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This afternoon's Rebecca Minkoff SS 2014 runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center had a huge Latin influence with bursts of vibrant colors and strong prints, texture and embroidery and was highlighted by an incredible live performance by Janelle Monae and her band as a back drop to the show.
The collection featured tailored blazers and shorts, flowy dresses and tops and had a bohemian but sophisticated feel. My favorite look was the printed dress and printed vest with leather trim combo. I loved the presentation and the vibe of the event and would love to get my hands on some of these pieces!
My second day of Fashion Week began backstage at Kate Spade, where I met up with celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann to chat about the bold magenta or black manicures accented with gold pyramid studs that the models would be rocking for the Fall 2013 presentation (see my run down here). Inspired by New York City, with its yellow cabs, soaring skyscrapers, bright lights and wild night life, the collection was a riot of color, '70s glamour and exaggerated silhouettes. Fun times ten!
Next, I headed to Lincoln Center for the Noon By Noor show, and was wowed by the mature, ladylike looks created by young design duo Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa. The looks were actually too mature at times but there was lots of budget-fabulous inspiration, like winter florals, berry hues, bowtie blouses and colored tights. Who knows, maybe we'll see Noon By Noor at Target someday! The front row was fun to watch, too; I spotted Bryanboy, Rumi Neely, Nigel Barker and Olivia Palermo, to name a few.
Always a Fashion Week highlight, my next show was Rebecca Minkoff, who drew inspiration from the night sky (space travel, loosely) and her muse, the ladylike tomboy. From the cool nail art to the edgy outwerwear, Minkoff delivered trends that everyone wanted to wear straight off the runway (and some of the looks were available for purchase instantly, too). It's always an honor to attend because Minkoff really gets what fashion bloggers do - and I love love love her bags!
My final stop was the Charlotte Ronson presentation, where I was able to get a close-up look at the mod, schoolgirl-inspired collection. Being a product of the '90s myself, I always appreciate Ronson's edgy twist on things - like the way she adds a slim cutout to a colorblock shift, or renders a a prim collared dress in sheer black fabric and futuristic florals. Everything for Fall 2013 was wearable yet unique and I'm crossing my fingers that some of these design ideas trickle down to her affordable line for JCPenney.
One of the coolest manicures I saw this fashion week had to be Rebecca Minkoff's "night sky" nails created by essie. While I wasn't able to cover the looks myself backstage, the essie team shared these step by step photos with me that reveal how the unique nail art look was achieved. Rebecca's Fall 2013 collection was inspired by the night sky and every woman's inner rocker girl, so for the nails, manicurists dropped 5 different nail polish shades ranging from deep blue to gold onto the nails, then swirled the polish with a small paintbrush. The result looks like something from Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - and I'm in love!
Keep reading for the tutorial. Would you wear this look?
For her Spring 2013 collection, Rebecca Minkoff channeled 60s and 70s American photographer Slim Aarons, known for his glamorous shots of socialites, jet-setters and celebrities lounging poolside. What I saw was a cool, down-to-earth girl who's feminine yet prefers the relaxed feel of tomboy-inspired pieces. A mix of saturated and faded hues played out on things like a tropical print track jacket, embroidered bell bottoms and sunset-print moto jacket. My favorites pieces were more predictable but no less lust-worthy, like a fitted pink plaid blazer (which I believe already sold out on Shopbop.com) and a tweed shorts suit. I know it was a spring collection but I can't help but wonder if motherhood has softened Minkoff just a touch. Either way, I'm loving it.