Wednesday, August 31st 2011

Fine Form: Structural Outerwear

While I’ve never been one to look forward to fall, this season’s crop of crisp outerwear has almost reconciled me to the shift in seasons.

I expected the flapper-esque cocoon coat from Zero + Maria Cornejo to be my season’s top pick, but my surprising favorites are the futuristic Alexander Wang pre-fall jackets. Each one is unlike anything I’ve seen before: architectural, innovative, yet startlingly wearable. That said, there are times when nothing but fleece will do—for those days, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Yigal Azrouel have both put their unique spins on shearling, with weird and wonderful results.

--Rebecca

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Tuesday, August 30th 2011

FNO Style Setter: Our Favorites So Far

The FNO Style Setter submissions keep rolling in on Polyvore, and the sets are truly inspired. We picked out a few favorites from the last two weeks. (The contest runs until Sept. 7, so there’s still time for you to enter!)

America the Beautiful, by lovekhrys, featuring a Sonia Rykiel jacket.


Left: Fall Wardrobe Inspiration: A Girl’s Best Friend, by streetwhit, featuring red suede Brian Atwood booties (coming soon to Shopbop). Right: Dress a Style Icon, by aasty, featuring a plaid Sonia Rykiel dress.


FNO NY, by viviana2, featuring the classic Fashion’s Night Out tee.


Floral in Fall, by shelle339, featuring Belle by Sigerson Morrison Kilty Booties.


Stop by our Fashion’s Night Out Boutique for even more FNO style inspiration.

Tuesday, August 30th 2011

The Man Repeller & Gryphon: Catching Up with Leandra Medine

Her fashion philosophy is simple: keep the looks outrageous and keep the men at bay. Leandra Medine launched The Man Repeller in summer 2010, and in a matter of months, her wry take on fashion made her the darling of the very same industry. She landed a New York Times profile in December, and has since done her share of guest stints (including one on this blog, during NYFW F/W11) and collaborations. The latest of the latter saw her join design forces with Gryphon clothing’s Aimee Cho. We took a minute to ask Leandra about the partnership.

Shopbop: Tell us a little about how this collaboration came to be.
Leandra Medine: When I started blogging last summer, I highlighted a pair of Gryphon sequined board shorts (that I had found on Shopbop—full circle, people!), and that’s when Aimee came across the blog. I referred to the shorts as a party in your pants, literally. I think at the time, brands were still afraid to partner with me because no one really knew what “man repeller” meant yet. The New York Times gave me the fashion okay in December and that’s when the floodgates opened. Aimee was the first designer to ask me to collaborate with her in this capacity.

SB: What was it like working with Gryphon designer Aimee Cho?
LM: Super, super easy. The idea was configured and the sketch was drawn in literally a matter of minutes. I remember popping in right before Christmas to talk about the trench. I’d had an idea in my head about what I wanted it to look like, and it came to fruition pretty quickly.

SB: The jacket you designed is pretty classic—at face value, not a man repeller. How will you wear it to ward off the fellas?
LM: You’re giving it a lot of credit! Swing coats are never quite that appealing to the man’s eye. They look like tents! Chic ones, but tents. If I had a dime for every time my mother tried to buy a swing silhouette and my father refused her and instead suggested a classic, lean coat, I’d be swimming in Alaïa. In any case, I’m really excited to try it out with everything: maxi dresses, palazzo pants, full miniskirts…long johns.

SB: What are three words you’d use to describe the jacket?
LM: Party on yo’back. Can “yo’back” be one word? (Ed. Note: Yes, it can.)

SB: NYFW is just around the corner. Which runways do you expect to be exceptionally man repelling this season?
LM: I’m really hoping Thakoon takes home the gold again. Last fall, his plaid puffers tugged at my heartstrings so hard I haven’t been able to stop buying variations of red and cobalt blue everything the last couple weeks. Also looking forward to seeing how Alexander Wang butchers the male gaze. Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Timo Weiland. I have a good feeling about my wardrobe.

SB: Is there a single piece (clothing, accessory, or otherwise) you expect to be a regular fixture in your look during fashion month?
LM: It’s all about the arm party. I’m just about my get my hands on a Phillip Lim fur wrap bracelet. So expect to see me hairy. They don’t call me the man repeller for nothing, eh?

Check out our exclusive Man Repeller Jacket lookbook, featuring Leandra, then shop the Man Repeller Jacket.

Monday, August 29th 2011

Fashion’s Night Out: Our Style & Fashion Directors’ Picks

A week and half to go before fashion’s biggest shopping night, and plans for the Shopbop Lounge in Meatpacking are coming along (check out a list of special guests on the official Shopbop Fashion’s Night Out page). I caught up with Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch and Style Director Morgan Wendelborn to see what fall pieces they plan to snatch up for FNO.

STYLE DIRECTOR MORGAN WENDELBORN

1. Maria Grachvogel Egrit Long Dress
Amazingly chic and elegant, this will be a major NYFW statement.

2. Derek Lam Small Ume Cross Body Bag
This bag leaves me speechless every time I look at it. Just perfect!

3. Zero + Maria Cornejo Eka Coat
This take on the classic camel coat is so fresh, with sculptural elements and an asymmetrical collar.

4. Pamela Love Quartz Crystal Crescent Necklace
Pamela Love’s big statement pieces are my favorite!!

5. Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Platform Pumps
My favorite platform pump in must-have rust.


FASHION DIRECTOR KATE CIEPLUCH

1. Acne Nico Milano Maxi Skirt
Acne’s column maxi skirt in heather grey is so unusual. A foundation for your look that provides a nonchalant, chic mood.

2. Diane von Furstenberg Clean Weston Jacket
Spotted fabrics are so right this season, yet also so timeless. This DVF jacket reminds me of Edie Sedgwick’s iconic style. One of the coolest runway looks of the season.

3. Alexander Wang Fabiana High Heel Sandals
Alexander Wang’s barely there sandal has arrived! The mirrored blush is such a unique styling technique for the fall season.

4. Alexander Wang Aviator Tailcoat
Fusing function and fashion, I love how technical this jacket is—such a fierce urban look.

Check out more picks in our Fashion’s Night Out Boutique.

--Amie

Friday, August 26th 2011

Behind the Line: Yigal Azrouel & Cut25

Yigal Azrouël launched his eponymous label in 1998 and followed it with a contemporary counterpart, Cut25, in 2010. Here, we talk to the celebrated designer about his main line, its relationship to Cut25, and producing in New York’s Garment District.

Shopbop: Your line is known for draped, flattering silhouettes, but fall sees menswear influences mixed in as well. What was the inspiration behind this collection?
Yigal Azrouël: The fall 2011 collection celebrates the strength and power of artistic femininity and the discovery of seductive sensuality. The silhouettes were achieved through menswear references, and there is an emphasis on outerwear. The pieces were created by combining aspects of womenswear and menswear to achieve a sense of confidence.

SB: How is Cut25 similar to the main line? How is it different?
YA: The main line and Cut25 collections both use a mix of fabrics. Both collections have body-conscious dresses and several layering and suiting pieces. The main line is more exclusive. Cut25 has a lower price point, which makes it more accessible. The customer of Cut25 is younger and more downtown.

SB: Many of the pieces in both collections are made in NYC’s Garment District. What inspired the decision to keep production local?
YA: I was inspired to keep production local to give more attention and care to the garments. It is important for me to oversee all stages of the production process, and retailers love the idea of the quality control.

Thursday, August 25th 2011

The Cool Crew: Crew-Neck Tops

This season, the truly cool are championing an unlikely former underdog: the modest crew neck. Perhaps it is exactly this clean, masculine solidity that gives the crew silhouette its subtle sexiness. Who can see a white tee without thinking of Marlon Brando’s caught-in-an-undershirt allure circa A Streetcar Named Desire, or don a high-necked pullover without thinking of sweaters borrowed from boys gone by?

For my own stash, I’m stocking up on James Dean-esque undershirts from Velvet clothing, and beginning the search for the perfect Vince sweater to wear in the crisper times to come. And, yes, I admit it: though nothing’s on the horizon, my eye has been caught by the crew-neck wedding dresses from Calvin Klein Collection. I’ll just put those on my wish list for the future.

--Rebecca

Thursday, August 25th 2011

What Are You Doing for Fashion’s Night Out? Yigal Azrouel

YIGAL AZROUELS
The fashion world is gearing up for the four weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris that define Fashion Month, but first, they’re getting ready for Fashion’s Night Out. Shopbop’s plan is in action (some details here, with more to come), so we decided to ask a few of our favorite designers what they’re doing for FNO. First up, Yigal Azrouël, the man behind the brand of the same name, as well as contemporary label Cut25.

Shopbop: Why do you think FNO is important?
Yigal Azrouël: I think FNO is important because although it is a stressful time for all the designers who are preparing for their shows, the night unifies the fashion community and everyone creates something really positive.

SB: What is happening in your store for FNO?
YA: We are donating 5% of the night’s proceeds to Water.org.

SB: What is your favorite item from the Yigal Azrouël fall 2011 collection?
YA: My favorite item in the fall 2011 collection is the royal blue wool pant. I love the strong color and think the pants are very modern.

Shop our Fashion's Night Out Boutique.

Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank.

Wednesday, August 24th 2011

Fall Must-Try: Structured Jewelry

Jewelry’s going a little rigid this season, with brands like Anndra Neen, Haute Hippie, and Pamela Love turning out structured baubles that hint at the warrior within. Cuffs are the easy way to add hard-lined style to a look (Citrine by the Stones has a particularly covetable, rough-hewn piece), but the real must-try of the season is the structured collar. The Anndra Neen necklace pictured has an ancient feel with its antiqued patina and dramatic point, and the necklaces in the Pamela Love fall 2011 collection balance their tough rigidity with soft earthy elements.

How to wear them? With anything really. I’d use the heavy metal to anchor an airy ensemble, or play off a collar’s sleek lines with a tailored silhouette.

--Amie

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

New to Our Premier Collections: Lyn Devon


Looks from the Lyn Devon fall 2011 collection.

A native New Yorker who finds her inspiration in the classic corners of modern American iconography (think Audrey Hepburn, Geoffrey Beene, Ralph Lauren), designer Lyn Devon brings precise tailoring and impeccable finishing to clothing you can live in. Her sportswear designs have earned her numerous awards, including the prestigious Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, and in 2008, after the debut of her fall collection, Style.com included her among their list of “the season’s 10 most promising talents.”

The current fall collection sees Devon loosening the lines on her signature tailored pieces. She told Style.com, “I wanted to release the silhouette. I wanted to give her some air.” The collection does it with drawstrings and dropped waists in fabrics that are made to travel—fitting, as Devon designed it with a throwback trip on the Orient-Express in mind.

--Amie

Monday, August 22nd 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply

Marc by Marc Jacobs is known (and loved) for its whimsical sensibility–handbags in rainbow colors, jewelry adorned with images of Miss Marc, dresses in unexpected prints. But Marc by Marc Standard Supply, with its basic denim styles and canvas bags in army shades, is like the beloved brand’s more practical sister.

And it forms the perfect basis for a fall wardrobe. Pair the dark-wash skinny jeans with a striped sweater and chunky-heeled ankle booties from Sam Edelman or Rag & Bone, and the flare jeans with a leather-trimmed blouse from Elizabeth and James. Two looks that will make the coming cold weather more welcome.

--Tonya

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