The sun was shining, the ocean crashing at our feet, and the smell of sunscreen and piña coladas wafted over us as we were sitting at Rebecca Taylor's Spring '13 show...or was that just us? Rebecca's New York-meets-Hawaii collection had us all wishing we were at one of her favorite vacation spots, but because we're actually at the end of summer in the middle on Manhattan, we'll just keep dreaming.
We had a nice pre-show chat with the much loved designer about her inspirations for Spring, and we must admit, she inspired us a bit too.
The inspiration of the Spring collection is having a summer in New York but dreaming of a summer in Hawaii. It's quite urban, it's quite polished, it's modern, but I have interjections of Hawaiian prints, and Hawaiian themes throughout the collection.
2. Do you have a type of girl in mind when you design?
I like to see what the girls in my office are wearing, I want to make sure that I'm dressing for them. It's just about a modern, urban woman that I am dressing.
3. What look were you going for when deciding hair and makeup for the show?
I wanted the hair to feel very undone. Very like, she's in a car with the window down . Like she's on a road trip, so the wind's blowing her hair, but the makeup is very natural and muted.
4. What is one stand-out piece, or must-have from this collection?
I'm really into shorts, and shorts suits. I have a pair of nude silk shorts that I think will go with everything.
5. How have you evolved as a designer since your beginnings in 2003?
When I started I was really young. When you are young as a designer its hard to focus on what you want and who you are . But when you get older, and more mature and confident about who you are, things get a little easier.
6. One great styling tip for Spring?
Gosh, in New York it seems like we go straight into summer, don't we? A great trench is always good since we get so much rain.
7. A fashion Do for Fall?
I'm really liking little pointed ankle boots. If you know where I can get some, that'd be great!