Thursday, September 23rd 2010

First Fashion: Outerwear to Make an Entrance

Seecl  (1) Garde  (2) Twelf  (3)

We all have an everyday leather jacket or army parka we’re in the process of wearing to shreds, but special occasions call for special outwear. These three pieces make a statement after dark.

(1) The drama of a cape with the ease of a jacket, this See by Chloé confection pairs equally well with twill pants for day as it does with an LBD on an evening out. See by Chloé – Cape Coat

(2) Fur coats are the definition of timeless glamour, but Shopbop newcomer GAR-DE makes theirs fit for a rock star with shaggy fur and leather sleeves. GAR-DE – Joffre Curly Fur Coat

(3) With a boxy silhouette and slightly cropped sleeves, this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent jacket is subtly retro over a ladylike, cinched-waist dress. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent – ’50s Cozy Melange Cardigan


Wednesday, September 22nd 2010

Fall 2010 Defining Color: Camel

In her review of the Thakoon spring 2011 runway,’s Nicole Phelps wrote: “It’s official, white is the new camel.” Now, you know a color is significant when it’s included in an “is the new” statement, and camel was beyond big on the fall runways. Chloé’s Paris catwalk showed almost nothing but tawny shades, punctuated with blue chambray and the occasional grey or black moment, and this season everyone from Derek Lam to Kimberly Ovitz, M Missoni to Alexander Wang is turning out tan.

Camel is clearly having a major moment, but was it ever out of style? After the fall 2010 shows, I was surprised by just how many camel pieces I already had in my own closet: two sweater dresses, a cardigan, wide-leg trousers. They were there, mostly unnoticed, but on regular rotation every fall. It’s a shade that can easily blend into the everyday, but always adds a touch of the luxurious.

How are you wearing camel clothing this season? I like to accent it with black or whiskey leather accessories for a truly classic look.


Wednesday, September 22nd 2010

First Fashion: Fit for a Princess

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Looking through today’s What's New, I felt as if I were browsing the contents of Marie Antoinette’s dressing table. The luxurious colors and antique details of these finds recall the luxury of an era long gone.

(1) If you’re building your own collection of crown jewels, this ornate but chunky bracelet from Juliet & Company is a good place to start. Juliet & Company – Dream Bracelet

(2) With its classic shape and unusual detailing, this tote from Shopbop newcomer Velvetine has an haute vintage vibe. Velvetine – Sean Bag

(3) A muted color scheme and no-holds-barred approach to glamour give this ring from Juicy Couture a courtly appearance. Juicy Couture – Gray Labradorite Ring


Tuesday, September 21st 2010

A Brief History of Fair Isle Knits

Centers of fashion like NYC, Paris, and Milan may set the season’s trends, but this fall many of us will be looking to a more far-flung locale for our sartorial cues: Fair Isle. The most remote inhabited island in the UK, Fair Isle covers a mere three square miles and boasts a population of 700. But this tiny rocky outcropping does have one claim to fame. For nearly 400 years, the women of the island have been knitting sweaters and accessories with distinctive, horizontal bands of colorful patterns. Though once a pure necessity (the knit is ultra-thick and keeps out the North Sea’s rough weather), Fair Isle knits became a statement when the Prince of Wales donned the pattern in the early 1920s and brought wider attention to the isolated artisans who create them.

This fall, designers took the look out of the history books and into 2010. The Rag & Bone fall runway put a downtown spin on Fair Isle sweaters with disheveled layers and high-heel booties, while ADAM by Adam Lippes made the pattern feel polished by pairing it with a wrap skirt and a cinched waist. For a look more country than city, take your cues from the fall runways and mix and match Fair Isle with rustic pieces like plaid button-downs, shearling jackets, and distressed riding boots—the updated styling makes the Scottish motif feel like pure Americana.


Tuesday, September 21st 2010

JNBY Fall Style VIP: Shopbop’s Kate Ciepluch

Last week I stopped by the JNBY store in Soho to talk about a few of my favorites from their fall collection, and today, I’m honored to share the first installment of their Fall Style VIP video series, featuring my picks. Grab your own cropped trench at Shopbop now, and check back soon for the sweater dress and leather jacket!

Shopbop Fashion Director

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Tuesday, September 21st 2010

First Fashion: Winter Accessories

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I’m not going to lie: I was over summer back in July. I’ve got nothing against sunny days and outdoor fun, but the humidity that defined summer 2010 was enough to set me dreaming of fall fashion trends early on. Today, a few winter accessories to get me in the mood for the season of sweaters and boots:

(1) A unique yet classic take on the scarf, this will be a go-to for chic refinement. Bop Basics - Thick Knit Collar Scarf

(2) I’m not usually one to wear attention-grabbing fur, but this Foley + Corinna wrap has won me over. I’ll wear it as my outer layer all fall, and as a little extra insulation under my coat come winter. Foley + Corinna - Faux Fur Wrap

(3) I discovered an appreciation for legwarmers and chunky socks last winter, when I stubbornly wore dresses most days of the week. This pair from By Malene Birger will play well with pumps, or peeking out from knee-high boots. By Malene Birger - Leg Warmers


Monday, September 20th 2010

Fall 2010 Outerwear: New Classics

This season has taken a rare turn: fashion and function are beautifully united. With a focus on tried-and-true styles, fall 2010’s jackets and coats are heirlooms in the making. A rundown of the season’s top styles:

Fur & Faux Fur
Glamour girls rejoice: fur and faux fur are back. For a polished ’50s debutante flair, pair a cropped fur jacket (we love this one, from Joie clothing) with skinnies and pumps. If ’70s diva is more your style, opt for a heavy fur collar (Elizabeth and James and Shipley & Halmos have great options).

Military Styling
Field and utility jackets are still going strong. The ideal weight for fall, these adaptable must-haves lend a practical, ready-for-anything vibe to everything from destroyed Current/Elliott jeans to a Hervé Léger dress. Look to Veda and Bird by Juicy Couture for on-trend interpretations of the style, or Vince and Rag & Bone for more faithful renditions.

Shearling Bombers
Shearling bomber jackets are the perfect summary of fall’s adventurous, vintage feel. Equally at home on a cattle drive as it is on Park Avenue, ADAM’s tailored-yet-tough aviator jacket (pictured) is a piece you’ll wear for years to come. If you’d rather channel Rebel Without a Cause, Madewell or Acne clothing offer biker jackets that will keep you cozy, whatever your fall adventures may be.


Monday, September 20th 2010

First Fashion: Back to Fall

Amida  (1) Nanet  (2) Helmt  (3)

After a fashion week full of lightweight fabrics and lighthearted prints, I’m getting back to the season at hand. These autumn colors and textures make me glad spring is far from sprung.

(1) Oatmeal knits are at the top of my fall shopping list, and this cardigan from Shopbop newcomer Ami Dans La Rue is perfect for mixing and matching with a palette of muted neutrals. Ami Dans La Rue – Funnel Neck Sweater Coat

(2) It’s easy to look fall-appropriate in thick knits and buttery leather, but Nanette Lepore brings the spirit of the season to evening with the help of rich velvet, deep olive, and a floor-sweeping hem. Nanette Lepore- Love Affair Dress

(3) Shearling was one of the fall runways’ greatest hits, and Helmut Lang puts a downtown stamp on this blueblood staple with a unique silhouette. Helmut Lang – Square Shoulder Shearling Jacket


Friday, September 17th 2010

Spring 2011 Runway Trend: Poppy Lips

I spotted them everywhere! Styled retro to ladylike. Some of my favorites were at Jill Stuart, Vena Cava, and Diane von Furstenberg.

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Thursday, September 16th 2010

NYFW Spring 2011: A Refined Southern California Sentiment

A number of spring shows this week have included clothing that feels a little old school, a bit refined, yet playful and sexy. High-waisted pants in pop colors have officially caught my eye, as have swinging full-skirt dresses, cinched waists, and pinup swimwear. Straw bags and hats complete this refined SoCal look.

Spotted at: ADAM, Alice + Olivia, Derek Lam, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, Tory Burch, Vena Cava.
Key pieces: Wide-leg pants, retro suiting, neck-tie blouses, below-the-knee sundresses and circle skirts, circular sunglasses, wooden wedges.
Color palette: Rust, saffron, navy, poppy orange, grass green.

Shopbop Fashion Director

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