September 10, 2008
"She's a world traveler," Rebecca Taylor said backstage of her Spring girl. "She's cool, carefree, and unencumbered." The result was a mishmash of ditsy floral tea dresses, embroidered Swiss-dot tunics, and jodhpurs, with sequins and leopard print tossed in for good measure. Taylor cited author Karen Blixen as inspiration for the tribal block prints and otherwise international feel of the collection, but the dizzying array of patterns and textures lacked cohesion. Still, these are intended as clothes to make girls feel pretty, and at that level they succeeded. The shoes, bags, and baubles (new for Spring) will almost surely be a hit, most notably a jewel-embellished tan leather shoulder bag and perforated slouchy suede booties.