There was a lot to love in former Elizabeth & James designer Tanya Taylor's third-ever collection. "Our girl has grown up from last season," the 26-year-old designer told us last night at the MoMA--a pretty grown up place to show such a young line. She says it's her favorite place in New York and she called up corporate sponsors until one of them could make it happen.
The result was an art installation-fashion presentation hybrid with models arranged in four quadrants separated by grid-like walls. She referred to the effect as "contained beauty."
"She’s come back to the city--late 60s, early 70s. There's a little hint of athleticism, but it's still feminine." Looks were buttoned-up with turtlenecks and dickies (it is fall, after all) layered under structured dresses and jackets. Still, there was plenty of quirk thanks to bits of bejeweled floral embroidery (a bit Prada-esque), sporty colorblocking, digital prints, calculated cut-outs and metallic leather, all styled to cool, '60s city girl perfection by Natasha Royt.
If Tanya Taylor was one to watch last year, she's now one we can't wait to see again.