NEW YORK — If you ever needed proof that designer Rebecca Minkoff is much loved by young women, you had only to look at the celebrities sprinkled in the audience at her runway show Friday.
There was Carrie Underwood, the country superstar. There were movie actresses Anna Kendrick and AnnaSophia Robb, and TV actress Zosia Mamet from HBO's "Girls." There was Victoria Justice, of Nickelodeon's "Victorious," and from the teenage set, Bella Thorne, best known for the Disney Channel's "Shake it Up."
They all came to see what Minkoff reliably delivers: a casual, upbeat collection of mixed patterns and textures, with some killer shoes and bags. Not to mention another hallmark of Minkoff shows: live music. This time the performers were AlunaGeorge, a British electronic music duo.
The show opened with a luscious-looking shearling coat in oatmeal. Attention soon was drawn to the models' feet, with Minkoff introducing a series of cute, two-toned leather booties with colored tassels. Some of the footwear had stiletto heels, and some had chunkier heels. There was an eye-catching pair of over-the-knee boots.
Minkoff mixed soft with strong and light with heavy, as in a chiffon skirt under a big overcoat.
"I've worn Rebecca for a really long time," said actress Kendrick. "She does such beautiful shapes. They're all kind of edgy, you know? But she (also) does these kind of feminine shapes. I'm wearing this kind of feminine dress, but there is a tough bag and a tough shoe, you know?"
Kendrick, the star of "Pitch Perfect," said she was enjoying Fashion Week — but cautioned it was only her first day.
"If I have a nervous breakdown by the end of the week I will let you know," she advised.
AP writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report.