05/03/2012 11:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Lightning Round With Rebecca Minkoff

The designer dishes on everything from the "Delight" bag to fashion "Do's" and "Don'ts."


At a recent mark by Avon and Rebecca Minkoff launch event, Recessionista got to catch up with the it-girl designer, business mogul and new mommy. After an insightful Q&A about how she got her start ($10,000 and an "I Love New York" T-shirt... ) and what inspires her designs (Paris, dah-ling!), we gave her a round of rapid-fire questions. Here's what we learned:

NICOLE: Any fashion mishaps you would never repeat?

REBECCA: I guess when I thought I was in better shape than I was and I wore a very fitted dress that wasn't very... (she says touching her stomach)

NICOLE: (turning to the audience) She just had a baby, ladies!

REBECCA: (laughs) 6 months ago.

NICOLE: I can't imagine a time you were not in shape. But I get it, there was a "tight dress situation," right?

REBECCA: (laughs again) Yes, there was a "tight dress situation."

NICOLE: Okay, okay, I'll give you a pass on that one. Guilty food pleasure?

REBECCA: Croissants and chocolate.

NICOLE: Together?

REBECCA: No, separate.

NICOLE: Nice. Best fashion advice ever received?

REBECCA: "If you can't wear the shoes in your apartment, don't leave the house in them."

NICOLE: Note to self! Most regretful fashion advice ever taken?

REBECCA: To mix prints! You can do that... but I did it wrong. I did two competing prints and it didn't work out for me.

NICOLE: Sweatpants or stilettos?

REBECCA: Sweatpants.

NICOLE: Sweatpants and stilettos?

REBECCA: Only if they're the stylish sweatpants that Isabel Marant and Phillip Lim make!

NICOLE: Yeah, those are hot. What's on your iPod right now?

REBECCA: Beiruit, Adele, Mumford and Sons.

NICOLE: What's your favorite New York City brunch spot?

REBECCA: Oh... that's tough. I like The Smile. It's on Bond Street between Bowery and Lafayette.

NICOLE: How could you not like a brunch spot with a name like that?! If you weren't a designer, what would you be?

REBECCA: I can't figure that out, which is why I'm still doing this!

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