Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

Shopbop @ Milk Studios: Kate & Morgan’s Take on NYFW

Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch and Style Director Morgan Wendelborn on top runway moments, favorite new names, and what you'll see on Shopbop next season.

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

A Trip Down Memory Lane

When you’re little, you’re always in a hurry for the next birthday and the liberties it brings—riding the big kid rides at the fair, getting your driver’s license, or getting into those R-rated films. Now that I’m all grown up (in theory), I find myself reminiscing about the long-gone times of jelly bracelets and lazy summers.

Or I thought they were long-gone, anyway. With a little help from my Shopbop wish list, I’ve been filling that yearning for a simpler time with Marc Jacobs jelly bracelets and outlandishly huge Eugenia Kim bows. Julie Rofman friendship bracelets and RumbaTime slap watches have also found their way into my home and heart.

Once the weather finally breaks, I’ll be slipping into a Torn by Ronny Kobo tee (to recapture the spirit of the ones I used to get on zoo field trips) and tossing my flavored lip gloss into a super-shiny LeSportsac tote. Add some beaded Minnetonka moccasins and colored Ray-Bans and my childhood summertime is complete. All that’s missing is the ice cream truck.


Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

First Fashion: Go Long

Obakk (1) Pater (2) Marc (3)

Maxi dress season is fast approaching, and in anticipation of my favorite time of year, I’ve been filling My Hearts with the floor-sweeping frocks.

(1) Shopbop newcomer Obakki makes a simple silhouette special with an abstract yet earthy print. Obakki – Alsea Long Dress

(2) Lightweight linen will make this Patterson J. Kincaid dress a go-to come spring. Patterson J. Kincaid – Celeste Linen Long Dress

(3) Oversized frames complete the boho sensibility of a maxi. I’ll accessorize mine with these Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses and flat Joie sandals. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Crystal Rim Sunglasses


Monday, February 21st 2011

Through Rose (and Red and Blue and Green) Colored Sunglasses

There’s a revolution happening in the world of sunnies. Where previous seasons have focused on shape and silhouette in the same dark shades, spring is putting designer sunglasses in a more playful state of mind, trading black and brown for bubble-gum brights.
Electric sky blue made an appearance in the Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony collection, while limited edition Karen Walker sunnies popped in powder blue and almost-neon orange. Classic lines Ray-Ban and Carrera hopped on the bright bandwagon this season, transforming their signature silhouettes with Crayola colors. And for those who want a more subdued approach to colored shades, DITA Sunglasses has a dark purple pair that will fit the bill.


Monday, February 21st 2011

First Fashion: Girly Frocks

(1) (2) (3)

While I live in skinny jeans and wedge booties, sometimes I feel the urge to embrace my girly side. On such occasions, nothing but a dress will do. These three frocks, with their intricate details and confectionary hues, caught my eye.

(1) While undeniably sexy, this Rag & Bone dress is as easy and inviting as your favorite sweater. Rag & Bone – Magee Dress

(2) An update to a Victorian chemise, this Temperley London dress takes romantic and dreamy to their logical conclusions. Temperley London – Trinity Dress

(3) Raglan sleeves and bold back buttons lend a sporty tone to this crocheted Tibi dress. Tibi – Crochet Dress


Friday, February 18th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011: Two Mini Trends

Jill Stuart, left. Zero + Maria Cornejo, right.

Prints took fresh forms on the runways, in mural styles and trompe l’oeil techniques. Our fave was the bookshelf dress at Zero + Maria Cornejo.

Rag & Bone, left. Thakoon, center. Tory Burch, right.

We’ve seen the Nordic influence appear in both subtle and overt ways in several shows this week. Artisanal and homespun wools, plaid, and intarsia have us running for the Scottish Highlands.

--Kate & Morgan
Shopbop Fashion and Style Directors

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Friday, February 18th 2011

Man Repeller x Shopbop: OMFG Summer Camp is Over, Goodbye NYFW

Launched less than a year ago, Leandra Medine’s The Man Repeller blog has already managed to catch the eye of some of the biggest names in fashion. All this week, Leandra will be blogging for Shopbop from NYFW.

Well, party people, it seems that’s a wrap. I am thoroughly going to miss reporting back to you here while we dissect new runway trends and relate them to animated characters, King Kong, other large unidentifiable animals, and creatures of outer space. Before we start shedding collective tears, though, I think it’s important we take one last look at some of the gems the end of New York Fashion Week offered. This season, even Hervé Léger sort of tailored his aesthetic to fit mine. (The operative phrase here is sort of.) So without further ado, I give you one last hurrah.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing? 3.1 Phillip Lim did the Muppets proud. Kermit  always was my favorite frog, green my favorite color, and Phillip Lim my favorite man repeller. There’s nothing quite as gratifying as watching your favorite pastimes come together in a most sartorially eye-pleasing manner.

At Milly, I sat confused. The hues of bright red, orange, and pink topped the already NYFW-exhausted ’70s-inspired silhouettes, while I swooned for emerald green harem pants and an almost floor-length printed coat. I couldn’t come to a clear-cut conclusion. Were they repellers or propellers? Is there a man in the house? Would you sleep with these models?

Nanette Lepore jumped on the printed floor-length bandwagon too, showing a teal plaid double-breasted coat, and then, in the same hue, a sheer long-sleeve maxi dress with what looked like zebra-print wedges. There’s an untapped animal print begging for some play time! I couldn’t help but dub it: Little House on the Prairie gets a fashion week makeover.

In what was perhaps the largest shock to my system, Hervé Léger showed (gasp!) pants at their show, paired with a leather bondage blouse that screamed The Matrix in all the right ways. Could it be? Is Max Azria taking a step back from his usual influence by the male persuasion? And what does this mean for us?


In the most highly anticipated show of the entire New York Fashion Week, the Proenza Schouler boys put my print mixing capabilities to shame with their Tetris-inspired trouser pants and colorful knits. At the risk of sounding like an epic cheese ball, if loving Jack and Lazaro means a lifetime of lady boners and lady boners only…then so be it. It’s too bad they didn’t hand out their new rope bracelets after the show. Talk about a perfect fusion of fashion week and summer camp.

Tomorrow, we digitally travel to London, and while I may not be here, I will certainly be here. Thank you for listening to me this week. May your shoulder pads always extend far beyond your elbows.

The correlation makes sense. Think about it.

--Leandra Medine
The Man Repeller

Thursday, February 17th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011: Shopbop Street Style

Style Director Morgan Wendelborn and Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch.

Morgan’s wearing: Victorialand sweater, J. Crew jacket, Helmut Lang denim, DSQUARED2 scarf and vintage scarf from India, Giuseppe Zanotti booties with Marc by Marc Jacobs laces, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, BE & D bag.

Kate’s wearing: Preen coat, Equipment blouse, Jamison sweater, black skinny jeans, Michael Kors shoes, vintage Chanel bag.

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Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Man Repeller x Shopbop: Man Repelling Trends Continue to Grace the Runways

Launched less than a year ago, Leandra Medine’s The Man Repeller blog has already managed to catch the eye of some of the biggest names in fashion. All this week, Leandra will be blogging for Shopbop from NYFW.

If New York Fashion Week has taught me anything, it’s that man repelling will always be in style. Fashion will always be about tailoring the collections to fit the preferred aesthetic of a strong woman, and thus, we may stay single. Forever. No fear, though. With abundant offerings from Jen Kao, Karen Walker, Tibi, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, you’ll have that void filled in no time.

Let’s discuss, starting with Jen Kao.

With the metallic nature of the Austin Powers in Gold Member maxi dress next to what looks like a velvet cape directly out of Harry Potter fashion week, we’re prone to speculate Jen Kao may have taken a bit of cinematic inspiration in designing her collection.

At Karen Walker, lentils were worn as hats. Just kidding, those are beanies. But I’m onto something, aren’t I? In any case, leather accents continued to rule in a more feminine and flimsy manner while combining one of fall’s biggest emerging trends: bright color, in orange no less. Conversely, there was still a bit of menswear and print mixing thrown into the collection, with button ups and pants leaving little interest to the male eye.

Ruffled necklines and beautiful shades of red starred in Tibi’s runway show, where a bright red onesie stole my heart, and a kick back to the ’50s refilled the aforementioned void, literally and figuratively.

And finally…

Here I write a love letter to Marc by Marc Jacobs and his radical flashback to the ’70s in all its glam glory. The show provided many a male-deterring opportunity. Cue the duty-length silk skirt, printed in the official colors of the man repelling tribe (leopard print) and the full corduroy-on-corduroy pantsuit. I remember a time when Sex and the City’s Miranda Hobbes reprimand poor old Steve Brady for opting to wear head-to-toe corduroy. Who would have thought we’d be emulating that look several years later?

I did, actually. Steve’s got style! In any case, we’ve only got one more day of shows to go, and it must be said: I’m going to miss talking with you via Shopbop.

Until tomorrow!

--Leandra Medine
The Man Repeller

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011: 4 Emerging Trends

There are only a few more shows left on the New York Fashion Week calendar, and we’re starting to see a few trends emerging. Some standouts so far:

ADAM by Adam Lippes, left. Band of Outsiders, right.

Dramatic cloaks in pretty, light colors. Spotted at Alexander Wang, ADAM by Adam Lippes, and Band of Outsiders.

Glittery pants. Alexander Wang made a statement, sending three looks in a row with shimmering pants—pink then blue then silver—all paired with black fur coats. Love the funky attitude this look portrays.

Patterned wide legs. The wide-leg pant is here to stay this season, updated with prints and patterns. Spotted at EDUN, Derek Lam, SUNO, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch.

Preen, left. Jenni Kayne, right.

Slit-front skirts. This sexy update to the maxi skirt was seen at Jenni Kayne and Preen. (Both of these looks will be available on Shopbop this fall!)

Shopbop Fashion Director

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