Friday, May 28th 2010

Here Comes the Long Weekend

We’re off to make the most of the three-day weekend ahead of us, but while we’re away, take a peek at a few recent standout posts.

* Fashion advice from a stylist to the stars? We’ve got it. Check out a sampling of Hollywood stylist Nicole Chavez’s favorites.
* We’ve been asking some of Shopbop’s finest to pick their own faves for the last few weeks. See if you love what we love.
* No longer relegated to Grandma’s jewelry box, we’ve got a few ideas for wearing pearls in a modern way.
* It’s hard to think about fall when the temperatures are climbing close to 90, but exotic skins are one autumn trend you can wear now.
* Speaking of summer’s sizzle: cool down with a behind-the-scenes look at our swim lookbook.
* It’s that leg-baring time of year. Carey from Corks & Caftans offers a few tips on how to wear shorts.
* The beach is a way of life for swimsuit-model-turned-designer Tori Praver. Read our Q&A, where she talks about Hawaii, her line, and the Tori Praver girl.

See you Tuesday!

Friday, May 28th 2010

Shopbop at the AAFA American Image Awards

Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch wearing the Nightcap Clothing Victorian Lace Dress.

Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending the AAFA 32nd Annual American Image Awards at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC, where Shopbop was recognized as E-tailer of the Year. I sat at a table with a key representation of the Shopbop crew, including our NY-based buying team, Shopbop General Manager Jeff Yurcisin, Amazon VP of Apparel Cathy Beaudoin, Shopbop Head of Marketing Chris Ryskiewicz, and Haute Hippie Designer/Founder Trish Wescoat Pound.

The night was special for so many reasons, and aside from the opportunity to get dressed up and go to a black-tie event on a Wednesday night, what really struck a chord was how far Shopbop has come in ten years. To be among powerhouse honorees like Gap and Steve Madden was undeniably flattering.

Jeff accepted our award, telling the story of Shopbop founders Bob Lamey, Ray Zemon, and Martha Michelson, and their vision to provide the coolest fashion to women around the world 24 hours a day. A very special thanks to Trish for presenting us with this honor—your words were so thoughtful and genuine—and to all our amazing vendors who showed their support.

The night was a charitable one as well, benefitting Autism Speaks. I wish you all could have heard Tom Brokaw’s heartfelt speech highlighting Suzanne and Bob Wright’s commitment and passion to raising awareness and research funding for autism, a disorder that affects an estimated one in a hundred children.

Check out more pictures from the event on the Shopbop Facebook page.

Shopbop Fashion Director

Friday, May 28th 2010

Staff Picks: Alana

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Name: Alana
Position at Shopbop: Buyer
Your Style Profile: My style is classic chic. I always love a great top paired with ripped jeans or skinny jeans.

(1) These 7 For All Mankind jeans are so functional. I wear them out and to run errands on the weekends. They’ve been a staple all spring. 7 For All Mankind - High Waist Roxanne Skinny Jeans

(2) I have been living in Equipment tops lately. This one is a great piece I can wear to work or out at night. Equipment - Adelaide Washed Silk Blouse

(3) These DKNY shorts are perfection. They’re not too short, and I can dress them up or down. pure DKNY - Pleated Shorts

Thursday, May 27th 2010

Functional and Fashionable Summer Accessories

Hot weather is upon us, and though I plan on living in a tank, denim shorts, and Havaianas for a good chunk of the next three months, that doesn’t mean I have to completely sacrifice my personal style. Summer accessories–totes, sunhats, and lightweight scarves–work wonders in elevating the simplest summer ensemble, and are practical to boot.

In a season of beach days and spontaneous weekend getaways, a roomy tote is a necessity. Downtown girls can carry a studded tote by Twelfth Street when it’s too hot for their signature black, and classic girls can show their polish with a straw tote or a classic Tory Burch tote. If your looks is less Hamptons, more hippie, sling a bag by ZUBA Africa over your shoulder, if you can manage to decide on your favorite print.

With a knack for both looking chic and providing sun protection, sunhats are at the top of beach vacation packing lists. Pair your bikini and cover-up with a floppy version, then swap it out for a straw fedora once you’re back in the city.

Lightweight Scarves
If you get stuck in a jersey dress rut, a leopard-print DVF scarf or a tie-dye Tilo scarf will change up your look for the office and provide a little warmth on a chilly summer evenings. Best of all, you’ll still be wearing it come fall.


Thursday, May 27th 2010

Staff Picks: Nina

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Name: Nina
Position at Shopbop: Accessories Stylist
Your Style Profile: Practical/blue collar meets downtown. I’m always in the middle of some sort of hands-on project—always moving, rarely sitting—and my style has to work with that.

(1) These Alice + Olivia pants are so versatile; they look great dressed up or down. I’ll wear these all summer with tank tops and sandals—effortless style. Alice + Olivia - Congo Banded Cargo Pants

(2) This is such a beautiful cuff, made with recycled metals. It is a little work of art—great design with art nouveau influences. Alkemie Jewelry - Nouveau Butterfly Cuff

(3) Short boots this cool are hard to find! I love this Boutique 9 pair with skinny jeans and tees—perfect for all my running around. Boutique 9 - Cooper Spat Flat Booties

Thursday, May 27th 2010

Hollywood Stylist Nicole Chavez Picks Her Faves

Stylist to stars such as Rachel Bilson, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine Heigl, and Kristen Bell, Nicole Chavez started her career as an intern on movie sets, landing her big break (and biggest client) on the pilot episode of The O.C. Known for fresh, uncontrived looks that highlight her clients’ individuality, her looks come off as effortless—never over-styled.

SMYTHE Black Blazer
A tailored blazer is classic, feminine, and looks great on all body types. Pair it with anything: jeans, little dresses, trousers, skirts. Make sure to find one that fits you well and accentuates your waist.

Eugenia Kim Straw Fedora
I’m always on the go, so it’s my fashion solution to a bad hair day. It makes any outfit complete and more relaxed. Great for lazy weekends and vacations.

Jenni Kayne Sequined Skirt
I love glamorous touches like this skirt paired with slouchy cotton tees and cashmere sweaters.

Current/Elliott Boyfriend Jeans
A staple in my closet. I love wearing them during the day with sandals and at night with a super-high heel.

Michael Kors Oversized Watch
A watch is as much an accessory as it is a timepiece. A gold one is a great way to dress up an outfit—try leaving it loose so it looks like a bracelet.

Velvet Jean Shirt
Pair a medium-wash shirt with a jean that is a shade or two darker. Accessorize with leather sandals or a worn-in messenger bag.

--Nicole Chavez
Hollywood Stylist

Wednesday, May 26th 2010

Shopbop Named E-tailer of the Year by the AAFA

Shopbop congratulates all the winners of the 32nd annual AAFA American Image Awards!

Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch is attending the event tonight. Check back later this week to see what she wore.

Wednesday, May 26th 2010

Staff Picks: Meredith

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Name: Meredith
Position at Shopbop: Customer Service Manager
Your Style Profile: Classic and casual chic. I’ve learned to embrace the fact I’m drawn to simple and timeless clothing. While fabrication changes from season to season, I perpetually migrate toward the classic white button-down. I like clean lines and classic silhouettes but don’t shy away from pops of color in my shoes, bags, and jewelry. Though based on my picks below, I’m apparently thinking neutrals this season.

(1) Dresses. One-stop summer shopping for an easy, pulled-together look. I love that this classic Calvin Klein Collection dress is pre-wrinkled and long enough to wear to the office. It also holds its shape, which means when I’m done with work, it doesn’t look like I’ve been at the office all day. Calvin Klein Collection - Nigel Tank Dress

(2) Simple fashion math: nude shoe + wedge + shorter legs = illusion of longer legs. I could go on about how these neutral Pour La Victoire shoes go with everything, but for me the longer legs phenomenon is the best selling point. Pour La Victoire - Tarissa Wedge Sandals

(3) I am ignoring the mom voice in my head saying “you need to wear more color” and instead focusing on the airy softness of this gauzy Tilo scarf. I love that I don’t have to wait for cooler weather to drape cashmere around my neck. Tilo - Cashmere Gauze Knit Scarf

Tuesday, May 25th 2010

Flat Shoes: Where Practical and Stylish Meet

From left: Tory Burch Stud Flats, Elizabeth and James Lara Flats, and Ash Iman Flats.

A couple weeks ago, I was in San Francisco for a little vacation. Being my first time in the city of sourdough, cable cars, and Rice-A-Roni, I quickly realized I did a horrible job packing—shoes-wise, anyway. On my first walk up a monster of a hill on Powell Street, my flat, leather-soled Boutique 9 shoes proved to be less than adequate (every other step resulted in a not-so-graceful slip). They went back in the suitcase. I pulled out a pair of anti-chic Merrell trail shoes, and wore them for the rest of the week, only swapping them out twice for some Frye driving mocs. Those adorable Loeffler Randall heels I’d packed? They never left my suitcase.

After that first day, I kept an eye to the pavement to see what the ladies of San Francisco wear to navigate its hilly streets. Gals on their way to work in the morning (when my friend and I were on our way to Ghirardelli Square for yet another free sample) wore flats, naturally, but not the basic black ballet variety. Their footwear managed to be both practical and interesting. I spotted vamps embellished with ruffles or studs, side cutouts that lent an intriguing silhouette, and cool treatments like snake prints and metallic patinas. Given a second chance to pack for this trip, I’d toss in my ruffled Jeffrey Campbell flats, a pair from Belle by Sigerson Morrison, and the cutout Elizabeth and James shoes pictured.


Tuesday, May 25th 2010

Staff Picks: Sarah

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Name: Sarah
Position at Shopbop: Warehouse Operations Manager
Your Style Profile: New nursing mom! Back when I was pregnant, I did staff picks featuring some not horrible maternity options, which can be hard to come by. (Not anymore! Check out our new maternity clothes category.) Now that Wren is born, my choice of tops is limited to how easily baby can get to her lunch and whether I can still look cute.

(1) Would you believe that baby can access a snack through the armhole of this Bop Basics dress? I wore it on an airplane, and it was totally discreet. It’s also adorable and a great thick, comfortable knit. If you’re nursing, you’ll want to get black. Bop Basics - Tee Dress

(2) In the winter I wore a cardigan all the time because it doubles as a modesty blanket if you put it on backwards. Now that it’s summer, this Vince sweater is the perfect solution. I’ll wear it for date night (which is now a table for three)! Vince - Drape Sweater Vest

(3) Goodbye hoops and dangly earrings! Wren, like all babies, grabs anything in reach, especially if it’s shiny! I’ll be sticking to studs until further notice. Giles & Brother - Tiny Wishbone Studs

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