"There are enough ugly things in life for us not to add to them," Pierre-Auguste Renoir once said. After watching a film about the artist this summer, Rebecca Taylor was moved by those words. "I thought it was such a lovely sentiment," she said backstage before her Spring show. "So I wanted to do something modern, fresh, and beautiful."

Taylor is known for her ultra-feminine wares, and at times she stayed the course, offering crystal embellishments (which, truth be told, often felt a bit much), flippy little dresses, and fields of floral prints inspired by pressed flowers. "I really love a floral, but I think it's important to present it in a modern way," she said. The designer achieved this on the runway, showing soft pink petals on a sweet hoodie (worn under a tactile rubberized terry bomber in tan), as well as a relaxed top-to-toe floral suit.

Supplementing Taylorís girlish signatures was a new sporty coolness. Referencing nineties street wear, the designer turned out perforated leather (which was particularly appealing as a double zipper-front baby blue shift) and lots of mesh. Sometimes, those elements were juxtaposed with ladylike lace, which appeared on the lapels of vests and bombers, and, on one occasion, as a mid-length white skirt.

The crop top, it would seem, continues to reign, and it turned up here in the form of zebra-print sweatshirts, floral organdy tees, and chunky cropped sweaters (worn atop crisp blouses). In an attractive example of layering, a brocade mini-top was shown over a geometric voile cutwork shirt and paired with easy white trousers. Less appealing were the engineer denims, which, sometimes accented with pink zippers, read a bit too Railroad Barbie. All in all, however, Taylor's Spring collection felt youthful, light, and embraced the "fresh beauty" she aimed to create.