Rebecca Minkoff has officially joined the see-now-buy-now movement, showcasing her bohemian fall/winter 2016 collection months behind schedule amid the sweltering heat of New York in September. She may be most famous for her handbag line, but it’s Minkoff’s youthful clothes that are swiftly becoming a main selling point among it-girls. These bloggers and industry influencers are her best advertisers, they pull off Minkoff’s leather minis and peasant dresses with a certain irreverence we can only hope to imitate.
This is why it makes so much sense for the designer to forgo the lithe mannequins we are so used to seeing on runways, opting instead for social media sensations to star in her show. The likes of Shea Marie, Caroline Vreeland, and Chriselle Lim could be seen strutting their stuff on the cobblestone streets outside of Minkoff’s Soho store front-a nod to the consumer-friendly aspect of the pieces, which will be available online and in brick-and-mortar stores almost immediately.
This fall collection expanded on the one Minkoff debuted in February; both were inspired by the luxury of travel, with beautifully wearable ensembles that celebrate la vie bohème. Think blouses illustrated with a flurry of folkloric flowers, slouchy sweaters in neutral tones, and rich velvet slips. This was all peppered with a rock n’ roll edge seen in the oversized leather jackets emblazoned with phrases like “I Heart NY” and “Unit.” A sequined pant and bomber combo had a particularly striking Ziggy Stardust feel. It was the way the whole collection was styled, though, that felt completely modern. Coats like an army green parka with multi-color fur lining were thrown over summery silhouettes to turn them into perfect fall and winter outfit options. And as for the bags, the style was kept boxy and small to capture the free-spirited attitude of under packed luggage. Minkoff’s new seasonal alignment means you can take home a slice of the brand’s sensational collection in time for the holidays.