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Tuesday, November 17th 2009

Behind the Trends: Inspiration and Style Tips from Shopbop’s Fashion Director and Senior Stylist

With each new season come new trends, and fashion’s notoriously fast pace means it’s easy to fall behind. We keep things organized for you. First, you have our winter trends feature, filled with eye candy and shoppable looks. Now, the rhyme and reason behind those trends, along with a crib sheet for interpreting them, courtesy of Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch and Senior Stylist Morgan Wendelborn.

Last Days of Disco

Kate’s Inspiration: A Studio 54 story first entered my head in our holiday appointment at the Elizabeth and James showroom. The Cyber Swirl print in the Japonais Shift Dress caught my eye—the print’s pastel palette was so different from the other dresses we saw for the holiday seasons. This piece served as the base for the theme, and I was pleased to see ’70s-inspired slinky jumpsuits, vibrant sequins, and gold lamé show up in the market appointments. I also really wanted to incorporate a new spin on leopard, and Pencey’s colorful Ruffle Dress provided the perfect look.

It’s bold party style with a point of view, and not your typical statement-necklace-and-LBD that traditionally dominates the next few weeks. Think Bianca Jagger, Cher, and Twiggy when you're dressing to hit the dance floor.

Morgan’s Style Tips: The disco look can easily end up looking costume-y, but when it works, it WORKS! Start with one retro-inspired piece and give it the spotlight—the key is to let that single piece be what makes the look “disco.” Pair it with minimal, yet bold accessories: one big cocktail ring, an understated clutch, and modern platforms. As with every trend, it only works when it’s natural, so less is more here.

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