Rebecca Taylor is nothing if not a girl's girl, and she certainly knows how to please the ruffle-loving crowd. Exhibit A? Clad in appropriately embellished numbers, Louise Roe, Jordana Brewster, Ashley Tisdale, and (shocker!) Sophia Bush all sat front-row.
Still, the designer opted for a more eccentric, even slightly subversive--for her, mind you--direction this particular season. Rather than being worn traditionally as looped necklaces, for instance, long strands of pearls finished with a single colorful tassel were slung cross-body like a fancypants sash. I, for one, dug the look, and may even have to rock my favorite pearls in similar form sometime soon. Snakeskin-patterned leather popped up, too--here as a peplum apron top, there as a cropped cardi-jacket, and it all looked nicely finished. Continuing their winning streak after being declared the embellishment du jour at Prada's fall show, champagne-colored paillettes appeared on tons of knit separates. They looked particularly cool on the open-weave cross-back tanks that showed a flash of skin in back--risqué, Rebecca!
One of the overall focuses of the collection was patchwork, as pieced-together dresses and tees dominated the lineup in colors ranging from ivory to navy. Problem is, patchwork carries with it an inherently prairie-girl connotation, and Taylor's looks aren't exactly meant for the tumbleweeds-trotting set. The bodices of these numbers joined fragments of mesh, lace, lamé, and eyelet--and the resultant textile-and-texture puzzle just left me a bit, well, puzzled.
On a beauty-related side note, is anyone else tiring of the slicked-back, gelled-at the hairline 'dos we've been seeing at nearly every show so far (Taylor's included)? Tell any frazzled fashion assistant or journalist to lay off the dry shampoo for a couple of days, and they'd be rocking that very same style.
**All photos via Imaxtree