Rebecca Minkoff Debuts Spring 2014 Collection With A Live Performance By Janelle Monae

Designer Rebecca Minkoff debuted her SS14 Collection on the runway in The Theatre at Lincoln Center to the backdrop of an electric performance from Grammy nominated performer Janelle Monae. The collection looks to influential Latin American women across all decades, from legends like Bianca Jagger and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries like Carolina Issa and Alice Dellal. Juxtaposing Latin American flair with classic American sportswear, the collection exudes a fresh confidence inspired by the culture and spirit of these muses.

Channeling traditional Latin American textiles, an eye-catching array of vibrant floral, rich textures, bright embroidery and intricate cutwork update sporty separates with a tropic twist. Saturated prints feature fiery hues, which stand out against a cool crew of aloe, shell and chalk white.

Dynamic proportions span the spectrum from playful shapes to fluid volumes, as seen in fit-and-flare mini-skirts, cropped jackets and long, parachute-esque dresses. Taking her favorite sartorial cue, sexy tomboy, Minkoff completes the look with standout accessories: new takes on backpacks, eclectic jewelry and knee-high, gladiator heels.

Uniting seemingly contradictory styles and compositions – think laser-cut leather with macramé lace and draped chiffon with sport striping – Minkoff captures a witty mix of tough-girl athleticism and Latin romance.