This Friday sees a range of new mesh pieces begin to arrive in store, we asked taylor Britomart based stylist Emma Williams to highlight some of these beautiful garments. To view the entire soon-to-arrive range, visit the Summer 2015/15 overview for Point, Line and Plane by clicking here.
A versatile way to display your silhouette, mesh should be your must-have for this season. Although this fabric may be viewed by some as tricky to wear, taylor have created beautiful sheer mesh detailing that adds the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated to your wardrobe.
We have two different skirt styles embracing mesh this season, the Dihedral Skirt (1) features a semi sheer mesh front panel and beautiful detailing. The Radiant Skirt (4), a taylor classic, receives a new season update in perforated mesh. This semi sheer piece can be paired with a slip in classic black or a contrasting colour for a completely different look.
Our mesh shirts and tops take a use unique fabrics and subtle detailing. The Conditional Top (2) is made entirely of our new black perforated mesh. A structured style that uses paneling to give shape while still allowing for movement through the body. We think of this piece as the perfect contemporary piece to bring your outfit forward this season, pair with the Outcome Pant, or layer over one of our Edged Camber Singlets.
We have also incorporated mesh into our new season dresses, with unique cutouts and sheer silks. The (3) Altitude Dress is the perfect example of just how stunning mesh can be. The use of slanted contrasting sheer panels creates a beautiful feminine silhouette with a sexy edge. The Altitude Dress even comes in a shorter knee-length version (both may find their way in to my wardrobe!)
Creating the perfect look book is not simply about the clothing, the styling and the model, but also about the details – from hair and accessories to makeup. For the taylor Summer 2014/15 collection ‘Point, Line and Plane’ we collaborated with Smashbox Cosmetics makeup artist Sammie Nicholl for the perfect look. We talked to Sammie about creating the taylor look, with tips on how to recreate it for yourself at home.
How did you create the taylor Summer 14/15 look?
After discussing the kind of overall feel of the shoot with Vicki we opted for an edgy, grungy, undone looking smoky eye with a fresh yet perfected skin.
Smashbox set-up all ready to go, Sammie applies the taylor look to model Brigitte from red 11, the tools of the trade
We loved the unstructured dramatic eye, how did you achieve this?
To create the eye I used our Always Sharp eyeliner in the colour penny lane all over the lid as a base, and buffed out with a bullet brush. like the Definer Brush #15 from the Smashbox brush collection. Using the Full Exposure Palette, I used a selection of matte brown shades and a touch of black to create a softly smoldering, unstructured eye.
We know Vicki wanted a really pale, fresh look on the skin. How did you do this but still have that feeling of summer too?
As Vicki wanted to keep the makeup look as flat as possible, the skin is finished with a peachy blush, like the Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy dream. When brushed very softly into the skin this blush gives the slightest hint of colour perfect for summer.
The Summer 14/15 collection Point, Line and Plane is arriving in-store now. View the summer 2014/15 overview here, to view the entire look-book visit Facebook. For more behind the scenes photos from our lookbook shoot on the taylor instagram account.
The runways have been awash with pattern, including everything from dramatic florals to dainty hand painted flourishes. With wear-ability in mind taylor has embraced pattern with styles to suit any wardrobe. With such diversity in patterns, designer Vicki Taylor has chosen patterns that are inherently wearable. The focus is on geometrics which speak to the rest of your taylor wardrobe. From a fine spot that can be layered with a lace like knit through to a smudgy linear print, flattering and versatile.
How do I introduce pattern into my wardrobe?
Some can find the idea of a pattern a little frightening, whilst others love to wear head to toe polka dots. We understand that people may need to dip their toe into the world of patterns before committing fully. A great way to do this is to opt for something small, like an elegant printed top that can be paired back with separates or a charming scarf. A patterned sheer item that you can choose to make the focus of your outfit is a taylor favourite. For those in search of a subtle hint of print, layer up this sheer printed piece with lots of great solid fabrics to show only a flash of the design.
Outfit for first time pattern wearer: Ordinal Top in trace print, Cogent Pant in white pixel, Silk Mesh Camber Tunic in black, Splinter Jacket in black, Contained Scarf in black.
How do I wear patterns to work?
A pattern is a fabulous way to update your classic suits or separates. Patterns such as stripes, spots and subdued florals are the best for this. Choosing from muted colour ways will guarantee success in any work-place situation. A swathe of French stripe underneath your grey blazer will add a soft, fresh feel. Meanwhile a black on black spot with your favourite black suit will add a 'spot' of whimsy.
Outfit for a pattern loving workplace: Coincident Shirt in black spot, Deviate Vest in black, Sequence Jacket in black, Placement Pant in black.
How do I match pattern with pattern?
So you have embraced the stripe and spot, now you want to wear them together – go ahead! Half the fun of pattern is contrasting one pattern with another. An easy tip is to wear the largest pattern on the largest item of clothing, so a thick stripe on a pair of pants paired with a fine spot on a shirt.
For those that love this look but not sure if it is you, you can get a similar feel by pairing your pattern with an interesting textured fabric. Teaming patterns together in the form of texture is also a great look; such as a stripe with a mesh or jacquard. A spot with a lace like knit or a tweed with a roughly textured silk item.
Outfit for the feeling of pattern on pattern: Striped Edged Tunic in black stripe, Radiant Skirt in black perforated Mesh, Reflect Jacket in black gravel.
I want a great stand alone patterned piece!
You love patterns and you want to wear them bravely and boldly. Fabulous! You can invest in a fantastic dress that can move from work to evening,a Jacket that will mean you will always have your pattern showing (even in terrible weather), or a versatile tunic that can be layered over a number of items.
This week we are featuring the versatile Departure Dress fours ways, by four different taylor stylists from our Wellington, New Market, Ponsonby and Britomart Boutiques.
It is mid year, the kids are underfoot on their school holidays, and the winter drizzle seems to be threatening to stick around. If only you were sipping something cool and sparkling in the shade of the Sagrada Famîlia. It’s enough to illicit a sigh followed by a quick check of the local travel pages.
Taking a leaf from the book of Rachel Zoe ‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak', we are transporting ourselves to sunnier shores with some destination dressing. Without having to speak, our clothes will say – ‘I am on holiday somewhere beautiful, and it is relaxing.’
Inspired by the climes, style and people of exotic, far off lands we are using our clothes as a way to travel without leaving the kids, day job or cool days behind. A little rainy day escapism, bliss!
understated elegance, throw-on simple chic, muted colour palette with a flourish of stripe
French wardrobe essentials: A classic black jacket: Signal Jacket , A do-it-all effortless tee: Transform Tee, A button up shirt: Trisection Shirt, A spot of stripe: Striped Venetian Cowl.
Flashes of white with ocean blues, effortless chic, easy breezy feel for island adventuring
St Tropez wardrobe essentials: A beach walking short: Attuned Short, A breezy piece of blue: Axis Top, Something to catch the sparkle of the light: Edged Camber Singlet, An essential Cami: Taylor Cami
A little Italian
Chic and sophisticated, rich tailoring, beautiful fabrics and elegantly feminine silhouettes
Italian wardrobe essentials: A flash of luxe shine: Apparition Coat, A fine fabric with a feeling of luxe: Draft Tunic, A classic tailored pant: Cogent Pant, A sensual layering piece: Silk Mesh Camber Tunic.
In the spotlight this week are our gorgeous Buttoned Assemble Tunics and the effortlessly chic Conjunction Sweaters. Very different in style, these two pieces will refresh your wardrobe and provide a modern take on those go-to classics - the cardigan and pull-over sweater!
The (4) Buttoned Assemble Tunic, is made from a stunning black sequined fabric and is perfect for any occasion when you want to add a wow factor to your look. You can wear this piece with the buttons to the back as a top, the trick to this look is leaving the buttons undone from the curve of your lower back to create a fitted upper half and a flattering line that flows behind you. You can also wear the buttons to the front and wear as a cardigan, leave undone for an effortless feel or do the first few buttons up to flow from beneath you bust. For that wow factor, with an everyday outfit or for the evening, start your outfit with a (1) Taylor Cami and a pair of our (2) Black Cogent Pants, layer over the top a (3) Silk Perimeter Tunic and finish with the (4) Buttoned Assemble Tunic with the buttons to your back, open just enough to show of the gorgeous tail of your Tunic beneath!
The (4) Conjunction Sweater will be the piece you always reach for in your wardrobe. Light and comfortable to wear featuring a semi-cowl neckline. This sweater is also reversible, and can be worn with the crossed silk panels to the front for a semi-cropped length or to the back as a flattering hem detail. The contrast hem creates a flattering asymmetric line across the body. I love to wear the crossed silk panels at my back and let a longer silk piece flow beneath. For an effortless everyday style, start with with a (1) Taylor Cami and (2) Venetian Pants for your base layer, followed by a Silk Pursue Tunic in Currant and your Conjunction Sweater to finish.