09/08/2012 07:28 EDT | Updated 11/08/2012 05:12 EST

Rebecca Taylor takes her city girl to Hawaii at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rebecca Taylor's muse for the spring season is the city girl — normally quite content where she is — who allows herself to dream of that tropical vacation from time to time.

On the runway Saturday at New York Fashion Week, Taylor transported her to Hawaii. Of course, this urban dweller doesn't have board shorts. She packs a coral-colored hibiscus print T-shirt dress with sexy cutouts.

"I stuck with a structured shape, so it's not so beachy 'Hawaii Five-0.' It's tropical, but it has a dark ground," Taylor said in a pre-show interview.

The collection shown on day three of these seasonal previews also included soft, washed denim pieces contrasted with silk ones studded with jewels.

When this girl touches back home and is ready to return to work, Taylor offered her a textured turquoise leather jacket, black dotted bra top and flirty black knit skirt.

"I think sexy is changing. Strong is a good way for a woman to feel sexy — not overtly feminine, but not the power shoulder of the '80s and '90s. I'm not quite going there," Taylor said.