Steven Cateron, Rebecca Taylor creative director, wanted to infuse artful, seaside nostalgia into the pre-fall collection while weaving in ongoing era-inspired references that have been cleverly incorporated into the romantic line over the last year. The pre-fall collection was inspired by seashells and vintage Japanese illustrations, as well as the hand-drawn styles of Matisse.
Among the collection’s quieter, more refined looks were a poplin long-sleeve blouse with a crocheted “poolside bralette” and a smocked waist skirt; beautifully contrasted summery looks, such as a sea shore printed cabana shirt, miniskirt, shell-shaped bucket hat, and oversize, slouchy tote bag; and classic striped and floral ensembles, as well as chic mini boucle sets and The collection wasn’t too creative or nostalgic, but it did a decent job of striking a balance between easy-to-wear, warm-weather classics and a modern point of view on fashion.
The aesthetic is based on the concept of “Romanticism Redefined.”
It’s important to note that while Cateron’s collection includes “a lot of gorgeous, romantic gowns,” she also includes “a little bit of a cleaner sensibility thrown in,” as seen by the use of “boxy, easy shirts layered atop flowing skirts and more casualized, optimistic summer outfits.”
Among the must-haves: Layered sets that have a slouch appeal, such as a yellow ombre plaid mesh button-down shirt and pants; boxy shirting worn over easy dresses or minimalistic trousers; a ditzy floral silk tunic or tank dress with elongated, matching pyjama pants that have a slight ’70s swagger, or a terry cloth set with a slight ’50s vibe; a (a pleated hibiscus-toned frock).
Point to keep in mind: Rebecca Taylor is a brand that Cateron has continually updated and redesigned over the years. One of the most recent examples of his vision for the Rebecca Taylor brand is a seasonal request from buyers to add another July delivery to his company’s pre-fall collection.