Interview with Rebecca Minkoff – Fall 2015

LOCATION: The Pavilion at Lincoln Center
MUSIC: Live performance by Marian Hill
FRONT ROW: Victoria Justice, Zosia Mamet, Cocoa Rocha, Louise Roe and Lindsay Ellingson

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Backstage before her show, Rebecca Minkoff explained the genesis of her collection to us: “To me, luxury truly means to be young, free and to have found love. When I read Patti Smith’s book, Just Kids, that is the feeling that I got, and I wanted to view the collection with her raw sexuality. They were free and in love in New York in the 70’s, and I wanted to channel that energy and create clothes that reminded me of that period.”

Inspired by the era of Chelsea Hotel Girls: Smith, Janis Joplin, and Grace Slick, the show was a celebration of 70’s inspired rock-rich hippie looks that were redelivered for today’s it-girl.

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Outerwear was predominant, shown in rich fabrics such as suede, calf hair, tweed and shearling. The silhouettes on the coats ranged from cropped jackets to maxi trenches. Classic wool coats with faux fur toppers were paired with feminine silk dresses. Rebecca added some flash by incorporating metallics in chiffon peasant tops and gold lamé button-ups. The colour palette was simultaneously delicate and rich. Pale pink was paired with oxblood, and bright teal with navy. The collection was an effortless fusion of modern and vintage styles, showcasing the designer’s signature downtown romantic aesthetic.

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While we were backstage, Essie announced that Rebecca Minkoff will be their global colour designer. This means Rebecca will be working with the Essie team to create ‘powerful colour statements’ for the brand’s upcoming collections.

For Fall 2015, Michelle Saunders of Essie designed a nail pattern perfectly suited for the bohemian themed show. The model’s nails were painted in a neutral shade of soft pink (Mademoiselle), on top, a reverse V-shape pattern was painted in a deep navy (Midnight Cami) and a dark red (Berry Naughty) creating a chic reverse chevron.

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Stila’s global executive director of creative artistry, Sarah Lucero helped recreate the glamour of the 70’s by designing a smudgy wide-eyed stare, paired with a clean face and simple nude lips.

“The whole show is about a wide-eyed, wanderlust girl with lots of black eyeliner.”

Sarah created the beautiful matte looking skin using Stila’s Illuminating Powder Foundation and applied Convertible Color in Camellia on the cheeks. Sarah layered two eyeliners, Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, and coated the lashes with Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara. To complete the look, Sarah used Colour Balm Lipstick in Nude Interlude on the lips. “Her eyes are meant to look as if she’s not trying to do her makeup,” Lucero said. “There’s always sort of a rock ’n’ roll music influence in Rebecca’s shows, but the whole approach is a bit more grungy.”

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The wearable collection was a master class in boho-chic. Even though we haven’t made it past winter yet, Rebecca Minkoff has us already looking forward to autumn.

Review by Nikki Dindo
Backstage images by Lyndi Barrett
Runway images courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff