Rebecca Minkoff: urban appeal

Should I mention “gypsy fashion” it’s likely that a vision of the last incarnation of the trend will materialise in your to mind. At least, that was the case for me and so I carried this false assumption with me to Rebecca Minkoff’s fall 2011 showing at New York fashion week, having been previously informed that ‘gypsy’ is the collection’s underlying theme.

My imagined picture of the collection was, however, well off the mark.

It is instead far more urban and far less gypsy. It has a bohemian tilt, but feels like it’s walking a line between having a free spirited attitude and being outwardly conservative. In short, it feels like a collection for the girl who excels at bohemian layering. The sort of girl who effortlessly works a gent’s fedora into her wardrobe. A collection that is for the Frida Gustavssons and the Charlotte Kemp Muhls of the world.

I confess I cheated with the last name a little. While’s editor, Tania Braukamper, is a fan of Muhl’s style I couldn’t have previously told you much about it. But with the show’s notes revealing Muhl to have inspired the next season’s offering from Rebecca Minkoff, and with Muhl, along with boyfriend Sean Lennon, performing as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at the beginning of the catwalk, there’s scarce room for argument.

And so it was that the show’s models took to a catwalk whose pace was set by the oft gentle rhythm of Lennon and Muhl, but whose spirit seemed elsewhere with clothes and music never quite feeling cohesive. Without the iconography normally associated with a gypsy motif, the theme instead features in the collection by way of cuts and layering. Particularly the contrast layering we might otherwise call off duty model style. Think wafting cardigans over slim cut dresses, tailored shorts layered under asymmetric blazers, or simple sheer maxi dresses featuring the coming season’s green tonality.

To see all of Rebecca Minkoff‘s autumn (fall) / winter 2011 / 2012 offering, from its winter prints to its pieces perfect for the biker trend, click on the thumbnails below.