"I'm really a hippie at heart," Rebecca Taylor
admitted backstage before her show. "But this collection is more urban than boho." The urban influence was the result of a summer spent in the city, albeit one in which Taylor dreamed of escaping to Hawaii. The mix that emerged had the best of both climes: A close-fitting, soft-leather moto jacket came in pale turquoise, and a mellow—as opposed to island-bright—hibiscus print put some zip into a simple, sleeveless T-shirt dress. Encouraged by a DIY denim-bleaching technique she saw on a blog, Taylor gave jean tops, dresses, and one cool, cinched-ankle jumpsuit a very sun-kissed look. Wide obilike belts tied at the waist kept the bleached pieces from looking like gear in an early-nineties hip-hop video and played up the flirty femininity that is a Taylor trademark. Stud embellishments on dress bodices and skirt waistbands took away from the otherwise polished silhouettes, but a nude slipdress with a sheer, studded overlay and mint green spaghetti straps struck the perfect hard/soft balance of a dress you'd want to wear day to night during summer in the city. If you're lucky, it would even look cute with a lei.