Monday Muse: Rebecca Minkoff Salutes Military Style

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2015

Rebecca Minkoff has taken a few flights of fantasy, but for Pre-Fall 2015, the designer is firmly planted. Maybe it’s because the Cali-born designer has been knee-high-gladiator-boot-deep in expanding her retail presence and including a hefty dose of tech in those new stores, but she’s traded in her Mexican sojourns for a olive green-hued collection that played on the staples of the military and a few tomboy basics that’ll have her legion of loyal fans happily returning to her new stores.

As a brand that’s most well-known for bags — wildly popular ones, at that — Minkoff’s ready-to-wear has always had to share the spotlight with leather goods. But as she’s expanded her line, Minkoff’s been giving more and more attention to the entire breadth of her offerings, and the cool tailoring and very now Downtown vibe that pervades the new collection is something even uptown preps will want to take note of. And while there might not be anything revolutionary, pushing the fashion lexicon forward was never Minkoff’s MO — instead, she’s offering up an almost entirely olive collection that’s anything but drab.

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2015

Instead of tried-and-true silhouettes, Minkoff’s play with proportion paired wide, cropped sailor pants with a crop top and fringed pieces with mini skirts. Things that seemed ordinary, such as trench, had the addition of zippers that made them convertible or, in the case of a YSL-inspired Saharienne dress and a leather skirt, lacing so you can show as much skin as you please. Bomber jackets and a few simple tops got the studded treatment, with embellished collars and seams, so that even the most mundane military staples got a dose of feminine fun.

And the bags? Minkoff will always have her MABs, Mini Macs and 3-zip swingy crossbodies on store shelves, but for Pre-Fall, she introduced new shapes, including a sleek bucket bag that has “street style blogge” and “sold out” written all over it in addition to a few lean and clean pieces with a touch of trompe l’oeil to keep things from getting too serious. So while the spotlight might always shine a little bit brighter on the accessories, it looks like Minkoff’s downtown girl has a closet full of great pieces she’ll trot out when the weather warms up.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.