Monday, June 30th 2008

Monday à la Moss!

This installment of MALM finds our girl Kate at that Brit hipster-happening, the Glastonbury Music Festival. Pulled-together yet never precious, Kate’s utterly personal look feels perfectly in tune with her laid-back, music fest surroundings. (Not surprising, considering Kate was one of the foremost pioneers of the high/low, luxe groupie look.) But enough with the waxing rhapsodic for the moment, let’s get to the good part where I recreate Kate with stuff from shopbop. Glastonbury saw Kate pairing her go-to grey skinnies (these are J Brand) with navy Hunter Wellies and a brilliantly unexpected silky top. (It’s not metallic, but methinks Moss would adore this Helmut Lang one just as much.) This functional-yet-fashionable Foley + Corinna bag looks a lot like the one she has over her shoulder, and this military-inspired Mike & Chris jacket is practical and adds just the right amount of edge. And of course, no Kate ensemble would be complete without a pendant and a couple of really cool rings. (Photo courtesy of Jezebel.)

Friday, June 27th 2008

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What’s New

Naughty or nice? Today I want styles with a little bit o’ both.
Just the retro-sexy, ladylike pair I’m in the mood for right now. These feel very Liz Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Hanky Panky, Signature Lace Ruched Boy Short
Like a sophisticated, uptown version of something Debbie Harry would’ve worn, circa 1979. Refined enough for work, the studs give these suede pumps a cool rocker attitude. Jean-Michel Cazabat Luxury Rebel, La Palma Tapered Toe Stud Pump
Hot in that insouciant, not-trying-too-hard way I’m obsessed with, this top has a great DIY feel without the time-consuming DIY part. Elizabeth and James, Scarf Tee
Naughty? Nice? Find both and everything in between, right here in What’s New.

Wednesday, June 25th 2008

Rihanna, Where You At?

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A select few celebrities can do no wrong style-wise for me, and Rihanna is right there at the top of that list. Doesn’t matter what it is, if she’s wearing it, I want it. The yellow dress she rocked at the BET Awards last night? Yes. Latex leggings? Love. Oversized hoops? Must. Have. Pleated, slouchy trousers with a white tank? Perfection.

Of course, seeing as I work at an online retailer, tracking down Rihanna-like items on our site could be considered research. (Purchasing said items? Now that’s a bit harder to rationalize.) Got a girl-crush on Rihanna? These three pieces pay tribute to her inimitable style.

Inspired by the beaut she wore to the BET Awards, but at a price that’s right for those of us without a recording contract. Alice + Olivia Double Strap Long Dress
Latex. Leggings. Need I say more? Kova & T Latex Leggings
Massive hoops up the style ante of any ensemble. These are delicate enough that they don’t weigh down my earlobes. Melissa Joy Manning Extra Large Hoops

Wednesday, June 25th 2008

Getaway (or Stay) in Style

It's time to get away, and whether you're sightseeing in Marrakech or sticking with the year's biggest buzz word, the "staycation," you'll need clothes to take you from Sunbathing to a Day on the Town to a Night Out, right through to Bedtime. And we've got it all. Find out more in the July Style File, only at shopbop.

Also in the Style File:
  • Music Festival Chic: Get the look for summer's outdoor concerts. Staff Pick: Stylist Bobbie is heading to Ireland, and she's taking her MK2K cardigan with her.
  • Beach Bag Bingo: The season's hottest bag is a tote-al must-have.
  • That's a Wrap: A traveler's best friend? The versatile scarf.

Wednesday, June 25th 2008

Rachel Roy’s Pre-Fall Collection

When talking to style.com about what inspired her fall collection, Rachel Roy said she was "interested in the intersection between Native American and Colonial styles, but brought up-to-date for the women of today." An intriguing proposition to be certain, and one Roy pulls off with characteristic panache. Witness a classic sheath with tiers of fringe, a sophisticated silk blouse embellished with antique beading, and a slouchy-yet-refined trouser. Shop these standout styles and the rest of Rachel Roy's new pre-fall collection, right here in the Designer Boutique.

Wednesday, June 25th 2008

Introducing L.A. Chic MYNE

Launched in 2007 by L.A.-based designer Ashley Ann, Myne is a well-edited collection of classic silhouettes with a modern twist. With a nod to vintage fashion and Hollywood glam, the line is flirty and sexy, and has a little something for every occasion. We love the lightweight Hannah Top with its ruffled neckline, and the Scarlet Dress is the picture of sweet with a little sass. We'll wear the Erica Top from summer right into fall, and the Audry Vest will add a little West-Coast edge to any look. The latest styles have just arrived. Get to know Myne today, at shopbop.

Tuesday, June 24th 2008

W’s Sublime Summer Camp

I finally had a chance to look through my July issue of W this weekend, and the brilliant Bruce Weber photo story immediately caught my eye. The question: What would happen if a flock of new designers hit the road for a summer adventure with a handful of top models? The answer: Lazy days filled with beautiful people in exquisite clothes. W and Mr. Weber showed off their fashion power, bringing together the hottest young names in the industry – Alexander Wang, Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, the ubiquitous Ms. Moss – for a class picture of fashion’s future, and some “candid” shots that suggest just a hint of sublime debauchery. This is one summer camp I’d love to attend. Photo courtesy of wmagazine.com.

Tuesday, June 24th 2008

Packing (for the) Heat

In my book, there’s no bigger end-of-the-weekend buzz-kill than hauling a bag stuffed with unworn shoes/handbags/dresses/tops/shorts out to the cab/car/jitney. I’m hot. I’m usually hung-over. I’m tempted to abandon it all at the curb. Adding insult to injury? I have to unpack said items once I get home. (Or, in my case, ten days later.) This summer I’m on a mission to perfect the art of weekend packing. My weapons of choice? Three multi-tasking, travel-friendly pieces that go from day to date, boardwalk to barstool. Elegant enough for a nice dinner out, yet breezy enough for a walk down the beach, this sweeping, strapless number from Theory is one of my favorite recent finds. Comfy as a flip-flop but markedly fancier, metallic flat sandals are pretty much my favorite thing to wear in the summer. An added bonus? They take up just a sliver of space in my bag. This roomy, oversized clutch is exactly the right size for a magazine or two and my absolute essentials, yet it’s chic and polished enough for evening. Now the question remains: What to do with the time I used to spend fighting with the zipper on my Samsonite Sunday morning…

Tuesday, June 24th 2008

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What’s New

Working for a web-based boutique, I love to tout the benefits of online shopping, and today, a few items illustrate the pros of on-model versus the cons of on-hanger presentation.
On-Hanger Con: It’s difficult to imagine that insouciant, breezy style Paul & Joe is known for when there are no arms in those sleeves. On-Model Pro: With arms to fill them, it’s ethereal elegance at its finest. (And that blue is just about the prettiest I’ve seen, but that’s not really a model thing.) Paul & Joe - Honore Long Sleeve Blouse
On-Hanger Con: When this dress came across my desk, my first thought was: “What the...?” On-Model Pro: Its volume creates some pretty amazing draping action when it has a couple of shoulders to hang on. Elizabeth and James - Cocoon Dress
On-Hanger Con: Volume plus horizontal pleating can equal a fit disaster. On-Model Pro: So obviously not the case here. I’m hooked! Helmut Lang - Draped Top
Make your own pro/con list in What’s New.

Monday, June 23rd 2008

Rock the Boho: The Edgy Side of Eclectic

They say every generation improves on what went before. And while we respect the Woodstock era's peace and love sensibility, we find their fashion sense, to be quite frank, somewhat lacking. That's why we've done them one better. More Lower East Side than Laurel Canyon, the new bohemian style takes hippie cool into haute new territory, pairing little cut-offs with floaty silk camis, delicately elegant long necklaces and slouchy-luxe bags. Glam sunglasses and arty-chic sandals complete the laid-back yet fashion-forward look. Bohemian chic with a streetwise sensibility? Find it right here, at shopbop.

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