Monday, August 31st 2009

Elle Favorite Fall Accessories

It pays to call in the pros, and nowhere is this truer than in fashion. That’s why we asked Kyle Anderson, Senior Accessories Editor at Elle magazine, to check out our fall accessories and pick some of the best. An Alexander Wang bag? Of course. But a few things you might not guess also made the list.

Some highlights:

Golden Goose Boots
Kyle says: “Love the height and the metal details. They don’t look like what people think of as ‘cowboy boots,’ they’re young, cool, and urban.”

Giuseppe Zanotti Over the Knee Boots
Kyle says: “For girls who are afraid of buying over-the-knee boots. The matte embossed croc makes these super luxe and totally not Pretty Woman.”

BE & D Handbag
Kyle says: “We shot this for Elle right after the collections showed in Europe. It’s a cool bag for going out when you don’t do clutches and need to carry more than your phone.”

Monday, August 31st 2009

Meet Novella Royale and Community Denim

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Though it once conjured up images of flowy hippie skirts and hemp jewelry, designers have come to make eco-friendly clothing anything but crunchy-granola. Along with Shopbop veterans EDUN, Brigid Catiis, and Re Collection, two new brands are showing there’s no need to sacrifice style for the greater good.

Leather jackets are a cool girl’s number one staple, and Novella Royale handbags, cut from old leather jackets, are a close second. Studs and fringe give these totes and clutches a tough exterior, but inside they have a heart of gold: lined with organic fabric, their eco-friendly production doesn’t create new waste. And each handmade-in-L.A. piece is literally one of a kind.

Community Denim takes its name from the idea of people coming together for a common purpose, an outlook reflected in their focus on ethical production and donation of a percentage of all sales to children’s charities. Another of their good deeds? Their clean-lined skinnies with made-in-Italy construction come with an affordable price tag. Make a statement by pairing their black jeans with a grey slash-back tee from Re Collection, recycled-metal Alkemie jewelry, and a Novella Royale handbag slung over your shoulder.

--Tonya

Monday, August 31st 2009

First Fashion: City Casual

While I’m currently coveting every just-dressed-up-enough tweed piece in Chris Benz’s fall collection (it’s so modern Mad Men), today I’m in the mood for something a little more casual. Three city-cool pieces with a relaxed weekend feel:

It’s no surprise James Perse is a leader in the world of casual button-down shirts. This is a study in Saturday slacking perfection. James Perse - Rib Panel Dolman Shirt

Slouched just right, and they look like I’ve worn them for years from the first moment I put them on. Current/Elliott has set the denim bar high. Current/Elliott - Super Slouchy Skinny Jeans

I’m reading A Town Like Paris, and it’s left me with endless daydreams of a life lived in the city of light. This buttery-soft concoction will tame my desire to take up residence in the Ile de France (for a little while, anyway). Jerome Dreyfuss - Leon Hobo

Dressed up, dressed down, or dressed somewhere in between, you’ll find a look to suit your mood in What’s New.

--Amie

Friday, August 28th 2009

Our September Issue

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Okay, so it might not be generating quite the same amount of buzz as that other September Issue some of you may have heard about, but that just means you won’t have to stand in line for hours to get a look at it. Here’s a peek at what’s featured in this month’s issue of Shopbop’s magazine, The Edit.

What did we do on our summer vacation? Shopbop Fashion Director Kate traveled the Serengeti and returned with style inspiration (and some amazing pics) that we fashioned into 10 looks suitable for city life. (What better showcase for our favorite safari-inspired fall pieces?)

Back here at home, we singled-out our four must-have fall accessories with old-school French flair and Senior Stylist Morgan put together her expert tips on how to wear one of fall’s best investment pieces: the tuxedo blazer. To top things off, we scored an exclusive Q&A with Geren Lockhart of Geren Ford where she gave us some insights into her design process and a behind-the-scenes look at her fall photo shoot.

But that’s not all! Get the full story in the September issue of The Edit.

--Maureen

Friday, August 28th 2009

First Fashion: Ready for Takeoff

When I was checking Yahoo News this morning, the top headline read: “What to do if you’re stuck on a runway.” My first reaction was, “Is that a problem?” Oh, that kind of runway (one with 747s not Twenty8Twelve). But even if you’re heading for JFK and not the tents at Bryant Park, maintaining a fashion-forward rather than a just-outta-bed look is still a priority. A few travel-smart selections below.
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Jersey or fine-knit tops are essential at 30,000 feet. They’re comfy, move freely, and with fall’s draping trend, if you exit the plane looking a little rumpled, you’re even more in. Elizabeth and James - Funnel Neck Sweatshirt

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Always bring a fluid cardigan on board. This is especially a good idea when trekking between vastly different climes. Cardis add a grown-up chicness to any outfit and, as an added bonus, are easily rolled into a pillow. Elizabeth and James - Scarf Wrap Cardigan

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If you’re like me and fall asleep as soon as the plane starts taxiing, only to wake up with hair that resembles a wild animal, a hat is your new best friend. This Bop Basics beret not only exudes that just-back-from-Paris je ne sais quoi, it also takes up miniscule suitcase space. Bop Basics - Cashmere Beret

Effortless yet inspired travel outfit? Peruse the Who What Wear book (page 134) for more tips, then come get the goods in What’s New.

--Suzanne

Thursday, August 27th 2009

Marching Orders

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If you wax nostalgic for the army/navy surplus jackets and camo prints of your angst-filled adolescence, but want something more sophisticated (and less musty tent-scented) now that you’re (allegedly) all grown up, this is your season.

Military-inspired felted-wool winter coats have long been Marc by Marc Jacobs’s specialty, and this season he doesn’t disappoint, bringing us a smart, double-breasted style with his signature sharp tailoring. Fall also sees designers doing the beloved surplus jacket one better. SMYTHE gives it a feminine fit and fingerless gloves at each sleeve, while Torn by Ronny Kobo lines it in super-plush faux fur.

What gets my vote for Most Creative Use of Camo Print? The flirty chiffon frock from Diane von Furstenberg featured in the pic above. (BTW it’s scheduled to arrive any day.) Striking that balance of timeless and totally unexpected, this is one of those pieces that will always feel current.

--Maureen

Thursday, August 27th 2009

Vintage Shopping Made Easy

Back in May, I wrote about the trove of vintage-inspired fashion on Shopbop, lamenting the amount of time it takes to hunt down truly brilliant, authentic vintage finds and praising our offering of new pieces made to look old. It seems our buying team heard my whine (or, more likely, understands that my fellow shoppers value a vintage score as much as I do), because in recent weeks a cache of gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces from WGACA Vintage and Retrosun Sunglasses have mingled among contemporary offerings, making vintage shopping a question of who can click the fastest rather than who has the stamina to dig through the most bins.

At Shopbop, the vintage revolution started with What Goes Around Comes Around, a brand that scours the globe to find beautiful vintage pieces spanning decades. “We finger through their massive collection and and look for items that are right for our Shopbop girl,” says Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch. Among the finds are authentic vintage Levi’s jeans and crystal-sprayed vintage flannel shirts. But perhaps the most prized are the cluster of vintage Chanel handbags that recently made waves when they popped up in What’s New. Shannon at PurseBlog summed up the general disbelief that gave way to frenzied clicking (as I imagine it, anyway) perfectly: “No friggin’ way.” As many gals who nabbed a bag can attest: Way, Shannon. Way.

It doesn’t stop there. Retrosun offers never-worn vintage shades from the biggest brands (my faves are the vintage Dior sunglasses and vintage Gucci sunglasses pictured). And on the not-so-distant horizon loom some ’80s Rive Gauche YSL pieces, Nina Ricci, and very cool Woodstock-worthy concert tees, all from WGACA.

So my advice to you is this, vintage junkies: start shamelessly stalking What’s New now because these pieces are not to be missed.

--Amie
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Thursday, August 27th 2009

First Fashion: Top it Off

Autumn is just around the corner, and since our carefully chosen looks will soon be hidden under coats and jackets, that top layer had better be great. I’ve been taking stock of my wardrobe, deciding what new investment piece will best round out my collection. A few contenders:
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I adore Robert Rodriguez dresses, and this coat captures the same sophisticated-meets-sexy attitude. A style to complement an ensemble rather than obscure it, this would be ladylike over a belted dress or edgy with leather pants. Robert Rodriguez – Lace Coat

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The cozy wool will guard against the winter chill, and the moss shade will be beguiling against an ivory hat and scarf. Hanii Y – Blanche Jacket

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I love the look of boyfriend blazers, but I prefer something a little more formfitting. This blazer’s nipped waist is just right. ADAM – Double Breasted Blazer

Top off your fall look with a moto jacket, military-inspired coat, or tailored trench, from What’s New.

--Tonya

Wednesday, August 26th 2009

Studio Style: Cris

For the past few months, we’ve been giving you a peek inside the creative minds of our studio stylists. But the chic chicks who dress our models aren’t the only style cognoscente working behind the scenes. Meet Shopbop photographer Cris Comello:

Suzanne: I love a man in a dashing hat! Is it vintage?

Cris: Yes, this vintage bowler is my prized possession, simply because it’s one of the only hats I can wear that makes me look good. It's a strange phenomenon, but I simply can't wear hats. A life-long struggle, ugh.
 
S: You’re one of these dudes who seems to just ooze cool. How would you describe your personal style?

C: Stylistically, I keep it really simple. I love cool denim (G-star, Diesel, Nom de Guerre, Kicking Mule Workshop) with V-neck T-shirts during the day and black button-downs at night.

S: Interesting eyewear is also your signature…

C: Having been around photo studios for close to 25 years, my eyes have become a little sensitive to flash, so I rock some Ray-Bans to ease the strain.

S: What is life like as a fashion photographer?

C: The thing I particularly love about Shopbop is the creative energy and ability to produce such a high volume of great work. Even though we aren’t working with the kind of budget Vogue does, we have found ways over the years to continually produce high-quality work. On a personal note, some of the friendships I have made here are lifelong. It's special to collaborate with our stylists, models, and design team. I think we are all extremely proud of the end product.

S: Let’s talk dream shoot: anywhere, anything, with anyone. What would it be?

C: Dream shoot? Prolly recreating a Raver party-inspired shoot with all types of circus animals and fire-breathers. Really sweaty, tight shots and lots of energy. Extremely edgy and silly all at the same time—that's my flow!

--Suzanne

Tuesday, August 25th 2009

Color I’m Coveting: Green

Shades of green were sprinkled throughout the fall collections, and I’m loving this color. It's beautiful and succulent, but also pretty neutral, making it easy to vamp up with loads of jewelry and metallic shoes. A great dress option if you are ready to try something other than your favorite LBD. Definitely incorporate this hue into your fall look!

Here are some styles I particularly admire:

* DSQUARED2 - Jersey Dress
* Foley + Corinna - Crossback Sweatshirt
* Rachel Pally - Artemis Dress (pictured)
* Twenty8Twelve - Vivane Dress (pictured)
* Vena Cava - Synthesizer Dress (pictured)

--Kate

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