You can usually count on Rebecca Taylor
for girly, floral frocks, but things were a bit moodier chez Taylor this season. "Our girl has a slightly darker heart," the designer said backstage before her show, by way of explanation for the plum, navy, and charcoal hues that made up her latest collection. As for those new graphics? "Our prints were feeling a little stale, so we took Rebecca Taylor staples and digitized them," she said. The results played well in the charmingly layered mash-up of fabrics. There were angora and ponte knits for comfort, chiffon and jacquard for romance, and—new this season—shearling for snuggling. The resulting cozy coats, raglan sweaters, sheer tops, and tough-chick leggings (they came studded with nail heads) made for a winning tomboy attitude. The Taylor girl did get dressed up a bit—a velvet burnout dress was slouchy and sexy—but she seemed most at ease in oversize bombers and piled-on protection from the cold. Chalk it up to that dark heart.