The crop top is here to stay, at least if it's up to Rebecca Taylor. The designer showed her spring/summer '14 collection offsite at Center 548 on Saturday, September 7, to a packed warehouse and front row notables Zosia Mamet, Kelly Bensimon, Nigel Barker, Chelsea Leyland, Noemi Sunshine Ferst and Mia Moretti. Taylor told Style.com she found inspiration for the collection after watching a movie about artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir and took one of his quotes to heart: "There are enough ugly things in life for us not to add to them."
"I thought it was such a lovely sentiment," she told Style.com backstage. "So I wanted to do something modern, fresh, and beautiful." Taylor wowed with a collection of 40 looks chock full of ultra-wearable feminine separates. Pastel blues and pinks abounded with pops of chartreuse and ruby red. Taylor also experimented with materials in this collection, showing a mix of leather, mesh, lace, silk, denim and zippers (yes, that's definitely a trend this season).
"Key silhouettes experiment with proportion — crop tops, full trousers and teacup skirts are paired with soft modern volume in rounded sleeve shapes. Very crisp white poplin shirting and geo-eyelet are layered with tactile matelaffe, laminated knits and crystal-encrusted lace," the show notes said.
Taylor told us last February her fall 2013 collection was inspired by 90s street wear. It seems as though she has found inspiration there yet again as models walked the runway in mesh vests, dresses lined with zippers, belly-baring tops, hoodies and mixed denim. Beauty was also reminiscent of the era with a dark smoky eye and effortless yet supremely sexy wavy hair.
One of the most notable things about the collection was the mix of silhouettes and styles. Many pieces, like a chartreuse lacy sheer-paneled tunic paired with shorts, seemed oversized while others, like a zebra-printed flirty number, were the complete opposite. Layering reigned supreme as many looks featured at least three pieces.
Highlights included pieces with lace and sheer paneling, a bright blue floral suit with matching pants and jacket, and a soft sheer floral shirtdress.
With reporting by Alexandra Finkel.