Play Clothes

Rebecca Taylor’s line is carried by stores in 70 countries. Now the designer has opened her West Coast flagship

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. [1] 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. [2] “Carmen” platform heels ($350) pair well with trousers, dresses, and jeans, and the [3] “Haneli” bag ($395) is stylish and sassy, with a very now snakeskin pattern that’s neutral enough for daytime.