Rebecca Minkoff, designer

Despite having fashion darlings and It girls such as Alexa Chung, Blake Lively and Halle Berry as fans, New York-based designer Rebecca Minkoff sees Miami women as style risk takers. We chatted up the apparel and accessory designer, who is launching two pop-up shops from April 15 through May 15 at Koko & Palenki in Aventura and at Merrick Park:

What do you like about Miami?

I love the energy of Miami and my South Florida customers because they are a bit more adventurous in their accessory choices. I’m originally from California so I’m a beach girl at heart. I love to lay out and relax in the sun.

If we could only buy one piece from your Spring 2011 collection what should it be?

The Rumi dress in black. No girl can have enough black dresses. It’s simple enough that it makes a perfect staple piece and the longer length of the dress in the back gives it an edge.

Balancing a small budget and staying in fashion can be tough. What advice can you offer?

Buy one investment piece that will become a staple in your wardrobe. Make sure it’s something you really love and will wear all the time with as many outfits as you can.

Besides shoes, you have a new men’s accessory line inspired by your grandfather, a WWII fighter pilot.

Designing Ben Minkoff was a natural next step for me. We had an abundance of requests to create a men’s line and felt it was the right time to introduce the collection to our customers. My grandfather was truly inspirational and a very strong and dedicated man who enjoyed serving his country. The collection is a true homage to him and his passion. I’d love women to be fans of it, too.