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09.25.13

Modern Romance: Black Tie

Paris is my absolute favorite city in the world and a constant source of inspiration for me —- it seems like there is something extraordinary around every corner!  Here are some pictures from my travels to Paris of modern, feminine beauty which caught my eye.   I love the Pyramide du Louvre —- its classic, romantic architecture and clean, sharp details.  I often referenced this while designing the Black Tie Collection, strived to achieve that balance of beauty, grace and romanticism with a modern edge.  

With Black Tie, I designed the silhouettes modern and added details elaborate and intricate—working with fabrics like lace, leather, chiffon and embellishments including tiger’s eye pearls, sequins and nailheads.  It was a dream come true to be able to let go creatively and design some couture-like pieces for the woman with an elevated taste yet who lives in the contemporary world.  I hope you enjoy these pieces and have a fantastic time in them.  xx rt

See the Black Tie Collection

09.08.13

Spring 2014 Runway Show
Combine a mad medley of inspiration including Cecil Beaton photographs from India, Impressionist painting, 90’s rap style, American workwear, floral lithographs; work very hard for many months with a talented, dedicated team; then throw a big party and dress up beautiful girls and invite fabulous friends and play fun music and there you have:  Our Spring 2014 Runway Show, from New York Fashion Week.
See the inspiration, behind the scenes and looks from the Spring 2014 Runway show on the Rebecca Taylor Pinterest.

Spring 2014 Runway Show

Combine a mad medley of inspiration including Cecil Beaton photographs from India, Impressionist painting, 90’s rap style, American workwear, floral lithographs; work very hard for many months with a talented, dedicated team; then throw a big party and dress up beautiful girls and invite fabulous friends and play fun music and there you have:  Our Spring 2014 Runway Show, from New York Fashion Week.

See the inspiration, behind the scenes and looks from the Spring 2014 Runway show on the Rebecca Taylor Pinterest.

08.21.13

Peter Doig
I love the peaceful tranquility in Peter Doig’s paintings.  The perfect inspiration as I prepare for another hectic New York fashion week!   xx rt
Peter Doig at National Galleries Scotland

Peter Doig

I love the peaceful tranquility in Peter Doig’s paintings.  The perfect inspiration as I prepare for another hectic New York fashion week!   xx rt

Peter Doig at National Galleries Scotland

07.12.13

Carlotta Manaigo

People who know me well know that one of my favorite quotes is from Roald Dahl:  

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it."  

When choosing a photographer for our Fall 2013 campaign, it was important to select a photographer who can take an amazing fashion picture, and I also wanted a photographer who can see the magic… when I saw Carlotta’s portfolio, I fell in love with her sensibility.  As she describes her artistic inspiration:

With my camera, with my eyes, I tend to capture what I feel rather than what I see,
creating emotional states. Someone once described my work with the expression 
"cold romanticism" which I believe conveys well the contrast within. 
My inspiration comes from a fascination with nature in all its form, its game of light and shadows, its wilderness and fragility,sensuous aspects and mysteries.
It’s almost magical when such beauty is revealed. 



06.26.13

With Glittering Eyes: Paris and London

I recently took an inspirational trip to Paris and fell in love with the beauty of the city all over again:  The Musee d’Orsay takes my breath away, there are always exciting new artists to discover in museums (this time I learned of Armand Berton and Francois Petrovich) and found myself always looking up with wonder:  the blue ceiling with gold stars at St. Germain Des Pres, and the beautiful ship chandelier at my favorite shop in Paris, Astier de Villate.  Everytime I go to Paris I find something new, and this time it was this lovely candy store, Meert. 

London always provides a creative spark and this time I went with a purpose … to see the David Bowie Exhibition at the V & A Museum, which raised the bar on museum exhibitions and literally left me breathless, I thought I would faint… the man is a genius! I also managed to shop, of course, and visited one of my favorite stores, Dover Street Market.

06.25.13

Inspiration: Debbie Harry
I love the rock and roll downtown style of New York in the early 80’s…I just love the anarchy of the time, and I imagined my Fall 2013 girl coming home late at night from a rock concert: feminine, with an urban edge,  maybe her boyfriend’s jacket around her shoulders.  There’s a little bit of Debbie Harry in every collection I do, probably because as a girl I stared at this Autoamerican cover for hours…

Inspiration: Debbie Harry

I love the rock and roll downtown style of New York in the early 80’s…I just love the anarchy of the time, and I imagined my Fall 2013 girl coming home late at night from a rock concert: feminine, with an urban edge,  maybe her boyfriend’s jacket around her shoulders.  There’s a little bit of Debbie Harry in every collection I do, probably because as a girl I stared at this Autoamerican cover for hours…

05.13.13

Love Interests

Rebecca’s husband, artist Wayne Pate, created the Poppy Tote bag.  His inspiration: “Besides spring the drawing of poppies embodies those little magical moments that life gives you for free. The poppies remind me of one of those in the South of France where there is a endless sea of them everywhere you look.”  He’s obsessed with Paris turn-of-the-century, 20’s and 30’s art scene and Jean Desbordes is his style icon.  Wayne’s instagram is a generous look into his creative mind.

The Poppy Tote is free with a purchase of $350 or more, while supplies last.

Wayne Pate

05.09.13

With Glittering Eyes
Last night I was completely enchanted by the New York City Ballet Spring Gala. My favorite performance of the night was Glass Pieces… riveting music, a beautiful colour story, and creative choreography which really showcased the fantastic male dancers.  —costumes by Ben Benson, music by Phillip Glass, choreography by Jerome Robbins.
I’ve been taking advantage of the culture of NYC and find it’s always, endlessly, fascinating. There is an interesting performance art piece with an intriguing horror story vibe: Sleep No More. The less said about it the better as it’s really something to be experienced first hand…
New York City Ballet
Sleep No More

With Glittering Eyes

Last night I was completely enchanted by the New York City Ballet Spring Gala. My favorite performance of the night was Glass Pieces… riveting music, a beautiful colour story, and creative choreography which really showcased the fantastic male dancers.  —costumes by Ben Benson, music by Phillip Glass, choreography by Jerome Robbins.

I’ve been taking advantage of the culture of NYC and find it’s always, endlessly, fascinating. There is an interesting performance art piece with an intriguing horror story vibe: Sleep No More. The less said about it the better as it’s really something to be experienced first hand…

New York City Ballet

Sleep No More

04.01.13

In The Lab: Growing Crystals

Growing up in New Zealand, I learned to be very crafty because I had to: if I wanted a pair of red patent leather pumps, the only way I’d get them would be by painting one of my pair with red nail polish. I’ve always found crystals to be beautiful and almost magical and I was reading a book about mining and our head designer Kathleen came across this artist who transforms materials by growing crystals: we decided to try it with this clutch.


Alexis Arnold: Crystallized Books

03.12.13

Hope There’s Someone
Image by Pakayla Biehn
You Should Take Care

Hope There’s Someone

Image by Pakayla Biehn

You Should Take Care