“The ultimate luxury is to be young, in love and beautiful.” That was Rebecca Minkoff’s takeaway after reading the Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe autobiography “Just Kids.” It was also the genesis of her fall show, which celebrated the era of the Chelsea Hotel girls: Smith, Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. Model Jamie Bochert, the modern-day version of those legends, opened and closed the show, which took attendees on a journey of rock-rich hippie looks “redelivered” for today’s younger generation.
Outerwear ruled in rich fabrics such as suede, hair calf, tweed and the season’s favored fur: shearling. Coats ranged from fitted maxi trenches to slim cropped jackets, with a cape and car coat thrown in for good measure. Flowy metallic chiffon peasant tops and long slit skirts read vintage, while a matching mohair-like red-and-black cape and miniskirt felt modern. Fringe adorned suede motos, tunic sleeves and knee-high boots. Bochert, who was a surprise coup, according to Minkoff, closed the show in a black-lace romance blouse, suede whipstitch legging and said fringed boot.