"I love prints so much," said designer Tanya Taylor before the start of her fall 2015 show. "But I think what's interesting is for us to experiment with color-blocking and saturation of color and still have that excitement for pieces that are solid as we have always had with print." She pointed to a belted orange and maroon dress (pictured above) as an example of her play with solid color.
But the fall collection still had plenty of Taylor's signature patterns, which shined – literally in some cases – with playful feminine optimism. Many patterns were linear, in bright plaids and pinstripes cut in angled swatches or different color palettes that flattered the body. Accessories like turtlenecks and long patterned gloves winterized the dresses without sacrificing the sunny tone of the plaid rope belts or the glittery feathers and sequin appliqués.
Thanks to the CFDA's attention, Michelle Obama becoming a superfan (the FLOTUS wore the designer five times in the past year) and a legion of devoted "It" girls, many of whom sat front row, Taylor has been building buzz — and retailers — very consciously since her line debuted in 2012.
"We were picked up by Bergdorf's last season, so I really want to support that," she said when asked about increasing distribution in 2015. "I think Neiman Marcus would be next." But with only a team of five people (including herself), Taylor wants to focus on getting the word out about her creative process as well. "We are trying to figure out how best to make people understand all the effort and ideas." She hopes she will have a stronger platform to explain her designs when she launches e-commerce in May. "We make a lot of the pieces in-house and there's a story there that we haven't quite had the manpower to tell," she says. For now, the prints will speak for themselves.
Click through to see all of the looks from Tanya Taylor's fall 2015 collection.