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Words from Vicki Taylor : The taylor Summer collection 2014/15

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

Enduring collections, beautiful fabrics and new pieces to enjoy. We asked taylor designer Vicki Taylor about her latest collection 'Point, Line and Plane', from the inspiration behind the range through to her stand out pieces from the range which is arriving into stores now...

Can you explain the collection name 'Point, Line and Plane’

The name comes from my continuous intrigue with geometric shapes, and architectural lines. This season embracing binding, stitching detail and beautiful fabrics we have made garments with a linear quality. Meanwhile the plane is a flat surface that we have wrapped around the body on different angles, this creates different tensions between the created shapes. Lastly the point, a dot or a starting point which is always the first part of any line, shape or collection is also represented in the lacy knits and fabrics we have chosen.  

How does this latest collection inform and add to the taylor style?

The taylor collections are always crafted to be enduring and timeless. We always design to build on collections from previous seasons, allowing our customers to grow, and build rather than throw out their wardrobes and start again. This season the mulberry colour builds onto the Pinks pinks and chambords from winter. The new textured tweeds will work easily onto the schist greys, black and tones of past collections and allow the wearer to introduce a new texture to refresh and bring back to life their existing pieces

What are your stand out pieces from the collection?  

When I found the silk cloque fabric I knew it had to be in the collection! This in mind, I think the Altitude dress is one of my stand out pieces. For a more every-day option, I love the charter shirt with its great versatility and fabulous shape. I love that it can be a shirt, soft jacket or a button thru dress, It is the first piece I have purchased for my wardrobe from the collection!

 What one piece do you hope that your taylor customers will try?

The Formula Piece is a great layering piece that once you start to play with it, you will really enjoy.

It is a warm day in the height of summer, you are heading out for lunch, what piece from the new range do you choose to wear and why? 

I am such a simple person so the Enclose Jumpsuit is my choice. I loved our Echelon Jumpsuit last season (I couldn’t believe how much I wore it.) This one piece would be my pick as it is so easy to dress up and down.

Posted in Altitude Dress, architecture, atmosphere, Boutique, Design Inspiration, Enclose Jumpsuit, Point Line and Plane, Summer, Summer Designs, Taylor Boutique, Vicki Taylor

Appreciating New Zealand Art with Taylor Boutique and Webbs Auction House

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Yasmine Ganley

Three times a year, Webb’s Auction house hosts major sales of some of the most important paintings and contemporary art within New Zealand. This Thursday on the 31st of July is the 2nd of the 3 major sales this year hoping to bring in more record setting prices the house is well known for.

Opening its doors in 1976, Webb’s was founded by Peter Webb and to this day, still leads the market in the sale of contemporary art as well as fine wine and jewelry. After taking some of the works south to Wellington for a preview, the Auction house is now open for the public to view and make enquires into purchasing this last week leading up to the night.

Some of the highlights from the upcoming sale include works by renowned artists Colin McCahon, Pat Hanely and Ralph Hotere.

In Particular, Colin McCahons North Otago 7 (1967) is up for auction this Thursday; a rare piece that is part of the larger North Otago Landscapes series McCohan produced over 2 years in the late 1960s. Formed with a pared back palette, his approach to making these works was minimal and simple. Each one tells an uncompromising tale of the historical value of Aoteoroas farmland that is central to our country’s identity. This is a piece of cultural history and an impressive piece of art for any collector. As well as monumental works, there are more recent collectors pieces from contemporary well-known artists like L. Budd and Peter Robinson; it is well-rounded banquet fit for all tastes.

Each auction is great opportunity to get insight into the world of collecting not to mention a nice way to educate the eyes with artworks that don’t usually get viewed outside of private residences. So, if you are an art-lover with a taste for great viewings and pleasant company, drop by the night of the auction for a glass of wine and enjoy the show!

Posted in Buying Art in Auckland, designer, Fashion, Lifestyle, New Zealand, Taylor Boutique, Taylor guide to Art, Webbs Auction House

The Luxurious Fabrics of the taylor Summer 'Point, Line and Plane' Collection

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

When you ask taylor designer Vicki Taylor what inspires her she responds ‘our taylor customers’, but when looking at this seasons collection ‘Point, Line and Plane’ another fixation shines through – fabric.

The refined colour palette and classic tailoring of this season’s garments form the perfect base for the luxurious fabrics Vicki’s designs are known for. Working in everything from shape creating perforated mesh, to texture imparting cotton – the joy is in the detail.

A detailed floral fabric gives a soft, feminine, edge to the formal lines of the Destination Jacket. Whilst the patterned lace of the Continuous Dress continues the sheer story throughout the range, from the fine silk mesh of the Altitude Dress to the sheer cotton arm detailing on the Tessellate Tee. Seductive and textural.

You will see the variety of mesh and lace within the collection, from the fine silk mesh of the Camber Tunic through to Eyelet Mesh and the floral lace of the Coda Top. We have used Network Lace in this seasons designs, a truly interesting fabric which makes each garment its cut in, a statement one.

Knits are fine with hints of sparkle, or bigger and lacey, contrasted with the suppleness of silk georgette. The same silk undulates throughout the collection, from the soft free forming flow of the Axis Top through to the Ordinal Top . Silk flows next to lace in the Filament Dress and is the perfect pair for this seasons Grid Tweed suiting.

Some of the most interesting fabric from the season is found in our classic Destination Jacket and Cogent Pant, the beautiful Pixel fabric features an amazing pyramid pleat detail, heat set into the fabric. We love the way the pattern catches the light, allowing you to have a plain black or white suit, that has a touch of difference.

To find out more about these fabric images, click them to learn more about the garment. What textures are exciting you from the ‘Point, Line and Plane’ collection? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in Altitude Dress, Designing with luxurious fabrics, Destination Jacket, Equation Tunic, Luxurious fabrics, Notion Jacket, Pixel Fabric, Point Line and Plane, s14, Silk Mesh Camber, Silk Mesh Camber Tunic, Summer, The luxury of the taylor summer 2014/15 collection, Vicki Taylor

Pixel Perfect - The Destination Jacket and Cogent Pant in white.

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Emma Williams

Perfectly tailored and perfectly fitting the Destination Jacket and Cogent Pant in pixel work seamlessly together. We love the fresh, crisp look of white on white - a knock-out combination for Spring and Summer. You may have reservations about owning an all white outfit but trust us, it just looks amazing!  What’s really nice about white is that its so easy!


Complete your outfit with the Formula Piece (1) which features a dramatic cowl drape that can be worn to the front or to the back. Add texture and depth with The Coda Top (2) in gorgeous ‘trail’ lace fabric. This works beautifully with the trim of the Destination Jacket. For classic style try the Coincident Shirt (3), a flattering fitted silhouette playing on texture - sheer ivory against solid ivory crush. Or change the look completely with our Conditional Top (4) - wear alone or with the Pursue Tunic underneath to add a sheer layer.

Other gorgeous combinations include The Bound Top (1) in double layered silk to create a soft light effect in contrast to the structured jacket. For length and intrigue try The Vortex Tunic (2) an essential layering piece. Add a full sheer silk layer with the Millibar Tunic (4). Its gorgeous earthy tones pick up the trim on the Jacket and it's contrast cowl neck changes the look completely. Or move away from all white and add some colour with the Drift Tunic (3) to create a soft layer and elongate the body.

The Destination Jacket and Cogent Pant in white pixel, a stunning, versatile combination and one of my new season’s must-haves.

Posted in 2014, Alabaster, Black, Bound Top, Britomart, Coda Top, Cogent Pant, Coincident Shirt, Conditional Top, Destination Jacket, Formula Piece, How to wear pattern, How to wear patterns to work, How to wear suiting, Ivory, Millibar Tunic, New Zealand Clothing, new zealand design, new zealand designer, NZ, Pixel, Pursue Tunic, Styling, Taylor Boutique, Vortex Tunic, White suit

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 has created beautiful sheer mesh detailing pieces that add 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 utilise unique fabrics and subtle detailing. The Conditional Top (2) is made entirely of our new black perforated mesh - it's a structured style that uses paneling to give shape while still allowing for movement through the body. We think of this garment 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 [Taylor, taylor designer and founder], 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 home town 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's 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 Pant, 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 complement an individual's 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 bought me an amazing George and Co lamp and a super cute llama birthday card!

The most amazing thing you have seen recently was...

My beautiful older sister getting married in Esk Valley, Hawke's Bay.

Your ideal mixtape would 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

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