Rebecca Taylor Spring 2008 Collection - Fun, Funky and Fabulous!

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! That’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 York’s Fashion District.

Purple's and Funky Fuchsia add style, flair and elegance.

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.

Deep shades of plum with a pencil black skirt along with white camisole dress with tulip edge trim.

My guide was the lovely Antonelle, Rebecca Taylor’s PR rep, who was informative and friendly. She created an atmosphere of ease especially when I felt I didn’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.

Two toned bronze: simmering sequined skirt and solid silk top and summer whites paired with black short jackets.

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 pink’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!

Lipstick red woven in the trim along with shimmering sequined black.

The essence of Ms. Taylor’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.

Lipstick red's blaze on the runway.

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.

Combination tones of bronze shimmer, black and grey.

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.

Ecru pants with white camisole top and red slip tops both with wide dark Jackie O sunglasses.

Rebecca Taylor is a New Zealand born Fashion Designer based in New York.  She began her design career at St. Catherine’s College in Wellington.  Ms. Taylor’s dream of becoming a fashion designer has the earmarks of a New York story: a little luck and a lot of talent.

Summer shorts paired with baby doll blues and shades bring visions of summertime sailing and bronze shimmer skirt, white military jacket and scalloped edge baby doll blue silk slip top.

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 York’s Fashion Week. Her own label premiered at the Tents in 1999.

Cigarette pants paired with slip top and silk tee and fuchsia camisole bodice and skirt trim against gradation grey.

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.

Beige with scalloped fuchsia trim and white sheath dress.

For more information on Rebecca Taylor and to see the spring line as well as other garments described visit:

Stunning block colors.


All photos courtesy of Merceds Benz Newsgroup and Getty Images.

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