Photograph by A. Alden Wallace
I bought my first Rebecca Taylor outfit—a peplum camisole and fishtail pencil skirt made of black tulle lace covered in black sequins—to ring in Y2K. I was in my twenties, and if the world was going to end, I wanted to look glamorous, and if it wasn’t, I wanted to wear the stuff beyond the overhyped event. More than a decade later I still wear those pieces. They represent signature Rebecca Taylor: flirty, diaphanous, with a bit of sparkle. What I love most about her designs is their mutability—not only can they be dressed up or down, but they can become more youthful or grown up, sexy or conservative.  Taylor’s bustier lace dress ($425) can sizzle on a hot date night; add opaque tights and a buttoned-up, fitted blazer and you’ve got a more sophisticated look that’s appropriate for an after-work dinner.  “Carmen” platform heels ($350) pair well with trousers, dresses, and jeans, and the  “Haneli” bag ($395) is stylish and sassy, with a very now snakeskin pattern that’s neutral enough for daytime.