Friday, January 30th 2009

the ears have it

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Last week I nabbed a pair of Gorjana’s Sun Hammered Earrings, and the way they play up my most basic tops has made me start swinging by shopbop’s earrings page a little more often than usual. A FabSugar slideshow shows how the statement earring has stolen the spotlight from the statement necklace on this spring’s runways. While said oversized necklaces still do hold a rather large place in my jewelry box, I adore the earring’s unmatched abilities to draw attention to the face (or, like the FabSugar girls point out, to perk up a simple ponytail on a bad-hair day).

Right now, I’m on the lookout for an eye-catching pair in gold to couple with a white maxi dress come spring. I’m torn between Gorjana’s delicate Somerset Cluster Hoops, Citrine by the Stones’ Aphrodite-esque Adonis Hoops, or Alkemie’s one-of-a-kind Large Serpent Earrings. Statement earrings are also a great way to work in spring’s feather trend; Alex and Ani have a passel of airy, shoulder-grazing possibilities, which paired with a floor-sweeping skirt and a fitted tank make for a very life-on-the-frontier look.


Friday, January 30th 2009

first fashion:

Our Favorites from What's New
With all the talk of tough girls this season, I think it’s time to add a little edge to my own look. A few pieces that’ll get me there without going over the top:
Rocker chains are tempered brilliantly by multicolored topaz stones. Cynthia Dugan - Majestic Gems Scarf Necklace
Plain tee and jeans with ballet flats? A little ho-hum. But with these sandals? Rough-around-the-edges brilliance. Matt Bernson - KM Gladiator T Sandal
The definition of edgy, these artfully shredded leggings will vamp up any look. Leyendecker - Kerouac Ripped Leggings
Let your inner femme fatale out with styles from What’s New.


Thursday, January 29th 2009

excellent ‘80s-inspired

What best defines ’80s style? Tight-rolled pants? Fashion Plates? Scott Baio’s feathered hair? The list could lovingly go on, but the common ingredient to all things ’80s can be summed up in one party-hardy Poison ditty: Nothin’ But a Good Time. It was a decade of glam decadence, bold Rubik’s Cube color, doorknocker earrings, not one but at least three Swatch watches stacked on wrists, and an unquenchable desire for louder, faster, more. 

Designers and stylists have harnessed that fun-loving spirit and refined it, and like the magic of alchemy, turned it into 2009 gold. Here’s how to balance “that was then” with “this is now.”

Electric Slide:  Reading other fashionable sites around the blogosphere, I’ve witnessed more than a few virtual winces at the talk of neon coming back in vogue. But unlike many a senior yearbook picture circa 1988, I’m not suggesting you do it hat-to-heel with mall bangs to match. Instead, use electric color like your one statement accessory. In the Twelfth Street and Myne looks above, highlighter hues really provide a positive charge to neutral tan, ivory, or navy.

Seek-and-Destroyed Denim:  A piece no good rock chick can live without, ripped jeans will forever symbolize fist-pumping, youth-gone-wild bravado. But just like we used to wish every Kiefer Sutherland character had a soft side, this trend is best with a shot of sweetness. Try playing your wrong-side-of-the-tracks blues against an ethereal blush-colored chiffon top—kind of like if William Rast and Jill Stuart were dating.

Got My Wayfarers On, Baby: Synonymous with an endless SoCal summer, Ray-Ban sunglasses rank high on the list of legendary ’80s icons. Check out our cache of fresh colors (aqua anyone?) and updated styles, like the Ray-Ban Clubmaster (pictured). And there’s the New Wayfarer with wrap styling and scratch-proof frames for those times you’re in a rush to strap the surfboard on the roof of your cherry red Camaro and go.

What about you: Any fond ’80s fashion memories or tips for how to wear the trends today?


Thursday, January 29th 2009

first fashion:

Our Favorites from What's New
It’s fitting that I follow up my recent odes to Alexander Wang with a shout-out to the runners-up for the CFDA award that Wang walked away with: Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava. (Part of their winnings? To be mentored by Andrew Rosen of Theory fame.) Three of my faves from their characteristically inspired spring line are new to shopbop today.
Vcnapoleon These ladies have clearly mastered that difficult balance of distinctive and timeless. This dress has a clear design point of view, but it’s utterly trend-proof. Vena Cava Napoleon Dress
Vcpapyrus I always want a classically pretty little frock for summer weddings and such, but most of them end up feeling too girly for me. This is the perfect balance of feminine and fashion-forward. Vena Cava Papyrus Dress
Vcleather Not only wearable now, this is something I could imagine seeing in a Vena Cava retrospective at the Met Costume Institute decades from now. Definitely a keeper. Vena Cava Short Sleeve Leather Jacket
Shop all sorts of established and up-and-coming design talent in What’s New.


Wednesday, January 28th 2009

like pb & j

There are some things that just go together: runways and Amazonian models, icy margaritas and the summer sun, Ben and Jerry. And there’s one more duo to add to that list: Twenty8Twelve and Pour La Victoire, because their respective spring 2009 collections seem to have been made for one another.

First, you have Twenty8Twelve with its vintage-inspired dresses and tops that have a moody aura of London fog about them. Then, Pour La Victoire comes in with their towering sandal-bootie hybrid, an absolute must for the season. Put them together and the result is a look so devil-may-care perfect it’s almost too easy.

Need some examples? Pair the Twenty8Twelve yellow Monette Dress or sweet-meets-saucy print Dorrette Dress with Pour La Victoire’s brown platform sandals. Brilliant, no? For a look that’s city through-and-through, the Cherie Tank, a pair of boyfriend jeans, and the Felicia Sandal make a handsome threesome. And throw in a couple of Twenty8Twelve’s graphic tees and Pour La Victoire’s flat Naomi Sandals for those days when you’re craving a slightly tamer brand of fashion-forwardness.

What do you say? Are there any brands out there you think are a match made in style heaven?


Wednesday, January 28th 2009

elsewhere & otherwise

news from the other fashionable corners of the web

* The spring couture shows have started in Paris, and though most of us will never don one of the five-figure frocks, that doesn’t mean we can’t do some good old-fashioned ogling. [ ]

* And while you’re at it, why not do a little vicarious living as well? Cathy Horyn narrates her days critiquing couture in the city of lights. [ On the Runway ]

* "Fashion Week" doesn't just mean Paris and New York. Pipeline covers Stockholm, and those Swedes are seriously too cool for their own good. [ Pipeline ]

* Style that makes you say “Must. Have. Now.”? Chloë Sevigny’s got it. Get inside her stylish mind. [ ]

* What's a week without an Alexander Wang update? The designer has plans to dress the boys. [ - Style File ]

* Feeling the ho-hum effects of winter? The ladies at Who What Wear have some styling tips to spice up your January. [ ]

* Isla Fisher’s in living color: the actress was spotted looking blue, and FabSugar covets her colored shades (like these sunglasses by Ray-Ban). [ FabSugar ]

* And finally, men in skirts. Marc Jacobs started wearing one back in September, and they popped up all over the men’s runways in Paris this month. What do you think? Fellas in skirts: yea or nay? [ The Moment ]

Wednesday, January 28th 2009

first fashion

Our Favorites from What's New
While there’s definitely a place in our wardrobes for the classics – dark-wash boot-cut jeans, cashmere cardigans, a well-cut blazer – it’s a pleasure to see when a brand takes one of these enduring pieces and puts a new spin on it. A few of my most recent unique finds:
Kjlan2031710487_94x185 Not only does the bamboo shape elevate the basic hoop, but the copper color is a welcome departure from the usual gold and silver. Kenneth Jay Lane – Bamboo Hoops
Awang2016713178_94x185 The definition of high/low fashion, this jersey tank-slash-LBD will most assuredly stand out in a crowd. Alexander Wang – Combo Dress
Sword2000710192_94x185 I’m not really a moto jacket kind of girl, but when it’s in grey leather instead of black I might think twice. The smoky shade on this one softens the look, while the asymmetrical zipper makes it modern. S.W.O.R.D. – Modena Asymmetrical Motorcycle Jacket
Find the freshest takes on old favorites, in What’s New.


Tuesday, January 27th 2009

3 names you need to know

This spring shopbop will be adding 34 new brands and countless chic new styles to our repertoire. I chatted with our Fashion Director Kate to find out a little more about the selection process and to hear her top three designer picks to watch for this season.

Suzanne: What makes a line jump out and say “shopbop”?

Kate: We’re looking for items that prompt an emotional reaction. Our customers want the latest and are interested in what’s happening now. (That’s why What’s New is one of our most popular destinations.) I love seeing styles or details that I have never seen before, whether it’s the reinvention of an item we can’t live without, like a cardigan, or a totally fresh style that makes us ponder “what did I wear before Kova & T’s shiny leggings?”

We also identify categories that are important investment pieces (key items to build a stylish wardrobe) and try to find the best resources out there to supply our customers with the look they want. Blazers are so huge right now, so for spring we added Smythe. The fit and details on their jackets are so apparent; our girls will wear these jackets forever.

Of all the spring newness, who are three designers you are especially excited about?

K:  Jill Stuart made a departure from party dresses and drew inspiration from ballet while designing her collection. The result was a mesmerizing runway show featuring airy styles combining elements of what a dancer would wear during a workout, and evening fabrics and silhouettes. Cotton jersey wraps are worn over cascading chiffon dresses in shades of nude and grey. I love this layer-upon-layer look that still comes off as light. Her collection feels feminine and breezy—I can’t help but think of beautiful fairies.

American Retro is a household name in Paris and we are very excited to introduce this brand to our shopbop customers. The brand offers really special styles that your friends will all assume you found in a vintage shop. Their collection fits perfectly in our Frontier Spirit trend. The pieces are intricate and possess a sentimental element. The suede dresses and space-dye knit bell bottoms conjure up images of the Wild West, and the mixed prints blouse feels like something you’d find while shopping in the Marais.

And Nicole Richie graces us with her sense of style by creating an amazing jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960 (named after her baby daughter), that proves how important accessories really are. Her bangles and statement necklaces are the finishing touch we all seek when pulling together a look. Nicole’s personal style shines through in the collection. It’s very ’70s (gold headbands) and very rock ’n’ roll.

You’ll be seeing all 3 of Kate’s favorites hitting What’s New this March. But inquiring editors still want to know:  Any new lines you wish we’d carry or maybe a cool designer change you’re totally stoked about?


Tuesday, January 27th 2009

first fashion:

Our Favorites from What's New
I love all the new spring styles on the site, but sadly the weather here still says “sweater and boots.” Today’s mission? Find three spring pieces I can work in now without freezing to death and/or getting the dreaded it’s-too-early-for-that glare on the street.
I have to admit, when I saw sweetsy florals coming down the runway at Rag & Bone last September I was a little baffled. As it turns out, they’re the perfect foil to the line’s sophisticated brand of tough-girl chic. This piece is great under a tailored jacket now or solo later. Rag & Bone Silk Tank

A little something else from Rag & Bone. This time it’s the season’s must-have motorcycle jacket. Since this one’s lighter weight twill, I can wear it indoors (like a blazer) now and as legit outerwear come spring. Rag & Bone Motorcycle Jacket
Sandals with serious edge have reached critical mass this season and these are a perfect example of their kind. Personally, I don’t do tights with sandals no matter what the temperature, but that won’t stop me from wearing these out this weekend. (Sorry Mom.) Pour La Victoire Paige Motorcycle Sandals
Welcome spring (if only into your wardrobe) with fresh looks from What’s New.


Monday, January 26th 2009

come sail away

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There’s a lot of ink being spilled about Michelle Obama’s recent sartorial choices, but one trend this season looks a bit further back in time to that other fashionable first family: the Kennedys and their uniquely American brand of Cape Cod chic. With sailor stripes; red, white, and blue; and shipshape details, polished and preppy nautical re-enters the fashion scene every spring. How to integrate it into our modern wardrobes without looking like we’re marooned in Nantucket circa 1960? Turn to our talented team of stylists, who have anchored the new Nautical LookBook in wearable yet sexy styles suitable for the seaside or the city.

How will I wear it? I’ll start with Juicy’s cheeky Starfish Necklace or Starfish Studs, which put a lot of personality in a tiny little package. Poolside, I’ll slip into a navy bikini with gold accents and pair it with Marc by Marc’s red and white Plaque Sunglasses and patent thong sandals by Tory Burch. I’ll take the look to the streets with a striped top paired with either Abaete’s Michaela Skirt or Anlo’s Olive Anchor Short (pictured), both polished alternatives to denim.


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