February 09, 2013 New York
Taylor paid a lot of attention to textures this season. For instance, there were tactile frayed tweeds (which worked best as flouncy little skirts), mesh lace accents, and a few silk blouses that were studded with regimented beads. Structure was also a focus—darts and pleats abounded on A-line dresses and a few peplum tops, while oversize vests and tailored coats were sharply sculpted. And, although Taylor saw her Fall rebel as a Debbie Harry disciple who likes to wear her boyfriend's biker jacket, she couldn't resist a few ultra-feminine touches. For instance, a "camel rose" hue (kind of a subdued peach) softened up a geometric jacket with quilted leather sleeves, and a stencil rose print blossomed on a maxi skirt and short-sleeved dress. So maybe Taylor's Fall woman is a little bit girly. But she balances the "pretty" with some killer "tough girl" pieces. And it works for her.