rebecca minkoff presentation spring 2011 sequin envelope clutch black leather piping snake skin

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DESIGNER Rebecca Minkoff

INSPIRATION: 70's seductress Bianca Jagger mixed with free-spirited Janis Joplin

TOP LOOKS: A well-edited pallet dominated by fleshy nudes, white, black, greys, a shock of red and occasional navy blue; shorts as the new mini skirt is the biggest take away; pearlized leather jackets with plenty of hardware infuse Joplin rock'n roll to delicately, draped silk dresses or skirts

ACCESSORIES: Natch, the Morning After Bag came out to play in cream with black leather piping; other handbag styles included new clutches, plenty of crossbodies and long strap options even on lady-like top handle bags; silver studding was the key embellishment on many silhouettes and a 70s-infused collection would not be complete without a bucket bag with fringe; shoes, the newest addition to the growing Rebecca Minkoff empire, were offered in the form of nude suede booties, plenty of wedges in mixed cord and leather finishes, and a lust-worthy nude base sandal with thick black lacing to the ankle

WHO WAS THERE: Michelle Trachtenberg, Shenae Grimes, and Albert Hammond

WHAT WE THOUGHT: We are sold on the new work wardrobe staple, shorts – draped silk, pleated linen or trimmed in leather, all will do. From afar many of Minkoff's shorts looked like full skirts, but up-close one sees the bohemian ease only a short can accomplish. Paired with blouses, blazers or a simple tank – and almost always topped with a leather jacket – this free-spirited, yet sophisticated ensemble truly embodies Minkoff's vision of "paying homage to the ultimate femme vagabond – a woman yearning for glamour, transfixed by reconstructed vintage." And lest we forget about 70's temptress Bianca Jagger, she was represented in the form of draped dresses and shorts, billowing silk pants, and an off-the-shoulder ruffled dress.