All Things Bright And Bubbly At Ann Taylor-------
Ann Taylor isn’t the same old Ann Taylor. In the past three years, creative director Lisa Axelson has worked hard to give the career woman brand a facelift—lor at least the equivalent of a Clarisonic treatment—and the latest collection had definite youth appeal. Axelson mixed florals that were “tougher, more modern—not your garden variety,” as she put it, with leopards, scrolling brocade patterns, and bold stripes. What really stood out were some of the coordinating separates including a cropped, rose-printed pant suit as well as a graphic, color-blocked pencil skirt and a matching top. Worn together, the set looked like a sleek sheath but could smartly be broken up into individual parts. Accessories deserved a shout-out, too. Chunky, crystal-studded chain bracelets interlaced with neon string, perforated leather clutches, and simple ankle-strap sandals in a rainbow of colors added a playful touch to the lineup.