Monday, February 28th 2011

Key Transition Piece: Light-Wash Jeans

The in-between season is officially upon us. The weather is too cold to don full-on spring wear, but the fall pieces that have been on heavy rotation are starting to feel a little stale. Enter airy layers in springy neutrals (à la 3.1 Phillip Lim) paired with light-wash jeans. It’s a look that’s cozy enough to brave winter’s final weeks, with the much-needed refreshing most wardrobes could use right about now.

Favorite brands from Hudson Jeans to 7 For All Mankind are turning out sandblasted denim this season. Flare jeans (like our current fave, the MiH Marrakesh jean) in a sun-bleached wash channel the ’70s style that has dominated the runways of late, but this look isn’t limited to city-chic bohemians. Slouchy boyfriend jeans by Current/Elliott denim are casual-cool with an ivory Vince sweater and rugged flat boots, while Goldsign skinnies feel cleanly classic with pointy-toe pumps and an Equipment blouse.


Monday, February 28th 2011

First Fashion: Get to Know Our Newest Brands

Raque (1) Kora (2) Add (3)

Spring is on its way, and with it comes new trends, new colors, and new brands. Meet a few of the latter that just landed in What’s New:

(1) A deft hand at deconstruction, Raquel Allegra accents her pieces with gauze, raw edges, and artful asymmetry. I’ll play up the bohemian feel of this dress with flat boots and a pile of necklaces. Raquel Allegra – Tank Dress

(2) Kora jewelry is handmade by African artisans with recycled materials, creating sustainable businesses in addition to beautiful baubles. This set of horn bangles will be a completely unique addition to my jewelry box. Kora – Ruma Horn Bangle Set

(3) Though named after the doll that designer Amy Hsiung made clothes for as a child, The Addison Story is influenced by the people, music, and life of NYC’s East Village. Part of a collection of pieces meant to be worn from day to night, this energetic print is sure to keep going after hours. The Addison Story – Layered Triangle Print Dress


Sunday, February 27th 2011

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Sunday brunch.

Friday, February 25th 2011

Meet the Designers Behind dalla nonna

Designed by Rebecca Richards and Jessica Bohrer, college roommates who are now lawyers by day and jewelry designers by night, dalla nonna is a collection of simply pretty, meaningful jewelry. We talked to the designers about balancing their “lawyering” with their design, their inspiration, and how they wear dalla nonna jewelry.
Shopbop: You both work as lawyers by day and jewelry designers by night. How do you balance this life, and how did you make the jump from law to design?
Rebecca Richards & Jessica Bohrer: Maintaining balance can be a challenge, but we love it. Designing allows us to channel our creative energy, while “lawyering” helps us to sharpen our problem-solving skills. Fate plus a lifelong love for jewelry making led us to make the jump from law to design. After months of brainstorming over our favorite brick oven pizza, we finally made the leap when inspiration struck (thanks to a gift passed from grandmother to granddaughter).

SB: What is the inspiration behind your line?
RR & JB: dalla nonna was inspired by vintage pieces of jewelry passed down from our mothers and grandmothers. We fell in love with the idea of taking a family treasure with a story—a trinket celebrating a special day—and making it new by adding a modern twist.

SB: Your jewelry pieces are simple, yet feel very personal. What drew you to this aesthetic?
RR & JB: dalla nonna jewelry is meant to be simple enough to wear every day, but also unique enough to make any outfit feel extra special. Personal details give each piece a life and story of its own—from the date you selected for your calendar necklace, to the letters you chose for your little letter bracelet. As the line continues to grow, it’s important that all of the new pieces stay true to our chic, custom, vintage-inspired aesthetic.

SB: “Dalla nonna” means “from the grandmother” in Italian. Where did this name come from?
RR & JB: Our first collection, the calendar necklace, was derived from an old tie pin of Jess’s Grandpa Howard that her Grandma Rose repurposed into a necklace for Jess and her mother to wear. Since Becca had spent a great deal of special time in Italy, and our business brainstorming happened at a pizzeria, the Italian translation of “from the grandmother” seemed like the perfect way to reflect who we are and from where we came.

SB: What is your favorite piece from your collection?
RR & JB: While our signature piece, the calendar necklace, will always hold special meaning, we are loving the little letter bracelets right now. It's amazing to learn how people choose their letters to signify something meaningful (like a beau, baby, or pooch’s initials) or just for fun with cute combos like “xo,” “love,” “omg,” or our personal favorite, “bff.”

SB: How do you wear dalla nonna jewelry?
RR & JB: Any way you like it! We like to layer a bunch of different pieces together and play with different metals. We love, love, love rose gold. It manages to have a vintage yet modern feel, especially when paired with the grey (faux) suede, which is what dalla nonna is all about—taking something vintage-y and adding a modern twist to result in a completely new look.

Friday, February 25th 2011

First Fashion: Accessories Worth a Double-Take

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I love what happens when you approach a Monet painting: from afar, a clear-cut painting like any other, but it breaks up into distinct elements as you get closer. Today’s picks are a bit like that, revealing unexpected details as they pull you in for a better look.

(1) These Tory Burch sunglasses are ingenious—a timeless aviator frame covered in the perfect shade of khaki leather. Tory Burch – Leather Aviator Sunglasses

(2) An edgy twist on yacht-club style, this 3.1 Phillip Lim necklace reveals a surprising truth: pearls and rope make nautical sense. 3.1 Phillip Lim – Rope Wrap Necklace

(3) This Rebecca Minkoff bag updates a ladylike satchel silhouette with a studded Navajo pattern. Rebecca Minkoff- Navajo Studs Flame Satchel


Thursday, February 24th 2011

A Welcome Revival: Wide-Leg Pants

The timeless wide-leg pant is both sophisticated and subtly edgy. This classic borrowed-from-the-boys silhouette was popularized by starlets like Katharine Hepburn in the 1930s—back when a woman in trousers was inherently subversive—and to this day, the look has a confident, emancipated vibe that falls right in line with the recent obsession with menswear- and vintage-inspired looks.

For today’s fashion-forward, the flattering outline has applications from casual to all-dressed-up. For cocktails and office-wear, designers like DSQUARED2 and Joseph clothing offer waist-grazing, full-legged dress trousers that perfectly channel that moneyed retro aura, while Jenni Kayne and Vince clothing have breezy linen interpretations that call to mind the Monaco sailing set, circa 1930. There’s even a pair for at-home lounging: once the socializing and the fun in the sun is over, slip into funky, easy-going jersey flares from Young Fabulous & Broke.


Thursday, February 24th 2011

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Thursday, February 24th 2011

First Fashion: Pretty in Pink

Foley (1) Yosi (2) Alc (3)

In recent seasons femininity has won out over everything studded, zipped, and ripped. Let’s celebrate with a few pretty-in-pink pieces from What’s New.

(1) Make like a modern-day flapper in a beaded Foley + Corinna dress. Foley + Corinna – Starburst Beaded Tank Dress

(2) These Yosi Samra flats are the picture of daintiness. And in case of an emergency stiletto situation, they fold up to fit in your bag. Yosi Samra – Elastic Top Line Ballet Flats

(3) A pink dress with a little edge? A.L.C. shows it can be done, with the help of unexpected stripes. A.L.C. – Reversible Stripe Baxter Dress


Wednesday, February 23rd 2011

White Accessories: Fresh Ways to Wear them this Spring

I’ve always gravitated to brown and black when it comes to accessories, but I’m looking to lighten up this spring. These three sources of inspiration will have me swapping out my black handbags and brown boots in no time.

With Bright Separates
Avoid oversaturation by accessorizing bright separates with a clean dash of white. Diane von Furstenberg sent her models down the spring runway wearing blocks of color paired with white footwear, and I’ll recreate the look with these high-heel DVF sandals.

With Neutrals
Nude and white were a potent pair on spring’s runways, from nude macramé and white boots at Jen Kao to the sleek silhouettes at 3.1 Phillip Lim. I’ll try this failsafe combination with a tan Alice + Olivia dress and timeless white pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti.

With Delicate Pinks & Black
Though my style isn’t half as girly as the Cherry Blossom Girl, I swing by her blog on a near-daily basis for inspiration. I love her favored color scheme of white, blush pink, and black, and I’ll pay homage by pairing a pink chiffon dress with a black blazer and white Jil Sander flats (pictured).


Wednesday, February 23rd 2011

First Fashion: Keep it Classic

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This past fall reinforced my love of all things classic, and I plan to carry the look into spring. Today, I found three pieces that would be good company for one of fashion’s most time-honored pieces, the white button-down.

(1) An eye-popping shade of orange, I’d tone down these RED Valentino pants with a crisp white shirt and nude shoes. RED Valentino - Wide Leg Pants

(2) A fellow writer and I were just musing about our appreciation for the return of the knee-length skirt. This flippy one from Nanette Lepore feels flirty and youthful, yet refined. Nanette Lepore - My Pretty Skirt

(3) A newcomer to Shopbop, everything about Jil Sander Navy shoes says classic. This pair will play well with J Brand skinny jeans and an Equipment blouse. Jil Sander Navy - Flat Mid Calf Boots


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