Following two years working at Elizabeth and James, Tanya Taylor’s first collection was full of polish and promise. Using textures “inspired by woodpeckers” and shapes influenced by her affection for Sixties vintage, she showed Twiggyish shifts, coats with back volume and wool and angora pleat-waisted skirts paired with cashmere and angora pullovers. Taylor’s elevated presentation — glamorous hair and makeup, strong but minimal accessorizing and a tearoom setting — all indicate that this designer, whose early-day background was in finance, means business.

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