Back by popular demand (and thanks to the Spring '13 runways), we're getting another dose of pretty peplum. It's not just the ladylike feel or ultraflattering, waist-cinching silhouette we love — Spring-perfect finishes like lace, graphic print, florals, and fresh stripes make this set way more appealing than your average tees. The fact that they can transition seamlessly from day to night or work to happy hour is just a bonus — in fact, we can hardly think of an occasion that you couldn't wear one of these pieces with the right accoutrements. We've handpicked 18 of our favorites; all you have to do is click through to shop yours.
Emmy Rossum is having a pretty stylish run this week. First she gave us an adorable Rebecca Taylor look while singing the national anthem in New York. Then she went ultra ladylike in a fit-and-flare dress by Temperley London for a Broadway premiere. And just last night, she channeled her inner flapper girl in a fringed, metallic Naeem Khan dress at an NYC charity event. Click on to see all her stylish looks right here! On Allison McNamara: Club Monaco top, Helmut Lang shorts.
Fashion reporter Allison McNamara went backstage at the Rebecca Taylor Fall '13 show to talk with the designer, and this is what Taylor had to say. From revealing her favorite fashionable decade to explaining how architect Frank Lloyd Wright inspired her Fall collection to dishing on the girl she's designing for (hint: she's definitely the kind of girl who channels a '70s CBGBs rock vibe), we've got the inside scoop from Rebecca Taylor. Watch it now.
We look to Rebecca Taylor season after season to stock our closets with effortless cool-girl wares. For Fall '13, that means we'll be shopping the label's moto jackets and perfect day-to-night dresses, finished with slick leather details — all of which point to the designer's sharper, city-sleek collection. This season, Taylor's girl is growing up, edging toward a more downtown sensibility, and serving up that signature sweetness with a tougher counter. Watch the video for a complete look at Rebecca Taylor's Fall '13 lineup.
Taking androgyny out for a spin, the beauty backstage at Rebecca Taylor was all about the rockabilly chicks. Tough but soft, the hair and makeup was all about strength: strong brows, strong hair, and even strong nail polish. A modern '50s pompadour by Kevin Ryan for TRESemmé was the focal point of this masculine look.
The look: Structured hair, sculpted makeup, and dark, matte nails
The inspiration: Rockabilly chicks of the '50s
Key tips: Use a mini flat iron to achieve the square-shaped hairline
With the city girl in mind, Rebecca Taylor turned the cool factor way up for her Fall '13 collection. Sharp silhouettes, zipper details, luxe shearling, and leather embellishments set the scene for her downtown story, showing us that everyday wares can make a strong impact — when done right. In that vein, Taylor paired embellished sweatshirts with pencil skirts, sweet cropped knits with zippered trousers, and leather vests with ladylike tops. Every look hit that magical sweet spot, striking the perfect balance between effortless and chic. More details below, then click on to see Rebecca Taylor's complete Fall '13 vision.
- Trends: Fur-collared coats, leather, crop tops.
- Fabrics: Leather, shearling, silk, jersey knit.
- Key details: Zipper embellishments, metallic finishes.
- Spotted front row: Shailene Woodley.
- Editor's pick: The coats with oversize shearling collars were the perfect mix of sleek-meets-cool.
Rebecca Taylor was inspired by the Hawaiian Islands for her ultrafeminine Spring '13 collection. The designer told us all about her thought process this season, including how she opted for a "more cleaned-up, more polished, more modern" look over her signature bohemian aesthetic, and how she loves making women feel feminine in her clothes. Rebecca also revealed what she'd be doing if she wasn't a fashion designer — and you won't believe her answer! It's all in today's Fab Flash. Hair by Justin Woods from Kérastase and Makeup by Angelica Perri
Pack your bags, because Rebecca Taylor is taking you on a beach road trip. Inspired by a girl just stepping off a deserted beach, the look had us longing for a Summer that isn’t even quite over yet.
The look: Windswept hair, metallic nails, and bronzed cheeks
The inspiration: A long road-trip vacation
Who would wear it: A surfer babe headed to her next beach
Rebecca Taylor's easy, covet-worthy wares took on two distinct styling sensibilities for Spring 2013 — think downtown girl meets her girlie-girl counterpart. With embellished dresses, jumpsuits, and glittery caged heels, we certainly appreciated both the all-out femininity and her decision to offset the looks with zippered denim vests and mirrored Westward Leaning sunglasses. Where cool-girl style is in question, this collection proved full of answers. See what we're talking about: click play to watch Rebecca Taylor's complete runway show now.
The surfer girl got a girlie-girl makeover at Rebecca Taylor, albeit with a dose of denim and mirrored Westward Leaning shades, the cool-girl counterpoints to Taylor's sparkly embellishments that appeared on everything from the designer's Spring dresses to breezy jumpsuits, and right down to the glittering cage heels that finished every look. The designer was dreaming of Hawaii while crafting her lineup, a fantasy that manifested in peachy pinks, vibrant orange hues, bleached denim, and breezy, printed shirtdresses. As for silhouettes, we get jumpsuits in loose, laid-back iterations, tees and flowy little dresses dotted in sequins, and moto vests thrown nonchalantly over skirts and blouses — per usual, Taylor's take on the trends is tailored to the more feminine crowd, and always entirely wearable.
- Trends: Vests, jumpsuits, all white, crop tops, colored leather, cutouts, peplum, sparkling embellishments, and florals.
- Colors: Soft blues, lavender, white, peach, and orange.
- Key Piece: The white-on-white jumpsuit was a standout.
- Accessories: Strappy embellished cage heels, silver hoop earrings, and mirrored Westward Leaning sunglasses.
- Who Should Wear It: The girlie girl with a little downtown edge; we'd love to see Blake Lively swap some of her sexier wares for one of these breezy, printed shirtdresses.