Known for her consistently wearable separates, Rebecca Taylor delivered once again at her runway show at the Highline Stage on Saturday. Front row notables included actress Shailene Woodley, stylist Robert Verdi and Leandra Medine, the fashion blogger known as the Man Repeller.
Taylor's latest line moved away from feminine frocks and focused on grunge, a theme that has been showing up throughout the week.
“It’s like you’re at CBGBs in the ’70s wearing a really cool dress,” Taylor told Fashionista backstage. “And when you leave it’s cold outside so you throw on your boyfriend’s jacket, and your makeup is just a little bit dirty. I love that.”
Taylor also told Stylecaster that architecture also played a part in her inspiration. "I was also reading a book about Frank Lloyd Wright," she said. "So this collection was quite architectural this time, and I was really interested tailoring and getting things into a much sharper line, getting things crisper."
The New Zealand designer's collection included cocktail dresses and edgy workplace separates like blazers, trousers and pencil skirts. A number of looks were adorned with zippers and leather adding to the overall punk vision. Several looks paired a girly beaded top with a boyish bottom.
Highlights included a flirty a-line tank dress in printed silk with a zipper down the center as well as a fur coat over a white button down and a pleated leather skirt.
The downtown vibe was just as noticeable in the beauty. Examiner.com got an exclusive look backstage and chatted with the experts behind the finished look.
Makeup was relatively sparse except for a smoky eye. "We wanted a girl who's a little bit of a punk girl, said makeup artist Sil Bruinsma. "We did a full eyebrow, coal rimmed eyes and just added a bit of concealer to the lips."
TRESemme stylist Kevin Ryan based the hair off of a '50s pompadour. He blow dried the volume in and then used gel and mousse together to add oomph. Once he had enough texture, he used a mini flat iron over the top. Then, he came in underneath the hair with a row of bobby pins to keep it refined. Ryan's one beauty secret? "The one trick we used today is we used the hairspray as a styling product not as a finishing," he said. "A lot of times you just use hairspray at the end, but I used it while flat-ironing. I sprayed it in, and then used the flat iron over the top."
Additional reporting by Alexandra Finkel