Rebecca Minkoff was having a baby about this time last year. One might remember how very pregnant she was at her S/S18 show. She had to leave the little guy at home on his birthday today to manage her S/S19 show. Along the way, she did a couple of media interviews and kept her Instagram stories popping with fresh content. Ms. Minkoff is more than a mother, more than a designer, and that’s exactly the message she wants to get across with her entire #IAmMany campaign.
As I’m watching Ms. Minkoff literally bounce from one task to the next, I find it amusing that there are some of fashion’s old guard who are still intimidated by her. One might notice how very slow the digital editors at Vogue were to post the images from her show (they’re still not available even as I’m writing). This is the kind of bullying that goes on behind the scenes of the fashion industry. There are some that still haven’t forgiven Rebecca for being a major force in the buy now/see now movement from a couple of years ago. And while some who joined her then have since returned to the traditional calendar, Ms. Minkoff is one of the few who has managed to make the switch work for her brand. She juggles all forms of media, has her own podcast, does countless interviews, and still finds time to be a mom. #IAMMANY almost seems like an understatement.
This season, Minkoff is inspired by Ibiza, which is admittedly rather inspiring for many different reasons. Specifically, the designer is referencing the era of optimism around the original Love movement that made that island nation such a hot spot. The clothes are light and reasonably bright, with plenty of looks that are loose and flowing. The best floral prints are small and delicate. Her new line of belts works even if one only wears them for show. There are sufficient contrasts between hard and soft lines, urban and island, fun and work. What’s most important is that all the silhouettes are practical for everyday wear, a commitment from which Ms. Minkoff rarely wavers. Here are a few samples from the collection.
There’s a lot of talk about diversity on the runway this season and so far we’ve seen a dramatic improvement in casting over last season. One of the standouts from this Minkoff cast, though, is journalist Noor Tagouri, an amazing young woman who represents probably the most overlooked segment of society in all of fashion. Again, why other designers are so afraid, I don’t know. The scarfed look she wears with the floral pattern pantsuit is sharp and appealing. Her bravery and advocacy for inclusion are unmatched and she carried that attitude proudly on the runway in a manner that was inspiring to everyone else.
After the show, Rebecca and her family, including the kids, met for brunch like it was any other Sunday. I’m sure there will be a party for the little one later. Nothing seems to get past her. Okay, so she’s one of the most practical-minded womenswear designers in the country. She’ll have you know that she, and everyone else, is much more. #IAMMANY