The Rebecca Taylor Spring 2008 Show held recently at Bryant Park was filled to capacity which made it impossible for me to attend. Ms. Taylor, in her generosity, brought the show to me! Thatâ€™s right, your very own Janet Walker, New York Journalist for Splash Magazines Worldwide, was invited to review the line at the Rebecca Taylor Showroom in New Yorkâ€™s Fashion District.
The showroom was bright and airy with a loft like feel. The waiting and display area a canvas white with pink and rose accents throughout. Having my own personal presentation of the line complete with detailing and suggestive combinations made visualizing actually wearing the clothes, which can be somewhat difficult at a full runway show, much easier.
My guide was the lovely Antonelle, Rebecca Taylorâ€™s PR rep, who was informative and friendly. She created an atmosphere of ease especially when I felt I didnâ€™t have the right garment language. Not knowing that the little frilly attachments on the garment are referred to as Tulip edge trim can be some what intimidating. We walked through the garments that were displayed in color block combinations hung from the ceiling on a free suspended swing bar.
I fell in love with a casual summer four-piece ecru/beige combination. The garments were ecru/beige with rainforest green print and accented with the slightest of pinkâ€™s strokes. There was the long halter dress cinched at the waist with a peasant skirt; a bikini halter-top with an attached loose bodice fit covering the midriff; a full-sleeved peasant top and a long skirt. This four-piece collection paired with white slacks can complete any summer vacation wardrobe!
The essence of Ms. Taylorâ€™s design and pursuit is to create garments that are comfortable, easy to wear, interchangeable and look good! The spring line, as revealed on the runway, consisted of several pieces that utilized lipstick shades of shimmering party-girl red and funky fuchsias in the whole garment as well as woven into hemline design, camisole tops and bodice styling. She accentuates with feminine styling and sexy silk slip tops.
She paired summer whites, camisole dresses, slinky camisole slip tops with scallop edges with military inspired jackets, khaki pants with beaded gauze tops. Rebecca Taylor created a balance with deep tones of purples and black combinations and whites, azure blues along with the fun, funky, shades.
Utilizing accessories on the line presentation of wide, deep tinted, reminiscent of Jackie O, sunglasses and scarves as neck wraps allowed a visualization of the collection moving to Newport, West Palm or the Vineyard.
Rebecca Taylor is a New Zealand born Fashion Designer based in New York. She began her design career at St. Catherineâ€™s College in Wellington. Ms. Taylorâ€™s dream of becoming a fashion designer has the earmarks of a New York story: a little luck and a lot of talent.
She arrived in New York with six hundred dollars and her dream. She landed employment with designer Cynthia Rowley where she worked for six years. During this time she prepared her debut collection as part of the Gen Art Styles competition at New Yorkâ€™s Fashion Week. Her own label premiered at the Tents in 1999.
The Rebecca Taylor line is a multi-million dollar corporation with boutiques throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Her celebrity clientele include Sarah Jessica Parker, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and Jennifer Lopez. Her clothing has been featured on Sex in the City and on The Today Show.
For more information on Rebecca Taylor and to see the spring line as well as other garments described visit: www.rebeccataylor.com
All photos courtesy of Merceds Benz Newsgroup and Getty Images.