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Newcomer Tanya Taylor presented her third collection of feminine, vintage-inspired wares at the MoMA this season. But she wanted an auxiliary artistic outlet to convey her concept. “I always think it’s nice to add an extra element to explain what you’re thinking,” Taylor told Style.com. She settled on a retro fashion film, which played off her Fall ’13 inspiration, French artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud. “He used a lot of grids and had a modular, linear approach to art,” said Taylor. “So the concept of the film was this girl with really bright clothes and a quirky personality within a very sterile grid.”
Directed by Brina Thurston and David Riley in collaboration with creative directors Arch & Loop, the film and its minimalist backdrop let the designer’s energizing mishmash of checks, floral prints, sixties silhouettes, pink fur (a new textile for Taylor), and considered details (crystal embellishments, eyelets, leather collars, and driving gloves) shine. Model Mina Cvetkovic has a Bardot essence about her, with dark eyes, a modern bouffant, and an enduring expression of ennui. “She’s kind of mysterious. She pulls you in and makes you wonder what she’s thinking,” said Taylor. But Cvetkovic and the designer’s clothes aren’t the only stars of the film—Taylor’s 5-year-old Persian cat, Oscar, makes a cameo. And boy, does he ham it up. “He just happened to be in the studio that day, and we thought, Why not throw him in a few shots?” she explained. “Now, though, his head’s getting pretty big.” Watch Taylor’s new collection, and Oscar’s grand debut, in her Fall film, which premieres exclusively above.
At her first-ever presentation, Tanya Taylor told Style.com she designs for “girls who are leaders, but are unaware of who is looking at them.” With the help of a few couches, Persian rugs, cordial tea service (“we wanted drinks, but it is 11 a.m., after all”), and classical music, Taylor transformed the raw, industrial Exit Art space into a proper parlor, which suited the preppy and ladylike yet eccentric aesthetic of her work. She described the collection as being inspired by “canny woodpeckers.” Medallion sweaters came layered underneath a drop-waist jumper dress in a matching, inverted print. Wearable pieces, like a butternut-colored motorcycle jacket in sturdy angora and a wispy herringbone jumpsuit, demonstrate that Taylor isn’t just scratching a creative itch, but is actually looking to take her clothes to the bank (she studied finance at McGill University before changing career directions after picking up a $49 sewing machine on a whim). Naturally, she had a bit of seasoned help from Cara Croninger, who created the singular, statement resin earrings, and a shoe collaboration with Aperlaï shoes. The dense turnout and enthusiastic response signal Taylor stands out among the crush of newcomers this week.