10 Minutes With: Tanya Taylor at NYFW
February 24, 2017
Fall is no time for muted hues in the eyes of New York City-based designer Tanya Taylor. Her Fall 2017 presentation was full of rich colors and wonderfully bold prints that warmed attendees despite the city’s fiercely snowy weather.
We had the opportunity to speak with Taylor about her inspiration for the collection, how she likes to style each piece, and even discovered her go-to shoe styles for the season.
Neiman Marcus: We were so excited to see you at New York Fashion Week! What were the weeks of preparation leading up to the big day like for you and your team?
Tanya Taylor: The last few weeks have been intense. We had the collection “done” a week ago but between fittings, set design, music selection, and alterations, the week before a show always means some very, very late nights and early mornings. Serious teamwork makes this happen.
NM: How does this collection compare to your Pre-Fall 2017 collection?
TT: I see this as an extension of pre-fall. We are expanding on the casual attitude we established using fabrics like cotton twills, shirting, and denim in feminine shapes. I like when pre-fall collections feel like palette cleansers—introducing the depth of ideas to come—and fall collections feel romantic and focus on richening the aesthetic.
NM: Tell us about the inspiration for your Fall 2017 collection.
TT: I was inspired by 1920s Japanese Meisen robes that I discovered at a collector’s library on a trip to upstate New York. This era was one of the first where women began to wear color on the outside of their garments. This represents a powerful strength I believe women still embody today.
NM: Why did you choose a presentation over a runway show?
TT: I like having the ability to engage with the audience and speak to them directly about the collection. I also believe that our collections lend themselves to presentations nicely because you’re able to closely view texture and color. For this season, we moved to a presentation-runway hybrid, where the models were able to walk through an installation of handpainted vases—we truly had the best of both worlds.
NM: Describe the Tanya Taylor woman this season. What are her favorite activities, and where is she going in these pieces?
TT: The Tanya Taylor woman is a cosmopolitan traveler—she has a touch of British quirk, Parisian attitude, and Asian sophistication. She wears these pieces because they feel like treasures, and none of them are specific to one activity. The collection is uplifting and is meant to be for someone unapologetic about expressing her freedom.
NM: What colors were you most excited to use this season?
TT: Marigold, periwinkle, and fuchsia.
NM: What is your go-to textile for fall?
TT: Cotton canvas and double-faced wool with fox fur detail.
NM: What new design techniques did you incorporate into the fall collection?
TT: We have a lot of experimentation this season. We developed a new embroidery technique working with our NYC partners called tufting, which we used on various floral crepe pieces to give them a three-dimensional fringe feeling. We also focused on hardware, trim detail, metallic jacquards, and experimented with many fur techniques to add dimension to our prints.
NM: Name one piece from this collection that every woman needs to own.
TT: A long-sleeved, printed, marigold mididress—it is a forever dress.
NM: What are your styling recommendations for fall?
TT: Layer it up, and don’t be afraid to mix and match prints. Florals aren’t just for spring, and they don’t have to be overly feminine.
NM: Which of-the-moment beauty trend is your go-to?
TT: A soft, metallic cheekbone and a pop of color on the lips.
NM: If you could only wear one pattern for the rest of the season, which would it be and why?
TT: Our kimono bird print in navy. It’s versatile, elegant, and I painted it—so it always feels like you are wearing art.
NM: How would you accessorize this collection?
TT: We collaborated with Milan-based brand Coliac on three styles of shoes—a stacked-heel boot, a moto boot, and a mule—so those would be my go-tos. I love a good earring and structured box bag for a sharp finish.
NM: What should a woman never leave the house without?
TT: Lipstick and good shoes.
NM: If you had to give women one piece of advice, what would it be?
TT: Color is powerful.