Vice President Matt Taylor at Resort Market
June 16, 2015
Those of you who keep track of our Instagram account may have noticed a few (or more than a few!) previews of Resort collections, which will arrive in our stores near the end of the year. As head of the couture and evening division, Matt Taylor has had a busy past couple of weeks, traveling from London to Milan and back to New York to preview the collections and finalize orders. Here, Matt shares some highlights, from showroom appointments to sightseeing—he’s a runner and loves to explore the cities he travels to during his morning runs—and proper dining.
Thursday May 28th | New York
Attended Peter Copping’s first Oscar de la Renta’s presentation for Resort. The collection was beautiful! Bright yellow, floral prints, and a teal color story were the highlights of the delivery. A fantastic collection and perfect for our stores.
Saturday May 30th | London
Visited the Tom Ford showroom. The ready-to-wear collection was gorgeous! My favorites are the short leather jackets, sequined eveningwear, and his signature sexy blouses. We are excited to launch the fall collection online at the beginning of August.
Monday June 1st | Milan
Landed in Milan last night and went for a quick run alongside the Giardini Pubblici (Milan’s version of Central Park) – the best cure for jet lag. This morning we will visit Fendi and Bottega Veneta to buy their ready-to-wear collections.
Wednesday June 3rd | Milan
Model wearing double face cashmere coat in bright red at Jil Sander. The collection showcased several light outerwear pieces and jackets. The 800 year-old Italian castle in the background contributes to the dramatic effect.
Thursday June 4th | Milan
Visited the Giorgio Armani showroom. We are working on a collaboration with the Armani team on a capsule of gowns exclusive to Neiman Marcus to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Armani. Details to come, but we are also planning events in our major stores to support the capsule.
Friday June 5th | Milan
Spending the day with our online buyer visiting Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, and Fendi. Wrapping up a great week in Milan by making dinner plans with my wife. I am sure pasta and a bottle of Chianti are in my future. Flying back to New York tomorrow morning for the American Resort market.
Monday June 8th | New York
Buying Resort deliveries at Narciso Rodriguez, Mugler, and Zac Posen
Attended a fantastic presentation from Lanvin with models in various scenes. Rooftop city view with the Carolina Herrera team and an amazing dinner with an amazing group.
Tuesday June 9th | New York
Had a great morning meeting with designer Wes Gordon as he presented his Resort 2016 collection. We are looking forward to launching his Fall collection online in July and we have planned out trunk shows to support the brand in the stores.
We spent the afternoon at Carolina Herrera. It looks fantastic with bright colors, flattering silhouettes, and amazing gowns. We are very excited as we continue to develop their eveningwear capsule collection, the Night Program. Expect year-round seasonless dressing for formal events. My wife and I met up with a longtime friend for a drink before dinner— grilled artichokes and a medium rare steak (New York strip, of course).
Wednesday June 10th | New York
Big day putting together the buys for evening wear. Elie Saab, Jenny Packham, and Zac Posen. All looked great. Elie for his sheer and embellished cocktail and Zac for his rich colors. Jenny’s metallic gowns look gorgeous for Resort delivery. Beautiful embellishments, bright yellows, and metallic finishing make this season a sure-fire success.
Later, met with Narciso Rodriguez during the showroom appointment. He always tries to stop in and say hello while we work. He is a very personable and easy going guy. A true pleasure to work with!
Also worked with the Lanvin team. Their presentation was amazing with models posing in vignettes. The assortment looked beautiful – key item tops, colorful dresses, and lots of leather. We are looking forward to adding Lanvin to the assortment in Westchester and Miami next month.
Back at the hotel and thankful for room service after a very full day.
Thursday June 11th | New York
Wrapped up the trip with a few quick appointments before heading to LaGuardia. Viewed fantastic collections from Victoria Beckham (body conscious silhouettes) Rubin Singer (graphic gowns) and Prabal Gurung (edgy seperates). All in all, it was a great market shopping the most beautiful brands we have to offer. I am very excited for the Resort deliveries to hit the store and be introduced to our customers.