February 08, 2014 New York
Still, Taylor needn't forget about her airy Fall outing too quickly, as it was filled with strong, feminine staples that will remain in wardrobes for seasons to come. "Slouchy, modern, cool," was what Taylor promised, and she delivered. Trousers were baggy (though, in some instances, she should have made them a bit more relaxed). Sweaters were fuzzy and boxy (an icy blue turtleneck worn over a double-layer white chiffon top stood out), and a hooded wool popover, shown with an unremarkable chiffon shift, boasted a sporty luxury that felt right on trend.
Outerwear, however, was what really shined here. Vests with buckled shearling turtlenecks, leather trim, and zip details were super-slick, but the wool cocoon coats were Taylor's pride and joy. A short version in storm gray—paired with a baby blue chain-embellished sweater and crackled leather skinnies—was cut with a lovely bubble-shaped back. Meanwhile, a violet mid-length iteration was shown atop an extra-long, asymmetrical black sweater and barely visible mesh skirt. The trio of lengths was styling perfection.
Less alluring were Taylor's flouncy dresses: They didn't quite stand up against her knockout coats and separates. Nineties goth-style mesh was used to varying degrees of effectiveness (peeks of it were fun, but whole tops or bodices made of the stuff looked overzealous), and a black-and-pink kaleidoscope print seemed a touch drab. Even so, this collection was packed with wearable, enduring options for the tough-edged but still ladylike Rebecca Taylor woman.