After trips to Spain and Tanzania, Ann Taylor’s creative director Austyn Zung was in a relaxed mind-set for spring. “We were inspired by Spanish tapestries, matadors and flamenco dancers,” she explained at the brand’s headquarters, where a lively presentation was underway. “But how do you translate that to clothes that you can actually wear…into an offering that feels relevant and modern?”
Zung, who references her points of inspiration with subtlety, pulled together a feminine collection that felt festive, yet polished and down-to-earth. There were one-shoulder ruffled tops, cropped jackets decorated with fringe and minidresses with laser-cut embroidery and lace trim, all of which nodded to vibrant, sensual Spanish style. Elsewhere, Zung’s tie-waist jackets, off-the-shoulder dresses and midi skirts featured graphic stripes, leafy botanical prints and windowpane patterns that recalled the rich colors and textures of East Africa. These were clothes to wear to work — and well beyond.