It’s truly been a joy to watch my friend Rebecca Minkoff grow over the years. From starting a line with only a few bag designs (like the famed Morning After) to expanding into a well-known brand whose wares include bags, clothing, shoes and jewelry, Rebecca Minkoff has changed before our eyes. Over the years, Minkoff’s runway show has always been incredibly fun, with live music and nods to Minkoff’s tech-savvy attendees and fans.

This year was no different; with an intimate-feeling venue, perfect mood lighting and the Brooklyn-based band Little Daylight performing, a breezy collection made its way down the runway. Rebecca Minkoff’s clothing has gotten stronger every season, and Spring 2015 contained soft neutrals, perfectly muted pastels and tassel-embellished bags.

And let’s talk about the bags, shall we? Tons of tassels and sprinkles of fringe adorned the vast majority of the season’s bags. It sounds like it could be a bit much, but it worked well, making it my favorite Rebecca Minkoff bag collection in several seasons. There was an elevated feel to the bags, with oversized handheld pouches and round shoulder bags as the standouds. Studs were also a focal point, but I found the manner in which they were applied to fit Rebecca Minkoff’s downtown-romantic vibe to a T. While Rebecca will always be a handbag girl to me, it’s clear her penchant for all things fashion has grown along with her business.

Whenever a bag from the handbag market’s highest price tier hits a certain point of critical mass, it comes time for designers at lower price points to adapt the look for their own purposes. Céline and Givenchy have been the most popular sources of this kind of “inspiration” over the past few seasons, and now the Rebecca Minkoff Love Bags have the Chanel Boy Bag in their sights. (more…)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Jules Crossbody

Price: $245 via ShopBop

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The combination of graphic white trim, stylized faux-snake leather and black hardware results in a modern, slick shoulder bag that can look both sharp or casual, depending on how you style it. For less than $300, you can’t beat it.

Here’s one of Girls leading ladies, Allison Williams, filming on location for the hit HBO series in NYC. She’s carrying a white Rebecca Minkoff Elle Studded Satchel (or her character Marnie Michaels is carrying one, I suppose). Either way, a bright white Elle is a great bag for summer. (Interesting Allison Williams factoid: She’s the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams. True story.) You can currently find a black Mini Elle for $395 at Nordstrom.

A few months ago, designer Rebecca Minkoff allowed us to take a peek inside her purse during NYFW for one of our What’s In Her Bag features. She was carrying a Rebecca Minkoff Perry Satchel, naturally. You can examine her Fashion Week arsenal in “What’s In Her Bag: Rebecca Minkoff.” You can also take a gander at her Spring 2014 handbag collection here.

The always-adorable Emmy Rossum was recently spotted running errands around Beverly Hills with a minty blue Rebecca Minkoff Blake Bag. This colorful top handle bag really pops with her lacy top, heather jersey skirt and color-matching ballet flats. The Blake is a style from last spring that’s sadly not currently available online, but you can find oodles of Rebecca Minkoff bags, shoes and apparel at ShopBop. Emmy’s edition of “The Many Bags of…” is chock full of affordable, American designer bags and well worth a gander.

Emmy Rossum isn’t exactly a household name yet – more people would probably recognize her from her turn in the 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie adaptation than from her extremely well regarded Showtime series Shameless. But she should absolutely be on a celeb fashion lovers’ radar, because she’s a fantastic dresser. She never leaves the house without looking extra polished, and we have yet to see her running around town in gym clothes, unlike 95% of LA’s celeb population.

Spring 2014 deliveries will be in stores before you know it (seriously, they’ll be starting by the end of the holidays, which means we have only weeks to wait), and that means it’s time to start planning how our seasonal purchases are going to go once the sale-season craziness ends. We’re lucky enough to be able to check in on the upcoming collections from our favorite designers in person, and today we’re excited to bring you an exclusive preview of all the bags you can expect to see from Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014. (more…)

When I wrote about the Rebecca Minkoff Iridescent Elle, I knew it would sell out quickly, and it did. I can’t find this bag anywhere online right now, but for all of you who wanted a closer look, I can give you that. (more…)

When this bag went down the runway, it was my absolute favorite bag and I knew I would have to have it. So I sat around waiting for this bag to hit the virtual shelves and the Rebecca Minkoff Iridescent Elle finally has.

The Elle is a bag many of you Minkettes may know about, it was named after fashion blogger BryanBoy’s grandmother, but the design is all Rebecca Minkoff.

The Rebecca Minkoff Elle Bag will make a woman look both strong and polished when she carries it. There are a variety of finishes, from simple leather, to studs, to this iridescent futuristic lizard-embossed version. I love the streamlined silhouette and adjustable crossbody strap. If you were waiting for this bag to hit the shelves, then you better buy it fast, because this bag is going to sell out. Price is $495 via Saks and this bag is friends and family eligible RIGHT NOW.

While I’m fully aware that Rebecca Minkoff makes a full line of handbags that ranges from clutches to weekenders, when I think of the brand, I think of crossbody bags. Perhaps its because my single RM bag is a MAC, or maybe it’s because Minkoff’s crossbodies are ubiquitous among the 20-something denizens of New York City, or maybe it’s just because Minkoff herself understands better than many contemporary designers that these are the types of bags that young women really want to buy. For whatever reason, when I look to judge an RM collection, it’s almost always by its crossbody bags, and that means that the brand appears to be in good shape for Fall 2013.

RM’s fall crossbodies, at least those that have shown up online in the past few days, are a little bit meatier than their previous counterparts, boasting flap tops, front pockets and, in the cast of the Hudson Moto bag, a substantial size increase and a luxurious quilted finish. These three bags all look pretty refined for their price points, and they’ll look at home alongside the richer textures and colors of fall. My favorite, of course, is the all-black Hudson Moto.

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Bag
$265 via Bloomingdale’s

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Bag

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Crossbody Bag
$385 via Neiman Marcus

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Crossbody Bag

Rebecca Minkoff Perry Moto Bag
$345 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Perry Moto Bag

The contemporary market is full of cute little crossbody bags, and for good reason – not only are they functional weekend pieces for the market’s young customers, but because of their diminutive sizes, they’re at the lower end of the brand’s price range, which helps entice new customers to check out the brand’s wares. The problem, though, is that not all designers are particularly creative when it comes to these pieces – there are a lot of zipper-topped rectangles out there right now. If you need a palate cleanser, check out the Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag.

This adorable little bag provides the same advantages of its more obvious counterparts – easy-to-carry size, room for your essentials, fun colors, affordable price point – without looking like everything else available right now, which is the biggest win of all. Another perk: that front pocket looks like it might be just the right size for a smart phone.

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag, Pink
$195 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag Pink

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag, Purple
$195 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Craig Camera Bag Purple

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