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Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013 Review

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 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.

Tracy Reese Spring 2013

It's been an exciting time for Tracy Reese who recently had one of her designs put in the spotlight by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention. And Tracy's Spring 2013 runway show was filled with more ebullient pieces that our fashionable First Lady would no doubt like to wear. Inspired by David Hockney's landscapes, the collection played with organic and technical elements in a palette of foliage greens, cool blues, warm ochre, tangerine and crimson. The sporty jackets over feminine separates felt so effortless and fresh. Lush beading - especially on some wide leg pants - felt just wild enough to grab your attention but soft enough to be totally wearable. On my spring wish list thanks to Tracy are cool shifts, wide collar blazers and fringe-embellished sandals.

The Look for Less: Valentino 'Rockstud' T-Strap Heels

The 'Rockstud' by Valentino in black with pewter studs is $995 at I spotted the 'Rockstud' on quite a few pairs of stylish feet during New York Fashion Week.

Looking to get the look for less? Try these Lola Cruz heels instead, available in gray or rust for $125.