February 9, 2012
At her first-ever presentation, Tanya Taylor told Style.com she designs for “girls who are leaders, but are unaware of who is looking at them.” With the help of a few couches, Persian rugs, cordial tea service (”we wanted drinks, but it is 11 a.m., after all”), and classical music, Taylor transformed the raw, industrial Exit Art space into a proper parlor, which suited the preppy and ladylike yet eccentric aesthetic of her work. She described the collection as being inspired by “canny woodpeckers.” Medallion sweaters came layered underneath a drop-waist jumper dress in a matching, inverted print. Wearable pieces, like a butternut-colored motorcycle jacket in sturdy angora and a wispy herringbone jumpsuit, demonstrate that Taylor isn’t just scratching a creative itch, but is actually looking to take her clothes to the bank (she studied finance at McGill University before changing career directions after picking up a $49 sewing machine on a whim). Naturally, she had a bit of seasoned help from Cara Croninger, who created the singular, statement resin earrings, and a shoe collaboration with Aperlaï shoes. The dense turnout and enthusiastic response signal Taylor stands out among the crush of newcomers this week.
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