Friday, February 17th 2012

Scene @ Fashion Week: ELLE’s Kate Davidson Hudson


ELLE Accessories Director Kate Davidson Hudson at New York Fashion Week.

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close (and London gets started), we talked with ELLE Accessories Director Kate Davidson Hudson about the week that was and what she’s coveting this spring.

Shopbop: Describe NYFW in five words or less.
Kate Davidson Hudson: Exciting, inspiring, exhilarating, intense, compelling.

SB: The biggest misconception about Fashion Week?
KDH: It’s all glamour and no grind. In reality, it’s work and a lot of pounding the pavement.

SB: What’s your best advice for surviving fashion week?
KDH: Don’t hit every after party; sleep is key.

SB: Can you share a favorite NYFW memory?
KDH: I have many, but Alexander Wang’s supermodel finale at his show this week definitely makes the list!

SB: What fall trend was on your radar while attending the shows?
KDH: For fall my challenge is always to find the perfect coat. Right now, I’m hunting for the perfect military-inspired pea coat with fur trim.

SB: What’s the first thing you do post-NYFW?
KDH: Pack my bags. After New York I’m off to Milan and Paris. New York Fashion Week is only the beginning!

SB: And finally, let’s talk about the current season. What spring trend are you wearing to shreds?
KDH: I love the urban athleticisim that we’re seeing in so many of the spring/summer collections. It’s an idea that marries graphic designs with high utility, so the pieces feel fresh and modern, yet highly wearable.

Check out Kate sporting 5 key NYFW street-style looks.

Thursday, February 16th 2012

Scene @ Fashion Week: Pops of Color

From a pop of color in a handbag or a shoe to a brilliant combo of separates, the fashion elite are making a statement with color, and we couldn’t be more excited. Bold and impossible to miss, brights are shining everywhere in the City that Never Sleeps.

Shop colored accessories.
Shop colored separates.

Brights on Pinterest | Brights on Facebook

Wednesday, February 15th 2012

Scene @ Fashion Week: White

It may not be a white winter, but women all over New York Fashion Week are styling themselves in the snowy shade. Worn as a head-to-toe look or as a backdrop for a statement bag, we’re on board with this frosty fashion.

Shop the white trend.

White on Pinterest | White on Facebook

Tuesday, February 14th 2012

Scene @ Fashion Week: Pastels

Pretty in pink, purple, lemon, and minty green, pastel shades are popping up from Lincoln Center to  Milk Studios and everywhere in between. Our favorite looks? Tone-on-tone styling and pale shades paired back to bold black.

Shop the pastel trend.

Pastels on Pinterest | Pastels on Facebook

Monday, February 13th 2012

Scene @ Fashion Week: Floral Prints

We’re five days into fashion week, and as it goes every year, the street style looks are proving just as inspiring as those stomping down the runways. One trend that’s caught our eye: floral prints. From the abstract to the boldly graphic, the fashion flock is clearly on board with flora.

Shop the floral print trend.

Floral Prints on Pinterest | Floral Prints on Facebook

Monday, February 13th 2012

Wear It Now: Shopbop Scene @ Fashion Week

Welcome to the scene. We’re at New York Fashion Week, and our man on the street is looking for the best spring trends sported by the editors, buyers, and fashionable folk attending the week’s presentations and runway shows. Tune in to this blog, our Facebook page, and the just-launched Shopbop Pinterest boards all week to get inspired by looks you can wear right now.

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Friday, February 10th 2012

As Seen in People Style Watch: How to Wear Jane’s Style Updates

We’re in the midst of that in-between season: when winter wear is feeling stale, but it’s still too cold to go all-out spring style. People Style Watch tapped Shopbop Buyer Jane Albiter for a few wardrobe refreshers (look for the article in their March issue, on newsstands now), and we got Jane to offer up some tips on how to wear them.


Top look: 10 Crosby by Derek Lam skirt (coming soon), 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater, Equipment blouse, Madewell loafers, Marc by Marc Jacobs watch. Bottom look: Patterson J. Kincaid blouse, Vince pants, Alexander Wang booties, Made Her Think bracelets.

Printed Skirt
Printed bottoms in all forms are such a big trend this season. This skirt is super wearable when you pair it back to a solid knit. A preppy shoe is a great match—a loafer or the Rag & Bone Newbury Bootie. When the weather heats up, tuck in an airy LNA tee or a sleeveless Equipment blouse.

Bold Blue Blouse
I love this blouse’s tie neck and deep V—it’s sophisticated, but the color keeps it fun. And, it can be worn in so many ways: tucked into high-waisted jeans or cutoffs, peeking out from under a blazer, or even for work with a pencil skirt and pumps.

Thursday, February 9th 2012

Introducing No. 21 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua


No. 21 designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua.

Named after Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s birthday (Dec. 21), No. 21 marks a shift from the designer’s signature glam aesthetic. A true sportswear label that merges menswear influences with feminine accents, No. 21 clothing is designed with real women in mind. We spoke with Dell’Acqua to learn more about this covetable brand.

Shopbop: No. 21 is a sportswear collection with menswear influences and feminine accents, a departure from the evening looks of your original label. Can you tell us a little about this shift in focus?
Alessandro Dell’Acqua: Yes, I wanted a strong change. I wanted to get closer to more casual, masculine themes—far more so than in the past—and I wanted to give a more precise idea of a refined style unique to No. 21.

SB: What was the inspiration behind the spring 2012 collection?
ADA: I found inspiration in the 1960s Milanese bourgeoisie, a very sophisticated woman. The collection has touches of eccentricity and, at times, details that are deliberately and apparently wrong.


Looks from the No. 21 spring 2012 collection.

SB: Tell us a little about the inspiration behind the prints in the spring collection.
ADA: The prints take inspiration from Polynesia—the jungle redesigned in a metropolitan way.

SB: Who is the No. 21 woman? Who are you designing the collection for?
ADA: Surely a woman who is very attentive to contemporary fashion without being overwhelmed, with a sensual and feminine approach to dressing that is slightly unconventional. I think of women like Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Carine Roitfield.

Shop No. 21 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua.

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

Valentine’s Day: Celebrate Your Single Status!


In college, I had a friend who wore black every Valentine’s Day. It was her own personal challenge to what she considered a fabricated holiday. Though I never fell in line with her method of protest (I wear black nearly every day, anyway. Why should V-Day be any different?), I’ve also never been much of one to celebrate the day of love, relationship or not. This year, however, my single self is in a festive mood. Heart-shaped cookies will be baked and a Wildfox heart sweatshirt will be worn.

And so I say to my fellow single ladies: do not shrink as your coupled-up friends make dinner plans and wait for flowers to be delivered. Embrace the day in your own way. Who needs a fella to validate your appreciation for red and pink?

Jewels Just for You
Men rarely get Valentine’s Day jewelry right (there are jewelry boxes stuffed with heart-pendant necklaces to prove it), so why not take care of yourself? Rose-gold Made Her Think jewelry pieces blend of-the-moment trends with downtown edge.

Something Red
Red never fails to get a reaction. Eye-catching cherry shoes and bold scarlet dresses have been wardrobe staples for ages, and I posit a red collar should be added to that mix. Innovative offerings from Kenneth Jay Lane, Tuleste Market, and Pamela Love infuse a Valentine’s look with just the dose of red it needs.

A Little Cheeky
Should this Hallmark holiday be taken too seriously? Never. Add a dose of fun to your single V-Day with a girl-power Felix Rey scarf, or tune out any lovey-dovey chatter with a pair of sweet Diane von Furstenberg headphones.

--Amie

Shop more Valentine’s Day Gifts.

Tuesday, February 7th 2012

Valentine’s Day: Gifts for Him

After subtly (or not so subtly) sharing yesterday’s post with your man, you know he’s planning something special. Don’t let that effort go unnoticed. Show him how much you appreciate it with the gift he really wants- you in sexy lingerie. 

Heart Skips a Beat
A bright, lacy bralette and thong is a fun and flirty treat for him and a comfortable underwire-free look for you. Only Hearts, Eberjey, and Cosabella all have flattering styles in a rainbow of colors. 

Pulse is Racing 
Turn up the heat in a plunging Calvin Klein push-up bra that showcases your, err, confidence. If you are looking for a bit more coverage, a La Fee Verte romper has a soft feel, sexy silhouette, and comes is the most seductive shade of red. 

Get the Paddles
Men are visual creatures so give him the eyeful he’s been waiting for. A Kiki de Montparnasse cage panty will send a clear message of your intentions. Or, if he has been especially good this year, wow him with a Hanky Panky Lingerie set complete with a scented candle and lingerie that leaves very little to the imagination.

 --Libby S.

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