For Resort, Rebecca Minkoff
visualized her free-spirited customer cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway with her boyfriend's band. At a preview of the new collection, Minkoff explained that she'd tried to channel the period during the early eighties when New Wave was at its pinnacle, and the music had "changed the cultural climate from punk to pop." The designer put her own spin on punk (which was reinterpreted every which way during the Fall shows) with rock-star-worthy pieces like an easy T-shirt with safety-pin details at the shoulder, or a pair of bubblegum-pink leather stovepipes featuring zippered slashes running up each leg. Those tougher items were balanced with more overtly feminine pieces that emphasized an hourglass silhouette. A tweed moto jacket with studded sleeves had a sculpted, nipped-in waist, for example, and could be worn with a matching peplum skirt or over a fit-and-flare dress.
Elsewhere, Minkoff had fun playing with vibrant florals (seen on lightweight bikers and track pants), neon lace (mixed with bouclé), and animal prints including tiger stripes and novelty birds of paradise, which dotted sporty bombers and flowing chiffon maxi dresses. Covetable chunky chain necklaces, studded PVC clutches, and stacked-heel sandals finished off many of these cheerful looks. When it comes to personal style, it's safe to say that Minkoff's girl may be traveling with the band this season, but she's certainly no groupie.