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A live band fronted by the electric lady herself, Janelle Monae, was the rousing soundtrack to Rebecca Minkoff’s spring/summer 2014 show. Models strutted down the runway with the phantom scent of summer in the form of intricate floral patterns and deeply saturated summer hues. Given that the collection was inspired by the colorful lives of strong Latin women such as Frida Kahlo and Bianca Jagger, it’s little wonder the in-your-face looks vacillated between the slightly edgy and the utterly romantic.
Laser-cut details, lattice prints, and a fearless penchant for pattern mixing were major staples of the presentation. One sheer, neutral tank with lacy, floral detail was paired with laser cut, mint green shorts, while a similar mint green, laser cut jacket was the completer to an outfit made up of a black, graphic tank and fringed shorts.
Minkoff’s eye for reinterpreting trend and playing with pattern was the highlight of this seasons collection. A personal favorite for us was a buttercup yellow, lace, pencil skirt paired with a graphic tee emblazoned with the phrase “Let’s All Go To Mexico.” The tee and skirt were topped off with Minkoff’s spin on a letterman jacket, which featured perforated shoulders and a red-and-white striped cuff, collar, and hem.