"My girls aren't pretty, they're tough," said Hillary Taymour at her presentation yesterday. "Well maybe they are pretty, but not in a conventional way," she added. "They're not uptown and they probably don't have real jobs." Taymour's ready-to-wear line, now in its second season at New York fashion week, puts out the kind of lush, laid-back clothes you can imagine on a girl who lives in Brooklyn and splits her time between band practice and her ceramics studio. For autumn, she'll be wearing two fabrics — lambskin and sheer silk — and three colours: burgundy, black and a soft, pale caramel.
"I was inspired by the clean lines and simple materials of Japanese architecture," said Taymour. And the collection did bring to mind the Zen-like elegance of a Tadao Ando building. The silhouettes were classic: wide-leg trousers, tunics, cropped high-necked tops. And accessories like crinkled leather Moroccan slippers with silver D-ring buckles added something off-kilter (something wabi-sabi you could say). Reflecting those effortlessly cool girls were trapezoid floor-length mirrors designed by Taymour and stylist Gillian Wilkins. They are the first objects to come out of the pair's new home collection, Line 1. And the duo also announced the debut of their new creative studio, Social + Studies. The Collina Strada girl may not have a job but Taymour certainly has enough to keep her busy — and she's killing it on all fronts.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photos Katie McCurdy