Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear
February 07, 2014 New York
Tanya Taylor has been on a DIY streak lately. For Spring, she hand-painted all of her invitations and prints, and Fall '14 found the designer taking Sharpie markers to luxe lambskin leather, and experimenting with Manic Panic on shaggy Mongolian fur (extracted from pillows she picked up at West Elm over the weekend). "It reminded me of a 12-year-old dying her hair. It's bold and a bit quirky," said Taylor backstage before her runway show. While those fun elements felt a tad arts-and-craftsy at times, the young designer successfully balanced them out with classic silhouettes and refined materials that have ageless appeal. Flattering fit-and-flare dresses were cut from either graphic floral jacquards or fluttery silks, for example, and thigh-grazing miniskirts came paired with pointy flats that felt fresh. Rounding out the mix were soft, checked sweaters and pale pink angora coats. In keeping with the lighthearted spirit of the collection, Taylor developed a custom metallic fabric splashed with the visage of a girl holding a camera (a collaboration with a photographer she met through Instagram). Taylor also styled many of the looks with rabbits' feet tied around the models' necks that served as a good-luck charm for this lineup, which felt simultaneously playful and polished.