Thursday, December 16th 2010

First Fashion: Mid-Winter Cheer

Dvf (1) Tibi (2) Marc (3)

After a fall season full of muted earth tones, winter whites, and makeup shades, resort’s bold prints and bright colors have arrived to remind us that though it’s the dead of winter, vacation season is just around the corner.

(1) Take styling cues from the DVF runway and pair this lightweight blouse with striped shorts, wedge sandals, and an easy updo. Diane von Furstenberg – Syrah Blouse

(2) These geometric Tibi shorts will pair perfectly with a bikini top on the beach and an airy Joie blouse on the boardwalk. Tibi – Congo Bermuda Shorts

(3) Colorblocking adds a touch of sophistication to a fun-loving Marc by Marc Jacobs bikini. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Broken Stripe Bikini


Wednesday, December 15th 2010

The Best Winter Sweaters: Kate’s Picks


The highlights of winter are on an extremely short list for me—I’m more of a summer girl—but right near the top is cozy sweaters. There are so many delectable styles on Shopbop right now, and with snowy, cold conditions, I’m in search of some cool styles. I’m especially drawn to sweaters that look like vintage scores without the questionable smell...

Check out a few of my favorites this season:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Melinda Sweater
Club Monaco Paulina Cardigan
Ever Weott Patch Cardigan
Leyendecker Rush Sweater Tunic
Ami Dans La Rue Pullover Sweater

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Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Fashion Books: Great Gifts for the Hard-to-Please on Your List

A few hard-to-shop-for folks left on your holiday list? No need to resort to the go-to gift card (unless you’re looking to offer a Shopbop gift certificate, of course). These three fashion books will surely please even the most difficult to shop for.

Jacques Helleu & Chanel by Jacques Helleu
For forty years, Jacques Helleu was in charge of promoting iconic label Chanel, and in this tome, he shares the stories behind his work.
Why it’s cool: In a word: Chanel. In some more words: the book itself is a work of decorative art—a substantial weight and an elegant, simple design.
Who would love it: Fashion die-hards, lovers of design in its purest form, Chanel fans (basically everyone).



From Where I Stand by Mary McCartney
Daughter of Paul and Linda, sister of Stella, Mary McCartney has compiled the best of her photographic work from the mid-1990s to the present in this first book.
Why it’s cool: McCartney has a way of opening her subjects up, creating deeply personal, approachable portraits. And, she’s got access to boldface names like Madonna, Bono, Debbie Harry, and Kate Moss.
Who would love it: Photographers, art lovers, the serene, those searching for a little serenity.


The Selby is in Your Place by Todd Selby
Todd Selby, the man behind, takes you inside the homes of Karl Lagerfeld, Helena Christensen, Erin Wasson, Christian Louboutin, and loads of other cool folks.
Why it’s cool: Beautiful photos of hip people and their abodes, punctuated with doodles and handwritten Q&As.
Who would love it: Interior decorators, wannabe interior decorators, aspiring voyeurs, hipsters, subscribers to the This American Life podcast.
Bonus! Page of doodle stickers at the front of the book. Who doesn’t love stickers?


Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Fashion Insider 5 Favorites: Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast

This month, we’re featuring a few favorites from some of our best-loved online fashion folks. Check back every day for new answers to these favorite questions, then hop over to our Fashion Insider Wish List feature to see what these insiders are wishing for this holiday season.

Rumi Neely’s Fashion Toast has become one of the world’s most popular fashion blogs with over one million unique hits a month. She has been featured in Elle, Lucky, Italian Vogue, American Vogue, and Nylon.

Rumi’s 5 Favorites:

Favorite Movie: Igby Goes Down
“I never get sick of watching this dark comedy with its modern-day incarnations of Holden Caulfield and Edie Sedgwick.”

Favorite Band: The Velvet Underground
“Dreamy enough to space out to.”

Favorite City: New York City
“You can never get bored there. Nowhere feels more alive.”

Favorite Restaurant:
“The best restaurant I’ve ever been to I don’t even know the name of. It’s in Yokohama, and I always go with my uncle and aunt when I’m in Japan. Most amazing sushi. It only seats about five people and the entire place makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time a few centuries.”

Favorite Holiday Memory:
“The one year that we got hail in the Bay Area—the closest thing I’ve had to a white Christmas.”

* Illustration by Dallas Shaw.

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

First Fashion: New Arrivals from Alexander Wang

Jacquard (1) Shoes (2) Pullover (3)

I always look forward to a new shipment of Alexander Wang, and with a fresh batch in What’s New today, it’s like Christmas came early this year.

(1) The designer left the urban jungle behind with his resort collection’s soft palette and pastoral patterns. Alexander Wang – Jacquard Mock Neck Sweater

(2) But Alexander Wang shoes are keeping their edge. The lacing detail, whipstitching, and suede cuff ensure there’s more style in this shoe than in all my basic booties combined. Alexander Wang – Freja Whipstitch Booties

(3) T by Alexander Wang tees are a go-to, and now the basics line is becoming a favorite for knits as well. The designer puts his stamp on a cotton pullover with a unique burgundy shade. T by Alexander Wang – Crew Neck Pullover Sweater


Tuesday, December 14th 2010

Winter Forecast: Sparkling Accessories

With its frost, tinsel, and sparkling lights, winter is a good time to shine, so once those halls are decked, cast a dusting of wintertime glitter on your wardrobe, too.

Let’s be honest: Cinderella and Dorothy would never have made it if they’d been wearing brown flats. Rhinestone lovers, turn to Vera Wang and Report Signature Shoes for a range of megawatt footwear that’ll stop you in your tracks. Sequin and glitter girls, look to Giuseppe Zanotti and Jean-Michel Cazabat for options worthy of a fairytale princess.

When it comes to shimmery bags, Whiting & Davis’s metal-mesh creations are the classic evening bag go-to. If you’re looking for something a little roomier, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch bags offer high-impact sparkle in high-performing shapes.

Any quest for serious sparkle must begin with jewelry, and Kenneth Jay Lane, Madewell, and Juicy Couture jewelry is nothing if not shiny. If you’re more of a light frost than a heavy ice girl, a Deepa Gurnani headband or a crystal-encrusted Michael Kors watch will cast just the right amount of light.


Tuesday, December 14th 2010

Fashion Insider 5 Favorites: Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller

This month, we’re featuring a few favorites from some of our best-loved online fashion folks. Check back every day for new answers to these five favorite questions, then hop over to our Fashion Insider Wish List feature to see what these insiders are wishing for this holiday season.

Leandra Medine is a freelance writer and the founder/editor of The Man Repeller, a blog dedicated to the most forward of fashions and how they’re perceived by the average hetero male. Her work has appeared on StyleCaster, Grazia, Lucky, and Harper’s Bazaar. Given the choice, she will “always opt for Proenza Schouler over male companionship.”

Leandra’s 5 Favorites:

Favorite Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
“Not only is Wes Andersen my favorite male specimen on the planet, but one day, I too will match a red Adidas track suit to my children’s. All day. Every day.”

Favorite Band: Phoenix
“Because they produce sweet tunes, and they’re a man band.”

Favorite City: Manhattan
“Because all New Yorkers truly believe they are celebrities to some degree. And guess what? They’re right.”

Favorite Restaurant:
“I want to say Café de Flore on Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris because Ernest Hemingway wrote parts of A Movable Feast there, but... Give me a margarita and fish tacos, and I am one happy mochila-loving Man Repeller!”

Favorite Holiday Memory:
“I was abroad in Paris over the holidays last year. Hanukkah in Paris meant eight days of presents from The Kooples and Colette to me.”

* Illustration by Dallas Shaw.

Tuesday, December 14th 2010

First Fashion: The Family Party

(1) (2) (3)

I’m off to my hometown for the annual family Christmas party this weekend. It’s a casual affair filled with lots of people (we number over 100), too much food, and plenty of conversation. For me, the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Here’s what I plan to wear:

(1) An airy Ella Moss blouse will begin my ensemble. The row of buttons and tiny pleats give the slouchy silhouette shape. Ella Moss - Belle Tunic

(2) Flare jeans are a huge story this season, and they’re a perfect match for a lightweight silk blouse. I just dropped this pair by Hudson jeans in my cart. Hudson - Woodstock Flap Pocket Flare Jeans

(3) No casual look is complete without a little T by Alexander Wang. I’ll top my look off with this cardigan and platform Sam Edelman booties. T by Alexander Wang - Gauze Back Cardigan


Monday, December 13th 2010

The Perfect Winter Handbag

Last summer, I was never parted from my cross-body Foley + Corinna bag. Lightweight and little, it was the perfect partner to all my summer dresses and rompers. But the moment the mercury dropped, it was retired to my closet, and now I need to swap it for a more substantial bag that can hold its own against my winter wardrobe. Though my oversized black handbag would fit the bill, most of my winter outerwear is black, and I want something that won’t blend into the background.

So I’m looking to handbags in rich cognac and wine, shades that pull off the feat of being both classic and of-the-moment. A deep shade of brick balances the fashion-forward silhouettes of Alexander Wang bags with a subtle ’70s feel, making them perfect for polished ensembles, like silk blouses paired with flare jeans and wedge booties. But for more casual days, when I’m wrapped in thick knits and shearling boots, a fur-trimmed handbag (like the above from Olivia Harris by Joy Gryson) will be a plush finishing touch.


Monday, December 13th 2010

Fashion Insider 5 Favorites: Carol Han of Milk & Mode

This month, we’re featuring a few favorites from some of our best-loved online fashion folks. Check back every day for new answers to these five favorite questions, then hop over to our Fashion Insider Wish List feature to see what these insiders are wishing for this holiday season.

Carol Han’s Milk & Mode is dedicated to two of her favorite things: fashion and food. Han previously held positions at ELLE, Lucky, and StyleCaster, and recently founded CA Creative, a digital consulting firm.

Carol’s 5 Favorites:

Favorite Movie:
“I have so many favorites, it’s hard to narrow it down, but I recently saw I Am Love and was blown away. It’s so visually arresting and Tilda Swinton’s costumes are just impeccable. They were all done by Raf Simons.”

Favorite Bands: Rolling Stones, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Strokes, Beach House, Boxer Rebellion, The National.

Favorite Cities: New York and Paris.
“The only two cities I could ever live in.”

Favorite Restaurants: Marlow & Sons, Ippudo, all the Momofuku ones, Rubirosa, Prune.
“This list tends to shift a bit on a monthly basis.”

Favorite Holiday Memory:
“I love taking those couple of weeks at the end of the year when no one’s really working and going somewhere fun with friends. My favorite cities to spend the holidays in (including New Year’s Eve) have been London, Buenos Aires, and Paris, all with a couple of girlfriends and a suitcase full of party dresses! It’s good to get away for a couple of weeks to recharge and come back home rested and ready for a new year.”

* Illustration by Dallas Shaw.

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