It looks like I am a little late with my reply. I hope you are following the thread anyway. The best model to go by, when it comes to minimalist design is that of Apple and Mac products. Simply put 'Less is more'. The focus should be on creating only a few super esthetic elements. Nothing fancy. If you look at the websites of popular designers and fashion labels you will see that they go by the same minimalist approach. Simple basic color(Black or white a lot of times); Single clear font and super high resolution images.
Try to stick to this principle when you are designing your site. It should work great.