Rebecca Minkoff Talks Influences & Inspirations


From her most recent foray into denim to her iconic Morning-After Clutch, Rebecca Minkoff’s namesake brand is expanding and filling up women’s closets everywhere (ours included). As she builds on what began as an accessories-focused line, we’re looking forward to discovering what else Minkoff has in store for us in the way of apparel and lifestyle items. In anticipation of her Spring 2014 show, Glam got the chance to catch up with Minkoff to talk inspiration and what she’d be doing if she weren’t a fashion designer.

What’s your favorite piece to design?

That’s so tough! Recently, designing our denim was really exciting and fun to be able to do that and fun to be able to explore a new medium. We launched denim over the summer, and we were really excited because not only is it a great price point, but the sale of every piece of denim that we sell feeds 20 kids. We’re working with this charity called “No Kid Hungry,” so it was great to put out denim that people love and that fits and is premium denim, but is at a great price. And it does a great thing for children who aren’t getting enough food.

How do you keep the collections new and innovative?

I think it’s all about staying inspired and, basically it just comes down to that. If you’re not inspired by or excited about being able to create something fresh again, then I think you’ll have trouble. So just keeping up and being excited about approaching a new season.

Where do you find inspiration?

For me a lot of it comes from travel – I have to travel a lot for work, and by “have to,” I mean, it’s not even that torturous to travel for work. I think seeing new places that I’ve never been to or having new encounters or just being in new environments usually keeps me pretty stimulated.

Do you have a favorite place?

I have many. I fell in love with Turkey when I was there – I was in Istanbul and also in Bodrum. I really love Bermuda, I was there recently for work. Those, I think, are my two favorite places.

What’s your go-to nail polish color?

The last two months, it’s white. I do a gel manicure and I do the whitest that they have to offer. Opaque.

What kinds of things, trends and styles are you going to be looking out for during Fashion Week?

I’m going to be looking out for a lot of color. I feel like the flared skirt is going to come back. I feel like there’s also going to be a lot of clothing that’s been influenced by early 90’s rap music at the other end of the spectrum. So I think that’s what the global designer consciousness is going to be showing.

Do you incorporate the trends that you see on runway into your own style or use them for inspiration in your collections?

Definitely, because I keep tabs on so many (you know, because they’re also my friends) bloggers. I think of what they’re wearing and looking at a lot of street style. I can’t help but be influenced by that.

What can we expect from your upcoming collection?

I was inspired by Latin America, so it’s going to be filled with color, texture and pattern.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

I would probably still be a stylist.

If you could spend a day with anyone you wanted, who would it be?

My grandmother, who passed away, is someone who I would want to spend a day with.

Did she influence your designs or style at all? 

I think she influenced how I thought about fashion. She didn’t get to explore with fashion until my grandfather passed away, when she sort of let herself loose on fashion. So it was really fun to see her exploring it at an older age and how voraciously she consumed fashion. It was like she had been held back for so many years, and then she was able to let loose. So I think it was fun to see her get excited about that.

Is there a favorite item you have from your upcoming collection?

Yes, it’ll probably be either the opening or closing of the show.