Style On: A Stylist's Take on Rebecca Taylor, Nicole Miller, and More

We at FashionEtc can't get enough of reviews. So we've combed our wide-reaching network of friends to get their takes on the collections. In this installment, stylist Rory McDonough runs through the shows he's attended so far this Fashion Week.

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Looks from the Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012 runway.

Rebecca Taylor

Good girl gone rock! Showcasing how well a refined color palette in vivid deep sapphire and saturated bordeaux can work, Rebecca Taylor’s collection was my total highlight of the second day of Fashion Week. A designer who can notoriously overwork sequins and a floral frock, Taylor’s Fall 2012 collection felt like a true departure for her. This collection looked expensive and the rich color scheme only enhanced the feeling of the show, making me crave an autumn romance. Taylor fans never fear, the sequins remained, but in a far more subtle capacity. Leggings were studded in rows down the side with bolts of sequins and others with lace. While the collection had more of an edge to it, the typical Rebecca Taylor customer will be happy with the feminine feel and modern twist. And oh, let's not forget cool girls Zoe Kravitz and Olivia Palermo sitting front row. The two are a total blend of Taylor’s fine tuned, newly defined aesthetic.

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Looks from the Nicole Miller Fall 2012 runway.

Nicole Miller (See the full collection.)

Nicole Miller should celebrate one of her strongest offerings to date. Digital floral prints in vibrant colors on '60s bohemian garments? Yes, please! I don’t know how she did it, but it worked for me. Leaving her minimal approach to dresses in the past Miller’s collection was confident and still had a sleek uptown meets downtown girl edge. Jewel toned leather is a trend that I can see emerging on the runways already. Miller did it wonderfully on a cute little bomber jacket, and I’d love to see what other designers have in store. Another trend, you ask? Velvet! Both Rebecca Taylor and Nicole Miller enjoy the sumptuous fabric. Bravo!

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Looks from Erin Fetherston’s Fall 2012 collection.

Erin by Erin Fetherston

Erin Fetherston’s Fall 2012 collection had something for every girl: from super short uber-mini dresses in metallic colors (with black opaque tights) to draped maxi dresses. There was no particular color scheme that Fetherston was going for, just pretty shapes. Fetherston herself seemed every bit as sweet as the girly girl pieces she produces each season, as she walked among the crowd introducing herself. When I asked Ms. Fetherston how she approaches each collection differently she told me, “I always draw my inspiration from a place of fantasy, but at the end of the day I believe in making clothes for the real world. This season I wanted to create something that felt romantic and ethereal while modern and fresh at the same time.” There’s a real sense that she understands who her client base is and works hard to produce pieces that her customer will love forever. What more could one want?

Rory McDonough is a freelance stylist and fashion editor. His styling work has appeared in indie mags like Oyster and Russh. He is the fashion editor of the Plum Network where he worked with celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Christy Turlington-Burns. Most recently he worked with stylist B. Åkerlund on Madonna’s halftime performance at the Superbowl.

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