Monday, April 25th 2011

Flapper Style: The Great Gatsby

Being a lover of clothes, books, and historical facts, the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby is the perfect muse for my manias. Since I simply cannot wait ’til some too-distant 2012 premiere night for an eyeful of some fabulous flappers, I’ve been poring over old fashion magazines to get the skinny on true Jazz Age style.

The flappers of the early ’20s presaged the hippies of the ’60s: bright young rebels who rejected cultural norms and embodied a fresh youth culture. These smoking, dancing daredevils abandoned corsets and idealized a slinky, androgynous silhouette—bobbed hair and all. Their shift dresses were designed to hide curves and embrace movement with drop waists, beaded fringe, and flowing bias cuts.

Once I knew what I was looking for, I looked at every dress in the Shopbop collections (I told you it was a mania), seeking the perfect frock for an aspiring flapper. In an even tie, the winners are the TEXTILE Elizabeth and James, Girl. by Band of Outsiders, and Alice + Olivia dresses pictured, which all capture the free-spirited, liberated vibe of the time.


Monday, April 25th 2011

First Fashion: Back to Black

Theysk (1) Ragbo (2) Wintr (3)

Often thought best suited for fall, black can be a refreshing choice for spring. These three pieces will save my warm-weather wardrobe from a complete takeover by whites and brights.

(1) Theyskens’ Theory lets airy chiffon find its edgy side. I’ll balance the lightweight fabric with a substantial shoe. Theyskens’ Theory – Damia Dress

(2) This sheer Rag & Bone top will be perfect dressed up over a nude mini or down with cutoff shorts. Rag & Bone – Bleeker Raglan Top

(3) Lightweight silk and peek-a-boo lace keep this Winter Kate dress from feeling too heavy. Winter Kate – Everclear Long Dress


Friday, April 22nd 2011

Yes, Pleats! A Fresh Take on the Maxi Skirt

From left: Tibi Constellation Long Skirt, Rag & Bone Desert Long Skirt, Preen Western Long Skirt.

The edict went out from the runways, and it’s one the fashion loyal are all too happy to comply with (see looks on Mr. Newton, Man Repeller, and Shopbop’s Kate Ciepluch, who wore a coveted Rag & Bone skirt during NYFW): pleated maxi skirts are a spring requirement. More than a forward statement, there’s a tactile delight in wearing these fluid silhouettes that beg to be caught in a gust of pre-summer wind.

Tibi skirts are proving to be some of the best in the bunch (the brand is having an amazing season skirt and otherwise). Solid and print varieties pair as well with Ash sandals and barely there camis as they do with Frye boots and Theory sweaters. For a more tailored take, and to get through this transition season, try a lace ADAM by Adam Lippes skirt with a cropped blazer and a knotted high bun.


Friday, April 22nd 2011

First Fashion: Birthday Wish List

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With a birthday just around the corner, I’ve started to do some aggressive hint dropping. These three gems are what I'm most coveting:

(1) There will never be a day when I have enough J Brand jeans, especially now that they’ve been released in a rainbow of quirky colors. J Brand – 11” Ankle Skinny Jeans

(2) The only problem I have with my Mara Hoffman bikini is I can’t wear it all day long, everywhere I go. This bustier top fixes that. Mara Hoffman – Embroidered Bustier Top

(3) The perfect mix of punky and earthy, this dainty Gorjana bracelet is the kind of jewelry I can live in. Gorjana - Graham Leather Wrap Bracelet with Studs


Thursday, April 21st 2011

Accessories for April Showers

This year, April is living up to its rainy reputation. While you wait for the drizzle to stop and May flowers to finally arrive, these rainy-day accessories will have you playing in the puddles.

What’s gloomier than stormy skies? The ubiquitous black umbrella. Have fun despite the weather with a bubble umbrella by Felix Rey. Or keep dry (and make accessorizing easy) with an umbrella and tote set from Marc by Marc Jacobs–the built-in umbrella pocket ensures you’ll have it when you need it.

Rain Boots
Hunter Wellies are a classic choice, and the brand has been expanding beyond its signature style. With python-embossed and lace-up versions, not to mention a rainbow of colors, they’ll help save your leather shoes from the elements without sacrificing your look.

Trench Coats
Fusing elegance with function, the trench coat helps form the backbone of a wardrobe. From the classic (like the Vince jacket pictured) to the unique (a two-tone version by Derek Lam), a trench is a worthy investment piece. Though timeless, it pairs perfectly with many of the season’s trends: belt one over wide-leg jeans, pair a khaki version with brights, or let the hem of a ’50s-inspired floral dress peek out.


Thursday, April 21st 2011

First Fashion: Restocking Basics

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I don’t know how it happened, but every last piece of jersey in my closet seems to have worn out at precisely the same time. Once soft and plush, the go-to pieces now feel limp and lifeless. It’s time to replenish my basics drawer, and I’m starting with these three finds.

(1) A summer staple on its own, this Enza Costa tank will work into the cooler months as well, layered under a cozy Rag & Bone sweater. Enza Costa - Bold U Tank

(2) Like all C&C California dresses, this frock is throw-on-and-go perfection. C&C California - Shirred Tie Dress

(3) Just the right slouch, I could live in Majestic tees. Majestic - U Neck Stonewashed Tunic


Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Kate at Coachella: The Best of the Weekend

Snapshots of Kate's weekend at Coachella.

The summer music festival season kicked off at Coachella this weekend, and with it, the summer style scene. Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch was there, and she brought back a few photos and some new favorites.

Favorite Show: Tough! I can’t choose one! Cut Copy was insane, and the Strokes were amazing. Mumford & Sons were a fave! A music industry friend took me to their show in Williamsburg a little over a year ago, and it’s just so cool to see how successful they have become. Lauryn Hill, Nas, and Damian Marley were so nostalgic for me. I love a hip hop show. And last, City of Colour from Canada—I’m obsessed with his voice.
Best New Discovery: Cage the Elephant—I love their sounds. I also saw the Foals for the second time. They rocked it for sure.
Coolest Fashion Trends: Feathers, face paint, headdresses were everywhere. No doubt a hybrid trend adopted from MGMT and Karen O. The most ubiquitous look was the crochet top and denim cutoffs, but I saw one dress I died over: a scarf dress with a really low back and an amazing print.
Item You Were Most Glad You Packed: You can never have enough bikinis. It is HOT!

Check out more of Kate’s photos in her Facebook album.

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Must-Have Hue: Poppy Orange

Every now and then, a single color takes the design world by storm, cropping up everywhere from shoes to sofas. This season’s It shade is shaping up to be poppy, a just-right hue that falls somewhere between red and orange. Given its '40s sensibility, it’s not too surprising that I find myself powerless against the sunny shade.

When I snapped up a pair of poppy Alice + Olivia shorts, I didn’t quite realize how much use I’d get out of them. Surprisingly adaptable, they lend themselves equally well to a cobalt Equipment blouse or a striped T by Alexander Wang tee. However, since even the most nimble stylist can only wear orange shorts so often without people noticing, I added a persimmon Marc by Marc Jacobs dress and a Diane von Furstenberg skirt to my rotation. Now, if only I could justify a matching Tory Burch bag


Wednesday, April 20th 2011

First Fashion: With the Band

Rmink (1) Joiea (2) Sachin (3)

The street-style snaps from Coachella have inspired me to pull together my own laid-back summer wardrobe. These three pieces will hold their own whether I’m surrounded by fellow festival-goers or stuck back in the city.

(1) A hands-free messenger bag is a must-have on the music festival circuit. This mini version by Rebecca Minkoff handbags is the perfect size for my essentials. Rebecca Minkoff – Boyfriend Bag

(2) This lightweight Joie top will keep me cool during afternoon sets, and pair perfectly with unexpected print bottoms. Joie – Nancy Scoop Neck Top

(3) The multicolored beads and offbeat sensibility of this Sachin + Babi necklace will lend a free-spirited feel to a simple tank and cutoff denim shorts. Sachin + Babi – Venezia Necklace


Tuesday, April 19th 2011

5 Minutes with Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff in the Shopbop studio with some of her handbag designs.

A tried and true Shopbop favorite, we’ve followed Rebecca Minkoff’s line since it launched as a collection of must-have bags in 2005, and we hopped onboard with the designer’s addition of apparel in 2009 and shoes last fall. Rebecca stopped by the Shopbop offices and warehouse Monday for a tour, and we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions.

Shopbop: Let’s start by talking about Rebecca Minkoff clothing. What was the inspiration behind the spring collection?
Rebecca Minkoff: The inspiration was kind of a bohemian gypsy, but not necessarily, you know, a dirty hippie. It’s more about the idea that you’re always on the road, traveling, and exposed to a lot of different cultures and places, and what would be the outfits you’d wear for that.

SB: Who is the Rebecca Minkoff girl?
RM: The Rebecca Minkoff girl is unique. She wants to stand out, but not so much so that it’s uncomfortable. She’s downtown, has a bit of an edge, and she puts together a look that’s not completely “I just walked off of the runway.” There’s a little bit of an eclectic style to her.

SB: This season your bags are getting some new fabric treatments and you’ve added a few new silhouettes. Which one are you most excited about?
RM: I think I’m most excited about the Affair. It’s a quilted bag with an adjustable chain strap, and there are studs on it but it’s not too overwhelming.
Ed. Note: The Affair was a customer fave too—it’s currently sold out on Shopbop.

SB: You launched Rebecca Minkoff shoes this season. What made you decide to move into footwear?
RM: I have a footwear problem. I have way too much of it, so someone said to me, “Why don’t you just start shoes already? You seem to know what you like.” It was the next logical progression.

SB: And finally, with the warm weather just around the corner, what is going to be your summer uniform?
RM: Because I’m pregnant and I’m only going to get larger, I’m going to be wearing a lot of maxi dresses this summer.

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