Rebecca Taylor at New York Fashion Week

Though she’s moved away from floaty peasant dresses and towards slightly edgier silhouettes over the last few seasons, Rebecca Taylor is still celebrated for her love of florals, polka dots and animal prints. So I was excited to see what the New Zealand native had in store given that spring currently seems more preoccupied with minimalism, and fashion in general obsessed with all things neutral.

I was not disappointed: Prints we were given, the show opening with a delicate floral jumper and a range of girly separates in pin-dot chiffon and blush mirrored silk. But despite her feminine reputation, the Taylor girl isn’t all innocence and she’s definitely not naive. The designer herself did, after all, start off her New York career with nothing but determination and $600 to her name. Toughening up the florals were python print accents, and soft hues were complemented by tailored trousers in a fabric that I could only just identify as leather from my position in the crowded tent.

Proving that Rebecca Taylor is completely capable of creating something with a little more vehemence and a lot more va-va-voom, the show ended with four stunning tiered gowns in crisp white and blue and bright, pin-dotted scarlet. A little vintage, a little glamour and completely Taylor, the collection was a testament to the idea that fashion doesn’t necessitate constantly changing your tune or alienating your followers in order to stay fresh and modern.

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*Images courtesy of Style.com

Article by Hannah Ongley

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