Episode 21

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00:00-00:12- Luxurious by Gwen Stefani (snippet)

00:13-00:35 Mind Sex by Dead Prez (snippet)

00:56-2:52 We discuss the career of Rebecca Minkoff

2:53-6:36 We met up with Harvey Tsao, international makeup artist for Chantecaille and asked him about summer trends.

6:36-11:34 Coffee by Miguel ft. Wale

11:35-14:18 F’d up by Thaiboy ft. Yung Lean

14:35-16:35 We discuss Eddie Borgo’s upcoming collaboration with Target.

16:37-19:29 They Know by Billionaire B ft. Fetty Wap

19:32-24:34 Bipolar by EverythingOshauN

24:35-28:50 Mouthful of Diamonds by Phantogram

29:29-34:12 Club Paradise by Drake

34:13-37:11 Can’t Get Close by Sampha (Deebs edit)

37:12-47:08 Pyramids by Frank Ocean

 

 

 

Rebecca Minkoff talks fast fashion and the expansion of her empire

Fast fashion has become one of the most challenging parts of the design process. Mass retailers like Zara, H&M and Forever 21 have bypassed the fashion week calendar for a relentless cycle of trends that are often times imitations of luxury designs, made at a cheaper and faster rate. These fast fashion retailers are achieving multi-billion dollar revenues from a modus operandi of high volumes and low quality. Other than the moral implications these garments carry, which are often made overseas in poor working conditions – fashion designers are having their work and intellectual property replicated and shipped faster than ever, and they’re having a hard time keeping up with the pace of current fashion cycle.

According to Elizabeth Cline, who examines the implications of fast fashion in her book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, H&M and Forever 21 receive new shipments of clothing daily, while UK retailer Topshop adds over 400 styles each week to its website. With retailers churning out knocked off styles at rapid rates, designers are feeling the pressure of maintaining creativity

The fashion community hasn’t developed a singular outlook on the matter neither. Olivier Rousteing says he loves when Zara copies his designs; meanwhile, Anna Sui gifted shirts branding the founders of Forever 21 as “Outlaws” at one of her runway shows (she’s sued the company for infringement). While there isn’t a readily available solution to combat fast fashion retailers from duplicating designer pieces, there are a few known ways designers are making it harder. From intricate trims, to luxe fabrics and structure, some designers are decidedly designing items which are difficult to reproduce in mass quantities.

It seems, however, that even the designers that stand between high end design, and fast fashion retailers, are feelings the effects of this fast fashion cycle. Rebecca Minkoff launched her brand in 2005, and has seen it grow at an exponential rate in the past decade. Despite launching the brand during what seems like the height of fast fashion replications, the brand has successfully grown from handbags, to now include apparel, shoes, jewelry, and a men’s accessory line, Ben Minkoff (operated by her brother and collaborator, Uri Minkoff). The Rebecca Minkoff brand is currently on the verge of a Michael Kors-esque global takeover, and has established itself as a prominent, strong designer, standing between high end design and fast fashion retailers. The ever-evolving trend cycle has affected fashion designers at both ends of the spectrum – from the high-end to the more affordable.

We spoke with Rebecca about her thoughts on the issue and what designers can do to change the current cycle. She believes if enough designers band together, a change could come about. As she points out, the rise of social media allows us to all be our own broadcasting network. Rebecca also shared with us her success story and told us about how her mother’s guidance helped her build an empire out of her first hit bag.

 

 

Rebecca Minkoff takes Downtown Chic global

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When Rebecca Minkoff launched “The Morning After Bag” in 2005, she made waves around Hollywood and launched a career that has been nothing short of a fairytale. Her line has expanded since then to include ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, jewelry and apparel. Her self-ascribed aesthetic is “Downtown Romantic.” This season that translated to bags in soft colours, lots of lavender and pink, with many of the pieces adorned in studded hardware, edging out anything too dainty. This is a consistent theme that crosses through her designs. Popular trends of the moment are present in her collection, this season, fringed tassels swing off clutches and apparel alike, but reimagined and refined for the Rebecca Minkoff customer.

Who is the Rebecca Minkoff customer? At first glance, her line is definitely part of the starter pack for the 20+ something career girl, looking for a bit of perceived NYC cool without spending thousands of dollars. The line seems to be a reflection of Rebecca’s own evolution as a woman. She’s gone from launching her line in her 20’s to becoming a wife and mother and it’s shows in the kinds of bags she offers. From the Mini Mac’s that are the perfect size for younger girls as well as the Rebecca Minkoff line of baby bags, it’s clearly intended for a wide variety of women.

We sat down with Rebecca Minkoff after previewing her current line at Holt Renfrew, our video interview with Rebecca is up next.

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