Q&A: Behind the Scenes with Rebecca Minkoff

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With NYFW officially wrapped, we sat down with the designer to talk beauty, fall trends and advice for fellow entrepreneurs.

What was your inspiration for this collection?

The “On Tour” Collection was inspired by a road trip taken by the Rolling Stones with Anita Pallenberg across the United States. Micro-floral prints, moto jackets and neon patchwork furs brought a rock and roll vibe with a bohemian mix to the collection.

Music has always had a strong influence on my style. As muses go, Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards are the ultimate rebel-romantics. When I was determined to become a designer, it was authentic music, like the albums of The Rolling Stones, that became the soundtrack to my ambitions. Channeling their luxe- boho sensibilities, my Fall 2017 Collection is set on the road — an on-tour journey from the breezy terrains of Joshua Tree to the take-charge streets of New York City. Rock and Roll has long propelled an effortlessly elegant duality, welcoming a cross-country sense of adventure that encapsulates the cultural landscape. Considering these ideals with each and every season, I’m able to create through a progressive lens with a thoughtful sense of accessibility.

Which new trends are you most excited about?

I’m excited about embellishment for fall — be it on a boot, a handbag or a shoulder strap —  a little goes a long way to make any outfit pop!

How did you work with Daniel Martin to create the beauty looks for the show?

We sat down and really aligned on each of the looks and how we wanted to emphasize and complete them utilizing his beauty expertise. All of my models are so beautiful inside and out, the beauty looks just enhance all of that to make them runway-ready.

Why did you choose Honest Beauty as a sponsor?

I admire Jessica personally and professionally, and I love how she has evolved her company to Beauty; keeping her products clean – that’s very important to me on a personal level.

How do you prep for NYFW each year?

A blowout and fresh face for makeup. Lashes are also a must and lots of sleep!

What advice would you give an entrepreneur — designer, business owner or other — just starting out on their own?

The biggest thing is to be humble and be ready to work. You have to go above and beyond to get your idea off of the ground. When I was working for someone else, I was doing everything. My first job was to re-organize the supply closet and go pick up the CEO’s son. Maybe that was outside the job boundaries, but I did it, because I knew if [my boss] saw that I was [willing to] go above and beyond, when she had something that I wanted, she would give it to me because I earned it and showed I had work ethic.

How has your career evolved after having kids?

I feel like becoming a mom has shown me that I can do anything! It also made me laser-focused with managing my time. I set boundaries on how often I will go out to work events in order to try my best to strike a balance with work and family. I will say that whoever created the word “balance” wasn’t a mom. It’s a beautiful struggle to do it all and just realizing that you’re always going to sacrifice one for the other helps, me at least, keep sane!  

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our tutorial on how to recreate the featured Honest Beauty runway look at home!

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