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.