A preview of Skaist-Taylor, the new collection by Juicy Couture founders Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy, is not just a glimpse at their first post-Juicy venture, but a total immersion into a dimension that does not otherwise exist in New York fashion.
In their temporary headquarters in The Space studios on Tuesday afternoon, whatever tension typically grips designers prepping their first show was completely overshadowed by a spastic energy that one might expect at a preteen slumber party. There was singing, group huddling and periodic “wooh”-ing. Nash-Taylor and Skaist-Levy consider their work environment a “love fest” made possible by the fact that they’re not just business partners, but best friends of 23 years. They finish each other’s sentences, speak in unison and like to dress alike, from their bunny-ear iPhone cases to their flat-ironed hair, which has been dip-dyed turquoise to match the “bleached sky” color that they’re using in their fall line. “We’re the new blue-haired old ladies,” quipped Skaist-Levy.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"