Rebecca Taylor loves a floral print, always has. Growing up in England, she was heavily influenced by her great-aunt Jean’s work as a print designer during the Sixties and Seventies. Jean died last year at age 100, and Taylor’s fall collection celebrated their shared love of floral, paisley and garden motifs, rendered on fine jersey knits, velvet blazers and a floral appliquéd leather pencil skirt, which gave the lineup a dose of sex appeal.
A few tomboyish pieces — high-rise patchwork jeans, a plaid bomber and an oversize faux shearling coat — savvily tempered the femininity with masculine cool. Still, Taylor’s signature romantic lace dresses and ruffled blouses abounded. As she put it, “I’ve never met a Victorian shirt I didn’t like.”