Lunch with Rebecca Minkoff

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

Rebecca Minkoff

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Minkoff’s rock-chic bags since forever, so I was really excited to profile her in the “Random Questions For” column on The Fashion Informer last month – and even more excited when she suggested we get together over lunch afterwards to (finally) meet in person.

We make a date at Petite Abeille (“the little bee”), a cute French bistro near her office in the Flatiron District. Rebecca, who is expecting a petite abeille of her own in early October, arrives looking cool in a long, graphic print Ronny Kobo maxi dress under a V-neck sweater and vintage denim jacket, a chain strap bag of her own design slung over her shoulder, and Isabel Marant beige suede booties to complete the look.

“I’m obsessed with beige ankle boots,” she confesses, while I obsess over her jewelry, which includes an Eddie Borgo spiked bracelet, Made Her Think articulated knuckle ring, Genevieve Jones black diamond safety pin earrings and Bing Bang studs. I want it all!

We grab a seat on the outdoor patio (“I want to sit in the sun!” she says) and compare notes on the various fashion events that took place in New York the night before. Rebecca swung by the NAHM launch party to support her designer colleagues Ally Hilfiger and Nary Manivong, while her husband, actor/musician Gavin Bellour, attended the Resin x Made Her Think event across town.

After we order — a smoked salmon/sour cream omelette for me and a lemonade and Croque Madame, sans ham, for Rebecca (“the baby is a vegetarian”) — we dish about pregnant celebs (Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham), the New York-inspired sunglasses she’s designing for Luxottica, the end of Oprah Winfrey’s show (and Chaz Bono’s recent appearance) and Rebecca’s upcoming visit to the obstetrician, where she’ll find out the sex of the baby and confirm that “it has two eyes and two ears.”

Although we’ve just met, Rebecca is so funny and easygoing that I feel like I’ve known her for years. We talk about the pros and cons of flying private (it helps to have friends in high places), the ridiculousness of spending $125,000 a night for a hotel room (which Jay-Z and Beyoncé reportedly just did in Cannes), and how she feels she always looks “too sweet and girly” in photographs. And it’s true – Rebecca definitely looks edgier (and is much taller in person) than she appears in photos.

She asks about my favorite New York flea market towns (she’s hitting up vintage shops for inspiration for the Luxottica collection), and I recommend the North Fork of Long Island, which has some great vintage shops.

Then it’s back to Rebecca Minkoff headquarters, where she’s in the throes of designing Spring 2012 ready-to-wear and shoes (bags are already done).

Delicious food. Delightful company. If only all lunches could be this much fun!

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.

May 19, 2011