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Kristin Booker • February 21, 2011

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011 Collection

Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011 Collection

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

Anyone who knows me or has read this site knows of my unabashed love for the downtown cool clothes and accessories of Rebecca Minkoff. With this, her first large-scale runway presentation, the designer proved that she solidly knows her audience and is able to deliver a large-scale collection of clothes that appeal to their eclectic, edgy-but-feminine tastes. In other words, for those of us who love Minkoff, we were not at all disappointed.

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

The designer has a very simple aesthetic – cool clothes for cool girls. This collection was inspired by one of the coolest “It” girls of the moment, model Charlotte Kemp Ruhl, a woman known as well for her eclectic wardrobe as she is for her relationship with Sean Lennon.

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

The collection was rife with essential downtown cool pieces like drainpipe pants with snakeskin knee patches, flowing printed dresses with touches of burnout velvet, impossibly cool leather biker jackets and slouchy fur-trimmed knitwear. Prints ranged from what appeared to be pencil-sketched python print to a dark floral that appeared to be dripping and fading, as if paint and newspaper intermingled with rainwater outside our fabulous girl’s apartment. Animal prints spoke to her wild, untamed spirit.

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

Silhouettes are body-conscious but sumptuous. Minkoff has also created a collection full of luxe fabrics that will weather like her bags and amazing accessories: the more you handle and use them, the more rich and sexy they become.

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

Let’s not forget what the designer is best known for – accessories – and the Minkoff fan can expect extraordinary, rich options for fall with pony hair-embellished frame bags and boots as well as a to-die-for mini quilted bag. One, three or all of the pieces would work well within many wardrobes and are almost all on my personal list for fall 2011.

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

Who should wear it: Minkoff plays to the downtown cool aesthetic but don’t let that intimidate you from joining the inner circle. The collection is filled with beautiful dresses, sumptuous fur-trimmed knits, sexy drainpipe pants and jackets that will add just the right touch of urban chic to any wardrobe. You’ll have to lean toward the longer, leaner side to wear the collection, however. Minkoff’s tends toward the long, lean physique.

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

Where should you wear it: Although the collection can be edgy, there are many pieces that can be mixed with a daytime wardrobe, including a two-tone slouchy blazer, a leather blazer with a long printed skirt, gorgeous knitwear and beautiful dresses. Minidresses and skintight pants are best left for outside of office hours if you’re in a more corporate setting. Luxe pieces like a fur-trimmed trenchcoat and any of her leather jacket options can – and should – be worn at any time. In my opinion, the more often, the better.

Photo courtesy of Elle.com/Imaxtree.com and Matteo Volta

How should you wear it: This is a collection of pieces that are made to be lived in. Jackets and sweaters can be thrown over more modest T-shirt and denim moments for a look with glamorous impact. Skinny pants can be mixed with existing pieces. Dresses and pretty skirts should be worn with gorgeous boots and – of course – one of her amazing bags.

This, friends, is a collection to purchase this coming fall.

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