Friday, November 28th 2008

one-stop fashion fix


Yesterday, between helpings of mashed potatoes and intense matches of Canasta with our family, elaborate drinks in hand created by our brother (a Bloody Mary garnished with a carved pearl onion flower was a standout), my sister and I snuck away from the madness that is Thanksgiving at my parents’ house to point out what we’ve had our eyes on at shopbop. (Issa’s Long Kimono Sleeve Dress, how I yearn for thee.) Times like these, when clicking on a dress leads to an addictive all-out browsing session that ends with an “Oh my god, how long have we been looking at this?”, I come to appreciate the ease of features like the Style File. A little dispatch from fashion land, it helpfully provides trend updates and spotlights great pieces from the site, not to mention styling tips on how to wear them.

The Holiday Style File is here, and focuses on glam holiday dresses and shoes—perfect for me because I’m envisioning a New Year’s Eve in Montreal—along with a peek inside the fashionable mind of Chloe Sevingny, whose eclectic style is conveniently broken down for us through her very own Wish List. It’s just the thing to make me even happier that I’m getting my fashion fix while avoiding Black Friday crowds.


Thursday, November 27th 2008

thanks to you

Monday, November 24th 2008

Congratulations Alexander Wang


Cheers to Alexander Wang! The sprightly young designer recently received the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award at a gala dinner in New York attended by such fashion luminaries as Anna Wintour, John Galliano, Andre Leon Talley, and Agyness Deyn.

Staying true to his always-original vision of a woman who is at once street and luxe, bohemian and minimalist, sexy and androgynous, Wang tapped into many women’s innermost ideas about how they wanted to dress, earning a devoted following of fashion forwards.

(Among the runners-up for the award? Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava.)


Thursday, November 20th 2008

first fashon:

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With the onslaught of resort arrivals, my style mind is moving away from winter to a sunnier place. Unfortunately, my physical self will be planted right here in the frozen north for the duration of what promises to be a cold and snowy season. Depressing. I’ll cheer myself up with three seaside-getaway-worthy styles that I can make work right here, right now.

I’ll start with the obvious: a knit. I’ve been mildly obsessed with short sleeves on things that don’t traditionally have them (sweaters, jackets, etc.) for more than a few seasons now, which makes this a doubly good find. Twelfth St. - Roll Collar Long Cardigan

The color is so pretty and the cut so simply elegant. This would be perfect for cocktails at a beachside bar, but I’ll pair it with black tights and boots for a bold juxtaposition. Rebecca Taylor - Beaded Dress

Forget SAD, this happy hue will have me smiling on the bleakest of winter days. DAVIS by Ruthie Davis - Spring Mock Platform Pump

Getaway or no, feel a little more tropical with resort styles, in What’s New.


Tuesday, November 18th 2008

searching for the perfect fit


It’s something we’ve all endured—the endless search for the perfect pair(s) of jeans, an epically time-consuming process of trial-and-error that too often involves a saggy bum, a too-short inseam, or the dreaded muffin top. But I recently picked up a pair by Anlo that fits me to a T and has been keeping its shape beautifully, in a dark wash that scores major points for transitioning well from day to night.

I’ve found shopbop’s Denim Guide (especially the Denim Guide Videos) to be a great resource when selecting a new style, but there’s no better resource than the advice of our fellow fashionistas. I give Anlo a perfect 10 on fit—but what about you? What do you think is the best-fitting denim line?


Monday, November 17th 2008

5 Reasons You Need to Know Our Style Guide

1. It plays host to all of shopbop’s best features, including our Style File, Denim Guide, Fashion Week coverage, and more.

2. It’s chock-full of fashionably inspiring lookbooks from your favorite brands (like the C&C one pictured above).

3. Want to know what shopboppers love? You’ll always find our latest obsessions here.

4. It makes for a great distraction at work. (Much like this blog, browsing What’s New, updating your Wish List—we’re all about making your nine-to-five a little more enjoyable.)

5. It’s basically a treasure trove of style just created just for you.

Check out the Style Guide today.


Friday, November 14th 2008

first fashion—late edition!

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I’ll be ringing in the New Year in Las Vegas, a city not known for restraint or understatement, a place where tasseled pasties and bedazzled bustiers are the rule rather than the exception. In short, the ideal occasion to really go for it glamour-wise.

Nothing says “Let’s get another bottle!” quite like party-girl metallic. This shoulder-baring number feels like something Sharon Stone's character would’ve worn in Casino—one of my favorite films (if only for the fashion) of all time. Trina Turk Chai Dress


Flirty and festive yet fashion-forward thanks to the avant-garde feather fringe. The kind of super-special, archive-worthy piece I'll save for years. Milly Ostrich Fringe Dress


High roller glamour on a copywriter’s salary. This is just why I love Kenneth Jay Lane. Oval Ring

Feeling a fashion risk? Find all sorts of inspired ways to break out of your style shell in What’s New.


Friday, November 14th 2008

need boots made for walkin’

I spent the past week visiting Vancouver, strolling along the sea, spotting otters, and sampling some of the most mouth-watering cuisine on the continent. I knew the weather would be chilly and rainy, and though I packed well—layers, scarves, umbrella—I’d forgotten the one necessary piece of the fashionable Vancouverite’s wardrobe: a walkable, durable boot that can endure the weather of the Pacific Northwest. I lucked out with a couple sunny days, but even then the pavement was dotted with puddles, and after long walks my All Stars and the hem of my jeans were wet and muddy. The upside? I was inspired to scope out some stylish, all-weather boots for next time.

The contenders? First things first—I’m a walking girl, so I need a boot that can take me miles (or, in Canada’s case, kilometers) across town on foot, so 4-inch heels, while cute, are out of the question. Frye’s Jenny Double Shaft Boot has caught my eye (I love the slouch and the unique, low wooden heel), as has Joie’s Miles Away Motorcycle Boot (the buckled ankle straps lend a little edge), and Tapeet’s Flat Ballet Boot (which combines function with a little grace). Which should I pack on my next foray to drizzly shores?


Thursday, November 13th 2008

seeking mid-season style inspiration?


It’s always around this time of year that I find myself losing inspiration and resorting to wearing variations on the same outfit every day. What does the equation consist of this time around? Blazer (or long cardigan) plus slouchy top/sweater plus long tank plus skinny pant (or legging) plus a boot of some sort. Almost every single day. It’s not that I don’t like this look, I do, but after living in it for the better part of three months, the thrill, as they say, is gone.

In my darkest (Literally. It’s dark by 5PM.) hour, I found style salvation in our new Winter Trends LookBook. Apparently this avowed minimalist needs some maximalism in her life, because the Russian-inspired shots were what I found myself most drawn to in this feature. What’s turned me off in the past is how anything with that Dr. Zhivago vibe can feel kind of heavy and, uh, epic, but the inspired styling made it feel modern and wearable. Right now I’m happily scoping out something shearling and a fancy dress to wear with thigh-highs and over-the-knee boots. (Flask of Stoli optional.)


Wednesday, November 12th 2008

American Classics

My mom has this leather trench coat that she bought in the ’70s. It’s slick and shiny with just a hint of retro, and she only pulls it out for holidays and special events. I’ve been trying to sneak it home in my suitcase for years because it’s so brilliantly chic. Sadly, I’ve yet to succeed, but a recent photo story on has inspired me to take up the effort once again. The theme? The timeless appeal of American sportswear.

The feature has also encouraged me to look for my own wear-forever pieces. My goal? To find a go-to, every-occasion dress and a rebel-cool moto jacket, and I could think of no better place to start my search than our Designer Boutique, a hotbed of young American designers.

First up are the frocks. I’ve narrowed my selection down to two: a grey and black number by Lela Rose and a fuchsia, floral-print delight by Sari Gueron (Israeli-born but raised in these United States). They each have characteristics that make them distinctive, and they’ll be as chic ten, twenty, even thirty years from now as they are today.

Next, the jackets. Derek Lam offers up a practical felt one that still has an edge, while Jenni Kayne does the look up California style with a cropped silhouette in leather. Both pull off the kind of cool a moto jacket should possess with that suspended-in-time feel I want.

Which to choose? I haven’t quite decided yet, but I’m pretty certain they’ll be the object of coveting affection for years to come.


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