Following Steven Cateron’s strong spring debut for Rebecca Taylor, the creative director continued evolving the label toward a more modern take on effortless romance for pre-fall.

Cateron embraced the Rebecca Taylor brand code of laces developed in-house and rendered them in silhouettes with a more undone ease, infusing vintage inspirations throughout. “There’s a lot of focus around the craftsmanship of the pieces and textures — the developments in lace, handwork, crochet and beading, often by-hand,” he remarked over Zoom. For instance, a novel white shirt with crochet detailing and “R” monogram, directly based off of a vintage linen napkin he found last year in London’s Portobello Market; a doily inspired crochet tank or button-up lace shirts and cardigans with loose ties, paired with a little slip bra-and-short set, or more Edwardian-inspired garments with ruched, embroidered and bullet-pleated details.

The undone ease of the collection ran throughout as adjustable little straps, ties and bows on these sweet yet sophisticated frocks, top-and-skirt sets, and a standout chocolate-toned romper, in lightweight, airy fabrics (cotton silk voile, Ramy linen, silk-crinkle gauze and more) inspired by vintage linens and tablecloths.

To round out the label, which has historically been best-known for its tops and dresses, Cateron worked to introduce new categories. Knitwear and sweaters were a new strong-point of the collection, best seen through a knit tank and slip skirt with contrasting Japanese lace trim around the neck and slit of the skirt; trousers, too, offset some of the lineup’s sweetness through relaxed, slouchy shapes. Overall, the collection pushed the label further into its new realm of sophisticated romance.

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