Rebecca Taylor’s Pre-Fall collection had ethereal gowns, cotton army pants, crisp blouses, and even a hoodie. What tied it all together was the idea of clothes that don’t look brand-new. “Growing up, my grandmother had this dress-up box with all of my aunt’s old ballet costumes, and everything had this beautiful aged quality,” Taylor explained. “I wanted to capture that sort of undone femininity.” Lovely vintage-looking lace and mixed florals could’ve been plucked from another time, but they looked perfectly modern on simple dresses and shells. “I love piecing various prints together, kind of like painting with them,” she said. In muted shades of olive, cream, and navy, even full-on botanical dresses felt grounded. Taylor also played with different textures. Inspired by her own tendency to layer denim jackets under all of her coats—”just so you see the collar and placket,” she explained—she designed a great denim and tweed topper with flap pockets and frayed edges. “I love denim at the moment, but this is a little more refined than a regular jean jacket.” While the collection was hardly groundbreaking, sometimes it’s nice to look at clothes that won’t feel tired by the time they actually hit stores. Other contemporary designers are turning out of-this-second crowd-pleasers like bell-bottoms and faux fur, but Taylor is sticking to her familiar embellishments and prints. Her designs are for the woman who wants to look pretty but not necessarily “on trend,” and there is value in that.

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