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New York Fashion Week: Rebecca Taylor Shows Relaxed Refinement for Spring 2013

09/26/2012 11:39 am ET | Updated Nov 08, 2012

Pictured: Rebecca Taylor's casual soft blue wrap top & white pants  for SS 2013 

(image courtesy of  Rebecca Taylor.)   

 It was all Kiwi Cool today at the New Zealand designer's Spring 2013 show, or as the show notes called it "relaxed refinement." The show was full of Rebecca's trademark icy blues, pale pinks and printed chiffons decorated with hibiscus prints. For Ms. Taylor, the runway is always full of soft, feminine looks. Her Spring 2013 collection showed sun faded tropical prints, sunset inspired pink nudes and even some ikat-polka dots.

Pictured: A lavender and print dress with  embellishment at the neck and bodice

( image courtesy of Rebecca Taylor)

This collection looked like it walked off the runway in Los Angeles instead of New York, offering plenty of good vibrations and casual cool.  There were none of the  famously tailored suits designed by Ms. Taylor and worn by no less than Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. For Spring and Summer 2013, the designer used a soft neutral palette highlighted by touches of sherbet hues. Her collection mixed diaphanous chiffons, luxurious silks and textured soft leathers for a look that was a little bit rock n'roll and a little bit laid back beach chic.

Pictured: Rebecca Taylor cocktail dress with subtle sparkle (image courtesy of  Rebecca Taylor.)
There were a few subtle departures from the casual jumpsuits, flowing separates and vests with floral prints strolling down the Lincoln Center runway in the form of some gorgeous dresses with Ms. Taylor's trademark embellishments. The dress pictured above had a wonderful shimmer on the runway with just the right hint of sparkle without going to full on flash. That little bit of shimmer is the quintessential Rebecca Taylor, understated and effortlessly chic.