To The Point with Designer Tanya Taylor

Designer Tanya Taylor

The Canadian-born designer has found her place at the head of one of New York’s most interesting tables.

Tanya Taylor is a designer who loves unusual combinations. Whether working with fabric in eye-popping colour palettes or creating social gatherings for a diverse mix of accomplished women, there is a spark generated by contrast and exploring the unknown. Skipping the traditional twice-yearly runway show in favour of hosting an intriguing Fashion Week luncheon, Tanya is presenting her work on her own terms and is reaping the rewards by creating connections across boundaries.

Tanya shared some stories from Spring 2019 for our Q&A series “To The Point.” Read the full interview below.

For the last two seasons, you’ve hosted a luncheon at your apartment with a guest list that includes everyone from fashion editors to CEOs and creatives. How does it feel to have this crowd of accomplished women sharing your personal space?
It’s really special for me to bring women from all different backgrounds and industries together. The luncheons are a celebration of these inspiring women and all that they do. To see that culminated in the intimacy of my own home is something I really cherish and hopefully, they do too.

Do you have a favourite memorable moment from these occasions?
My favourite part is getting to see women, who might never have met, have really meaningful interactions with each other. We’re connecting women from completely different industries, such as weed and computer coding, and it’s positive reinforcement to see the different worlds collide.

Tanya Taylor Amalia dress Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 collection has an especially vibrant and contrasting palette. Can you speak about the colour and print story this season?
The Spring Collection is inspired by Frida Kahlo and a trip I took to Mexico City. The bold, expressive style that was embraced by Frida, and the women of the city, inspired the saturated colors of the collection such as Guava, Acid Lime and Hot Pink. The pieces exude the beautiful nature of the landscape I saw while I was there — parrots, oranges, pomegranates and beautiful hibiscus flowers.

Shown above:
Amalia Belted Dress

What was your biggest fashion takeaway from Mexico City?
The women of the city have this unique vibrancy that really embodies what it means to live in color. I love their mixing of textures, colors and prints, but my biggest takeaway is to wear everything with unwavering confidence, because that is what makes them so radiant.

Any new travel destinations on the horizon this year?
I draw a lot of inspiration from traveling and I love to do it as much as I can. I have a few trips planned for this year but the one I’m most looking forward to is Berlin.

Tanya Taylor Inez dress Spring 2019

What are your go-to travel pieces from the Spring 2019 collection?
I’m all about dresses when I travel, and my recent favorite is the Inez Dress. It’s an effortless silhouette that can easily transition from day to night.

What music is on your studio playlist at the moment?
We can’t get enough of Maggie Rogers.

As a Canadian, what is your earliest memory of the Hudson’s Bay stripes?
The striped blanket reminds me of being cozy by a fire during cottage weekends in Muskoka.

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Photography courtesy of Tanya Taylor.