Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Marchesa Fall 2012: Talking with Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig

As the final leg of fashion month begins, designers who showed in New York, London, and Milan have a moment to come up for air before diving into their resort collections. We took that opportunity to chat with Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig about their fall runway collection: classical elements done with the duo’s signature feminine flair. And, naturally, we couldn’t help but ask Georgina about Project Runway All Stars as well.

Shopbop: Tell us about the fall 2012 collection. What was the inspiration?
Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig: This season we looked at a religious painting called “A Soul Brought to Heaven,” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and studied a lot of religious iconography from the Catholic churches of the 15th century.

SB: Talk a bit about the color palette. What shades did you work with?
GC & KC: The color palette was filled with pale shades of nude, cream, ivory, and blue, and then there were a ton of more dramatic and fiery shades of blood red, gold lamé, teal, white, and black.

SB: Tell us a little about what went into planning the runway show. How important is the venue and the music?
GC & KC: There is a lot of planning involved when doing a runway show, from creating and designing the pieces for the collection to fittings, casting the models, and choosing the right venue and music. Each collection has an inspiration behind it. We always aim to have all the elements fall within that same theme so it all ties together.

Marchesa fall 2012 runway looks. Starting from left: Keren Craig’s favorite look; a gold lamé dress worn by Stacy Keibler at the 84th Academy Awards; Georgina Chapman’s favorite look.

SB: Georgina, we’d be remiss if we didn’t ask you about your work as a judge on Project Runway All Stars. What’s the toughest part of your job?
GC: All the contestants are extremely talented and work very hard, which makes it difficult come elimination time.

SB: So far, what has been your favorite All Stars design challenge?
GC: The 99-cent store challenge. It was amazing to see what could be achieved using inexpensive materials.

SB: What one piece of advice would you offer the remaining designers?
GC: Keep working hard and keep true to your vision and aesthetic regardless of the challenge.

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Tuesday, February 28th 2012

On Design: Holst + Lee’s Natalie Holst & Rochelle Lee

Designers Rochelle Lee and Natalie Holst.

Designed by Southern-born, Brooklyn-based designers Natalie Holst and Rochelle Lee, Holst + Lee jewelry is an unlikely blend of techno and tribal that is nothing short of eye-catching. The duo brilliantly mixes neon shades and unique textures, crafting pieces that play to the season’s love affair with all things bright and beautiful. We talked with the designers about building a brand together, collaborating with Mara Hoffman and Cut 25, and what’s on the horizon for their self-named label.

Shopbop: Tell us about how and why you decided to launch Holst + Lee together.
Natalie Holst & Rochelle Lee: We met in NYC as transplants from the South. Instantly friends, we found that our love of fashion and art was mutual. We had both always wanted to start our own lines and the collaboration between the two of us grew very organically. We started making jewelry just for ourselves because we always felt like we were unable to find what we were looking for to complete our outfits. At the time, we were both running very high-end, very trendy restaurants and clubs, and part of our job was to look put-together and a bit edgy and hip. Our accessories allowed us to express ourselves with the bold use of color and texture, and we quickly noticed that women literally wanted to rip the necklaces off our necks, which is when we knew we were on to something.

SB: You work with found objects in your designs. What made you decide to take this direction?
NH & RL: We both had boxes and boxes full of things we had collected over the years. One day we decided to take everything we had—beads, ropes, brooches, fabric, you name it—and dumped it on a big table and literally dove in and started creating. Over time, our designs became much more refined, but this organic way of designing was how the whole thing started. I’m sure you all have a junk drawer in your house and you always wonder what you’re going to do with all that stuff. Well, invite a friend over and combine them, and you never know!

Monday, February 27th 2012

84th Academy Awards: Red Carpet Fashion Recap

While there was a singing host and high-flying aerobatics, for many, the 84th Academy Awards was mostly a spectacle of fantastical fashion. The red carpet was awash with dropped shoulders, sheer panels, and sequins, sequins, sequins, while the glittering cuffs and bold diamond bracelets adorning the arms of the attendees stood out as the statement jewelry du jour. Most floor-grazing red carpet dresses obscured what I’m sure was an army of to-die-for shoes. Thankfully Melissa McCarthy gave us a taste, explaining that her sexy shoes were inscribed with a special message from her childhood best friend, Brian Atwood.

All of the women looked beautiful in their Oscar dresses, but my favorites were Octavia Spencer in a formfitting Tadashi Shoji stunner, Glenn Close in an impeccably tailored Zac Posen creation, and Michelle Williams in gorgeous coral tiers from Louis Vuitton. However, the best dressed of the night was clearly Gwyneth Paltrow, who looked positively statuesque in a regal white gown from Tom Ford’s fall 2012 collection.


Friday, February 24th 2012

New for Spring 2012: Aquazzura

After working in the footwear industry for 10 years, Edgardo Osorio launched Aquazzura, a deft blend of modern design and luxury craft. Aquazzura shoes focus on classic styles with contemporary edge, highlighting each silhouette with graphic elements and beautiful details. For spring, there are pops of color and unassuming accents in elegant designs that will find a natural place in wardrobes downtown, uptown, and everywhere in between.


Thursday, February 23rd 2012

New for Spring 2012: Kelly Wearstler

Known for her eclectic and luxurious interior designs, Kelly Wearstler entered the world of ready-to-wear and accessories in fall 2011. A style icon herself—she was named best dressed by Vogue—Wearstler creates breezy-chic silhouettes and earthy, statement-making jewelry. The Kelly Wearstler woman is a confident risk-taker with an eye for quality. 

For spring, Brazilian-inspired prints pop in draped and tailored blouses, and natural turquoise stones substantial brass settings are eye-catching in their bold simplicity. If her strong spring collection is an 
indicator of things to come, Kelly Wearstler easily earned her spot as a must-own name in fashion. 

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

New for Spring 2012: Julie Haus

A collaboration between Julie Haus and Jason Alkire, Julie Haus clothing blends the former’s design eye with the latter’s artistic influence. Haus has been designing for seven years and brings her self-taught know-how to each feminine collection. Alkire adds the finishing touch, focusing on prints and color. The result is a label that feels both classic and unique, refined and forward.

For spring, the Julie Haus look is ladylike and sophisticated with flared skirts, easy silhouettes, and playful peplums. Minty green pops when paired with navy, and that classic combo of cream and black is pretty on pieces that are sure to become wardrobe staples.


Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

I Resolve to… 2012 Fashion Resolution Update

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With this strangely warm winter, it’s hard to believe it was just a few short weeks ago when I asked three Shopbop stylists about their fashion resolutions for the New Year. With March approaching, I checked back in with them to see how they have been keeping up their 2012 fashion goals.

Haley: My resolution was to incorporate more bold jewelry into my everyday look. While I faltered a bit and mostly relied on my usual minimalistic approach to accessorizing, I have added some eye-catching statement necklaces. They are such an easy way to punch up an ordinary outfit. I just throw one on with a tee and instantly feel more pulled together.

Amanda: I resolved to work more leather pieces into my rotation and it’s been going well—maybe too well. I’ve been shopping way too much lately! I just got an uber-versatile leather Acne skirt in the most perfect shade of tan and a lightweight Zero + Maria Cornejo jacket in a brilliant blue. Throw in a new pair of leather Helmut Lang pants and you can say I’m definitely following my resolution to a T.  

Rachel: My resolution was to get more wear-forever pieces into my wardrobe and I have mostly been sticking to it. Our studio is overflowing with amazing styles and I’m tempted to buy something new every day. But by only purchasing time-tested, tailored silhouettes, I have not only accomplished my goal but have been building up quite the closet of classics.

--Libby S.

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

New for Spring 2012: Nellie Partow

When creating her namesake line, boxing champion and designer Nellie Partow infuses her pieces with the mantra “confidence is beauty.” The result is a collection of impeccably tailored silhouettes grounded in the designer’s past experience working at the esteemed houses of Donna Karan and Calvin Klein. Eschewing her California roots Nellie Partow clothing exudes the effortless and timeless appeal of New York City style.

For spring, Partow presents closet essentials in a neutral palate: intricate knits and fluid lines with the 
occasional, elegant pop of color. Well thought out and solid in its identity, expect this label to top must-have lists for seasons to come.

--Libby S.

Monday, February 20th 2012

New for Spring 2012: BLK DNM

The latest from designer Johan Lindeberg (his resume includes stints at Diesel and William Rast), BLK DNM was one of the most highly anticipated launches of the spring season. Rooted in denim and careful tailoring, BLK DNM clothing feels like an extra-effortless, extra-cool version of NYC street style: the relaxed silhouettes and muted shades would simultaneously reinvigorate and blend seamlessly with any closet south of 14th Street.

For spring, Lindeberg built his own ultimate closet of high-waisted jeans, button-downs, and slouchy tees, but don’t expect the collection to languish there until fall. The label will function outside of the rigid seasons of the fashion cycle, releasing new pieces throughout the year.


Friday, February 17th 2012

Tribune Standard’s Tawfik Mounayer Closes the NYSE

Tribune Standard Designer Tawfik Mounayer rings the closing bell at the NYSE. Photo courtesy of Tribune Standard.

In a fitting close to New York Fashion Week, Tribune Standard Designer Tawfik Mounayer rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, flanked by models wearing his fall 2012 collection. To mark the occasion and to honor his mother, who succumbed to leukemia in 1994, Mounayer donated clothing and headscarves in his signature prints to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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