“This was really the first collection we built virtually,” Tanya Taylor said over Zoom, “and I think what it represents is this excitement to find this creative collaboration.” For pre-fall, Taylor and members of her design team each developed their own prints from home, with the idea of balancing a mix of art and sport into the collection.
At the time, Taylor was nine months pregnant and took to painting on the floor of her bedroom to develop an expressive, abstract floral print. The energetic print was splashed onto a vibrant light blue and white dress with rounded, architectural shoulder sleeves. Meanwhile, one of the brand’s senior designers developed a print based off of the technique of ice dyeing, seen on easy dresses and fluid sets. The garments, which playfully represent a celebration of creativity, were shot on a clean white backdrop to put emphasis on prints and colors. “They’re all like little mini canvases,” Taylor said.
Compact knits were smartly layered with the garments to add the element of sportiness. For instance, easy cotton poplin summer dresses atop striped compact knits or a fil coupe shirtdress, worn unbuttoned atop a crisp white utilitarian look. From a seersucker gingham trapeze frock to compact knit dresses, the collection melded comfort and ease with art and sport wonderfully.
In addition, a singular “Off-Duty” embroidered little terry crop-top sweatshirt and short set signaled newness for the label. Although unseen from the look book, Taylor will be debuting in-house developed swimwear in tandem with pre-fall. Following the immense success of her recent collaboration with swimwear label SummerSalt, the collection includes three silhouettes that compliment the prints from this collection.