Thursday, July 31st 2008

Get Framed

Whether you're dodging actual paparazzi or just like giving the impression you are, there's one accessory you can't be without: statement sunglasses. And Marc Jacobs to Ray-Ban, Dita to Oliver Peoples, and every Stella McCartney and Tom Ford in between, we've got styles to ensure you'll never be mistaken for some no-name minion again. Going incognito never looked so chic. Get your signature shades, right here, at shopbop.

Wednesday, July 30th 2008

Splendid Styles

The basics so brilliant they deserve to be called Splendid? They've become the backbone of every fashionable gal's wardrobe. What started as a T-shirt line that included a mere nine styles back in 2002 has since grown into an extensive collection that includes tanks, thermals, dresses, shorts, pants, and blouses in refined jersey, French terry, sweet stripes, and delicate prints. In short? The kind of comfy-yet-cute styles we can never seem to have too many of. But don't take our word for it, see all sorts of new Splendid right here, at shopbop.

Wednesday, July 30th 2008

5 Questions for the Designers Behind Alkemie

With Alkemie Jewelry, husband-and-wife design team Ashley Lowengrub and Dara Gerson have perfected the art of "transforming something common into something precious." Environmentally responsible and stylishly eclectic, Alkemie is forged from 100% reclaimed metals and combines nature-inspired figures with inventive details. One-of-a-kind designs and expert craftsmanship make Alkemie Jewelry more art than accessory. What is the philosophy behind your line? The philosophy behind our line encompasses four main principles. First, a socially conscious and ethical foundation; it’s environmentally sound and fashion forward; and finally, it’s at an affordable price point. We feel that you do not have to sacrifice style to be socially and environmentally responsible. What inspires your designs? Our designs are inspired by the beauty of nature, timeless vintage pieces, our two daughters, each other, and love. Does your current collection have a theme? What is the inspiration behind it? The theme of our current collection is The Maiden Voyage. The collection is inspired by organic themes of the Art Nouveau movement and nature. What is your best accessorizing advice? Our best accessorizing advice is to layer and interchange different pieces in different looks, which gives individuality and interest. Do you follow Coco Chanel’s rule: “take one piece off before you leave the house”? In all due respect to Coco Chanel, we feel that there are no rules. The key is visual balance where you are comfortable. Hopefully one knows the difference between too much and just enough.

Tuesday, July 29th 2008

Trina Turk: Polished, Pulled-Together Styles with a West Coast Point of View

TrinaInspired by the sunny climate, varied landscape, and modern architecture of Southern California as well as American resort wear, surf culture and the multicultural eclecticism of Los Angeles, Trina Turk's clean-lined styles and color-saturated prints have established a following only slightly less devoted than Pinkberry's. Turk describes the woman she designs for as being 'the opposite of a wallflower,' an aesthetic evidenced in her masterful use of jewel tones and acid brights in standouts like the Hijinx dress, the Haase dress, and the Bon Bon blouse. New fall Trina Turk sure to set you apart from the fashion pack? Find it right here, at shopbop.

Tuesday, July 29th 2008

Boot Up! Score Your Signature Pair

1_boots_07_27_08 Admit it: few things in life bring quite as much joy as finding that perfect pair of boots. The holy grail of footwear, a brilliant boot has the power to pull together an otherwise standard-issue skinny-jeans-and-top ensemble, and gives a pretty dress just the right amount of edge. Scoring your signature pair? We've made it super easy. Take your pick from our highly edited selection of worn-to-perfection pieces from buzz-worthy design newcomers Golden Goose and N.D.C., and soon-to-be-classic styles from Frye and Bronx. The boots you'll want to wear with everything? They're just a click away, right here, at shopbop.

Monday, July 28th 2008

Mad for “Mad Men”

With the second season of “Mad Men” premiering this week, all I can think about is that early '60s style: blouses, skirts, and the necessary pump. And with shopbop, I’ve found updated versions of that ultra-feminine silhouette. The smocked blouse from Tucker pairs a smart print with lightweight silk, and Robert Rodriguez’s pintuck blouse dresses up with sheer chiffon. Anna Sui’s checked blouse is a little more avant-garde, but still keeps a uniquely classic shape. Tweed is showing up for fall and Rebecca Taylor’s skirt keeps it cute with a flounce hem. Vince’s Dirndl Skirt is understated and pretty. I’m a sucker for peep toe pumps, so Kate Spade’s Georgia pump and Marc by Marc’s open toe pump are instant favorites. Now all I need to find is a fedora-sporting ad exec.

Friday, July 25th 2008

HELMUT LANG: Innovative Style in Shades of Black and White

With a focus on construction, each Helmut Lang piece is a study in deceptive simplicity and the object of many a fashionable female's covetous eye. This season we love the Slouchy Turtleneck Dress with its curve-hugging drape, and the Shawl Motorcycle Jacket is a must-have for every fall wardrobe. The timelessly classic is defined with the brand's skinny cords and crisp, white strapless dress, and the button-down goes avant-garde with a funnel-neck cap-sleeve blouse. They're a taste of the latest offerings from Helmut Lang, and you can find them, right here, at shopbop.

Thursday, July 24th 2008

That’s a Wrap!

I've got a bit of a scarf obsession (yes, even in the dead heat of late July), and it all started with my first trip to France. So what better source to turn to for autumn neckwear inspiration than the authority on French chic, Paris Vogue? They have a look book dedicated to the hottest scarves to hit the fall runways, and it’s got me wishing away summer and dreaming of leaves crunching beneath my feet. Check it out, and then find the scarf that’ll have you saying ooh-la-la.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2008

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Barbershop Quartet

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in Music City for the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Convention. While the convention demographic skewed a little older and the fashion skewed to sequined vests and matching zoot suits (and penguin costumes!), the style on the streets of Nashville reflected an updated honky-tonk sensibility. Worn-in western boots were ubiquitous and, in the sticky heat of mid-afternoon CD shopping at Ernest Tubb's and eating too much barbeque at Jack’s, best paired with a light dress like the Magical Mini Dress and the Happy Mini Dress from Daughters of the Revolution, or the Placed Print Easy Dress from Juicy. Best bets for boots? Bronx, N.D.C., Golden Goose, and Frye all offer a western-style riding boot. When the sun goes down, the shorts come out. Siwy Denim, William Rast, and True Religion showcase the favored distressed, frayed style. Summer tops like Mason’s Racer Detail Tank, LaROK’s Navajo Chain Top, and Rachel Pally’s Double Bow Top show off some skin (and the also-ubiquitous, slightly-faded tattoo) and add a chic sex appeal to dressed-down denim and boots. Add a long necklace or a couple of bangles, and the look is perfect for bar-hopping with a Country and Western twang. Whether you’re trying to channel Mother Maybelle, Patsy Cline, or Carrie Underwood, shopbop has what you’re looking for.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2008

First Fashion: Our Favorites From What’s New

I’m forever on the lookout for those kinds of pieces that feel fashion-forward but are still everyday-wearable. A few of my recent finds:
Most of my looks start with a tee and skinnies (or alternately, leggings and a tank), over which I layer a piece that (hopefully) pulls the whole thing together--this vest is prime example of just such a piece. The longer length is perfect over leggings, and the basket-weave pattern makes it feel distinctive. YAYA AFLALO Jet Sweater Vest
Luc Kieffer is definitely in the running for the title of Favorite New Fall Jewelry Line. Statement-making but lightweight, subtly sinister yet witty, this is poised to become my new signature piece. Luc Kieffer Barbed Wire Ring
Design newcomer MK2K has been quietly developing a devoted following and this on-trend yet timeless top demonstrates why. MK2K Striped Long Sleeve Top
The pieces you’ll be living in this fall? Find ‘em right here, in What’s New.
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