La Vie RT

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.

07.21.14

#rtwhitenoise

white noise: 1. noise containing many frequencies of equal intensities. 2. our new Fall print, inspired by the contrast between the energy of our daily lives and the need for calm within the chaos.

Join the visual conversation on Instagram and here on Tumblr by tagging your photos with the hashtag #rtwhitenoise : places where you find harmony as in Rebecca’s personal example; or share your styling of the print, as in Fashionguitar and Jalinedesign's examples.

07.21.14

Philippe Baudelocque

While working on the Fall 2014 Collection, I was on an inspirational holiday in Paris and came across the work of graffiti artist Philippe Baudelocque. I love the beautiful mix of graphic patterns and the appearance of multi-dimensional textures.

I had known of his work before and considered it fate and destiny that I’d happen to come across it in its natural habitat, the street — actually quite lucky as the work is created with chalk so it is transient. This is lovely, the thought of creating something temporary, and being able to let go.

Philippe Baudelocque

While working on the Fall 2014 Collection, I was on an inspirational holiday in Paris and came across the work of graffiti artist Philippe Baudelocque. I love the beautiful mix of graphic patterns and the appearance of multi-dimensional textures.

I had known of his work before and considered it fate and destiny that I’d happen to come across it in its natural habitat, the street — actually quite lucky as the work is created with chalk so it is transient. This is lovely, the thought of creating something temporary, and being able to let go.

07.21.14

Calm within Chaos

I’m sure many women feel overwhelmed with demands and pressures, whatever they may be; yet I’m sure we all have pleasant spots of the day which place the pressures in perspective, often metaphorically so. Personally, I cherish my time in Shelter Island and the peaceful moments such as watching the waves wash over the pebbles. I also have a new puppy Chewy, which although he has boundless energy, he instills in me a feeling of calm.

We have a new print for Fall which I love: the White Noise print. It’s inspired by the energy of the city and modern life; technology, constant communication of competing frequencies, and the luxury of having a clean space where you can zone out, in peace.

Calm within Chaos

I’m sure many women feel overwhelmed with demands and pressures, whatever they may be; yet I’m sure we all have pleasant spots of the day which place the pressures in perspective, often metaphorically so. Personally, I cherish my time in Shelter Island and the peaceful moments such as watching the waves wash over the pebbles. I also have a new puppy Chewy, which although he has boundless energy, he instills in me a feeling of calm.

We have a new print for Fall which I love: the White Noise print. It’s inspired by the energy of the city and modern life; technology, constant communication of competing frequencies, and the luxury of having a clean space where you can zone out, in peace.

07.20.14

Lucien Clergue

I love the light and shadows, the tension and tanquility, in these high-contrast black and white photos by French photographer Lucien Clergue.

07.17.14

On the Spot

I am often asked why I love animal prints. They are so intrinsic to my style that it’s a difficult question to answer… I just love it. It is a ‘cool girl / confident woman’ staple and adds kind of an ‘evil glamour’ to any look. It is amazingly versatile as it mixes well with other prints — I especially love it with florals —- and it is timeless. I never think of animal prints as a “trend”. 

I do love to find new ways to design a leopard print, sometimes with colors, sometimes a bit more abstract, sometimes more classic; and I love to see the way women style animal prints in their wardrobes. I hope you enjoy what we are showing for fall and you can certainly count on more animal prints coming soon…

See Animal Prints

On the Spot

I am often asked why I love animal prints. They are so intrinsic to my style that it’s a difficult question to answer… I just love it. It is a ‘cool girl / confident woman’ staple and adds kind of an ‘evil glamour’ to any look. It is amazingly versatile as it mixes well with other prints — I especially love it with florals —- and it is timeless. I never think of animal prints as a “trend”. 

I do love to find new ways to design a leopard print, sometimes with colors, sometimes a bit more abstract, sometimes more classic; and I love to see the way women style animal prints in their wardrobes. I hope you enjoy what we are showing for fall and you can certainly count on more animal prints coming soon…

See Animal Prints

07.15.14

Love Happens

I’m on Shelter Island this week on holiday and loving relaxing and catching up with magazines. I am enjoying Glamour magazine’s July issue with an overall theme about dating, though I am a bit disheartened to read that 73% of single women don’t know if the last date they went on was actually a “date” and 88% of women in relationships don’t have a regularly scheduled date night. (Come on, ladies!) Editor Cindy Lieve makes an excellent point that even not-wonderful dates expand your horizons, and even established relationships need romantic time set aside to enjoy each other… this means scheduled time that you change your clothes for, add a little lippy and put away the phone and the kids! Nowadays my dates look more like the scene above, though I do enjoy a night out at a new or favorite restaurant, enjoying a new or favorite cocktail. I love the ‘us’ time with my husband.

Love Happens

I’m on Shelter Island this week on holiday and loving relaxing and catching up with magazines. I am enjoying Glamour magazine’s July issue with an overall theme about dating, though I am a bit disheartened to read that 73% of single women don’t know if the last date they went on was actually a “date” and 88% of women in relationships don’t have a regularly scheduled date night. (Come on, ladies!) Editor Cindy Lieve makes an excellent point that even not-wonderful dates expand your horizons, and even established relationships need romantic time set aside to enjoy each other… this means scheduled time that you change your clothes for, add a little lippy and put away the phone and the kids! Nowadays my dates look more like the scene above, though I do enjoy a night out at a new or favorite restaurant, enjoying a new or favorite cocktail. I love the ‘us’ time with my husband.