May 30, 2012 New York
"I went back to my San Diegan roots," Rebecca Minkoff said at a photo shoot for her new Resort range. She was talking specifically about a teenage fantasy in which she imagined herself as one of the West Coast's cool kids, a.k.a. the skaters and the surfers. The designer, who admits to never actually fitting in with either crowd, made her dream a reality, with a beach- and skate park-ready lineup. No detail was overlooked, from the faded, sun-bleached prints on pants and dresses to the board shorts with zipper accents and sorbet-colored piping. Minkoff introduced graphic T-shirts with vibrant animal-print side panels and hand-drawn animation by her artist friend David Cook. The "cheetah print on acid" pattern also found its way onto leather trousers, styled with a laid-back cotton hoodie equipped with quilted leather sleeves. Rounding out the offerings was a color-blocked baseball jacket, also done in leather, and for the first time, jewelry, the highlights of which were fish-spine bracelets and mixed-metal bangles that adhered to the brand's girly yet not too girly aesthetic. Minkettes the world over will be popping wheelies.
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