Wednesday, April 16th 2014

Shopbop & Amazon Fashion Team Up with Vogue to Support Born Free

Every day, 700 children are infected with HIV, primarily via mother-to-child transmission at birth. Ninety-eight percent of those cases are preventable. All it takes is one pill a day.

This is where Born Free comes in. Founded by a group of like-minded, private-sector individuals, Born Free is set on eliminating the transmission of HIV from mother to child by Dec. 31, 2015. That’s right, they aim to make it possible for an entire generation to be born HIV-free. Ambitious? You bet. But it’s an exciting initiative, and it’s going to take the support of a small army to make it happen.

And that’s where Shopbop, Amazon Fashion, and Vogue come in. We’ve partnered with 22 of the fashion industry’s top female designers—each one a mother herself—to create an exclusive capsule collection of apparel and accessories for women and children, with 100% of the profits benefitting the Born Free initiative. From Shopbop favorites like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch, to industry darlings like Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, Miuccia Prada, and Donatella Versace, the industry’s top creatives have put their unique take on this worthy cause, incorporating prints by acclaimed African artist Wangechi Mutu.

You’ll have your chance to shop the collection—and, in turn, support Born Free—on April 23. Until then, you can learn more at bornfreeafrica.org.

PARTICIPATING DESIGNERS:
Alberta Ferretti
Carolina Herrera
Clare Waight Keller, Chloé
Consuelo Castiglioni, Marni
Diane von Furstenberg
Donatella Versace
Donna Karan, DKNY & Urban Zen
Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Marchesa
Gisele Bündchen
Isabel Marant
Ivanka Trump
Jenna Lyons, J. Crew
Liya Kebede, lemlem
Miuccia Prada
Phoebe Philo, Céline
Rachel Roy
Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen
Stella McCartney
Tory Burch
Vera Wang
Victoria Beckham

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

The Daily Find: House of Harlow 1960 Espadrilles

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What they are: House of Harlow 1960 Kat Studded Espadrilles
Why we love them: Colorful beading and embroidery give these espadrilles an easy, bohemian feel.
Wear them with: A Free People tee and a Blank Denim shorts.

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Tuesday, April 15th 2014

My Style Philosophy: Dokia

Dokia in an Equipment blouse and Sam Edelman booties (similar).

Our staffers are a chic bunch, each with their own unique spin on fashion. This month we chatted with stylist Dokia about her personal style philosophy.

Name: Dokiang, or as many call me, “Doks”
Position: Apparel Stylist

Go-to brand: It’s so hard to pick only one since there are different reasons to love each, but I am a total sucker for brands that are aesthetically edgy or use animal prints. Both work well in my closet and seriously scream “me.” Lately, I’ve been excited about the IRO, Emma Cook, and Rodarte collections.

How did you get into styling? I grew up with two women who really influenced my eye for fashion—my mom and my sister. My mom always made sure she was perfectly put-together from head to toe when she and my father went out to social gatherings. I remember having to buckle her high heels for her because she didn’t want to wrinkle her outfits. She had a great eye for design and made beautiful, traditional costumes for us as well. My sister, who is seven years older than I am, used to bribe me to be her fashion photographer as she changed in and out of outfits she had styled so she could give keepsake pictures to her friends. She also happened to buy me my first recognizable name brand item—Nike Air sneakers. As I got older, my eyes were always on fashion magazines, editorials, and TV specials. I remember when I was 13, I hoped to work for Contempo Casuals one day because I thought it was the coolest store. Little did I know, I had a knack for fashion. I worked my way up in retail, but never considered pursuing fashion seriously until college, when my sister suggested it was “more me” than my initial focus on interior design. So I decided to wing it, switched majors, and never looked back. What can I say—you know when you know!

What’s your style philosophy? Like I mentioned, edginess and animal prints are two things that scream “me,” so that being said, I wear what I love! Confidence is what makes style. Fashion is ever-changing, so I think it’s good to switch things up, as long as you make a look your own.

What one item in your closet could you not live without? Goodness! There are a few I could list, like my white suede IRO booties or my indigo-wash high-waist jeans, but let's be real—those items could be replaced. The one thing for sure that I could not live without would be my traditional Hmong costumes that my mom designed for me. Even though they aren’t for day-to-day wear, they’re pieces that no one else could ever make so beautifully with that much sentimental value.

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Tuesday, April 15th 2014

The Daily Find: Flynn Skye Jumpsuit

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Flynn Skye Not Just A Jumpsuit
Why we love it: Wide legs and exaggerated arm openings lend breezy structure to an arrow-printed jumpsuit.
Wear it with: Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent sandals and a Chan Luu bracelet.

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Monday, April 14th 2014

Studio Sounds: Dance Party

We’re movin’ and groovin’ in the studio today.

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Monday, April 14th 2014

The Daily Find: Deux Lux Backpack

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Deux Lux Karma Backpack
Why we love it: Multicolored tassels lend playfulness to a sophisticated faux-leather bag.
Wear it with: An Otto d’ame dress and Converse sneakers.

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Friday, April 11th 2014

Break Time: All About The Clothes

I’m in major spring cleaning mode, and the target for this weekend is my closet. The process of organizing my wardrobe got me thinking about clothes, which led to me searching about clothes, a lot. The three articles below are the result of the internet rabbit hole I fell into while I was absolutely not supposed to be working on something else.

Fashion history can be fascinating or just plain weird—we’re talking live reptile brooches here, people. BuzzFeed collected 71 of the wildest clothing facts out there. I found number 66 to be particularly interesting.
[BuzzFeed]

Style trends also have a crazy history of their own. The Smithsonian covers the current “Trend-ology” exhibit at the Museum at FIT. I never knew the tumultuous origins of yellow.
[Smithsonian.com]

I’ve heard of sales inducing riots, but never the actual pieces of clothing themselves. Mental Floss proves how wrong I was.
[Mental Floss]

--Libby S.

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Friday, April 11th 2014

Style Steal: Rivieras Sneakers

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: Perforated Rivieras sneakers
The Price: $115 (USD)
Why they’re worth it: Perforated hot-pink suede lends a modern edge to vintage-inspired sneakers.

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Thursday, April 10th 2014

Why You Need a Fanny Pack. No, Really.


I’m on team fanny pack! Clare V. Supreme Fanny Pack in aqua.

Every season there’s at least one trend that divides the fashion world. Lines are drawn and opinions run strong. This spring, that trend is the return of the fanny pack. Ask either side what they think of them and you’ll get a strangely intense reaction. Pro-packers tout the hands-free ease and new modern styles, while the anti-fannies just can’t get over the ’80s stigma. So it’s with the risk of being labeled a flip-flopper that, after several months of being against them, I’m announcing that I’m solidly a friend of fanny.


The start of my journey to fanny pack fandom: Val’s Erin Dana fanny pack.

It all started, as do most major belief reversals, with someone close to me. My fellow writer Val bought a black Erin Dana fanny pack. At first I laughed at the ridiculous notion that something I associated with scrunchies and tapered-leg jeans could be cool. But she kept going on and on about how great it was—it went with everything, it was so easy, she was no longer burdened with a purse—and it started to sound... great. Perhaps that would have been it, but sensing my curiosity, she asked the age-old question: “Want to try it?”


A snake-print pack works for day or night.

Once I wrapped the chain around my waist, I knew I was switching camps. Fanny packs have always had practicality on their side. But now, they also have style. The latest renditions, like Val’s Erin Dana, are sleeker than their earlier counterparts. I decided to show my support with a single-pocket pack in bright blue from Clare V. A fringed Cleobella belt bag is also sitting in my cart, just waiting for festival season, because, as any fanny fan knows, one is never enough. I try to be respectful of everyone’s positions, I really do. But as someone who’s seeing fanny packs in a whole new light, I urge you to follow Val’s advice and just try one.

--Libby S.


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Thursday, April 10th 2014

Wise Words: Sylvia Plath

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