.
There was a play on proportion that felt a bit new. She told us it stemmed from a fascination with architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who’s modern classicism inspired the strong lines and structure. “He also did gorgeous stain glass windows that are very geometric in design, which we’ve interrupted in our beading, like the chain mail and mesh on the jackets and tees, as well as the color palette,” she explained.
As always, Taylor’s designs manage to be refreshingly commercial. If you stripped it of the pseudo punk styling, you’d find lots of smart layering pieces that would fit easily into any wardrobe. Hollywood starlet Shailene Woodley sat front row and perfectly embodied the youthful, modern vibe of the range.