Friday, December 30th 2011

Fabric Files: Velvet

The Single Breasted Velvet Jacket by Halston Heritage and the Improta Velvet Dress by Calvin Klein Collection.

Winter is a time for creature comforts: hearty foods, warm fires, and rich textures. In company with cashmere, corduroy, and fur, velvet has lately begun to assert itself as one of the season’s must-have indulgences. Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear it:

As textured as suede and as refined as patent, velvet makes an intriguing material for footwear. Look to Opening Ceremony and Thakoon shoes for inviting options.

For bottoms, velvet is the citified version of corduroy. AG Adriano Goldschmied and J Brand skinnies become gala-worthy in plush velvet.

Statement Pieces
For maximum impact, opt for maximum yardage: a long dress, maxi skirt, or bright blazer will give you plenty of texture with which to make an impression.


Wednesday, December 28th 2011

Fancy Pants: Print Bottoms

The Plaid Straight Leg Pants by Adam.

Stylistically, my heart is firmly set on the classic and the vintage-inspired. Usually, this translates to sleek, iconic silhouettes, perhaps peppered with a little pop of color or fur. Sometimes, however, it means the loud and outrageous—think disco-era platform sandals, fluffy ’50s formal dresses, and the object of my current crush: the print pant.

A classic menswear staple inexplicably set aside, print bottoms are back again, this time with a notably feminine tone. With prints spanning from the avant-garde (like leaf-printed DVF pants or tonally printed Ellery trousers) to the bold (punky plaid Current/Elliott jeans, I’m looking at you), there’s a print for every mood from refined to rebellious.


Friday, December 23rd 2011

Happy Holidays from Shopbop!

The Shopbop offices are winding down for a long weekend. Here, a few staffers share their favorite holiday traditions.

Monica, Online Merchandiser
One of my favorite holiday traditions takes place the Saturday before Christmas with my fiancé’s family. My father and brothers-in-law to-be have a cookie bakeoff while all the ladies head out for mani/pedis and some last-minute shopping. I love coming back to a heaping plate of fresh-baked cookies. Maple snicker doodles took home the title this year!

Jessica, Email Marketing Manager
Making potato latkes! I might even try my hand at homemade apple sauce this year.

Rachel, Customer Service Manager
Spending quality time with my family, eating all the yummy cookies and snacks I can get my hands on, and singing “Silent Night” by candlelight on Christmas Eve. I’m really looking forward to watching my little girl open her presents from Santa this year. She’s almost two, and I think I’m more excited than she is!

Pa, Stylist
Ice fishing as soon as the lakes are solid! There’s nothing more serene than Wisconsin lakes in the winter.

Kirsten, Stylist
Getting and decorating the tree is my favorite holiday tradition—from the characters at the tree lot to the oohs and aahs of my kids as they rediscover their favorite ornaments each year.

Jenny, Buyer
I always get together with my best friends to watch Love Actually and bake brownies!

Olivia, PR Coordinator
My favorite tradition is baking cookies with my mom, especially butter cookies. We’ve made them together since I was little. My favorite part then (and now) was decorating the different shapes with colored sprinkles.

Amie, Editor
My favorite day of the season and the year is the Saturday before Christmas. My huge extended family (my mom has 12 brothers and sisters!) gets together for good conversation, a little playful ribbing, and lots of amazing food. I leave the day filled with the holiday spirit (and peanut butter balls).

Thursday, December 22nd 2011

Ball Dropping Style: Outfit Ideas for NYE

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Dresses by Marchesa, Alice + Olivia, and Shoshanna.

New Year’s Eve is a spectacle of fabulous excess. When else are you expected, nay, encouraged to drink endless glasses of champagne, dress in a sea of sequins, stay up as late as possible, and make grandiose statements about fixing your life? This year my plans include a wealth of glitter and being wholly overdressed to watch the ball drop at my favorite dive bar.  For those of you with other plans, check out a few outfit ideas below and ring in 2012 with style. 

Black Tie Bash
A classy event calls for an equally elegant outfit. Turn heads in a floor-length Raoul dress in fire engine red. Add sleek tuleste market earrings and an asymmetrical Kenneth Jay Lane cocktail ring. A nude B Brian Atwood pump with a stable heel will keep you on your feet long after the confetti settles.

Playful Party
Celebrate in an easy atmosphere with good friends and a jaunty Alice + Olivia jumpsuit. Strappy gold Marc by Marc Jacobs sandals and a chunky Luv Aj necklace top off a fresh look for the New Year.

Sparkly Soirée
Wear a sequin- and rhinestone-covered Marchesa dress and render the disco ball useless. Complement a messy updo with dangle Made Her Think earrings. Finish it off with crystal-heeled Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps and really give the ball in Times Square a run for its money.

--Libby S.


Wednesday, December 21st 2011

Introducing Cast of Vices: Accessories with a Dark Side

Photos from the Cast of Vices work studio in California.

When our Rome falls, our vices will be our remains: cigarette butts, bottle caps, shopping bags. It’s a bleak outlook that is juxtaposed with beautiful design in Cast of Vices. Launched by Christopher Glancy and Jay LeCompte, Cast of Vices jewelry and accessories cast a critical eye on modern culture. We spoke with the duo about their line.

Shopbop: Cast of Vices showcases the dark elements of human culture. What inspired this design aesthetic?
Christopher Glancy & Jay LeCompte: Our collection began with prescription pills, an object which has permeated our modern ethos, altered the face of society, and created an escape from reality. What better inspiration could you ask for in art or fashion? Escapism and fashion have been bedfellows since the beginning, and these objects best symbolize that connection.

SB: The amount of detail in your designs is amazing. How are your pieces made?
CG & JL: We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and our ability to balance form and function. Each jewelry design is sculpted by hand. The process begins with a wax model, and through an elaborate process of molds and lost wax, a raw silver piece is rendered and then hand finished, making each piece unique and slightly different.

Tuesday, December 20th 2011

1 Piece 2 Ways: Sequin Skirt

1112201P2WSequinSkirtShopbop stylists Loni and Karina.

It will not come as a surprise to those who know me that my favorite bird is the magpie. I’ve always shared its affinity for all things shiny. In my quest to make sparkle an acceptable year-round staple, I asked Shopbop stylists Loni and Karina for two different ways to pull off this sequined Dolan skirt in the office.

My number one rule for office sequins: steer away from anything overtly sexy. Sequins have a fun, playful vibe no matter what, so keeping the rest of the look a bit more buttoned-up and classic always works well. I opted to go with a flat shoe and a sporty top, keeping the look fun, professional, and appropriate.

On Loni:
* Dolan Wrap Skirt
* Thakoon Print Blazer
* Thakoon Print Booties

Sequins are quite a statement, so it’s important to keep the rest of your look simple and clean. Since this skirt is a little formfitting, I loosened up the top by layering a cozy sweater over a tank. It adds a nice pop of color and just the right amount of boyishness, balancing out the feminine skirt beautifully.

On Karina:
* Dolan Wrap Skirt
* Theyskens’ Theory Sweater
Maison Martin Margiela Booties



Monday, December 19th 2011

Shopbop Behind the Scenes: MiH Resort 2012

A peek behind the scenes at the shoot for our exclusive MiH resort collection, featuring little sis of Lily, Ruby Aldridge.

Photographer: Guy Aroch
Model: Ruby Aldridge
Makeup: Rie Omoto
Hair: Raymond McLaren

Browse the MiH Resort 2012 lookbook.
Shop MiH Jeans.

Friday, December 16th 2011

Fail-Safe Last Minute Gift: Jewelry

Clockwise from upper left: Bing Bang initial necklace, T. Cyia horn cuff, Gorjana XOX ring set, ginette_ny baguette necklace, Fallon happy cuff, Alexis Bittar woven cuff.

The holidays are mere days away, adding a sense of urgency to remaining to-buy-for lists. Gift the gals a fail-safe favorite: jewelry.

Something Personal
A personal piece will be something she wears every day. Give her an initial necklace by Bing Bang jewelry or a luxe ginette_ny baguette necklace. (Tip for the latter: take it to a local jewelry store to have her name engraved before you wrap it up.)

A Sweet Message
A sweet sentiment will put a smile on her face each time she looks at it. Give her happy thoughts with a Fallon bracelet or compose a message with Gorjana stacking rings.

New Year’s Eve Sparkle
If bling’s her thing, get her ready for the fête that sparkles. A pavé T. Cyia bracelet makes a shimmering statement, while Alexis Bittar offers an artful interpretation of all that glitters.


Thursday, December 15th 2011

The New Statement Bag: Haircalf

The Sara Bag by Club Monaco.

Never one to carry a boring handbag, I’ve had my share of metallic and neon purses in recent seasons. But now that shiny and bright are all but default, I need something a little wilder if I want to keep walking the line between turning heads and raising eyebrows. I need haircalf.

While my heart was initially stolen by traditional animal-print pieces from style powerhouses Diane von Furstenberg and Lauren Merkin, a little shopping revealed a world of unexpected subtlety. Haircalf need not be fierce: Club Monaco offers a refined herringbone, and Alexander Wang does wild and wonderful things with simple, luxurious black.


Wednesday, December 14th 2011

Tribune Standard’s Tawfik Mounayer on Resort 2012

Following up their well-received fall/winter debut, Tribune Standard showed a stunning resort collection bursting with warm-weather must-haves. Macramé earrings dust the shoulders of effortless blouses, and dresses shine in exclusive hand-designed prints. We’ve been coveting these pieces since Fashion’s Night Out and jumped at the opportunity to talk to the man behind the designs once again. Tawfik Mounayer fills us in on the label’s inspiration, social responsibility, and his biggest holiday wish.

SHOPBOP: Tell us a little about the resort 2012 collection.
Tawfik Mounayer: It started with a few muses and an artist. A portrait of Marisa Berenson wearing a heavy tassel earring and a blushed shoulder, as well as modern painter James Nares. Cross that with gestures of Paloma Picasso in St. Tropez circa 1973, and resort 2012 was well on its way.

SB: How would you describe its aesthetic?
TM: For resort 2012 we really wanted the clothes to be easy, effortless, and polished. These are pieces than can take you away even if you don't have a trip planned.

SB: We love the resort collection’s color story. What inspired the palette?
TM: We develop all our own prints at Tribune Standard. We started painting in the design studio and playing around with paint colors. We started splattering, mixing unexpected color combinations.  We might have done 100 paintings. Then we picked our favorites and pulled the palette together from there. 

SB: You take strides to produce your collection in a responsible way. Can you tell us more about that?
TM: We work with both large and small manufacturers that share our passion for the subtler things. We take pride in our fit, manufacturing, and finishing. We support local patternmakers and manufacturers in NYC. Most of our woven pieces are made in the Garment District. In addition, we partner with a Bolivian women's work co-op to produce all of our knits. For resort, it's all the beautiful macramé. Each macramé piece is signed by the woman artisan that worked on the individual piece. We take pride in working with them and hope people take pride when wearing our garments.

SB: The holiday season is here. What’s at the top of your wish list?
TM: One day to do nothing –relax, read, eat, sleep, and then repeat.

SB: Any plans to escape the cold this winter?
TM: Planning a trip to Palm Springs for New Year’s and I would like to go somewhere in February post fashion week that involves sun and a salty body of water.

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