Five minutes with Rebecca Minkoff

Five minutes with Rebecca Minkoff

Photography by Lianna Tarantin Image by: Photography by Lianna Tarantin Author: Canadian Living


Five minutes with Rebecca Minkoff

When Essie Weingarten, founder of beloved Essie nail polish, transitioned to a consulting role, the brand turned to fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff for shade direction. Best known for her trendy and affordable handbags, Minkoff has stepped seamlessly into her new position, bringing a fresh approach to colour for the many limited-edition polish collections Essie launches each year. Here, Minkoff shares her memories, inspiration and style tips.

What's your best Essie memory?
I used Clambake [an orange red] as one of my wedding colours. I've always liked persimmon, and after I got engaged, I was researching and learned that you need a colour and a theme. Clambake was the shade that stood out for me.

What was the inspiration for the winter collection?
Park City, Utah. The collection is a mix of icy colours—like the sun hitting the snow and making it look purple—and fire tones, where you're sitting around drinking hot chocolate after a day of skiing. I also wanted to do a rainbow metallic, because it's beautiful when the city lights hit the mountain.

(From top) From the winter collection: Essie in Haute Tub, Shall We Chalet and Virgin Snow, $10 each, .

What's the best fashion or beauty tip you've learned from an important woman in your life?
Eva Chen [former Lucky editor-in-chief and new head of fashion partnerships at Instagram] taught me to layer skin-care products. I didn't understand why she used so many, but now, as someone who's getting older, I'm like, "Oh, there's a reason." I'm in a phase where i'm trying a lot of new things—new creams, new serums.

Rebecca Minkoff clutch, $295,

Your fall fashion collection had a bohemian rock-star vibe. How can the average woman try the trend without looking tacky?
Pick an element you want to be the standout piece, then surround it with subtler pieces. Don't wear platform shoes with bell-bottoms and a fringed jacket. You have to be confident in what you're wearing. If you're not, people can read that.

Minkoff's favourite piece from her fall runway show.

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This article was originally published in the November 2015 issue of Canadian Living magazine.

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