Rebecca Taylor

Designer

| Park Slope

Never a shortage on blazers, flippy skirts and floral-dotted dresses, sweet and romantic is fashion designer Rebecca Taylor’s bread and butter. Though her collections have been inspired by legendary artists as disparate as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and David Bowie, one thing remains constant: the RT girl is modern and ultra-feminine, sometimes with a bit of an edge. Take, for example, Taylor’s relaxed trousers in chalky pastels or her ever-evolving lace dresses, two of the designer’s signature styles, most recently shown alongside sporty bomber jackets and chunky sweatshirts. First and foremost, Taylor’s pieces are easy, versatile and always pretty… What woman wouldn’t want that? Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Organic Avenue (*Location now closed)! I love any of the salads, but I’m pretty keen on the kale quinoa salad.

COFEE OR TEA: Tea. I brew my own English Breakfast at the office.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Balthazar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx)– great food, a decadent ambiance and I love any excuse to go down to SoHo. I always order the oyster tower; it’s so delicious.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: The “White Linen” cocktail (Hendricks, cucumber, egg white, lemon and cracked black pepper) from the bar at The Crosby Hotel (MAP IT, x). My husband and I love it.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Dig Inn (MAP IT, x) for any of their market plates.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Crispy chicken from Schnipper’s (MAP IT, x). Sometimes I have to indulge during fashion week prep!

BEST BRUNCH: Café Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s intimate with genuine Parisian charm— think amazing fruit, yogurt and sandwiches. I go there whenever I can!

REGULAR AT: I love Soho Sanctuary (MAP IT, x) to unwind. It’s kind of my post-fashion week routine. Go for the facials and massages if nothing else!

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: The Waverly Inn (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). My husband and I love its classic “New York” feel.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Franny’s (*Location now closed) because my kids love their pizza and I will never complain about ordering pizza!

THING I MISS MOST WHEN I’M AWAY: The quick pace of life and the convenience that comes with that. You can get pretty much anything delivered or find anything you need in a pinch… If it exists, it’s in New York. I kind of take that for granted until I travel!

BEST VINTAGE: Brooklyn Flea (MAP IT, x) has an amazing selection. I have a pair of vintage green army pants I found there that I wear all the time. I just keep patching them up!

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x).

TO BE ANONYMOUS: Prospect Park on a beautiful day with my family.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Julien Farel Salon (MAP IT, x).

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Probably my first runway show. It was so exciting to see pieces I designed on the runway. I couldn’t believe I was here and doing what I love. CP

Rebecca’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Snacks from Balthazar; ABC Carpet & Home glassware; Burgers and fried chicken sandwiches at Schnipper’s; Flowers inside Taylor’s home. Second Row: Salmon tartine from Café Cluny; The Crosby Hotel; Salads from Dig Inn; Inside Schnipper’s.

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