With Fashion Week about to begin, designers are busy, anxious to show their new collections. At Rebecca Taylor’s showroom, the spring 2012 muse is contemporary, fresh and ethereal.

Her collection emphasizes cut and color, with unexpected cut-outs in some silhouettes. Shades of oyster are highlighted by bold citrus colors of lemon, lime and tangerine. Cropped, slouchy, embellished sweaters, long skirts and voluminous outerwear in technical fabrics add edge, while apron-back dresses with bone-toned snake leather bibs inject a pared-down cool attitude that sets the tone for the spring ’12 collection.

Growing up on the beaches of New Zealand, Taylor developed an interest in sewing and costume design at an early age. Her childhood fashion experiences sparked a fascination with the fashion industry. She arrived in New York City after graduating from the Wellington School of Design, and has been designing her signature collection since 1996.

The Rebecca Taylor collection is best known for providing the eternally evolving modern girl with fresh, feminine clothing. Taylor’s looks complement and refine her clients’ individual sense of style. Her playful use of color, print and texture in silhouettes enhance a spirited lifestyle.

Taylor has cultivated a vast celebrity clientele, including stars like Nicole Richie, Reese Witherspoon and Katherine Heigl. Through a series of collaborations and partnerships, her collection has grown to offer handbags, shoes, eyewear, swim styles and a “pink label” created exclusively for Rebecca Taylor retail stores.

Rebecca Taylor is distributed in over 40 countries and 250 cities worldwide. The collection can be found globally in about 500 outposts, including better contemporary boutiques, select department stores, leading e-commerce sites and Rebecca Taylor stores in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and a flagship store in Manhattan.

Taylor is an avid supporter of the ASPCA and uses only ethical furs in her collection. Other philanthropies she supports include the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, the North Shore Animal League, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Phoenix House, CFDA Fashion for Action and the Children’s Dream Foundation. She is a co-chair of the DIVAS Shop for Opera benefit.

Over the past 13 years, Taylor has been featured internationally in numerous leading publications. In 2000, she was nominated for the prestigious CFDA Perry Ellis Award for emerging new talent.