NEW YORK, N.Y. - Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor blow into New York Fashion Week with the Western wind, and they like to stir it up.
Most famous for founding the Juicy Couture brand, the designers are now trying to solidify a following for their more upscale label Skaist Taylor, and they make no excuses for their love of 1970s rock 'n' roll glamour. They embrace it every step of the way, even if it's a look that isn't leading most of the trends this round of seasonal previews. (There are always lots of other women out there who do, too.)
In the Skaist Taylor inspiration statement, they said: "A certain nostalgia for the creative benders of days past, and West Hollywood's Troubadour in its most elemental state — a hotbed of musical activity, burgeoning talent and collaboration — serves as a departure point."
Sunday afternoon's show was staged on a Chelsea rooftop with "Witchy Woman" by the Eagles coming out of the speakers. It was the perfect soundtrack for models with frizzed-out hair, candy-colored feather jackets, loose eyelet looks and a metallic leather dress. A cute orange romper was right for the moment, and lingerie-inspired styles are second nature for the woman who likes to stay up late.
There was a lightness to this collection that seems to have evolved over the months since they debuted this brand in February. Knits were loose weaves, many of the dresses were done in a T-shirt silhouette, and getting fancy might mean a high-neck lace top but this muse gets to wear it with silky tap pants.