Friday, July 24th 2009

shopspotted: boyfriend shirts as beach cover-ups

Trend forecaster Anne Ziegler travels the world scoping out the latest and the up-and-coming in areas ranging from fashion to music to art to travel. She’s helped retailers identify current and future trends and has worked with some of the biggest names in the glossies (Elle, Vogue, Lucky). Dream job? You bet it is. Here, Anne offers an alternate way to wear the on-trend boyfriend shirt.

Last weekend I attended the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, a music festival in a small beach town in South Spain. The lineup included Oasis, Kings of Leon, Lykke Li, Franz Ferdinand, and The Killers, and between the beach and the bands, it was an awesome event. But the best part, naturally, was the style. There was an eclectic mix of looks from all over Europe with a definite nod to the ’80s. My favorite discovery was how the girls in attendance took the current boyfriend shirt trend to the beach, turning the button-downs into bathing suit cover-ups. It’s a unique way to start wearing a trend that promises to be huge this fall.

A few of my favorite concert-going looks:


Beach to boardwalk in blue button-downs.


BF button-downs make a fashion-forward beach cover-up.

--Anne Ziegler

Thursday, July 23rd 2009

studio style: morgan

The shopbop studio stylists seem to wave a chic little wand and voila!—a limp tee and a rumpled pair of jeans transforms into something high voltage. What’s the secret behind their stellar personal style? That’s what we’re here to find out. Meet Senior Stylist Morgan:

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Suzanne: Rockin’ the updated ’70s! Very nice. How did this look come together?

Morgan: Well, I got these old Levi’s from my close friend Paige (one of the shopbop founders!). They are so comfy and a little geeky, which I love. I would say my style is kind of dorky/tomboy/sexy with a little bit of grownup thrown in, so I always wear these with high-heel booties, or in this case, big red patent platform wedges.

The blouse is also vintage. Sheer blouses are so cool because they cover you up (depending on how sheer—we all know when we need an under layer) but are still sexy and sophisticated. We’ve got some great ones on the site now. I’m OBSESSED with this Dolce Vita top—the sleeves are so blousy but fitted at the wrist, so you don’t look like you’re wearing a costume.

S: I’m obsessed with your signature ring pendants! I don’t think I’ve ever seen you without them. Tell me about them.

M: Hahaha, they totally are! I NEVER take them off! I started with just my dad’s wedding ring on a chain (it doesn’t fit him anymore). It’s the most chic man’s ring I have ever seen. My mom gave me a vintage ring, and I’ve also got one of my boyfriend’s old rings. I also wear a pendant from my twin sis that says GMS on one side and GNS on the other. It’s what we text each other every day for Good Morning Sister and Good Night Sister. We laugh about it all the time. And again, my girl Paige gave me this Alkemie horse head necklace because she knows how much horses mean to me. Gotta keep friends and fam close to your heart!

S: If you could have drinks with any designer, who would it be and why?

M: She’s not a designer, but Emmanuelle Alt from French Vogue is my style idol. She pulls off such a badass look (leather jackets, studs, tons of black, over the knee boots, leopard print) without ever looking over-styled. I love the aesthetic in her work, too. She is so good at juxtaposing different pieces to make new looks. Cowboy boots and swimsuits, military jackets and fringe—it really inspires me to try unexpected pairings in my own look while still staying true to classic pieces.

If I had to pick a designer, it would be my sis (Pencey designer Kate Wendelborn). When we get together we always talk about what we’d want to wear that doesn’t exist. She sketches it out beautifully; I do a lot of awkward hand motions.

S: What would you wear?

M: I’d wear black leather pants, sky-high heels, my Miu Miu studded clutch, and a sheer black blouse!

Morgan wears:
* Blouse: Vintage
* Jeans: Levi’s
* Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples
* Shoes: Tara Subkoff
* Rings: Flutter and Bing Bang
* Bag: Foley + Corinna

--Suzanne

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009

Wardrobe Refresher Course

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An unofficial survey of stylish friends and a recent article in Harper’s Bazaar has led me to the following hypothesis: the economy, far from making people want to dress more conservatively, has actually created a craving for off-the-beaten-path designers and fresh silhouettes. But this doesn’t mean one has to throw financial caution to the wind to get that fashion fix. (Or subsist on complimentary Diet Coke and Mentos from the office snack room for the foreseeable future.) Just five classic-but-current pieces will update your wardrobe and won’t scream “Fall 2009!” in a season or two.

1. Faux Fur
A luxe look your vegan coworker and accountant brother-in-law will approve of, faux fur is big news for fall. Not sure how to wear it? Here’s a tip: don’t take it too seriously. Throw it on over a flannel and destroyed denim for the ultimate in what-this-old-thing cool.
2. Peep-Toe Booties
Unlike a pump or a standard-issue boot, booties feel right with night and daytime looks, dresses and denim. (Plus, the peep-toe is the perfect excuse for an impromptu pedicure in mid-November.)
3. Slouchy Skinny Jeans
A hybrid of boyfriend jeans and painted-on skinny jeans, slouchy skinnies have a look that’s less va-va-voom and more inadvertently sexy. Styling them with a silk blouse (we bet you already have a few on hand), is unexpected, giving the whole thing a laid-back, louche appeal.
4. Boyfriend Blazer
Tailored but not the least bit uptight, the boyfriend blazer adds instant polish to any ensemble. Wear it MOD (Model Off Duty) style with broken-in denim and beat-up sneakers.
5. Oversized Button-Down
Are you seeing a pattern here? Continuing in the borrowed-from-a-dude theme, the season’s oversized button-down is already a celeb fave. This piece is the perfect way to make your go-to leggings look new.

--Maureen
Shopbop Shoptalk

Tuesday, July 21st 2009

Collecting Sunglasses: Every Wardrobe is Sunnier with Shades


There’s a scene in The Princess Diaries 2 (stay with me here, and don’t pretend you didn’t love that movie) where Anne Hathaway’s character opens a door to a closet dreams (and Disney movies) are made of, and nestled among the endless pairs of shoes and brilliant racks of clothes is drawer upon drawer of sunglasses. I want those drawers. Not necessarily the same styles, but certainly the same volume as that fictional closet.

Now that I’ve outed myself as one who watches The Princess Diaries, let’s get to the point. A collection of sunnies is as essential to the style conscious as a great collection of shoes, because while those Ray-Ban aviators are endlessly cool, they don’t always work with what you’re wearing. And let’s face it, it’s nice to have a little variety.

But how to start building this fabled collection? Though we may dream of drawers of shades, most of us don’t have a remote-controlled closet, so let’s leave the fantasy behind and think about a few select styles with versatility and range. Aviators are a must (like the Ray-Bans already mentioned), as is something a little retro-playful, like throwback Carrera sunglasses or classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers. These styles will cover your everyday cool-kid looks. For the glam side of things, look to a pair of round Chloé sunglasses—cheeky and luxurious—or something oversized from Oliver Peoples or Marc Jacobs.

And, of course, you should have a pair that just tickles your fancy. For a little frivolity, something fashion-forward by Lanvin or Proenza Schouler would do, but I’ve got my eye on Super Sunglasses, particularly the Crystal style with its clear frames, iridescent mirrored lenses, and totally fall-appropriate ’80s undertones.

That puts the count at four—a respectable start to any collection. Once you hit ten, you might want to look into a set of drawers.

--Amie
Shopbop

Tuesday, July 21st 2009

first fashion

Our Favorites from What's New
The newness at shopbop keeps on coming. In addition to a reenergized website (don’t you just love those larger product pics?), an influx of new brands continues to spice up What’s New.
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I admit, my denim repertoire turned to the dark side a long time ago, but I’m also a believer that head-to-toe black can look a tad severe. This light-wash, paint-splattered pair by JET Jeans (dubbed Hollywood’s hottest denim thanks to its It-girl fan base) will provide cool contrast to an onyx off-shoulder top and studded ankle boots. JET Jeans – Splatter Skinny Jeans

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With care instructions that read “Wash in the ocean. Hang on a palm tree to dry,” Jen’s Pirate Booty is a gypsy-chic line that channels the charm of Captain Jack Sparrow. Here, the bewitching enchantment of my favorite ’70s frontwoman comes to life. Jen’s Pirate Booty – Stevie Dress

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We can all use a lazy fleece Sunday. I’ll do my loungin’ with this artsy, SoCal-cool phenom. FREECITY- FREECITY Sweatpants

New designers galore to adore in What’s New.

--Suzanne

Monday, July 20th 2009

style it

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It’s my favorite time of year: the hot days of late summer when I live in maxi dresses and sandals. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when my summer wardrobe starts feeling a little stale. But a recent post on Pipeline gave me inspiration on how to freshen it up: rope accents that playfully punctuate everything from dresses to shoes to accessories. Though this embellishment evokes moored sailboats and lazy days on the lake, with the right styling, ropes can move beyond their nautical, preppy origins and become something completely glam.

I’ll start with a black maxi dress with rope straps by T-Bags (a line that has a cache of rope-accented offerings, from jungle-print tanks to one-shoulder mini dresses) in a solid color that lets the braiding take center stage. The simple lines and casual fabric provide the perfect blank canvas for textured accessories, like the metallic Stephanie Slouchy Bag by Diane von Furstenberg. Spotted on the likes of Beyoncé (who paired it with a black jacket, dark-wash skinnies, and black pumps), the bag is roomy enough for summer weekend essentials from books to bikinis, yet infinitely more unique than my usual tote. A textured Alkemie Jewelry cuff and beaded Antik Batik sandals top off a look that will tide me over until I’m ready to start bringing cashmere and wool scarves back into my wardrobe.

--Tonya

Friday, July 17th 2009

Girls’ Night Out

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Elena (left) wears the Son of John Heidi Sequin Tank and Holly (right) wears the
Kimberly Taylor Drape Back Top.

It’s Friday night and you get a text from your girls: meet for sake-tinis at the sushi joint-cum-ultra-lounge at 7:30. It’s 6:45! For the unprepared woman, this is a fashion crisis of epic proportions. But savvy stylistas have a cache of sexy tops ready and waiting for this very occasion.

The sexy top is the pièce de résistance of any girls’ night-out ensemble. The key is deciding which girl you want to be. Model-off-duty? A body-con LaROK tube top takes on catwalker charisma when paired with harem pants and studded sandals. Enviable It girl? Take a classic style, like a breezy halter, and make it fashion-forward with an unexpected twist. (Try mixing it with Elizabeth and James dress shorts and L.A.M.B. cutout booties.) Casual cutie? A silk cami  bedecked with a few beads, tiered chains, or a flashy print is all you need to make your go-to Citizens jeans really pop.

Speaking of your favorite designer blues, there’s nothing better than a high voltage top to up their ante, but it’s important to be mindful of proportions when styling. If the top is short and svelte balance it with boyfriend or boot-cut jeans and chunky heels; if it’s draped and slouchy, painted-on skinnies and slick stilettos are the ticket. For the girl who wants to have it all, J Brand’s straight-leg jeans pair perfectly with almost any top silhouette, while their trademark dark rinse is an excellent choice for after-dark escapades.

So rather than respond to those last-minute meet-us-at-happy-hour texts with an OMG! panic, simply say OMW. Then don that sequined tank, backless blouse, or slinky cutout tunic.

--Suzanne
Shopbop

Friday, July 17th 2009

shopbop’s big makeover

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Breaking news! Shopbop just got a big makeover. But we’re not just prettier, we’re also more practical. Because of feedback from our customers, we’ve launched a brand-new site filled with features designed to make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable. And after taking a tour of the new shopbop here (believe us, you’ll love what you see), help us celebrate our new digs by checking out 100+ new items in What’s New all next week.

Thursday, July 16th 2009

the day to night dress: jennifer’s picks

There’s a corner of every woman’s closet that holds the dresses she’s worn once—usually purchased for a special event, never to be pulled out again. But, for every dress that hangs listless and ignored, there’s one you can’t wear enough.

These are the frocks that swoop in and save the day when you find yourself facing the entire contents of your wardrobe convinced you have nothing to wear. They play brilliantly on a night out, are sophisticated enough for a fancy dinner, and dance the night away at a wedding. They’re day-to-night dresses, and they’re the styles that should replace every last sheath, A-line, and maxi hanging in your closet’s dormant corner. Add a few to your wardrobe, and you may never be at a loss for what to wear again.

I asked our lead merchandiser, Jennifer, to pick her three favorite day-to-night dresses (all pictured above):

Alice + Olivia Ryan Tank Dress
The standout shade of teal will add a little variety to your closet’s sea of black (I’m guilty too), and the frayed hem gives it an unexpected edge, says Jennifer. It’s work-ready with a cropped blazer and pumps, or a great wedding look dressed up with strappy sandals, a long necklace, and a sweet clutch.

Alice + Olivia Colorblock Fan Dress
“It can be so hard to see the versatility in strapless dresses, but this one makes it easy. It does city cool with black booties and lots of bangles, but it can also be refined with sleek heels and delicate silver chains.”

Twelfth Street Embroidered Cutout Dress
“The peek-a-boo back is provocative (but not over the top), adding depth to a simple silhouette,” says Jennifer. “I’d dress it down with boots and tangled chains for dinner with the girls, or make it elegant with stilettos and layers of gold jewelry for date night with my husband.”

--Amie

Thursday, July 16th 2009

first fashion

Our Favorites from What's New
Within each season’s overarching trend story, riveting subplots always emerge. Think of these mini trends as the juicy storylines of fall’s supporting cast of characters. (They may end up stealing the whole show.)
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OTK (Over The Knee) Boots: Somehow I feel cooler when I can work a new acronym and a new boot silhouette into my fashion lexicon. I’ll wear these fierce OTKs with a streetwise LBD and hit the T-O-W-N. Sigerson Morrison – Slouch Over the Knee Boots

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Natural + Industrial: While DANNIJO is known to offer raw cuffs with a don’t-mess-with-me mentality, their latest collection projects a slightly softer sensibility—gorgeous natural stones sidling up to heavy metals. DANNIJO - Rocco Pyrite Ring

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Black Jeans: The piece no self-respecting rock chick leaves home without. These shredded black skinnies paired with a sheer tee and a faux fur coat? Unlimited backstage access. J Brand – 12” Pencil Leg Ripped Jeans

Discover fall’s best dramas in What’s New.

--Suzanne
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