Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014

by Alex R. Travers

LUX_6888.450x675Rebecca Minkoff is DTF: Down to fiesta! If you happened to be seated in the front row, you received a graphic T-shirt featuring that DTF acronym, some fun foreshadowing of the Latin American influences and sporty shirts to come. Here’s one thing about Minkoff: she always puts on a show. Last season, the designer had Wild Cub perform their hit song “Thunder Clatter.” For Spring 2014, Minkoff tapped Janelle Monáe, who belted out soulful songs from her soon-to-be-released album, The Electric Lady. Then Monáe gave us the funky, familiar taste of “Tight Rope.” Just as the crowd got grooving, Lindsey Wixson walked out in a raglan sleeve mesh pullover and leather skirt.

A few looks into this eye-catching collection, I knew I could count myself as a fan. The usual tomboy was toned down, but she still had her usual ferocity and feeling. This season, she wore a mesh stitch track jacket, but not one her man could pull off; she looked stunning in a laser-cut dress in aloe; she turned heads in an embroidered cotton and silk top with spearmint shorts; and she stopped traffic in a Casablanca print chiffon dress—play it again Rebecca! She was also a little sassy: Fit-and-flare mini skirts flickered through the collection, and the gritty backpacks and gladiator heels told you who wore the pants—embroidered silk hemmers—in the relationship. You need to keep an eye on Rebecca Minkoff. She’s a hell of a designer, be it with her playfulness (T-shirts and lace skirts in sun) or seductive enchantment (that flowing silk “aviento” dress).