Tanya Taylor NYFW FW18
Think a Balenciaga print, on a DVF dress, or a Proenza palette on a McQueen coat, around about there you’ll find Tanya Taylor, who’s A/W18 offering was a colorful array of wearable and fun pieces for real women. The collection – Impressive yet slightly hard to envisage as a full vision, perhaps because it was only a small offering compared to what other designers show, however small, it was mighty and impactful.
Foremost these clothes seem to have a life, you can easily envisage the cropped tailored checked trousers being worn by any working girl, or the flowing florals being worn at any summer party by any woman. The dresses on offer are interesting, the silhouettes are quite aged and very modest, a pink knee-length dress comes to mind, but in a way this creates in own sort of nostalgic chic vibe akin to something that’s vintage, and with the employment of a kitsch kitten heel, I can definitely see the appeal of Taylors vision. These ageless well made clothes would feel at home in any major department store because of the ease and the wearability of the simple separates and its a breath of fresh air to see wearable clothes being styled in a fun and interesting way.
The styling is a character of its own in this collection, turtlenecks being worn under dresses and fur stoles draped over many shoulders achieving a chic effortless candor to the looks. Even in a rather modest collection the fun and flounce is there and you can attribute to the styling. Hair and make up – minimal and glossier-esque but again chic, the clothes definitely do the talking here, and I think overall create a fun, modest and real woman.
The standout piece of this collection, is a handkerchief hem dress in a bright autumnal pattern, this piece feels impactful and sexy but still so so wearable, I can see this piece living in an Indian summer wedding or even lasting until mid-winter paired with a roll neck underneath, the lavish charm of the garment being able to last summer to winter effortlessly.
To summarise this collection, I would say its modest and bright, two things perhaps missing at other smaller houses trying to be more conceptual. In my book good, well made wearable clothes are always stylish and I think this small and mighty collection is a great example of a small brand doing big things for the real woman in fashion.