Taylor Blog

Mesh With Me: The ultimate guide to your new mesh wardrobe

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Emma Williams

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!)

Will you add mesh to your wardrobe? Which of the taylor mesh pieces have you excited? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter, we love to hear from you.


Posted in 2014, Altitude Dress, Conditional Top, Dihedral Skirt, Edged Camber Singlets, How to wear mesh fabric, Luxe mesh fabrics, Mesh, Mesh fabric, New Zealand, NZ, Outcome Pants, Radiant Skirt, Sheer, Taylor Boutique

Behind the scenes: Creating the taylor Summer 14/15 Makeup Look

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

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.

Posted in auckland, Behind the scenes on a photoshoot, Definer Brush 15, designer, Fashion, Halo Longwear Blush, New Zealand, NZ, Point Line and Plane, Sammie Nichols Makeup Artist, Smashbox always sharp eyeliner, Smashbox Cosmetics, style, Summer, Taylor Boutique, taylor boutique makeup

Meet the taylor team: Rosie

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Yasmine Ganley

This week we are meeting Rosie, the friendly face at our Ponsonby taylor boutique. Rosie has been part of the team for some time, and some may remember her from our Wellington boutique!

Rosie, how would you describe what you do?

I try my best to style our taylor customers in a way where they can feel good about themselves and have the confidence to do so. 

taylor is all about fostering individual creativity and personality - therefore i think it is important for customers to come into store and feel comfortable enough to experiment the taylor way.

When did you start working for taylor and what is your most memorable taylor moment?

I first started with taylor part-time when I moved to Wellington to study at the beginning on 2011. Auckland is my hometown and when I do come home (which is a lot!) taylor has always kindly organised work for me.  Which is lucky for me as i get to experience two sets of lovely customers!

Being able to work for such an amazing New Zealand designer is a memorable experience. (And also having such great bosses.)

What is your favourite taylor piece and what do you wear with it?

The Trisection Shirt. It my ultimate go to piece. I pair it with the Black Attuned Shorts and my knee high boots!

Or in colder weather, I’ve been wearing my black Silk Mesh Camber Tunic, Outcome Pants, and my beautiful Sequence Jacket!

Who is your style muse?

I’m neither here or there. I love anything that projects class and elegance. I like clothing that will compliment an individuals figure. Sometimes less is more, and sometimes more is just more! It just depends.

You have just relocated from Wellington, where are you finding your best coffee in Auckland?

Working in Ponsonby i am spoilt for choice. I switch between Dizengoff and Bambina.

On friday night in Auckland you will find me?

Catching up over a few wines with the girls.

On Sunday morning you will find me?

Having breakfast at Roasted Addiqtion in Kingsland, planning the week ahead. 

One place I would love to travel to would be?

I am looking at doing a bit of travelling next year. Sailing Croatia is top of the list.

What was the last book you read?

A year in Provence by Peter Mayle

What was the last thing you gifted/received?

A couple of my best friends brought me an amazing George and Co lamp and a super cute Lama birthday card!

The most amazing thing you have seen recently was?

My beautiful older sister getting married in Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay.

Your ideal mixtape will include?

Rolling stones in the late 60s and early 70s and Fleetwood mac.

You can meet Rosie in-store at the Ponsonby taylor boutique! Click here to see all of the boutiques.

Posted in auckland, design, Fashion, Fashion Boutique Ponsonby, New Zealand, New Zealand Clothing, NZ, Ponsonby, Sequence Jacket, Silk Mesh Camber Tunic, style, Taylor, Taylor boutique, Trisection Shirt

Pattern 101: How to make pattern work for you

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

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.

Stand alone patterned pieces: Distort Shrug in sage lattice, Process Tunic in exposure print, Conversion Dress in Floral Jacquard, Striped Venetian Cowl in Ash.

Posted in designer, Distort Shrug, Fashion, How to wear pattern, How to wear patterns to work, How to wear patterns with patterns, New Zealand, patterns, Process Tunic, Radiant Skirt, Reflect Jacket, Striped Venetian Cowl, Summer, taylor boutique, Vicki Taylor

How To Wear: The Departure Dress

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Emma Williams


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.

The Departure Dress is a modern stand alone piece featuring a sense of classic elegance. We love how you can throw this dress on or make it your own with taylor layering!

Tish in Wellington created a sophisticated and classic outfit using the Limit Camber (1) in blush as her base layer, letting the detailing in the sleeves and neckline stand out. She then layered the Eclipse Tunic (3) over the Departure Dress (2) and finished off her look with the Shard Jacket (4) in Brûlée.

Rosie in Ponsonby styled her Departure Dress as a great daytime look. To start her outfit she began with the Silk Mesh Camber Tunic (1) in White, adding the Departure Dress (2) over the top. She then layered the Dissection Wrap (3) around the waist to create an edgy look, giving a sheer layer to the dress, breaking up the solid black. Her final layer is the Coincident Shirt (4).

At Britomart I created a chic, relaxed look, using the essential Silk Mesh Camber (1) in Currant as my base layer and then added our essential Departure Dress (3) over the top. To add subtle colour I layered the Enfold Piece (3) in Potion and wrapped it back to front to create a high sheer neckline and sloping hem which follows the dress detailing. To finish the look, I added the Reflect Jacket (4) in Black Gravel and the gorgeous (I have to have these!) Peeptoe Boots in Black - by Vic Matie.

Kate in New Market gave the Departure Dress some night-time glam with the clever use of colour and texture. The Limit Camber (1) in Blush is the essential base layer followed by the Departure Dress (2). She then used the Battuta Top (3) in Copperplate Print to pull through the beautiful golden sheen of the Apparition Coat (4) in Desert Enamel. To belt her Apparition Coat she used the Void Belt in Black and the look is completed with the Gotan Ankle Boots - by Vic Matie.

How do you wear your Depature Dress? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter, we love to see how you wear your taylor garments!

Posted in 100% merino, 2014, 4 ways, Apparition Coat, Battuta Top, behind the scenes, Britomart, Coincident Shirt, Departure Dress, design, Dissection Wrap, Enfold Piece, Fashion, fashion design, fashion designer, How to wear shine, Instore Style, kate Greenslade, made in new zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand made fashion, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Reflect Jacket, Shard Jacket, Shine, silk mesh camber, style, Style Guide, style inspiration, Styling advice from taylor, taylor Basics, Taylor Boutique, taylor fashion, taylor inspiration, taylor looks, vic matie, Ways to Wear, Wellington, womenswear

Travel Well: Destination Dressing Inspiration

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

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!

French Forward
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.

Saintly Tropez

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.

Posted in Destination Dressing, Fashion, How to dress for Saint Tropez, How to dress french, How to dress Italian, Inspired dressing, New Zealand Fashion, New Zealand Made, Taylor, Taylor Boutique, Winter

Knit Wit : Making knitwear work for every season

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Emma Williams

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.


Posted in Britomart, Buttoned Assemble Tunic, Cogent Pant, Conjunction Sweater, Fashion, How to wear, Layering, New Zealand, Outfits, Silk Perimeter Tunic, taylor Basics, Taylor Boutique, Taylor Cami, Venetian Pants

1 2 3 61 Next »