Friday, September 30th 2011

Style Spotlight: Illusion Necklines

Designers of the past knew a thing or two about the allure of a thing half-seen, about the play between revelation and secrecy. Think of formfitting bias gowns, peep-toed shoes, sheer chiffon blouses, and illusion necklines: all masterpieces of sophisticated tantalization.

The illusion neckline is my favorite vintage revival of recent history. A sheer mesh or chiffon yoke provides subtle and refined coverage, allowing a gown to have a strapless or tank-style appearance without the risk of slippage. While striking in an evening gown (I love options from Doo.Ri, Theyskens’ Theory, and Temperley London) it is at its finest in a wedding dress, where elegance and grace are the order of the day.


Thursday, September 29th 2011

Pair to Wear Now: James Jeans Twiggy

Our model wears: James Jeans Twiggy Legging Jeans, IRO leather jacket, IRO sweater, B Brian Atwood booties.

Meet your new go-to. The ankle zips and moody neutral make it newsworthy, and the fit gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it.

--Alana, Denim Buyer

James Jeans
Leather Jackets
Designer Sweaters
Platform Booties

Wednesday, September 28th 2011

Lovely in Lace: Chantilly Shoes

Lace is to ladylike as hot sauce is to cookery: the single ingredient that, if used judiciously, will make something heart-stopping out of even the simplest creations. From crisp Ports 1961 Audrey Hepburn ensembles to understated Alexander Wang dresses, a little dusting of lace adds a romantic, soft-focus effect.

My favorite lace accessory is—you guessed it—the lacy shoe. Quite popular in the ’50s and ’60s, when brides often sported white Chantilly footwear and vixens donned black lace pumps for a night on the town, lace shoes are due for a very welcome revival. My favorite are the giddily affordable Badgley Mischka pumps pictured above, but there’s something about the combination of haircalf and lace on these Alice + Olivia booties that literally quickens my heart.


Tuesday, September 27th 2011

Introducing Kevork Kiledjian

Looks from the Kevork Kiledjian fall 2011 runway.

Sexy. Body con. A little severe. For his debut collection, designer Kevork Kiledjian presents a luxe femme fatale: the looks are elegant, but a little dangerous. A curve-hugging leather dress is set off with sheer lace and dramatic slits. A long-sleeve turtleneck gown is arresting in its simplicity. And shots of purple and gold lamé make the whole range feel just a little decadent.

Keep the accessories at a minimum with this collection. Pointed-toe pumps by Jenni Kayne or Edmundo Castillo, and a structured DVF clutch.


Friday, September 23rd 2011

Must-See Fall Collection: Zero + Maria Cornejo

Runway looks from the Zero + Maria Cornejo fall 2011 collection.

Zero is “a pure vision: a number that neither adds nor subtracts; it is, rather, a point of departure.”

The philosophy at the core of Zero + Maria Cornejo is at once simple and intriguing, and it results in clothes that are minimal, feminine—never pretentious. For fall, the designer held Paper editor Kim Hastreiter as her muse, and turned out clean-lined, luxurious pieces that merge a natural element with a modern aesthetic. Standouts included photo prints (the shag print on the Lula Dress and the book print on the IQ Dress are favorites), timeless leather, and draping that is both structured and soft (the Koya Coat and the Little O Dress). These are pieces that will live in a wardrobe for years to come.


Thursday, September 22nd 2011

Gridiron Glamour: Football Chic Fashion

Fall is my favorite time of year. Crisp autumn days, hot apple cider, fall fashion, and of course, football. In my family, football is serious business. We’re talking Thursday through Monday viewing parties, wear-your-team-colors-or-they-won’t-win superstitions, and scream until you lose your voice serious. As much as I love my personalized Packers jersey, I’m not ready to sign over every Sunday from now until February to wearing green and gold mesh rayon, so I’ve been searching out some game-day alternatives.

J Brand Colored denim in one of your team’s hues worn with a Tibi white top is perfect for game-night drinks after work. If tailgating is on your sporting spirit agenda, layer a Rachel Zoe fur vest or BB Dakota leather jacket over a team-colored long sleeve top. Sunday night viewing parties call for fancy footwear. Throw on a pair of bold Rebecca Minkoff colored shoes and really show off the meaning of football. From exhibition games to the play-offs, ditch the game apparel and cheer your team on in style.

--Libby S.

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Fisherman Sweaters

When does it make sense to call a classic closet staple a trend item? When it swoops into a season with as much vigor as the fisherman sweater. Yes, I’m talking about the same style that was once relegated to hirsute men hauling crates of pungent sea creatures from docks to waiting trucks. Worn with skinny jeans or dressed up with a skirt and belt, this one’s a must for autumn. I talked with Shopbop Stylist Loni to get some tips on how to wear it.

Amie: Fisherman sweaters are a big story this season. What’s the best way to wear them?
Loni: I love a fisherman sweater when it’s a unique fit. Wearing them oversized with worn-in denim—like Levi’s Vintage jeans—is always a great look. I also love, love it when you see a chunky fisherman-inspired cable crew that’s shrunken and super fitted. It can be such a cute alternative to a basic tee when worn with a high-waisted skirt and layered bracelets.

Amie: I’ve noticed our stylists tucking a few styles into skirts. It’s such an inspired approach. What’s the trick to pulling the look off?
Loni: The trick is definitely choosing a skirt that has some pleating or fullness at the waistline so you can tuck without serious bunching! Thinner, more body-con sweaters work like a charm.

Amie: Do you have your eye on one in particular? How will you wear it?
Loni: I’m loving the Rag & Bone sweaters, especially the Montgomery. I’m planning to throw it on with denim, brown leather bells, or full skirts. I even love it layered over dresses with thick tights and booties.


Tuesday, September 20th 2011

Behind the Scenes Video Exclusive: Antipodium at London Fashion Week

We went behind the scenes as Antipodium Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch prepared for his spring 2012 presentation at London Fashion Week.

Featured in our short film: Geoffrey J. Finch, British Vogue Art Director Jaime Perlman, Style Bubble Founder Susie Lau, model Poppy Delevingne, Amlul Founder Gala Gonzalez, Natalie Hartley, TV presenter Zara Martin, Mademoiselle Robot Founder Laetitia Wajnapel, and more.

Shop the Antipodium fall 2011 collection.

Rabea Schif is wearing: Antipodium Like a Prairie Dress, then Plainsman Dress
Jaime Perlman is wearing: Antipodium Plainsman Shirtdress
Gala Gonzalez is wearing: Antipodium Plainsman Maxi Skirt

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

Inside Antipodium: Talking with Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch

Antipodium Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch on set at the fall 2011 lookbook shoot.

Geoffrey J. Finch, the bespectacled Aussie-born brains behind London-based Antipodium clothing, has a tongue-in-chic approach to design, creating fashion that is witty and unapologetically seductive. We talked with Finch about the Antipodium fall 2011 collection and the essence of the brand.

Shopbop: Tell us a little about the autumn/winter 2011 collection.
Geoffrey J. Finch: Goodbye Horses is all about the dark thrill of a big night sky: the sexy freedom of hitting the road and the romance of the unknown.

SB: Antipodium is a London-based brand, and you grew up in Australia. What was it that drew you to the American West for the A/W 2011 collection?
GF: Queensland, where I grew up, is a bit like the Texas of Australia. My family are farmers and very into horses, so I was surrounded by a lot of Western influences: rodeos, big hats, cowboy shirts, country music, and monstrous trucks. In all my collections, I end up referencing my childhood in some way (there’s a pragmatism in the country that I really like to play with), and this season I mixed it with hints of Richard Prince and a nod to JT LeRoy’s Sarah. I also have a genius friend from Dallas who provides no end of inspiration!

Monday, September 19th 2011

Tune in Tomorrow! Exclusive Antipodium LFW Event

We went behind the scenes with Antipodium Creative Director Geoffrey Finch as he prepped for his London Fashion Week Spring 2012 presentation. Tune in tomorrow for an exclusive look, along with interviews with VIPs like Poppy Delevingne, Style Bubble blogger Susie Lau, Liberty Ross, and more.

Shop Antipodium fall 2011.

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