Monday, August 22nd 2011

Fashion’s Night Out NYC: Official Merch & Exclusive Shopbop Event

Fashion’s Night Out fever has officially hit the Shopbop offices (and the exclusive Fashion’s Night Out merchandise has hit the SB site). We’re in full prep mode for the world’s biggest shopping night, getting ready to set up (pop-up) shop in front of the Soho House in NYC’s Meatpacking. There will be lots of special guests stopping in to chat with our hostess for the night, Louise Roe, and elsewhere in the neighborhood, Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch and Style Director Morgan Wendelborn will be out and about visiting the flagships of some of our favorite designers.

If you’re in New York, stop on by! If you’re not, we’ll bring the event to you in an exclusive live video stream, hosted on the official Shopbop FNO site. Sept. 8 is only a few short weeks away. Stay tuned for more details!

Friday, August 19th 2011

Silhouette Spotlight: The Extra-Wide Pant

In basics, I love extremes: painted-on skinny jeans, giant oversized sweaters, sheer Kain Label tanks. Fashion-forward interpretations of traditional staples, these pieces pack an unexpected punch without straying too far outside the lines. Cue the entrance of my new love: the extra wide-leg pant. Figure-flattering, edgy, and scandalously comfortable, this silhouette is on-point everywhere from the office to the bar.

While my true wide-leg love will always be the gorgeous pleated Robert Rodriguez trousers pictured above, my wish list has expanded to include all of the widest, boldest styles in our inventory. For 9-5, I’m replacing my trim skinnies with the fullest styles from Alice + Olivia, Doo.Ri, and Thakoon. For weekends and downtime, I’m phasing out the maxi dresses and opting for super-chic palazzo pant styles from Jarbo, Free People, and Richard Chai Love.


Thursday, August 18th 2011

Introducing Monrow Classic, Now at Shopbop

Launched by Megan George and Michelle Wenke in 2007 as a basics collection, Monrow clothing soon branched out into a complete line of fashion apparel. This season, the designers have returned to their roots with Monrow Classic, a revival of their original tissue tees and fleece loungewear. We talked with Megan and Michelle about the collection.

Shopbop: You launched Monrow in 2007 as a basics label, and this summer, you’ve returned to those roots. Tell us a bit about what inspired this decision.
Megan George & Michelle Wenke: We have always felt super passionate about our basic styles, which we are now calling “Classic.” We believe the fit, fabric, and colors are special and unlike everything else in the market. Basics are such a large part of our everyday wardrobe staples, and we felt they just weren’t getting the recognition they truly deserved. So we thought, what if we presented them differently and made more of a statement? Since we started, we have already exceeded all of our expectations, and this is just the beginning. We are most excited because we are offering our Monrow Classics in sixteen beautiful colors, and they ship every two weeks. This is pretty unique, as most companies do not offer this sort of shipping window. It’s also nice for stores and customers, as they have so many options and flexibility. They can really create their own color stories based on what they are looking for. It’s a choose your own adventure of tees and fleece.

SB: What drew you to basics in 2007, and what is important about them now?
MG & MW: Our basics have a classic, vintage look, yet still remain sophisticated and chic. They are clean and unfussy, so you can merchandise and wear them with anything and not feel like you’re a walking advertisement. They are simply classic. The tissue cotton we use puts our T-shirts in a league of their own. You really have to wear them to truly appreciate them. We can guarantee that once you try a tissue V-neck or crew tee, the love affair begins. In addition, our fleece is truly the nicest in the market. It has the hand and drape of luxe cashmere.

SB: What kind of color palette did you work with for this collection?
MG & MW: Pretty much everything from the color wheel, so you can choose your own color palette and it’s sure to work. But, we did go back and choose our best colors from the last few seasons—these are tried and true. We plan to add new colors seasonally as well.

SB: If you had to pick just one piece as a favorite, which would it be? In which color?
MG & MW: The basic tissue tee in white and neon orchid and our vintage sweats in heather grey. We would literally cry if we didn't have them anymore. We still wear our white tissue crews from our first season. We are both actually wearing the tee now, and they still look the same as when we first made them.

SB: Will you continue to incorporate trend pieces into your label?
MG & MW: Absolutely, fashion is a huge part of Monrow. We have eleven deliveries a year and always offer cool trend-driven styles, in addition to our classics. Our prints are also a huge part of our collection. We use a very unique printing process: it’s done on our tissue tees after the garment has been made, so it has that cool, modern-vintage look that is the vibe of Monrow.

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Limited Edition: Disney by Patterson J. Kincaid

Known for creating chic closet essentials at a friendly price, Patterson J. Kincaid has collaborated with Disney on a line of soft tees and tanks. The Disney by Patterson J. Kincaid collection has lovable images from the 1942 animated classic, Bambi.

Faded graphics showcase the memorable escapades of the famed woodland critters. Vivacious Thumper is bursting with joy on a linen jersey tank and a young Bambi looks poised to take his first steps right off a raglan sleeve sweatshirt. Perfect for fall, these whimsical designs add a playful, outdoorsy element under a warm Vince vest or with autumn-colored Rag and Bone jeans.

--Libby S.

Wednesday, August 17th 2011

Fashion Your Big Day: Shopbop Wedding Boutique

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Planning a wedding when you are a procrastinator is even worse. I’m getting married this Saturday, and my to-do list for tonight is a mile long: write my vows, finalize the reception music, and more. My life vest in this sea of stress? The Shopbop Wedding Boutique. I’ve already placed two orders this week!

Bridesmaid Gifts
How can you express your thanks to the women who have put up with your insane demands, trekked to  multiple dress fittings, and looked at endless table settings? You shower them with amazing gifts, naturally. The Gift Collection has oodles of options for your lovely ladies. I wanted to get everything, but decided that a cosmetics bag, like this one from Tory Burch, filled with a personalized Gorjana necklace, Band-Aids, and an energy shot would best show my bridesmaids how much I appreciate them.

Rehearsal Dinner
Jealous of the gorgeous navy dresses my bridesmaids will be wearing on the big day, I shopped our bridesmaid dresses category for a colorful show-stopping outfit for the rehearsal dinner. Twobirds dresses can be worn over fifteen ways and come in beautiful, rich colors.

We’re going on two honeymoons. (Hey, you only get one wedding!) For our city escape, I’ll rotate through a uniform of smart, sexy Equipment blouses and skinny trousers, like the latest arrivals by L.A.M.B. Once the snow starts to fall, we’re heading to the beach. I stocked up on Diane von Furstenberg cover-ups and Indah dresses and can already taste the daiquiris. 

Save yourself the stress of procrastination and bookmark the Wedding Boutique now. Trust me. It’s never too early to start planning.

--Libby S.

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

Taking Sexy Back

It’s been said that the sexiest part of a woman’s body is the curve of her back. And that’s a good thing.  Have you ever tried sitting on a bar stool in a mini skirt? Spent the whole night pulling up a low cut top? Open-back designs are the meal delivery service of sexy dressing- all the appeal and none of the work!

Nightcap Clothing adds allure to a simple crew neck sweater with a crisscross open back while the demure silhouette of a MAXAZRIA dress is balanced by a dramatic back drape. And a RLX Ralph Lauren sweater with sheer, soft silk draped in back reveals a sliver of skin with every move.  The lesson here? Each piece defines sexy dressing and feels elegantly effortless.

--Libby S.

Monday, August 15th 2011

One of a Kind: How to Wear Single Earrings

From one-shoulder dresses to unevenly cut hems, fashion has found there’s beauty in asymmetry. And lately, jewelry designers seem to agree, breaking out of the matching-earring mindset and creating mix-and-match styles that feel a little more fun. Two ways to wear the look:

Single Earrings
Jacquie Aiche and Vanessa Mooney offer shoulder-grazing single earrings that look boho-beautiful in loose, wavy tresses. Give your favorite maxi dress an update for the end of summer with one of their feather creations. Or take the edgy route and wear an architectural earring by Bliss Lau–and do it proper justice by pulling your hair back.

Asymmetrical Sets
Mix and match your own earrings for a look that’s entirely personal. Or if you prefer to keep the mismatching to the pros, try an asymmetrical earring set by Bing Bang jewelry–the brand makes tiny studs and oversized dangle earrings feel perfectly suited to each other.


Friday, August 12th 2011

Summer’s Not Over Yet! How to Show Off Your Tan

Darkness is starting to come earlier and earlier each night, reminding me the days are numbered for the tan I’ve been perfecting all summer. The perfect combination of sunscreen-protected time in the rays and streak-free self tanner has finally been reached and I plan to show off my golden glow at a few upcoming events.

Family Wedding
Neon colors are a brilliant way to show off bronzed skin. Celebrate the couple in a hot pink dress by Katie Ermilio. Metallic accents in a low-heeled sandal, like this pair from Rebecca Minkoff, will emphasize luminous legs and keep your feet happy late into the night.

Music Festival
Turquoise shorts keep you cool and highlight darker skin tones. Wear bright J Brand cutoffs and a white eyelet tank by Juicy Couture to an end-of-summer music fest to beat the heat and showcase shimmering skin.

Farewell to Summer Party
Bid summer adieu in an airy white ADAM dress and sparkly rose gold bangles by Jules Smith. The pink glow from the bracelets and the crisp white of the dress draw attention to sun-kissed shoulders.

--Libby S.

Thursday, August 11th 2011

Fall Trend: Patterned Bags

Vanessa Bruno interpreted her signature tote in a psychedelic print. Rebecca Minkoff went on safari. And BE & D looked to leopard. Print bags are making waves this season, and no pattern or texture is off limits. Wayuu Taya Foundation to JADEtribe, M Missoni to DVF, everyone’s getting in on this story. “This fall we’re seeing lots of texture, prints, and patterns in bags,” says Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch. “Whether it’s a pony bag in a leopard print or a neo-native fabric carryall, there was a lot of novelty out there.”

But a busy pattern can be hard to dress for. Kate’s advice? “Keep your apparel minimal and monochromatic,” she says. “Updated classics in earth tones create a nice balance and make the bag really stand out.”


Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Introducing Sonia Rykiel

Signature striped sweaters and formfitting silhouettes from the “Queen of Knits” have landed at Shopbop. Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel started her namesake company after noticing the lack of soft, beautiful sweaters while she was pregnant in the 1960s. Keeping sexy in mind, Sonia Rykiel knits are versatile and timeless with a touch of whimsy. A sexy skirt becomes office-friendly with boldly colored stripes and a curve-hugging sweater dress stands out with a colorblock pattern and exposed side zip.  These pieces are designed for real women. They layer perfectly with items you already own and integrate seamlessly into an already fabulous closet.

--Libby S.

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