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Rebecca Minkoff: a Spring Collection for the Everyday Woman

The Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2020 collection touched on a topic that’s dearest to me — motherhood! On February 8, during New York Fashion Week, Rebecca Minkoff showcased her S/S20 collection. It was inspired by the notion of rebirth, which continued the story of last season’s “working girl” themed presentation. This presentation, however, went a step further and celebrated all the parts of a woman.

Feeling stylish and sexy in every aspect and trial of your life was something you could feel in the presentation. Minkoff brought her styles to life in the 20-year-old young woman, the woman that’s expecting, and to the “now” a mom.

When I was pregnant in 2017, many runway styles I saw had beautiful statuesque women, and some plus sizes, but I missed the everyday wear for the woman transitioning into motherhood. Minkoff’s S/S20 collection served up versatile separates and dresses that can be worn in multiple ways. The line features an array of sandy nudes, pastel pinks, sea blues, mellow yellows, and burnt orange. The collection brings luxury items to everyone, not just one-size-fits-all.

“I wanted to design from our origins of a west meets east coast sensibility, by integrating natural elements of the earth tones, floral patterns, and silhouettes,” Minkoff notes on her collection.

Completing each ensemble was a mix of neon-colored leather mini crossbodies, woven textured and faux snakeskin shoulder bags, and beachy jewelry. Footwear featured unexpected details such as pearls, bows, and chunky platforms throughout.

The presentation marked Minkoff’s first venture into designing children’s clothing — with the launch of Little Minkoff, an eco-friendly kid’s clothing line. The colorful line uses technology to help mitigate waste, labor, and packaging through a block-chain traceability system. All fabrics used are composed of biodegradable materials, bluesign-approved reactive inks (that are earth-friendly), and uses 50% less water to produce.

From adorable matching children outfits to receiving flowers from the models, you could feel the human connection with fashion at Minkoff’s New York Fashion Week showcase. Evidently, one of our taglines is “where fashion meets true people.” That’s what this presentation represented.

The best articles of clothing are as beautiful as they are versatile and comfortable. From a mother to another mother and to the woman running around and living your dream, you will find a timeless piece in this collection.

Article by Stephanie Demetrios | Photos by Ryan Kobane/ and Kimberly Tran

Young Hot & Modern's Holiday Playlist

‘Tis the Holiday Playlist You Never Knew You Needed

If you’re like me, the holiday countdown to Christmas and New Year’s day begins right after Halloween. First, I’ll make a quick stop for Thanksgiving celebrations, but after that, I’m moving full speed ahead to all the lights, ribbons, and holiday songs!

I polled the editors of YHM, and together we curated the ultimate holiday playlist for 2019. Head over to Spotify to listen to the #YHMHolidayMix playlist. From Shaggy and Gene Noble’s Caribbean mix “Christmas With Friends” to Frank Sinatra’s classic hit “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the 61-song-playlist is sure to make you feel merry and bright.

As a Christian, I had to include a few melodies to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. After all, Christmas is “both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon.” Nonetheless, this playlist is not just for Christians, and it’s not only about Christmas. It’s about the good vibes of the holiday season: spending time with your family and friends, ringing in the new year, and being totally into the winter wonderland thing even when it’s below zero degrees outside.

Use the hashtag #YHMHolidayMix to tell us what you think. We hope the playlist is a soundtrack for all your holiday moments this year. It features loved-up bops, 90’s throwbacks, classic hits, and more. Happy listening and rockin’ around.

Story and artwork by Yegide Matthews

Editor’s Letter

Autumn/Winter 2019 | #YHMLoveWhatYouDo

I want to be as confident as ZaZa.

You know her name. It’s Zahara “ZaZa” Bean. If you don’t know, you need to check out @redcarpetgirlz on Instagram. A few months ago, the four-year-old bad and boujee—her words, not mine—stumbled across my feed with her full of confidence dance moves and sass. I kept thinking, “she is the coolest person ever, and I hope my future kids are this cool.” ZaZa has picked up magazine features to an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this past summer. She’s busy living her best life with poise.

We talk a lot about confidence at Young Hot & Modern, and ZaZa represents much of that at a young age. While we should all have her level of confidence, ZaZa also stands out because she’s having a ball doing what she loves. That’s what I’d like us to embrace this season. Here’s why.

My first experience in fashion started with a high school talent show. I loved mixing a mini runway presentation in the middle of my school’s annual talent performances. At fifteen-years-old, I had fun acquiring fashion sponsors such as Charlotte Russe and Joyce Leslie, a subsidiary of Rainbow, for the looks. These brands trusted me with their products to style of-the-moment looks and bring in sales somehow. That’s mind-blowing to me, but hey, I was living my best life like ZaZa. It’s crazy and cool that I still get to do all that and more at the magazine today.

As we usher in fall and winter holiday shenanigans, let’s remember to have fun doing what we love, surrounding ourselves with good people (and food), and letting our passions encourage us to do great things.

Until next time,
Yegide Matthews

Editor’s Letter

Spring/Summer 2019 | #YHMGoGetter

The idea of girl power is to instill a sense of confidence, intellect, pride, and joy in young girls that will continue throughout womanhood. My mother did an amazing job of that in me. Her mother did the same for her and her sisters. The women in my family are passionately independent, go-getters. This perspective of girl power fuels my reason for pushing YHM forward.

I refer to YHM as many things: a side hustle, a small business, a hobby, and a passion project. Whatever the definition, I hope to continue telling stories about women, individuals, and brands empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs, trendsetters, scholars, policymakers, and more! From #BlackGirlMagic to #BossBabe, we can all get our girl power fix by tapping on a few hashtags.

Team YHM is here for all of it, and we hope to connect women in conversation and action. We love celebrating confident, intellectual, and joyous girl power moments. We take pride in that. So let’s all share those empowering moments on social media while using the hashtag #YHMGoGetter as our mantra. Plus, check out our girl power playlist on Spotify for a little motivation.

Until next time,
Yegide Matthews

It’s Time to Step Up Your Skincare Regimen

As a little girl, I remember my mother teaching me the importance of a good skincare routine. I grew up using Noxzema’s deep cleansing cream and any lotion that was in the apartment. For a long time, I focused my skincare regimen on my face. I didn’t share my beauty products with friends, no one was allowed to touch my face, I didn’t pop blemishes in fear of a scar, and I washed my face in the morning and at night. I was serious about having a fresh face.

I still am, however, as I got older I expanded my focus to my entire body beyond using a flower-scented bath wash and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotion. After my Noxzema phase—I still love them—I transitioned into all things Neutrogena. These drugstore brands worked perfectly for my skin and budget.

Our digital magazine is all about the everyday woman, and we want to stay true to that. I asked my editors to share their favorite skincare products, and they didn’t hesitate to chat up their tried-and-true favorites. We’re continuously fine-tuning our skincare regimen, especially as we get older in search of the best age-defying eye serum or toner. We mix-and-match drugstore products with higher priced items, and that’s what you’ll find here. In the beauty of sharing, tell us about your skincare routine using the hashtag #yhmbeautybook on social media.




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Feature photo: Madison Inouye / Product photos: courtesy of brands

Get Jenna Jordan’s Runway Inspired Look

As we find ourselves eyeing bright hues and floral prints for our spring wardrobe, let’s not exclude another popular trend from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway shows in September of last year.

Taking on subtle accents to wilder tones, animal print is the no-matter-what-season design that you can’t go wrong with. Style it sexy or keep it low-key like Jenna Jordan of Trendy Not Spendy.

Our runway dreams feel complete with winter and spring collections from Tom Ford, Rochas, and Givenchy. From handbags to vests, these designers make animal print an effortless move to accent any look.

Our look book collaboration with Jordan brings that runway trend to street style. We love how she paired an animal print trouser with a soft white t-shirt and sneakers. What’s your spring go-to look?

Photos: Jenna Jordan by Grace Finlayson / Givenchy: ©, Rochas: ©, and Tom Ford: ©