Tuesday, September 30th 2008

Do Your Part


(Bop Basics Breast Cancer Awareness Tee, designed by Nicky Hilton.)

Tomorrow marks the official start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at shopbop, we’ve already got a few offerings to help this noble cause. Most notable (in my totally unbiased opinion, wink wink) are our special edition Bop Basics tees. We partnered with six celebrities to design graphics that were then printed on our pink burnout tees, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Breast Cancer Network of Strength, an organization dedicated to ensuring no one faces breast cancer alone. From playful (Sophia Bush) to edgy (Nicky Hilton) to California cool (Cindy Crawford), these tees make doing good a fashionable affair. Get yours today.

--Amie

Tuesday, September 30th 2008

Elle.com A to Zee: Best of Fall

Inspired by Elle Creative Director Joe Zee’s 26 favorite fall trends, we’re bringing you a great trend every day, from A to Z.

Bis for Bold Statement Jewelry, a stunning way to breathe new life into an old favorite outfit or get more mileage out of a simple silhouette. When it comes to making statements, here are our top three fall conversation starters.

The Bib Necklace: Beautifully framed within an open neckline, Lee Angel’s take on the bib (pictured above) brings high drama with four graduated strands of baubles.

The Oversized Cocktail Ring: Slip one of these beauties on your ring finger, and you’ll instantly feel like hostessing something.

Bold Color: While Kenneth Jay Lane’s signature has been incorporating virtually every member of the animal kingdom into wearable art, his Multi Gem Necklace (pictured above) simply uses the power of Swarovski color to command attention. The mingling of the vintage-looking gems you’d find in your grandmother’s jewelry box with the streetwise edge of a gunmetal chain represents high/low style at its best.

Boost your fall fashion IQ and check back tomorrow for C: Cool Britannia.

--Suzanne

Tuesday, September 30th 2008

first fashion:

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One of my first really great pairs of heels was from Alexandra Neel. She was featured in Vogue not long after her line launched in 2001, and the stiletto with the zip-up back pictured felt like it had been taken directly from the Dream Footwear file in my fashion subconscious: sexy and feminine but with an aggressive edge. I tracked them down at a boutique in Nolita and they were even better on, with a stable, arch-hugging fit that belied Neel’s ballet background. Over the next few years, I wore them to art openings, book parties, and pretty much any other time I needed to feel like one of those innately fashionable New York women I studied on the street. (Which is to say, a lot.) They were retired recently after their many dedicated years of service. Their replacement? My top contenders:

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Sophisticated and feminine, but not too girly, and the gold piping adds a playful glamour. Alexandra Neel Domino Piped Open Toe Pump

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Like my ideal shoe come to life: everything from the buckle detail to the zipper up the back is provocative and a little punk rock, and the craftsmanship is impeccable. Alexandra Neel Tandem Ankle Bootie

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These aren’t my usual style, but something about the contrast wood heel and refined platform has me thinking they could be. I’d pair them with a shift or a sweater dress in a subdued neutral, and maybe a necklace or a bold bangle to keep the focus on the boots. Alexandra Neel Nova High Heel Platform Boot

Styles that say: “Step aside, I’m a fashion professional”? Find them in What’s New.

--Maureen

Monday, September 29th 2008

Dressed Down


Ever since the waist-defining dress made its return to the fashion world, I’ve been craving the hourglass silhouette, and with the looming plummet in temperature, my attention has turned toward the sweetest of dress companions: the cardigan. Specifically, I’m a little infatuated with any cardigan that invites a waist-hugging belt.

It’s that very obsession that led me to think casual-cool when this Twelfth St. dress crossed my desk. Sure, with a classic pair of pumps and a cute clutch it’s the cornerstone of the perfect evening-out ensemble, but the subtle print made me want to throw it on with a Vince cardigan and a vintage men’s belt for a more daytime-friendly feel. I’ll add some thick Falke tights and perfectly distressed Golden Goose boots to the mix for one effortless look that I’ll be tempted to wear every weekend come winter.

--Amie

Monday, September 29th 2008

elle.com A to Zee: Best of Fall

Inspired by Elle Creative Director Joe Zee’s 26 favorite fall trends, we’re bringing you a great trend every day, from A to Z.


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Starting with A, both me and Joe Zee are loving Architectural Shapes: sculptural, geometric lines that fuse architecture and fashion. Eye-catchingly minimalist in a sea of embellishment, these art-deco pieces are reminiscent of the strong lines of a cityscape or the sleek curves of the Guggenheim. Abaeté does this look so well, in particular with the colorblock Ysabel Dress, and VPL’s Armadillo Skirt is almost futuristic in its clean lines and structured silhouette. Pieces like these demand accessories that can hold their own, and Lee Angel’s Lyla Multi Strand Mesh and Crystal Necklace, Martine Sitbon’s Colorblock Clutch, and Tory Burch’s Embossed Jordana Tote step up to the challenge.


Boost your fall fashion IQ and check back tomorrow for B: Bold Statement Jewelry.


--Tonya

Monday, September 29th 2008

first fashion

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I’m going to a Robert Randolph concert tonight (my third) and that’s got me plotting the perfect rock star outfit. I’ll need to stand out in the crowd, because Robert always invites all the ladies in the house to get up onstage with him to “Shake Yo Hips Babe.” Since I may soon be starring in a YouTube video near you, looking get-invited-backstage-worthy is an absolute must.

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I just posted last week about the resurgence of the corset, and here we have another equally provocative style. I’m digging the traditional lace-up back on a charmeuse backdrop. ingwa; melero – Charmeuse Sofia Top.

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The first premium denim jeans I ever bought were Citizens at the bop brick-and-mortar store in Madison, Wisconsin. I recall proclaiming aloud for the whole shop to hear, “These are the best-fitting jeans I think I’ll ever own!” Citizens of Humanity – Avedon Skinny Leg Jean.

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We all have our hobbies. Some collect stamps, I collect shoes! I’ve got a bit of a fetish going for these lattice cutout booties. And look, they’re even named after a rock goddess. Dolce Vita – Cher Cutout Booties.

For more front-row fashion, take a tour of What’s New.

--Suzanne

Friday, September 26th 2008

Balancing Act: Demure Dress + Dramatic Shoes

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I love the ladylike, Hitchcock-heroine look of this season’s demure dress, but pairing the ruffled number above with my standby Loeffler Randall pumps made me look like I’d wandered away from a Sicilian funeral scene in a Scorcese flick. (Or, in the case of the understated shift dress, like a Wall Street financier on her lunch break.)

Then it occurred to me: these styles are begging to be played against type. A major platform keeps a sleek shift from fading into the background, and balancing a buttoned-up style with a fetish-y Camilla Skovgaard shoe guarantees no one will mistake me for an Italian widow.

--Maureen

Friday, September 26th 2008

first fashion:

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Today, I’m drawn to a few pretty pieces that will make me more stylish from my waist to my toes.

A perfect fit is hard to find, but DVF got it just right with these gorgeous pants. Diane von Furstenberg - Emblem Pant

I’m feeling more poetic already. The touch of artistic inspiration and wrinkled texture give this skirt that little something extra I’ve been searching for. Elizabeth and James - Poet Skirt

I loved this style when we got it in gray and brown, and I love it even more now that it’s shown up in olive. It’s okay to own the same pair of boots in three different colors, right? Frye - Paige Cuff Boot

Find the styles that’ll tickle your fancy today, in What’s New.

--Amie

Thursday, September 25th 2008

And The Winners Are


If you’re like me, you watched last Sunday’s Emmy Awards as much to root for your favorite TV shows as you did to swoon/drool over your favorite gowns. The Red Carpet has always sparked trends, and even generated some fashion history in the process. Who can forget J-Lo’s jungle green slit-to-her-belly-ring frock at The Grammy’s or Julia’s vintage Valentino at the Oscar’s? The latter has even been copied head-to-toe as a child’s Halloween costume complete with mini “Best Actress” statuette, too funny.

Now, I personally don’t want to replicate an actress’s look verbatim; it’s better to take inspiration not only from her sartorial choices but even just from her aura and bring your own twist to it. Here are my top two “muses” from last Sunday’s soirée.

Ah, the incomparable Tina Fey a triple threat if you ask me (funny, brilliant, and beautiful!). Tina’s innate fabulousness could make even a garbage bag look luminous, but I’m happy she really went for it at this year’s Emmy’s and slipped into an uber-sexy corset gown in a smokin’ alternative to black: midnight blue. Corsets couldn’t be more on-trend, and I’ve fallen hard for the Abaeté version pictured above. To ensure I’ll personally win “Best Drama,” I’ll pair it with these smoldering Loeffler Randall suede pumps. I’ve tried these on, by the way, and even with all the straps, they are super comfortable!

Christina Hendricks (who stars in 2008’s actual winner for “Best Drama,” Mad Men) is relatively new to “The Carpet,” but I’m in love with her Old Hollywood, bombshell persona. After a Google search for her, I’m convinced I need more of this pale mint green color in my closet. Her copper red hair and porcelain skin seem to be her best accessory. As I share her coloring, I’m dreaming (literally) of the ethereal Foley + Corinna number above with just a whisper of blush pink. Pair it with champagne both in sandal color and after-party indulgence.

--Suzanne

Thursday, September 25th 2008

first fashion:

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I’ve been a big Twelfth St. fan since their line launched a few years back, but I feel like I’m falling for this L.A.-based brand all over again this season. Every piece from Cynthia Vincent’s fall collection feels spot-on, inspiring an immediate “ooh I want that” response. A few of my current picks:
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I can’t get a cocktail into my hand fast enough come Friday evening, and tops like this make the after-work switch-out a snap. The combination of electric blue and black is sharp, and the sheerness gives it an unstudied sex appeal. The perfect way to dress up my everyday J Brand skinnies and my brand new Belle by Sigerson Morrison boots. (Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Double Keyhole Blouse)

Camisole

A wispy silk camisole is a wardrobe mainstay for me. A little more grown-up than a tank, I like them layered under cardigans and jackets for day or with big, chunky necklaces for night. This one’s soft structure makes it especially flattering. (Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Slip Camisole)

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Starting with a demure style and giving it her own spin is classic Cynthia Vincent, and this is a shining example of her at her best. The abbreviated length makes it modern and the open back adds a subtly provocative touch. (Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Open Back Mini Dress)

Style standouts from your favorite designers? Find them right here, in What’s New.

--Maureen
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