– By Diana Minnocci –
Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection offered the ultimate in downtown chic, with casual-cool, wearable outfits and incredible accessories that every woman would want to own. Her inspiration may have been the photography of Slim Aarons, whose preferred subject included 1960s and 70s socialites and celebrities sunning themselves poolside, but the result was modern, effortless, and undeniably gorgeous.
Her incorporation of spring florals was hardly predictable, from the opening look of a pointed-collar blouse and white jeans with just a hint of floral fading from the bottom, to the graphic red and bold blue bandana prints featured midway, and those softly shaded black, white, and gray lace separates towards the finale.
And the accessories were nothing short of amazing. Minkoff has stated previously her belief that “a handbag is a love affair,” and these are handbags to love, truly. Generously sized bags, all in the spirit of her classic, must-have M.A.B. Morning After Bag, in which you can store everything you’d need for a night so fabulous that it lasts through sunrise and into the early day, appeared in a parade of colors and textures: cobalt blue, navy, brown, black, white, some colorblocked with yellow or accented by red, in patent, snakeskin, quilted, hole-netted, and woven leathers. A kelly green barrel that is as perfect for work as it is for after-work cocktails; A striking, studded saddle, in on-trend mint green, to wear to a day-long music festival and then to drinks and dancing later in the night; A cognac cross body with contrast white shoulder strap, great for a picnic in the park before afternoon shopping across town.
Because the best part of Rebecca Minkoff’s handbags is that they are as functional as they are fashionable, intended not just to be carried for mere accessory, but smartly-sized in height and length to fit all of the essentials necessary to a woman on the go. After all, that is the Rebecca Minkoff girl – the Minkette that the designer identifies as her muse – she whose schedule is packed with social activities and so expects her purse to work for any occasion, to pair well with all outfits. When wearing this season’s bags, she becomes “a sexy tomboy with a bit of bon vivant,” as Minkoff explained before the show.
The collection was, in short, unmistakably of-the-moment and absolutely beautiful, everything we’ve come to expect from the brilliant Rebecca Minkoff, and more. And, since it would be far too agonizing to wait a whole season to wear one of those Spring/Summer 2013 items, she’s made her Haim jacket – a standout, tuxedo-collared blazer in neon-striped tweed – available for immediate purchase.
Diana Minnocci is a freelance fashion writer with graduate degrees in English and Women’s Studies. She’s particularly obsessed with fine lingerie and red lipstick, and is a lover of all things vintage. You can follow her on Twitter @dianaminnocci.