La Vie RT

08.20.14

Page: The Melton Coat

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love outerwear and sweaters, so I’m always really excited when I get to start wearing them. This fall I’m very into menswear. I’ll wear oversized sweaters (I buys mens’ so they’re extra-long) and plaid. The Southern ex-prep school girl in me gets them monogrammed on the cuff-I’ve always liked it when I see this detail on mens’ shirting. The Short Melton Coat is a great “third piece” to throw on top—the roundness of it will ease up on the masculine vibe.

TEXTURE. I just bought a great leopard brocade mini skirt that I can’t wait to wear with a super long nubby cardigan. I like the idea of playing with proportions. A buttoned up shirt underneath and a giant scarf will make it feel not sloppy.
I’m going to invest in a really chic and timeless flat boot; it will be great (and comfy) to toughen up dresses and skirts, and always looks classic and polished with jeans. And of course it will be warm and functional, especially for those days when the temperatures begin to dip. I have a penchant for high heels but practicality has begun to prevail, especially since our last NYC winter was so brutal.

I tend to err on the side of classic with a twist when I dress for fall and winter. Even the most neutral of color palettes (grey and navy are my faves) can be dressed up with the right amount of jewelry and the perfect bag. My social calendar for the chilly months definitely involves red wine and comfort food, so even if I’m wearing something like black jeans and a sweater, I’ll wear about 7 rings to make myself feel a bit more “dressed”. I will obviously and probably exclusively be wearing red lipstick (Mac’s Ruby Woo).

Follow #rteamstyle on Instagram @rebeccataylornyc

Page: The Melton Coat

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love outerwear and sweaters, so I’m always really excited when I get to start wearing them. This fall I’m very into menswear. I’ll wear oversized sweaters (I buys mens’ so they’re extra-long) and plaid. The Southern ex-prep school girl in me gets them monogrammed on the cuff-I’ve always liked it when I see this detail on mens’ shirting. The Short Melton Coat is a great “third piece” to throw on top—the roundness of it will ease up on the masculine vibe.

TEXTURE. I just bought a great leopard brocade mini skirt that I can’t wait to wear with a super long nubby cardigan. I like the idea of playing with proportions. A buttoned up shirt underneath and a giant scarf will make it feel not sloppy.

I’m going to invest in a really chic and timeless flat boot; it will be great (and comfy) to toughen up dresses and skirts, and always looks classic and polished with jeans. And of course it will be warm and functional, especially for those days when the temperatures begin to dip. I have a penchant for high heels but practicality has begun to prevail, especially since our last NYC winter was so brutal.

I tend to err on the side of classic with a twist when I dress for fall and winter. Even the most neutral of color palettes (grey and navy are my faves) can be dressed up with the right amount of jewelry and the perfect bag. My social calendar for the chilly months definitely involves red wine and comfort food, so even if I’m wearing something like black jeans and a sweater, I’ll wear about 7 rings to make myself feel a bit more “dressed”. I will obviously and probably exclusively be wearing red lipstick (Mac’s Ruby Woo).

Follow #rteamstyle on Instagram @rebeccataylornyc

08.20.14

Sara: The Dotty Dress

For fall, I’m looking forward to pairing feminine prints and shapes, like the Dotty dress, with more utilitarian pieces; I plan on wearing my favorite army green anorak every day until it gets too cold, and I love a great menswear-inspired oxford shoe, but in an unexpected color or metallic. There’s a running joke at the office that no one has ever seen me in a pair of pants, but I love to balance my girly skirts and dresses with my trusty Vans or a lived-in work boot in the fall.
Follow #rteamstyle on Instagram @rebeccataylornyc

Sara: The Dotty Dress

For fall, I’m looking forward to pairing feminine prints and shapes, like the Dotty dress, with more utilitarian pieces; I plan on wearing my favorite army green anorak every day until it gets too cold, and I love a great menswear-inspired oxford shoe, but in an unexpected color or metallic. There’s a running joke at the office that no one has ever seen me in a pair of pants, but I love to balance my girly skirts and dresses with my trusty Vans or a lived-in work boot in the fall.

Follow #rteamstyle on Instagram @rebeccataylornyc

08.20.14

Garry Winogrand

I recently enjoyed an inspirational outing to the Met and loved the Garry Winogrand photography exhibition, a pre-Instagram documentation of everyday life in the mid-century.  A must-see! 

Garry Winogrand - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Garry Winogrand

I recently enjoyed an inspirational outing to the Met and loved the Garry Winogrand photography exhibition, a pre-Instagram documentation of everyday life in the mid-century.  A must-see! 

Garry Winogrand - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

08.15.14

An Afternoon at Ovando

Beth and I spent a lovely day with Sandra Ovando, owner of NYC’s premier floral design boutique, Ovando. As I am always inspired by flowers and love to design a beautiful floral print, Sandra is also inspired by the worlds of fashion and art in designing her wonderful arrangements. We found we share similar design philosophies —- design from the heart, keep it simple (although it may be anything but simple) yet unexpected… she refers to the orange flower in the final design a ‘beauty mark’. The experience was a fabulous way to brighten up the day, and the resulting bouquet certainly brightens up the showroom.

Ovando

08.11.14

Family Affair

I recently spent a lovely time in California with my best friends in the world, my Mum and sisters. We enjoyed beautiful sunny days and laughed like crazy. Photo By Todd Weaver.

Family Affair

I recently spent a lovely time in California with my best friends in the world, my Mum and sisters. We enjoyed beautiful sunny days and laughed like crazy. Photo By Todd Weaver.

08.06.14

Nolita: Charm Central

In the heart of downtown NYC, Nolita is a neighborhood steeped in tradition with an entrepreneurial spirit, revealing itself with its innovative shops and lively restaurants. Its streets are meant to be strolled, hidden pockets waiting to be discovered; parks to slip into and escape the city for a moment, outdoor cafes prime for people watching. You’ll see locals walking dogs giving directions to tourists, shoppers with newly-found treasures, and hear laughter spilling out from bars and restaurants. A guide to some of our favorite spots.

The Butcher’s Daughter. Sunny vegan juice bar and cafe. Bring a book and stay a while. 166 Elizabeth Street.

A.B Biagi Amanda from the Nolita boutique is obsessed with the pear sorbet at A.B Biagi. 235 Elizabeth Street.

Crosby Street Hotel. Whimsical decor with an English flair, lovely spot for afternoon tea or a cheerful happy hour in its brightly lit and colored bar. Rebecca is quite fond of the White Linen drink, Deanna and Noelle are rosé all the way. 79 Crosby Street.

Café Gitane is a neighborhood standby popular with models off-duty and Aussies missing their Vegemite. People-watching paradise. 242 Mott Street.

Public. Enchanting ambiance with open air dining, seductive lighting and a loosely-based library theme. Sophisticated without being stuffy. Ideal for date night. 210 Elizabeth Street.

08.06.14

Shiny and New

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary in a neighborhood we love, Nolita, NYC, we decided to refresh the store with a modern makeover.  Designer Serge Becker worked closely with Rebecca to create the original charming space with a cozy, neighborhood feel — a place to pop by with the dog or gaze out to the garden in back — for the redesign, Visual Manager Erin Ryder made magic happen:

The intention with the design of the store was to strip down the space, creating a chic, modern ‘blank slate’ more or less, which allows each piece of clothing to shine. Our clothing is quite detailed, and intricate, so I didn’t want to detract from this element — this is what makes our pieces special.

With this considered, the store still needed to feel warm, and have the personality of the neighborhood, with a certain direction that makes it obvious you are in a Rebecca Taylor store as soon as you walk in. To imbue the essence of our brand into the space, I worked with a local Brooklyn-based artist to create custom display pieces, made of cement and crystalized rock salt. The first time I saw other works by these artists at a show early this year, I knew they would be perfect for our stores. The subdued intricacy and shimmer, paired with the a natural, yet bold materiality made for an ideal fit at Nolita in particular.

Rebecca Taylor Boutique, 260 Mott Street (at Prince)

08.01.14

Noted

Wonderful feature in Another about the famous and their noteboooks… above is Marilyn Monroe’s address book and a page out of it. Thoughts becoming history…

The Famous and their Notebooks

Noted

Wonderful feature in Another about the famous and their noteboooks… above is Marilyn Monroe’s address book and a page out of it. Thoughts becoming history…

The Famous and their Notebooks

07.30.14

Boerum House & Home

Pop on over to a pop-up shop celebrating Brooklyn designers and artists, including - if I may boast - my husband Wayne Pate. His art is featured on the gallery wall, and the entire shop is wonderfully curated.  An oasis of tasteful design.

Boerum House & Home

Boerum House & Home

Pop on over to a pop-up shop celebrating Brooklyn designers and artists, including - if I may boast - my husband Wayne Pate. His art is featured on the gallery wall, and the entire shop is wonderfully curated.  An oasis of tasteful design.

Boerum House & Home

07.28.14

Fall 2014 Runway: Behind the Scenes

Rebecca narrates the Fall 2014 Runway show: inspiration, the muse, her favorite print, and advice from Mum.