Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear
September 05, 2012 New York
After an impressive Fall debut that earned her some serious buzz, newcomer Tanya Taylor presented her sophomore collection tonight to a packed house at the Museum of Modern Art. Hype aside, Taylor has the talent and determination to actually make it in this industry. She spent months persistently cold-calling MoMA to secure the venue (it's the first time the museum has hosted a fashion show), and also brought in the Nouveau Classical Project to perform a custom orchestral score for the occasion. Spring was inspired by the famed Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados, where Taylor's own wedding will take place in April. Browsing through the resort's archives, she gravitated toward vintage 1960s florals, which she re-created as a mod hibiscus print. The hand-drawn pattern appeared on a sporty knit varsity jacket, as well as on an all-over-sequined, strapless column gown styled with a boxy double-breasted jacket slung over the shoulders. Explaining the latter look, Taylor said, "I imagined my girl this season to be on a sort of self-enforced vacation. She would totally wear something like that [evening dress] while lounging around the pool and not care if everyone was staring at her." The cute bustier crop tops and A-line frocks with side cutouts contributed to the feminine and flirty tone. Based on this lineup, we're excited to see Taylor continue to evolve her clever aesthetic.