Monday, December 12th 2011

Introducing Jeunesse by AIKO’s Cynthia Mittweg

A look from the Shopbop Jeunesse lookbook.

Launched in the resort 2012 season, Jeunesse is a truly unique fashion concept conceived by AIKO Creative Director Cynthia Mittweg. Mittweg plans to experiment with collaborations each season, focusing on one specialty item per partnership. The inaugural effort: a wear-forever blouse designed with stylist Cristina Ehrlich. “I feel as though women are enjoying luxury and dressing up on some level again,” says Mittweg. “Cristina has an incredible collection of vintage blouses and wears them often.”

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Friday, December 9th 2011

Luxe Lounge

The Wide Leg Print Trousers and Collarless Print Shirtdress by 10 Crosby by Derek Lam.

After a few sloppy years of sweats and flannels, loungewear is returning to its roots: slinky materials, glamorous outlines, and a bold, almost theatrical presentation. Think of silver-screen starlets and disco-era bathing beauties, and you’ll be right in step with 10 Crosby, Piamita, and other designers whose sleek styles blur the boundaries between fireside and formal fête.

My favorite pieces are the most elegant for their fluidity of line and purpose: super-wide legged trousers, classic silk maxi gowns, and soft oversized cardigans (T by Alexander Wang and Vince clothing always fit the bill). Here’s to making “slipping into something more comfortable” glamorous again.


Thursday, December 8th 2011

Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Winter Shorts

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Winter claims its first wardrobe victim sending streaky, white salt stains creeping up the backs of pant legs. Denim and trousers alike are ruined and nights are spent scrubbing out slop and slush. But not this year! When wet weather appears I’m going to pull out my favorite pair of shorts. Thankfully I won’t freeze because I got the scoop from Shopbop stylist Karina on exactly how to style shorts for cold weather.

LIBBY: What is the key to keeping shorts looking seasonably appropriate?
KARINA: Tights are a must. To balance out such a cropped piece, I also love the idea of throwing an oversized Vince sweater on top. It's a clever way to play with proportions while keeping shorts, so often thought of only for summer, looking like a natural fit into your winter wardrobe. 

LIBBY: Any tips for wearing shorts when the temps really drop?
KARINA: Besides tights, tall, fitted boots can really be a boon to semi-exposed legs. A long sweater, like this Rachel Zoe cardigan, can also keep you a smidge warmer while providing an interesting way to play with proportions.

LIBBY: I love my waxed J Brand shorts, how can I dress them up? And down?
KARINA: For a casual look, try a printed sweater; Chaser and Wildfox are designing some of my favorites this season. Toss on some thick tights and lace-up Frye boots.

For a more refined look, revisit your favorite black tights and throw on some black B Brian Atwood pumps (that'll make your legs look like they're a mile long!). Keep the look airy and loose on top with one of many ethereal Equipment blouses and pair with your favorite jewelry. 

LIBBY: How are you planning to incorporate shorts into your winter wardrobe?
KARINA: I'll be wearing tweed Rag & Bone shorts over a pair of some fleece-lined Plush tights with a chic and cozy Doo.Ri sweater. A slimmer shoe helps elongate the leg; I'll toss on my Rag & Bone booties to finish the look.

--Libby S.

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

Behind the Scenes: Bohemian Winter

Photographer: Guy Aroch
Model: Tallulah
Stylist: Morgan Wendelborn
Hair: Dennis Lanni
Makeup: Keiko Takagi
Location: 5 Beekman Street, NYC. The abandoned building served as the perfect backdrop for this romantic story. See more about the building here.

Check out the Bohemian Winter lookbook.

Monday, December 5th 2011

Gifting Best Bet: Fashion Books

A sampling from the Shopbop Fashion Books collection.

The final weeks of the holiday shopping season have arrived, and if you still have a few what-to-buy questions that need answering, think about gifting a beautiful book. These favorites are sure to please any fashion-loving heart.

Christian Louboutin
A perfect gift for the shoe obsessed, created by Christian Louboutin. This stunning volume—with an intricate pop-up, an elaborate foldout cover, and dramatic still-life photography—evokes the artistry and theatricality of Louboutin’s shoe designs.

American Fashion Cookbook
Compiled by the CFDA, this collection of recipes from America’s favorite designers proves food can be fashionable too. The volume contains more than 100 recipes, memories, and tips from the likes of Isaac Mizrahi, Carolina Herrera, and Derek Lam, with a foreword by Martha Stewart.

Fashion Pack Paper Dolls
What girl, both young and old, doesn’t like a set of paper dolls? Take her back to the days of yore with this updated take on a childhood favorite. She’ll play dress-up with top models Jourdan Dunn and Jessica Stam, and the only thing she’ll need to do it is a pair of scissors.

Christian Lacroix & the Tale of Sleeping Beauty
From the Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir Series, this contemporary take on the classic Sleeping Beauty story is lushly illustrated by Christian Lacroix. Mixing whimsy and memoir, Lacroix unfolds a timeless tale in an entirely new way.

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Friday, December 2nd 2011

Introducing Piamita: The Picture of Refined Loungewear

Piamita designers Karla Martinez and Cecilia de Sola wearing pieces from their collection.

Launched by Cecilia de Sola and W Magazine Editor Karla Martinez, Piamita is single-handedly redefining luxury sportswear. The duo conceived the brand out of need: they wanted loungewear that was as flattering as it was comfortable, but there wasn’t a stitch to be found on the market. We talked with Martinez and De Sola about Piamita loungewear—its origins and its inspirations.

Shopbop: Piamita spotlights loungewear. What made you decide to focus on this category?
Karla Martinez & Cecilia de Sola: We felt there was a niche out there for clothes that were in essence comfortable, but simultaneously sophisticated and polished. The term “loungewear” makes most people think of sweatpants and spandex; we wanted to change that preconception and create pieces that have elegance, thus expanding the possibilities in this category.

SB: The pieces in your collection have a laid-back refinement. What is the inspiration?
KM & CS: They are inspired by a lifestyle similar to something you’d find portrayed in a Slim Aarons photograph: old-world elegance, leisurely vacations in beautiful locales, luxurious fabrics, and an unabated sense of refined ease secured by the blissful feeling of comfort and happiness.

SB: How has your personal background influenced the line?
KM & CS: Both our backgrounds and everyday lives influence the line. Whether it’s something from the past that conjures up an image that will end up as a print, or something we saw in a movie. Something spotted on a friend or stranger that inspired a shape, or a place we have visited that inspired a color. We are also constantly inspired by fashion icons such as Lee Radziwill, Talitha Getty, Brigitte Bardot, Katharine Hepburn, and Sofia Coppola, to name a few.

SB: Your prints are stunning. What is the process behind creating them?
KM & CS: First, we come up with a concept, and from there, we develop an image and various colorways. For resort, we drew inspiration from both our past and present. The Tangato and Tangatito prints, for example, were inspired by my much-adored cat—an accomplished “lounger” who lives a perpetual life of leisure. The Abanico print was inspired by our immaculately dressed grandmothers, who always carried fans in their purses.

SB: What’s next for Piamita?
KM & CS: We’ve continued to focus on stylish loungewear, introducing new fabrics for the fall season and prints influenced by Andean traditions and South America. In the future, we hope to expand more into lifestyle—perhaps beachwear or home. We’d also love to do a special Piamita set for an airline’s first class cabin—like the ones they give away on long-haul flights. That would be such fun.

SB: The holiday season is upon us. What’s on your agenda?
CS: I’ll be spending Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends in El Salvador.
KM: For Christmas I will be in Texas at my house celebrating my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday and my niece’s 7th birthday. It will be my last Christmas and New Year as Miss Karla Martinez!

Thursday, December 1st 2011

No-Fail Gift Guide: The Basics

Clockwise from top left: Yulia B Cashmere Sweater by Theory clothing; Velvet Mouse Slippers by Marc by Marc Jacobs; Mini Diamond Puce Earrings by ginette_ny; Tortoise Jet Set Sport Watch by Michael Kors; Metallic Reva Clutch by Tory Burch.

Like that little black dress or guest-impressing cocktail recipe, some things are always there for you when you’re in a pinch. If you’re beginning to worry about any remaining empty stockings, do as Holly Golightly would: stick to the tried and true, opting for updated staple pieces. You’ll win over even the most discerning giftee with these fail-proof basics.

1) A cashmere sweater
While cashmere may not be a girl’s best friend, it’s still a bridesmaid. Try Theory clothing and Ami dans la Rue for chic, wear-forever options.

2) Cozy slippers
With winter just beginning, now’s the time to replace her UGG mules or add a touch of woodland whimsy with mouse-inspired Marc by Marc Jacobs slippers.

3) Diamond studs
Like coffee and credit cards, diamond earrings are a right of adulthood. Look to ginette_ny for megawatt simplicity.

4) A classic watch
An informed, up-to-date statement watch is a must-have power accessory. Keep her looking confident and in command with a bold Michael Kors or Nixon watch.

5) A timeless clutch
There’s nothing like a small bag to make a girl downsize, let go, and live more spontaneously: she can’t pack layers, bring along work, or store a book for later. A shiny Tory Burch clutch or DVF minaudiere will be big enough for all her essentials, but small enough to leave her unencumbered.

6) A Shopbop gift card
For the most discerning, letting her choose for herself is always easiest. With a gift card, she can have those fringed Alexander Wang booties or leopard-print jeans before New Year’s Eve.


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