Tuesday, November 30th 2010

The Evolution of the Leather Jacket

Leather jackets have long been the uniform of the rebellious. From the first leather moto jacket sold at Harley Davidson in NYC in the ’20s, to Marlon Brando donning his in the ’50s classic The Wild One, to the punk movement of the ’70s, proclaiming one’s outsider status has been as easy as throwing on a leather jacket. But in the last few seasons, designers have shown there’s much more to leather than bikers and bad boys.

In Derek Lam’s version (pictured), print haircalf panels give leather the look of refined tweed, while other designers soften leather jackets with elegant touches like fur, draping, and delicate shades of blush and bone. This style has also gone sporty: a leather puffer jacket and a hoodie style by S.W.O.R.D are the perfect match for beat-up sneakers. Other designers draw inspiration from the leather jacket’s WWI-era military roots, offering aviator jackets with shearling trim and bomber jackets with army green canvas sleeves (like this one by William Rast). Still prefer the tough-girl look? Channel James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause with a cherry red version by Elise Overland (motorcycle and attitude optional).


Tuesday, November 30th 2010

First Fashion: Laid-Back Lace

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Like crystal wineglasses and expensive perfume, lace is something often saved for special occasions. But these three designers paired it with down-to-earth jersey, with refreshingly casual results.

(1) BCBG Max Azria fuses basic with dressy in this genre-defying tunic. BCBGMAXAZRIA - Lace Bottom Top

(2) With its eye-catching crocheted yoke and utilitarian pockets, Velvet clothing’s little black dress has the makings of a wardrobe favorite. Velvet - Baby Jersey Krysta Dress

(3) A simple tee from the front and a layered statement from behind, this Blue Life top gives a chic new meaning to the phrase “business in front and party in the back.” Blue Life - Lace Back Drape Top


Monday, November 29th 2010

Meet Frank & Eileen

The perfect button-down is not easy to come by. Finding a cut that fits just so in a fabric that feels luxe yet casual is no simple feat, but LA-based Frank & Eileen is making the search a little less daunting. Designed by Audrey McLoghlin, Frank & Eileen shirts blend the season’s coveted boyfriend silhouette with spot-on tailoring. Gingham checks and crisp cotton poplin are rumpled and wrinkled for a lived-in look.

And, in an added dose of charm, the label gives a nod to the designer’s roots: Audrey named the line after her grandparents, who fell in love and were married in 1947, and each silhouette is named after a member of the family tree.


Monday, November 29th 2010

First Fashion: Erin Fetherston for Juicy Couture

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Erin Fetherston for Juicy Couture has landed at Shopbop, just in time for holiday party season, and it was well worth the wait: the designer’s femininity plays perfectly to Juicy Couture’s free-spirited girliness, capturing the essence of the SoCal line while imbuing it with her own refined sensibility. A few of my favorite pieces:

(1) Erin Fetherston drew inspiration for the collection from a ’70s-era Bianca Jagger, and though this sexy jumpsuit is pure Studio 54 glam, the cute velvet bow is all Juicy. Juicy Couture – Silk Jumpsuit with Velvet Bow

(2) This elegantly draped skirt paired with a cowl-neck blouse and an embellished bib necklace makes for the perfect holiday party ensemble. Juicy Couture – Draped Silk Skirt

(3) A fashion-forward silhouette instantly updates the Juicy velour jacket. Juicy Couture – Dolman Jacket


Friday, November 26th 2010

Underthings as Outerwear

The lines between under- and outerwear haven’t been this hazy since the ’80s, but don’t rush to get out your Aqua Net and jelly bracelets. Today’s lingerie-inspired styles have more in common with a film noir starlet than with Madonna.

Only Hearts and VPL bras and bandeaus are pretty peeking out of a tank, V-neck sweater, or sheer tee. For a more office-going look, try layering a ladylike chiffon or lace tank from Beyond Vintage or Club Monaco under a blazer or cardigan, and when nighttime falls, a sleepwear-inspired slip dress from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent will strike just the right balance of alluring and refined.

For the brave, anything goes—from shapewear skirts (we love Thatcher by Alisse Thatcher’s version) to leather bustiers. So slip into La Fee Verte’s stay-ups, cinch your waist with Alexander Wang’s corset vest, and go out there and seize the night.


Friday, November 26th 2010

#FollowFriday Twitter Crush: Shopbop Style Director Morgan

We play favorites in this feature every week, but this one’s extra shameless special: the woman behind Shopbop’s standout style, Style Director Morgan Wendelborn. (We really are her biggest fans.)

Twitter Name: @momothestyler

Real Name: Morgan Wendelborn

Occupation: Style Director at Shopbop

Favorite Designer(s): Derek Lam, Lanvin, Les Chiffoniers.

Last Purchase: A Lindsey Thornburg cloak.

Next Purchase: A velvet maxi skirt by Kimberly Ovitz.

Song/Album on Repeat Right Now: Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.”

TV/Movie Guilty Pleasure: Two and A Half Men. It’s so clever!

Style Crush: Emmanuelle Alt

Your Style in 3 Words or Less: Classic on acid.

When you’re not tweeting you’re: Tripping over inspiration.

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

Mark Your Calendar! Shopbop’s Fashion Insider Wish Lists Launch Dec. 1

Illustrations by Dallas Shaw.

Looking for gift ideas, or some inspiration for what to put on your own most-wanted list? Help is on the way. We got twelve of our favorite fashion bloggers and online editors to pick their holiday favorites. (Who better to dole out holiday style tips than the folks who spend their every waking hour scouring trends, deals, and all things fashion related, after all.) Launching Dec. 1, and running through the 16th, we’ll feature a new insider’s Holiday Wish List every day on Shopbop, and right here on Shoptalk, we’ll talk with the day’s insider about a few of their non-fashion-related faves.

This one’s not to be missed, but in case you need a second (slightly less biased) opinion, check out what WWD had to say about the feature.


Wednesday, November 24th 2010

Currently Coveting: Capes

I’m a cold weather wimp, so when it comes to winter outerwear I tend to take the puffer coat route. While cozy, it’s hardly the most put-together option, and though it serves me well on casual Saturdays, I’m looking to diversify with something a little more polished.

Enter the cape. A blogger and street style favorite (Garance Doré loves hers), the cape’s clean lines and elegant silhouette have earned it a lot of fans this season. And it’s no wonder, considering its ability to add a little something extra to an everyday ensemble: Rag & Bone’s preppy plaid version (pictured) lends an equestrian feel to a pullover sweater, denim leggings, and riding boots, while Vena Cava’s army green style (also pictured) elevates a pair of cargo skinnies and lace-up booties. And because I can’t arrive at holiday parties in my bulky puffer, this cape by Rebecca Taylor will pair perfectly with an embellished dress and a tiny clutch.


Wednesday, November 24th 2010

First Fashion: From Our Designer Boutique

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This morning’s What’s New has a bit of a blockade right up front: new arrivals from T by Alexander Wang. It’s a siren song strong enough to distract this basics-beating heart, but I made it through, and the latest arrivals from our Designer Boutique were there to greet me.

(1) Simple, timeless, chic. Derek Lam has made that elusive creature: the wear-forever dress. Derek Lam - Sleeveless Dress with Neck Tie

(2) I’ve been flirting with the emerging cutout shoulders trend—still not quite sure what I think of it. This Ellery dress makes a strong “pro” argument. Ellery - Vir-bra Shirtdress

(3) A dress that’s flattering, comfortable, yet still feels avant-garde? Leave it to the French. Les Chiffoniers - Black & White Melange Zigzag Dress


Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

Inspired Pairing: Knits & Leather

There should be a term for that triumphant feeling that comes from finally figuring out how to wear a challenging piece you previously deemed un-wearable. (I welcome your suggestions.) My most recent example? Seeing the leather pant (a piece I had always considered just outside of my style range) and slouchy sweater combo (above) in Geren Ford’s fall lookbook. The look owes something to the French tradition of pairing leather with a hardy, classic knit (see Jean Paul Gaultier), the seemingly opposing nature of each element providing balance for the other. Try leather leggings from Helmut Lang with an updated cable knit, et voilà: casual chic at its finest.


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