Tanya Taylor Spring 2014: A Painterly Progression

Young up-and-comer Tanya Taylor seemed set on displaying how she's grown as a designer with her first-ever runway show (and fourth-ever collection). It was a "big step," she told us of her transition out of the presentation format, and the designs themselves also felt more ambitious, if a little disjointed.
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Young up-and-comer Tanya Taylor seemed set on displaying how she's grown as a designer with her first-ever runway show (and fourth-ever collection). It was a "big step," she told us of her transition out of the presentation format, and the designs themselves also felt more ambitious, if a little disjointed.
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Young up-and-comer Tanya Taylor seemed set on displaying how she's grown as a designer with her first-ever runway show (and fourth-ever collection). It was a "big step," she told us of her transition out of the presentation format, and the designs themselves also felt more ambitious, if a little disjointed.

Last season's collection was shown in four quadrants separated by walls, and we wouldn't be surprised if Taylor conceptualized this collection in the same way. Not that it didn't result in some really great clothes. Our favorite pieces were the more delicate, painterly ones, which reflected her initial starting point (and the awesome invitations and show notes, which featured brush strokes in various springy colors). Taylor said she recently got back into painting--as in using a paintbrush and canvas to make art (why does this sounds so bizarre and adorably old fashioned to me?).

She conceptualized all the prints herself, including several florals. And while florals can get a little tired for spring, she did them in interesting ways, like over plaid and in an abstract, watercolor-esque style.

The resulting looks, which came out towards the end of the show, were absolutely lovely, and reassured us of her status as one to watch. So did expansion into new categories like bags and shoes, and retail growth into major stores like Holt Renfrew in her native Canada--something she was genuinely visibly excited about--another reason we love up-and-coming designers.

Photos: IMAXtree