Rebecca Minkoff has come a long way since relaunching her ready-to-wear collection; from small off-site shows for Spring 2010 and Fall 2010, to the Box at Lincoln Center for her Spring 2011 show, and now Lincoln Center’s biggest venue, the Theater, for Fall 2011. Fittingly, her front row was packed with stars including Michelle Trachtenberg, Eve, Lo Boswoth, Stephanie Pratt, Aggy Deyn, Louise Roe, and Jessica Szohr. The mix of young stars that showed their support was a good reflection of the mixed aesthetic Minkoff’s Fall 2011 show displayed – a little bit of high glamour, a little bit of boho, a little bit of rock, and some vintage references thrown in between.
The show kicked off with a live performance by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp, which helped set the mood for the collection’s mix of easy sexiness (think soft rock) with hints of harder edges (think xylophone notes). Kemp was a muse to Minkoff this season, and in the designer’s show notes, she remarks that her collection "embodies the urban gypsy, a juxtaposition of luxury and the bohemian girl" which was reflected in the mixed textures: leather and tweed versus chiffon and sequin, delicate lace little black dresses versus chunky off-the-shoulder sweaters, and soft prints versus tailored solids.
The most successful looks featured easy to wear blazers with contrasting lining, belted and fitted jackets, shrugs, and cozy boyfriend sweaters worn off-the-shoulder 80s-style over short shorts. The designer also presented some great party dresses that melted just the right amount of effortless cool, given their minimal embellishments, with pulled together glam achieved via body-con cuts. The stand-out look, however, was a leopard silk jumpsuit worn with a black leather belt. Though leopard print and jumpsuits have been around for a few seasons now, the daring showstopper is just the kind of demure-but-sexy piece Minkoff’s clientele will likely go for.
Leopard, in fact, made repeat appearances, including on a slew of handbags. Speaking of handbags, the designer debuted a number of new styles including some studded Alexander Wang-esque ones, some briefcase Proenza Schouler PS1-esque ones, and a few more original textured clutches and shoulder bags done in a slew of color and pattern iterations.
Can’t wait for some of these designs? Some of Minkoff’s Fall 2011 items are already available for pre-order on her website.