Friday, October 30th 2009

Fashion Meets Halloween

The Latest by Kate, Fashion Director

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays in that it provides a legitimate excuse to dress totally over the top—my chance to actually live out that costume-y inspiration! What's not to love about wearing glitter, face paint, a sexy masquerade mask, cat ears, sequin hot pants, etc., etc.? This season's must-have leopard coat provides the perfect foundation for a frisky feline getup.

What are you wearing this weekend?

--Kate

Friday, October 30th 2009

Studio Style: Tova

We’ve all heard the stories of models hurling cell phones, partying to excess, or making diva remarks like, “We don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.” But this month’s Studio Style paints a much more down-to-earth picture. Meet Shopbop model Tova:

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Suzanne: At Shopbop we talk a lot about model-off-duty style, this cool mix of unexpected pieces that looks effortless yet stunning. How would you describe your style?

Tova: I guess you could say my style’s main theme is boho comfort, mostly earth-toned basics that are interchangeable. I love matching something oversized with something tight. There's something sexy about a man’s shirt or manly boots on a woman. I always add style to my basic looks with jewelry and accessories, like the scarf in my photo (which is my favorite, and was bought in an airport).

S: How does your boho style fit with your lifestyle?

T: I have a daughter, so when I am not working she and I are playing, cooking, going to little cafés, going for hikes, and laughing—lots of laughter. So my outfits have to be comfortable and flexible, ready for whatever pops up in our ever-changing schedule.

S: You have that Erin Wasson sexy-tomboy vibe going on. Who are your modeling idols and why?

T: I love Kate Moss's style—she always looks so effortless! And I admire Mary-Kate Olsen’s bold, unique choices.

S: As a model, you have to be ready for anything. What has been the craziest or most memorable shoot you have done?

T: I've been modeling on and off since I was 14, so there are plenty of stories and memorable moments. But I always get the most enjoyment out of shoots that are creative, when everyone involved is allowed to do what they do best, to work toward a communicated vision. It’s always fun when you have a good team to shoot guerilla style—driving to some random, out of the way, possibly unsafe location, and shooting for the sake of art. Those shoots are exciting.

S: I heard that you just bought a house in L.A. Tell me about it and what you love about life in SoCal.

T: I live in L.A. in an area called Silver Lake. It is a beautiful, artistic, older area with lots of artists, musicians, and young families. It’s very vibrant, colorful, and peaceful. My daughter and I just moved into a beautiful little house with guava trees, avocado trees, and orange trees in the yard. I feel so blessed and thankful for my life, and living here is no exception. The weather is wonderful, the sun is warming, the sky is blue, and as I write this the wind is making beautiful music with our wind chime.

--Suzanne

Friday, October 30th 2009

First Fashion: The DVF Holiday Collection

If the DVF fall 2009 collection was built for the nomadic bohemian, her holiday collection is custom-made for the woman who can pop a cork and look great doing it. My favorite highlights of the shimmering, sequined, satiny styles:
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Is there anything more glam than a metallic mini dress? This is just the one to ensure you’ll be the gala’s golden girl. Diane von Furstenberg – Chika Dress

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A little peek-a-boo lace and a sexy silhouette make a floral print anything but sweet. Diane von Furstenberg – Lele Dress

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with shades of teal, turquoise, and azure, a part of the spectrum that’s as far from basic blue as you can get. This pop of color will be perfect with an ivory blouse and a bright bejeweled necklace. Diane von Furstenberg – Jakun Skirt

Find champagne kisses and DVF dreams, in What’s New.

--Tonya

Thursday, October 29th 2009

Fashionable Investments Worth Their Weight in Style

Our Designer Boutique resort collections have begun to trickle in (coming soon to What’s New!), and their arrival reminded me to take a little stroll through the fall collections we’ve gathered in our purple boutique. This is seriously luxurious style that, yes, is also a serious investment, but these brands offer the kind of pieces that will elevate any closet.

Take Derek Lam’s fall collection. Each season this designer reinvents American sportswear, and the little party dresses, sleek outerwear, and cozy knits are classics in the making. (For you working ladies out there, imagine exchanging business cards while wearing Lam’s fitted blazer, pencil skirt, and high-collar blouse—now that’s a power suit.) Brit favorite Mulberry makes the bags that style luminaries like Kate Moss carry for years, and from my favorite French cobbler, Barbara Bui chaussures are the kind of footwear that make an outfit.

Style investments are not limited to serious pieces, however, as Canadian designers Dean and Dan Caten can attest. Their DSQUARED2 label is tongue-in-cheek playfulness, while retaining a timeless element. And First Lady and Anna Wintour favorite Thakoon takes elegant silhouettes and infuses them with a touch of personality via his signature whimsical prints.

Each would be a noteworthy addition to any wardrobe. Tell me, what’s on your fashion investment list?

--Amie

Thursday, October 29th 2009

Favorite Blogger: Garance Doré

At Shopbop, we spend a lot of time reading magazines and blogs, chalking it up to research (it is, we swear). And though our list of bookmarked sites is long, there are a few favorites we can’t help but check out every day. This week, we’re talking to the stylish ladies behind some of our favorite fashion blogs.

The stereotype goes that in the fashion world, it can be a rare thing to find genuine, kind, and truly considerate people, but French blogger, illustrator, and photographer Garance Doré has found two in international Vogue editors Anna Dello Russo and Carine Roitfeld. And we’ve found one in Garance herself. I talked with this charming blogger about photography, illustrations, her boyfriend Sartorialist Scott Schuman, and what it’s like to be in touch with fashion’s royalty.


Garance Doré at Milan Fashion Week. Photo by Scott Schuman.

When and why did you launch GaranceDore.fr?

I launched it three years ago out of frustration from my job, which was at the time being an administrator. I felt like I was very disconnected from the people who see my drawings because when they’re published in a magazine you have no feedback. I felt far away from the readers, so one day I decided to open a blog.

Your website transitioned from focusing on your illustrations to including photography. Do you prefer one over the other?

No, I think it’s all an organic energy. Photography inspires illustration, and illustration inspires photography. I couldn’t do one without the other.

What do you think is the biggest difference between the two?

Illustration is more like a dream representation, and it’s more difficult to grab. People will look at it, and they won’t identify with an illustration so much. But with a picture of someone they can really identify. And I think for fashion … it’s great to have pictures because you can show the actual clothes. With an illustration, you can show the feeling of the clothes.

Each of your posts includes a personal account about fashion or about the person you’re photographing or about the illustration, but you rarely show pictures of yourself. Now, I’ve seen pictures of you, and you have great style. Why don’t you feature yourself on your blog?

It’s not really a choice; it’s not my first interest. I like to talk about my life, but more in a funny way. I don’t know, I could do it, but my blog is my personal diary. I mean, I know what I look like, so I don’t need to show myself. On the contrary, I love to see other people because they inspire me.

Thursday, October 29th 2009

First Fashion: How to Wear Fall Shorts

Fall is all about finding new ways to display a commanding pair of boots. This can mean 12” ankle zippers on a pair of leggings, cropped velvet skinny pants, or, my current favorite, tights with shorts. Sure, you could go with one of the myriad of skirt options, but there’s something so fresh and downtown-cool about swapping a micro-mini for chic shorts.
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A walking short that dazzles day or night, try these with a grey Alice + Olivia knit vest, white tank, textured Falke tights, and sky-high L.A.M.B. booties. Sachin + Babi - Sogol Sequin Shorts

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Each Ksubi design has a one-of-a-kind feel, like a street artist made them just for you. These cutting-edge cutoffs look on-point with a Pencey sweatshirt, fuzzy leg warmers, and zippered Loeffler Randall boots. Ksubi - Stina Shorts

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Shorts this hot to trot need equally arresting partners to complete the look. I nominate the Chain Mail Sweater by Alexander Wang, some rugged over-the-knee boots, and a made-to-be-seen bra. Mike & Chris - Jake Leather Shorts

There’s a page-turning short story, today in What’s New.

--Suzanne

Wednesday, October 28th 2009

Staff Picks: The Perfect Sweater

Here at Shoptalk we’ve been on a quest to find fall’s best knits (see here and here). And we’re certainly not the only ones. To make this annual sweater search a bit easier, I asked Shopbop’s fashionable merchandisers to share their favorites:
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Jennifer
“I'm 5 months pregnant so I will be living in cardigans this fall! This A.L.C. sweater looks great over leggings, and stripes are a major trend this season! It’s the perfect balance of preppy and edgy.” A.L.C. – Hooker Cardigan

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Rachel
“This cashmere sweater is perfect for my casual chic wardrobe. It is so comfortable, yet the drop back has a sexiness that’s unexpected for a cozy sweater.” Nightcap Clothing – Cashmere Drop Back Sweater

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Holly
“This shaggy-knit alpaca Haute Hippie sweater is super edgy and fun and will keep me warm all at the same time. And I love how the stylists make it wearable here with casual pieces in mixed neutrals.” Haute Hippie – Furry Vest

--Tonya

Wednesday, October 28th 2009

Favorite Blogger: Carey from Corks and Caftans

At Shopbop, we spend a lot of time reading magazines and blogs, chalking it up to research (it is, we swear). And though our list of bookmarked sites is long, there are a few favorites we can’t help but check out every day. This week, we’re talking to the stylish ladies behind some of our favorite fashion blogs.

This favorite blogger is actually three, but we have to admit we’re partial to Carey’s sense of style. Launched in 2008, Corks and Caftans chronicles newlyweds Carey Wodehouse and Rob Burden’s style and wine exploits with special appearances from Eli the cat. Here Carey talks to us about Eli’s diva model attitude, her style icons, and, of course, caftans.


Carey from Corks and Caftans. Photos courtesy of Corks and Caftans.

When and why did you launch Corks and Caftans?

C&C was launched in the heinous winter of ’08, while I coped with the loss of my “hot-shot” ad agency job. Funny story: Napa honeymoon was over, I went back to work, poured a cup of coffee, and got let go. C&C is a product of finding the silver lining in that situation. We had passions and we needed an outlet to express how important they were to us––and finally had the time to do it. It became like a working resume.

Your blog mingles your love of fashion and style with your husband Rob’s love of wine, all with a very personal touch. What made you take this direction?

Every blog post could be a conversation we just had on the couch. We encourage each other to talk about what we love, so the blog happened organically. We saw blogs that were either very production-oriented or lacking anything to sink your teeth into. C&C is all us, a lifestyle. We wanted to connect with people at that level. When I’m reading a blog, if there’s only one line that lets you into the author’s life, I linger on it. It’s what I’m there for.

The photography has a very luxe, dramatic feel to it, which adds to the blog’s overall aesthetic. Who’s the photo guru, or is it a collaborative effort?

Oh, that’s Rob. He’s way more artistic than he gives himself credit for. We photograph not to document, but to convey our enthusiasm for the subject. The rich tones amp it up and make the photos more like a distant memory; less like “These are shoes. They are brown.”

Wednesday, October 28th 2009

First Fashion: LNA Music Tees

Fashion and music: they’re a match for the ages. From Stevie Nicks to Steven Tyler, Madonna to Lady Gaga, musicians have influenced fashion and fashion has influenced musicians. And the latest in that delicious duo? Music Tees. Merging digital music and fashion, each tee is a wearable album cover, and each comes with a free playlist download featuring some of the music industry’s most promising up-and-comers. We’ve teamed up with LNA to create four exclusive tees, inspired by our hottest fall trends.

Pure ’80s fashion, this tee will turn even the most mild-mannered gal into a maniac on the dance floor. LNA - Material Girl Cropped Music Tee

An unexpected take on the military trend, this crop top is proving buttoned-up inspiration isn’t limited to refined jackets and leather boots. LNA - Wartime Cropped Flashdance Music Tee

Natural inspiration with a comfy slant, this hits the wanderer trend’s highpoints. LNA - Nomad Raw Edge Music Tank

And we couldn’t do a batch of music tees without drawing on our edgy rocker trend. LNA - Rocker Cropped Music Tee

The only thing left to do? Pick your musical delight, in What’s New.

--Amie

Tuesday, October 27th 2009

Jewelry is My Art Collection

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Most women have a modest jewelry box, drawer, or corner armoire, but super-stylist Rachel Zoe has a meticulously organized jewelry closet that rivals my walk-in. On the season finale of her show, we got a peek at her personal bauble collection (upwards of 1,000 pieces), and I love her no-shame justification: “Chanel is my art collection.”

I could totally relate to this sentiment. When company drops by, I have to explain why my living room is scattered with designer shoes and my bedroom with dramatic earrings, while the walls are virtually bare. Whenever my mom takes pity on my painting-free apartment, offering me a scented candle to up the ambience, I try to convince her that Kenneth Jay Lane cuffs make better sculptures, that vintage Chanel jewelry is its own brand of French Romanticism, and that a TOM BINNS necklace emits a fervor that will burn much longer than 24 hours.

Eventually I’ll get to the wall art, but for now, I’m focused on perfecting the neck, ear, and wrist art.

--Suzanne

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