Friday, February 26th 2010

Behind the Scenes at a Shopbop Photo Shoot

There’s a lot of work that goes into our lookbooks and special features, and the style vision comes from one source: Senior Stylist Morgan Wendelborn. She takes us behind the scenes at The Next Wave lookbook shoot, where she worked with model Carly and photographer Abel to put together surf-inspired looks that could warm up the coldest winter day.

Checking the setup of the first shot. Abel lets me sneak a peek, and I can see this is just how I want it!

The shoot lineup. I was really excited about these looks and am itchin’ for summer! Hurry up already!

Carly is such a natural!

Friday, February 26th 2010

Flirting with Floral Dresses for Summer

From left: Dolce Vita Hope Dress, Rebecca Taylor Floral Shirtdress, Tibi Halter Dress, Joie Mary Tank Dress.

Last August at Lollapalooza, I witnessed a parade of pretty print dresses in all imaginable silhouettes. One after the other, these unique, summer-perfect frocks left me feeling bored with my all-solids wardrobe. I made a mental note to find my own print dress (in a floral, to be exact), and then promptly abandoned that goal with the arrival of the fall fashions.

This week I took it up again, thanks to the Rodarte fall 2010 runway collection. The Mulleavy sisters’ masterful (and wearable) mix of winter-white knits and upholstery-inspired patchwork florals reminded me of those summer flowers I never found. Sure, it’s a little counterintuitive to take summer inspiration from a fall collection, but there was a lightness at the root of the Rodarte runway that aligns beautifully with the warmer months.

In the spirit of this renewed passion for flora, I’m picking up the Rebecca Taylor dress pictured for an upcoming trip to Napa, and an airy, sleeveless number (I like the nipped-at-the-waist silhouette on the Dolce Vita dress above) to pair with K. Jacques sandals or Frye wedges on warm June days.


Friday, February 26th 2010

First Fashion: Tribal Trend

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Fringed messenger bag? Check. Beaded bracelets? Check. I’ve dipped a toe into the tribal trend in seasons past, but I’m looking to embrace it wholeheartedly this spring. I’ll start with a few irresistible prints and patterns from What’s New.

(1) A unique (but equally comfy) alternative to the usual tee-and-jeans, I’ll pair this print dress with cropped leggings and beaded flat sandals on lazy weekends. sass & bide – The Way She Moves Dress

(2) But the tribal look can be appropriate for more than just a laid-back weekend. Balmain proves that earthy beading and polished heels can live in harmony. Balmain –Beaded Sandals

(3) A skillful mix of patterns and stripes, this cardigan will keep me cozy now and pass as a jacket once the weather warms. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent – Vintage Dakota Sweater


Thursday, February 25th 2010

Studio Style: Fashion Week Edition

After the Erin Wasson show, Morgan (left) wears
Ksubi jeans, Robert Clergerie booties, VPL bra, and a Christian Lacroix jacket. Kate (right) wears a Vince sweater dress, Alexander Wang sweater coat and hat, Ash boots, and a YAYA scarf.

This month, Studio Style takes to the streets, the tents, and the Erin Wasson after-parties of New York Fashion Week. Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch and Senior Stylist Morgan Wendelborn not only scoped out all the hottest looks on the runway, they personally put together several lust-have ensembles. I caught up with the girls to find out what they wore to the Olympics of fashion.

Suzanne:  We’ve heard about stylists/editors bringing 90 outfits to fashion week (Rachel Zoe reportedly changes 5 times a day!). How many outfits do you wear in a day during fashion week?

Morgan: Haha, only one! We have such a packed schedule that we need to find something that will carry us throughout the long days. Lots of layering and oversized handbags are key to adjusting your look to fit the event.

Kate: I honestly didn't change outfits once throughout the day. There was just no time! I had to plan on leaving my apartment in the morning wearing something that would take me through the night’s events. If there was a nighttime event with more of a party vibe, I wore layers and checked my coat and sweater.

S: Do you feel you need to wear a particular designer’s clothes to his/her show? Or do you try to match the tone of the show?

M: I definitely take the day’s lineup into consideration when getting dressed, but staying true to my own sensibility is how I stay comfortable. These days, I am a bit of a dark, minimalist bohemian. I am trying to lighten up!

K: I love representing the designer by wearing a piece from their collection, but realistically this didn’t happen for every show. You get so inspired by watching the fall runway shows and seeing fashionable people on the street throughout the week. I would say that influenced my looks each day (that and the weather!). You see a really innovative styling technique or a cool item that ignites ideas about how to wear old things in new ways.

S: Is it as insouciant as you make it seem, or are you outfits more calculated?

M: I try to plan them out when I pack, but once I get there it all seems to go out the window! I end up mixing and matching from my closet, Kate’s, and my sister’s.

S: What was a standout street style look you saw?

M: Big furs, faux and real! They always make such a chic statement, and I love seeing the variety of ways people wear them. With black leggings and sky-high platforms in a Grace Jones kind of way, to flowy floral prints à la the modern hippie.

K: Outside the Derek Lam show we saw a girl who looked SO cool. I wish I had a photograph to remember each and every piece she had on. I only saw her from the back but she was wearing a furry avant-garde skirt (it almost looked like goat hair) similar to this Haute Hippie skirt with platform booties and a leather bomber. I stopped dead in my tracks! I also saw a lot of amazing shearling vests and cool hats throughout the week.

S: Of all the looks you put together during the week, which was your favorite?

M: My favorite look was my fringe Haute Hippie dress over leggings with my VPL sweater and leather jacket.

K: I loved wearing burgundy tights, brown OTK boots, a taupe sweater dress, and a fuzzy black sweater coat with a striped infinity scarf. It was a Missoni-inspired, ultra-layered look of warm neutral tones.

S: Did any designer surprise you with their styling or offer something really unexpected in their presentation?

M: The styling at Derek Lam was really incredible and fresh. I love how the equestrian inspiration was clear but not too literal. He seamlessly made the English and Western styles work together in such a complementary way. Anyone who rides knows how big a difference there is between the two!

Check out more of Kate and Morgan’s looks after the jump.

Thursday, February 25th 2010

First Fashion: Shopbop Newcomers Prabal Gurung, AIKO, and House of Harlow Shoes

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I love my old standbys (Frye boots, J Brand jeans, Diane von Furstenberg dresses), but there’s nothing quite as refreshing to a wardrobe as adding a few new names to the mix, like the three newcomers that popped into What’s New this morning.

(1) Fashion’s newest sweetheart, Prabal Gurung clothing is the picture of classic with a twist. This dress merges bold red with elegant draping. Prabal Gurung - Side Ruched Dress

(2) AIKO clothing manages to make sweatshirt dressing city cool (read chic and comfy), and I can always get behind that. AIKO - Farrow Leggings

(3) We already have House of Harlow jewelry, so the name isn’t exactly new to us, but the brand’s first foray into footwear stands in a class all its own. I want one of each pair of House of Harlow shoes, but I’ll start with these beaded sandals. House of Harlow 1960 - Saloni Beaded Flat Sandals


Wednesday, February 24th 2010

Collection I’m Coveting: Alexander Wang Spring 2010

Last week, Shopbop Editor-at-Large Joyann King taught us six things she learned backstage at Alexander Wang’s fall 2010 show. In the spirit of lists, I narrowed down what I love most (no easy feat) about the designer’s lauded spring collection, now arriving at Shopbop.

1. Varsity Stripes Plus Vixenish Silhouettes: Skin-baring crop tops, cutout sweaters, and slouchy tanks feel sexy but not over-the-top with the help of sporty stripes. Though styled with tighty-whities and knee-high socks on the runway, these pieces are everyday wearable (and keep their prep-meets-rebel feel) when paired with khaki or distressed denim.

2. Leopard Shoes: Nothing breaks up an all-black ensemble without losing its fashion-expert cred like leopard shoes. I’ve been coveting the Alla Wedge Heels (coming soon) since September, but if I can’t hold out, I may be swayed by the futuristic Isabeli Mules or the seasonless Natasha Pumps.

3. Sunglasses: First we fell for Alexander Wang handbags, and now we can wear the sunglasses that framed the faces of Freja Beha, et al., on the catwalk. And like his other unique accessories (like pyramid clutches and denim-leather bags), these are anything but basic: think extreme cat eyes and zipper details. Check back for them next week!


Wednesday, February 24th 2010

First Fashion: New Camilla Skovgaard—Say You ‘Saw’ It Here First

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Part of my job at Shopbop is checking the fit of all new shoes that come in. This means I will be trying on the Camilla Skovgaard spring collection in its entirety. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! This season Camilla continues to push the envelope with her innovative saw soles, industrial chains, and the resurrection of an old favorite, mules.

(1) Mule shoes stomped all over the spring runways from Alexander Wang to Chanel. This open-toed version will look white-hot with a pair of edgy soft pants. Camilla Skovgaard – Saw Open Toe Mules

(2) A classic pinup pump with a futuristic twist, these heels raise the heat index of even the most basic ensemble. Camilla Skovgaard – Saw Pumps

(3) Hardcore hardware, an extreme wedge heel, and a razor-sharp sole make putting your foot down deliciously fun. Camilla Skovgaard – Chain Cross Strap Saw Sandals


Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

Career Separates Get Hip for Spring

We’ve seen the grandpa cardigan inducted into the cool club in recent seasons, so it should be no surprise to witness career-girl separates following suit, shedding their dowdy, department store image with a little help from some hipper-than-hip French and American labels.

Alexander Wang, the design wunderkind credited with giving slouchy some sorely needed sex appeal, takes on the pleated trouser for spring, refashioning it into a soft pant that’s sure to be a favorite of the downtown fashion set, while Helmut Lang does the blazer one better with unconstructed jackets that exude polished nonchalance. And no discussion of third-floor ladies separates would be complete without mentioning the button-down silk blouse. Leave it to the French, specifically re-launched favorite Equipment clothing, to imbue this workday staple with Charlotte Gainsbourg cool, cutting it oversized and offering it in an array of off-the-beaten-path neutrals.

But remember: though the silhouettes have been refreshed, styling is still all-important here. The effect should be sort of sloppy-louche, so as to avoid looking legitimately frumpy. (Think American Gigolo-era Armani meets Faye Dunaway in Network with a dash of Charlotte Rampling in Stardust Memories thrown in.) The understated nature of these pieces, plus their added volume means they can benefit from a buckle-heavy platform wedge and an eccentric accessory or two. A big bonus? Even though they look brand new, updated separates are still polished enough to go off to work with you.


Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

Fall Handbag Report by ELLE’s Kyle Anderson: Mulberry

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In an atmosphere saturated with an upbeat mood, Mulberry’s fall 2010 presentation had a bag for every kind of girl, all with a very Mulberry feel. This varied collection offered bright hues and jewel tones, florals, and the label’s signature leopard print in luxe patent, suede, and leather. The silhouettes were perfect: timeless, easy to wear, young, and fresh. This fall, every girl will be able to find her signature bag at Mulberry.

--Kyle Anderson
Senior Accessories Editor, ELLE

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

First Fashion: Tops for Now and Later

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I’ve about had it with my collection of sweaters and boots. They’ve served me well for the last five months, but I’m ready to move on to springier concoctions. Though Mother Nature isn’t exactly cooperating, I’m getting my spring fashion fix now with the help of a few layers and these tops.

(1) Every time Splendid clothing pops into What’s New, I heart just about every piece. This tank is that much-coveted blend of timeless and on-trend, and will look sweetly sophisticated peeking out from under a Rag & Bone blazer. Splendid - Lace Tank

(2) It’s no secret that I love a good cardigan, and this one is airy and light enough to wear on warm days, but still cozy when layered with a long-sleeve tee and my favorite J Brand jeans. Opening Ceremony - Oversize Pattern Cardigan

(3) A flirty way to play with voluminous proportions, I’ll tuck this top into high-waisted jeans now and paper-bag shorts come summer. See by Chloé - Cross Lace Peasant Blouse


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