Monday, January 25th 2010

Halston Heritage Coming Soon to Shopbop!

From the Halston photo archives, Bianca Jagger (left) and Margaux Hemingway (right) wear original ’70s pieces, part of the inspiration behind the Halston Heritage collection.

The buzz in the fashion world these last few weeks has seen Sarah Jessica Parker and Halston paired on the pages of many a style publication. The official word came that the star will take on the role of president and chief creative officer for the brand. Add to that the launch of a secondary line, Halston Heritage (coming to Shopbop in February), and spring fashion is coming up Halston.

The brand dipped into its archives for the Heritage collection, reworking the iconic ’70s looks into modern pieces fit for today’s stylish female. Imagine slinky jumpsuits and dresses, caftans and tunics, or simply look to stills from Sex and the City 2 for a real-life visual. SJP as Carrie Bradshaw dons more than one Halston Heritage frock throughout the film, including the white V-neck dress on the movie’s poster.

Launched in 1968 by Roy Halston Frowick, Halston was a mainstay of Studio 54’s favorite patrons—Bianca Jagger, Anjelica Huston, and Margaux Hemingway, to name but a few. The label was reestablished as a fashion force when a group of investors led by Hilco Consumer Capital backed the brand in 2007, rebuilding the name by drawing on its strong luxury heritage and jet-set appeal.

Check back in February to get your own piece of fashion history.

UPDATE: Halston Heritage has arrived!


Monday, January 25th 2010

What’s Your Obsession?

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We’ve all been there. While glancing through What’s New, we fall hard for that covetable dress/handbag/necklace, the one that seems to have been made just for us. We heart it. Daydream about it. Plan outfits around it in our head. And when we’re sure it’s the one (as though there was ever any doubt), we make it ours.

Half the fun in fashion is sharing these favorites with our friends. Enter Shopbop Obsessions. This winter, Shopbop staffers confess that they have it bad for grey leather jackets, sculptural cuffs, and perforated booties. But what makes us fall head-over-heels for one thing and not the other? I remember my first sartorial obsession, which struck at the age of 12. The object? A pair of glittery, chunky-heeled jelly sandals (don’t judge!) that I adored so much I was afraid to wear them and get them dirty. Thankfully my tastes have evolved since then, and lately I’ve been solely captivated by great patterns—my new feather-print Issa dress and embroidered Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent dress (not to mention a couple patterned cardigans) have me neglecting the solids in my closet.

What about you—do you remember your first fashion obsession? And what are you infatuated with right now?


Monday, January 25th 2010

First Fashion: New Arrivals from Ports 1961

The spring Ports 1961 collection can be summed up in one word: divine. Classic romance tempered with a sophisticated Japonisme sensibility, designer Tia Cibani’s nuanced neutrals, sugary pastels, and breathless whites simply sing.

Accessorize this minimalist jumpsuit with nude pumps, an avant-garde tote, and hair slicked back into a tight chignon. Ports 1961 - Jumpsuit with Obi Waist


An exquisite example of the draping trend, this is the top you’ll don when you want to look impossibly chic. Ports 1961 - Draped Top


The beauty of a Designer Boutique dress? Couture details like this silver lamé neckline. Ports 1961 Cowl Neck Sheath Dress

Discover joie de vivre style in What’s New.


Friday, January 22nd 2010

The Michelle Satchel: Michelle Trachtenberg’s Collaboration with Botkier

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Monica Botkier set out to create the perfect bag when she founded her line in 2003, and the Botkier Michelle Satchel, co-designed with Michelle Trachtenberg to benefit of Oxfam International, just might be it. I talked to Monica about working with the Gossip Girl actress, her ongoing support for Oxfam’s international development and disaster relief, and the details that make the on-trend navy-and-black bag special.

Tonya: How did this collaboration come about?

Monica Botkier: It happened very organically. Michelle has been very supportive of Botkier and over the years we developed a great relationship. We tossed around the idea of designing something together several times, but it materialized after we saw each other at an Oxfam event last February. We wanted to do more to support this incredible charity and Michelle approached me about designing a bag to benefit Oxfam. And here we are!

TS: Michelle Trachtenberg has such great personal style. How is that reflected in the design of the handbag?

MB: Michelle has amazing style; it comes very naturally to her. Her style resonates with me because it’s hip and chic, yet effortless. This is very similar to my design philosophy. The Michelle Satchel is a gorgeous shimmery navy leather that is accented with black leather trim. This combination is fashion-forward and has a definite edge. The braided leather handles and gunmetal hardware are understatedly cool and the outside pockets and detachable strap make it functional. Very “busy modern woman,” very Michelle, and very Botkier.

TS: I love how Botkier is donating 50% of the proceeds to Oxfam International. What made you decide to support that organization in particular?

MB: Oxfam is dedicated to fighting poverty globally, and funds go directly to the people who need it. It’s a charity that we have both been involved with and supportive of, so the decision was very natural. Oxfam really understands and supports women all over the world. They realize that the world’s female population is often directly affected by any global crisis, and this was important to me.


Friday, January 22nd 2010

First Fashion: Orange Impact

While the last few seasons have made it easy to dabble in lipstick red and hot pink, orange is one compelling color that all too often falls off fashion’s radar. Since today’s What's New is served sunny-side up, I decided to explore this electrifying shade.

Such an unpredictable pop, this DANNIJO design makes industrial feel playful. DANNIJO – Briony Necklace


You can almost feel the heat radiating off this slinky number. Kudos to Black Halo for giving us a scene-stealing LOD. Black Halo – Selena Mini Dress


The look of a beloved vintage blouse, a bold orange backdrop makes this floral top spicy, not saccharine. Free People – Sheer Genius Floral Top


Thursday, January 21st 2010

Style Crush: The Ladies of the Weardrobe 100

Rocker just announced the Weardrobe 100: 100 of the best street style shots from the most stylish independent fashion bloggers of 2009. As I was perusing the list, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by those gals blogging from unconventional places far away from the fashion capitals of Paris and New York. Like Krystal in Reno, rocking black and white stripes, shredded light-wash jeans, and a side braid on her blog This Time Tomorrow. Katy of Kansas Couture caught my eye with this ’70s-chic look: electric blue bodysuit tucked into high-waisted khakis. But my fave style crush has got to be Rachel-Marie of Jag Lever—what can I say, I’m a sucker for major bangs, spunkiness, and the fact that this blog is based in Detroit Rock City.

True to her locale, the photos on Jag Lever reflect the sexy garage rock sensibility of an on-fire frontwoman. Anxious to grow my bangs out to my eyelashes and crib a little of this charisma, I elected to cobble together my own down-n-dirty rocker look. I began with a jacket, but decided against the expected leather in favor of a strong-shouldered jersey number by Torn. White skinnies aren’t reserved for sailing expeditions—the peek-a-boo jeans pictured provide daring contrast to all-over black. Finishing touches? A sick pair of Giuseppe Zanotti booties, an Alexander Wang bag (the perfect size for a night on the town), and a bluesy BLOW harmonica necklace


Thursday, January 21st 2010

The Gryphon Aldridge Trench Has Arrived at Shopbop!

AldridgeIt’s been said that style is everywhere you look, and the mother-daughter duo Judy and Jane Aldridge, bloggers behind Atlantis Home and Sea of Shoes, have taken that maxim to heart. The Aldridge Trench, designed in collaboration with Gryphon designer Aimee Cho, was born of a fusion of Tokyo punk fashion, snapshots of the fearless Amelia Earhart, and the post-apocalyptic drama of Mad Max. Rendered in Gryphon’s signature wrinkled twill, it’s an atypical take on the classic (if sometimes commonplace) trench: think bell sleeves, asymmetrical cuffs, military-influenced brass buttons, and a functional leather pouch.

Now not only does this familial twosome share the contents of their well-stuffed closets, they share a praise-worthy design credit to boot.


Thursday, January 21st 2010

First Fashion: Sleek Silver

When buying jewelry I usually gravitate to gold or gunmetal, but lately the gleam of silver has inspired me to patch this gaping hole in my jewelry box. And with the help of a few accessories from What’s New, I can work in the magnetic metallic from head to toe.

I’m stuck in a black frames rut, but I see brighter days ahead with these blue and silver shades. Oliver Peoples Eyewear – Pryce Sunglasses


Ever since her Where the Wild Things Are jewelry collaboration with Opening Ceremony, I’ve been waiting for Pamela Love’s own line to hit Shopbop. Today’s that day, and this savage ring surpasses my expectations. Pamela Love – Talon Ring


In one fell stroke, all my summery white dresses just got a lot more interesting. Ruthie Davis – Love Fringed Ankle Cuff Sandals


Wednesday, January 20th 2010

Shopbop Street Chic: Jenny & Kassidy

Buying Assistant Jenny and Accessories Buyer Kassidy keep warm on the cold New York streets with complementary accessories.

Jenny (left) is wearing:
* T by Alexander Wang Dress
* Bop Basics Beanie
* Love Quotes Scarf
* Commando Tights
* Alexander Wang Coco Duffel
* Karen Walker Sunglasses

Kassidy (right) is wearing:
Indah Cardigan
* Bop Basics Burnout Tee
* Current/Elliott Legging Jeans
* Bop Basics Hat
* L.A.M.B. Bag
* Frye Boots
* Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

Wednesday, January 20th 2010

Shopping for Spring Denim

I’ve spent much of this winter pairing various jersey dresses with tights or David Lerner leggings, but just last weekend, I went into my closet looking to change things up with a new top-bottom combo. I pulled out nearly every pair of jeans I own, and after trying them all on with my assortment of cardigans and tanks, was left utterly uninspired (and with a pile of denim that needed refolding to boot). It’s officially time to buy some new jeans.

I started my search looking through our spring denim trends. I’m digging the depth the lace-up trend lends to basic blues, and though I’m not on board with the term jeggings, I am a big fan of the denim leggings trend. It’s the comfiest way to wear skinny jeans.

I’ll need to pick up some old standbys as well: some new Seven jeans (I’m an eternal fan of their boot cuts), a dark-wash pair of J Brand skinny jeans (the ultimate dress-up jean), and some Citizens of Humanity jeans (I’ve got my eye on a pair of their Ava straight legs).

My list is made. What about you? What new denim styles will you pick up this season?


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