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Rebecca Taylor combines flirty fun with a high-tech touch in new collection

Rebecca Taylor combines flirty fun with a high-tech touch

Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor railroad biker jacket, poplin shirt and leather patch trouser. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor enchanted floral flippy dress. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection look 1
Rebecca Taylor patched floral organdy tee and patch trouser. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor waffle boyfriend blazer and patch lace dress. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor sleeveless eyelet shirtdress. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection look 1
Rebecca Taylor chartreuse patch lace tunic and brocade shorts. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor enchanted floral organdy dress. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor waffle bonded lace crop jacket, peplum top and patch trouser. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection look 1
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection look 1
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection
Rebecca Taylor spring 2014 collection

NEW YORK — New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor always has her target customer in mind: Young, feminine-with-an-edge, and fun. Her spring 2014 collection has plenty of options for the cool girls to wear (Girl's co-star Zosia Mamet was in the front row of the runway show), with looks that combine athletic styles with flirty touches.

Taylor, who is known for a "feminine tomboy aesthetic," features low-slung trousers that resemble upscale track pants, bonded mesh hoodies and bomber jackets of rubberized terrycloth fabric. She also showcases one of spring's hottest trends — perforated leather — in "waffle" blazers, bombers, T-shirts and dresses.

But if that sounds all too high-tech, Taylor adds lace touches to vests, cropped jackets and tunics. Dresses and pantsuits in a blurry floral pattern and a pink leather bomber vest adorned with roses also soften up the hard edges.

Taylor rounds out the collection with a number of "summer white" looks — poplin dresses, cropped sweaters and pleated skirts — that never go out of style, and boyfriend blazers galore.