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July 23 2014

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The Enduring Influence Of The Other Taylor

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This week, the buzz has been about Liz Taylor, whose collection of couture, jewels, and accessories has just hit Christie’s. But on the pre-fall rounds, it’s another Taylor being name-dropped: Colorado socialite Ann Bonfoey Taylor. Taylor’s been in the news as well of late, thanks to a recent Phoenix Art Museum retrospective of her enviable collection of Balenciaga, Charles James, Madame Grès, and Hermès. We spotlighted Taylor as a Beauty Icon earlier this year, and for his pre-fall collection, Michael Kors chose her as his inspiration—”Nan Kempner on the range,” he said. That influence worked itself out in Mongolian lamb and cold-weather chic, especially coats. Above and below, Taylor herself, alongside a few of Kors’ creations in homage.


Photos: WWD.com; Courtesy of Michael Kors; Ann Simpkins / Courtesy of the Taylor Family Collection / Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum

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