In many ways, the fashion industry prides itself on exclusivity, but Rebecca Minkoff
built up her cult following by inviting in fans. The designer knows how to put on a show, and Janelle Monáe electrified a packed house today by performing hits like "Tightrope" while the models sashayed up and down the runway. Minkoff's new Spring collection was influenced by strong Latin American women like Frida Kahlo, Bianca Jagger, and Alice Dellal. Working from that idea, she combined traditional elements from those cultures with modern silhouettes and fabrications. White leather miniskirts and shifts featuring intricate floral hand embroidery were spliced with sporty mesh panels, for example, and structured biker jackets appeared to be cut from frayed artisanal blankets. Elsewhere, Minkoff mixed together athletic jersey-inspired knits with crocheted pencil skirts that had a bohemian vibe. The result was eclectic but decidedly of the moment, and on-trend accessories including functional backpacks and tall gladiator sandals finished off each look. The lineup ended on a high note with Lindsey Wixson in a lattice rose-printed silk maxi dress that billowed like a parachute as Monáe belted out her final bars.