New Zealand native Rebecca Taylor has always shown as part of New York Fashion Week, having made the city her home 20 years ago. But in recent seasons -- ahead of the current trend -- she's chosen to go off site.
"I showed at the tents for many, many years, at Bryant Park and then Lincoln Center, and it just felt like I was ready to do something where I could personalize the space more," she explains, "bring more Rebecca Taylor to it than Mercedes Benz."
Which is why the clean white space at Center 548 is the perfect blank slate for showing off her vision of the Rebecca Taylor woman -- a woman like front rowers Chelsea Leyland and, for the second season, Girls' Zosia Mamet. "I like to have people at my show who are like the Rebecca Taylor woman," Taylor says. "Zosia's hilarious and funny, smart, and such a talented actress, I feel like that really sums up who the Rebecca Taylor woman is."
Having watched Mamet interacting backstage while waiting to interview Taylor, I can attest to her total and utter coolness. There's something about her that just makes everything she does feel effortlessly cool -- and, more importantly, she's really, really nice.
That's the kind of woman I imagine wearing Rebecca Taylor's fall collection: a woman who simultaneously commands the attention of everyone in the room and sets them completely at ease. For the second season in a row, I left coveting every piece, from the dreamy, floaty dresses to the substantial pastel coats -- and, based off what I could overhear leaving the venue, I wasn't the only one.
And I need to talk about those shoes. I was so in love with those shoes, I very briefly considered tackling a model to the ground and snatching them off her feet before I realized how difficult it would have been to make my great escape from the venue (I'm kidding -- mostly).
Even the soundtrack -- alternating between Lykke Li and Destiny's Child's "Bugaboo" -- was achingly cool. If this is the vision Rebecca Taylor is selling, I'm buying.