Skaist-Taylor Unveils Their New Collection

You may not know Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor by name, but you’ve definitely heard of the fashion brand they founded back in the 90s: a little label called Juicy Couture.

The duo sold Juicy a few years back and just emerged after an 18-month “non-compete” hiatus with a brand-new collection called Skaist-Taylor and a debut presentation during New York Fashion Week.

The longtime BFFs opted to eschew the tents at Lincoln Center in favor of the parking garage beneath Lincoln Center, and guests were greeted by the words “Because the Sky is Blue” as they entered the subterranean lair – The Beatles song the lyric comes from also played on the soundtrack – followed by a maze-like corridor featuring backlit photos of California redwoods. This opened onto a concrete runway and more backlit photo cubes, several of which featured a dreamy film of the Skaist-Taylor collection worn by Theodora Richards (aka, Patti Hansen and Keith Richards’ daughter).

“We just started our new world,” said Nash-Taylor, who was dressed identically to her partner, right down to her blue-tipped hair. “It’s chapter two and it’s a different time in our lives, but it’s really the same thing we’ve always felt. It’s sort of casual, high/low dressing. It’s what we love. It’s all about the California eccentric.”

While Lesley Gore crooned “You Don’t Own Me” in the background, out came models in flared, 70s-style pantsuits, short-in-front-long-in-back skirts and off-the-shoulder blouses topped by fur chubbies, all of it given the designers’ signature haute hippie spin – right down to the hammered gold knuckle rings adorning every finger.

“The models were saying out of all the shows, these are the clothes they wanted – and I love that!” said Skaist-Levy, after greeting well-wishers Sandra Bernhard, Anna Wintour, Gina Gershon, Duran Duran’s John Taylor (aka, Mr. Gela), and Rachel Zoe.

Indeed there are. And based on the audience’s enthusiastic response, I’d say these blue-haired ladies – and their legions of devoted followers – will be anything but blue once the collection hits stores.

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.

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February 15, 2012