Tuesday, January 31st 2012

Fashion to Feel Good About: Falling Whistles x DANNIJO

Known for their statement-making jewelry, DANNIJO has quickly become a go-to fashion favorite, and their collaboration with nonprofit Falling Whistles is only natural considering the sisters’ roots in philanthropic design. Prior to the launch of DANNIJO, designers Danielle and Jodie Snyder created a collection for Live With A Lifelong Ambition to support grassroots initiatives for change in Africa. 

Using Falling Whistle’s signature symbol, DANNIJO added chains, crystals, and beads culminating in pieces inspired by the idea of “peaceful warriors.” Worn close to the heart, the whistles are meant to provoke conversations about the terrifying truth of child soldiers in the DRC. Tasteful and sophisticated, each piece is wrapped with hope for a peaceful Congo.  

--Libby S.

For more information on Falling Whistles, check out this video.

Monday, January 30th 2012

Shopbop Launches Workwear Boutique

Introducing the Shopbop Workwear Boutique, a collection of suiting, tailored separates, power dresses, shoes, and accessories. Pieces can be mixed and matched to build work-appropriate looks that celebrate, rather than extinguish, personal style.

“We believe there is a real void in the market for the customer who loves style, but needs to look professional at work,” says Melissa Gellman Weiss, Shopbop Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy. “The Workwear Boutique offers our unique perspective on how to dress for work.”


Browse the Workwear Boutique.

Monday, January 30th 2012

Possessionista: How to Dress like Revenge

Vengeful Emily Thorne seeks to clear her family name in ABC’s latest hit Revenge. And luckily for us, she’s carrying out her schemes in luxurious high-fashion pieces. Dana from Possessionista dishes on the style of her three favorite characters from this delightfully dark drama.

Do you like Ashley’s bold colors, Charlotte’s feminine frills, or Emily’s classic silhouettes? Find which look best fits your style here.

Photo courtesy of Possessionista.

Friday, January 27th 2012

Shopbop Behind the Scenes: Rag & Bone/JEAN Lookbook

Models: Sofija & Viktoria
Photographer: Guy Aroch
Stylist: Morgan Wendelborn
Hair: Dennis Lanni
Makeup: Rie Omoto
Location: Private residence in Brooklyn.

Check out more behind the scenes photos.
Browse the Rag & Bone/JEAN lookbook.

Thursday, January 26th 2012

Prepping for NYFW with Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss

Emily Weiss began her career in fashion while studying art at NYU, and after honing her skills at W magazine, she settled into a coveted position assisting American Vogue stylist Elissa Santisi. Fully immersed in the industry, Emily launched Into the Gloss in 2010, profiling the insiders and influencers shaping current beauty trends. We asked Emily to share a few tips about surviving the marathon that is New York Fashion Week.

Shopbop: What are your beauty and health rituals in the weeks leading up to NYFW?
Emily Weiss: Manicure and pedicure, of course. Hair cut and color. But the number one most important thing is SLEEP! I have to get as much as I can because as soon as fashion week starts, it goes out the window.

SB: What are your favorite NYFW oases?
EW: I refuel at neighborhood restaurants like Osteria Morini and Café Select, and pop into YogaWorks for a BarWorks class when I can, to keep my strength up.

SB: What is your favorite fashion week memory to date?
EW: Working with designer Derek Lam and stylist Elissa Santisi to put looks together for his runway shows. They are a dream team, always laughing and having fun.

Shop Emily’s New York Fashion Week picks.
Check out her blog, Into the Gloss.

Photo courtesy of Emily Weiss.

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

Winter Wardrobe Refresh

My least favorite month is looming. Inevitably, I let the dark, sloppy cold of February bring me down.  Not this year. After the overwhelmingly successful debut of this neon shoe, I am eschewing the neutrals and darks that usually dominate my winter wardrobe. Peeking out of my parka will be bright resort classics I can layer now and wear through August.

A Kelly green Alice + Olivia blazer can be tossed over a cashmere Ami Dans La Rue sweater now, and then turn a backless Matthew Williamson Escape dress into an office-friendly look for summer. Bright blue and extra roomy, an Alexander Wang tote adds a pop of color to a weary work wardrobe, and come spring, will stow away a light blanket for spontaneous picnics in the park. With a Rag & Bone cardigan, this Mason by Michelle Mason jumpsuit is a cozy cold-weather date option. A few months later, add dangling Michael Kors earrings and dazzle during an al fresco dinner.

--Libby S.

Tuesday, January 24th 2012

Spring Jewelry Preview: Natural Beauty

My Grandma has regaled me with tales from her adventures in agate hunting since I was a little girl. From washed-up treasure to angry black bears, she’s seen it all. So it’s no surprise that I am thrilled with the influx of natural stone jewelry this season. While impossible to pick a favorite, three brands stand out as true masters of these earthly delights.

Vita New York
Designers Wayne Anderson and Shauna Hull take an already striking natural agate, and elevate it to a new level of luxury with exotic skins and glowing 22k gold plating. Making “jewelry for your way of life,” the duo creates bold pieces destined to be well-worn favorites. Wear one of their trademarked wrist belts and a flowing bohemian dress for an air of easy elegance.

Adina Mills Design
The beauty of a raw stone radiates in these part-jewelry, part-sculpture designs.  Cubist pyrite and peaks of amethyst showcase the unique organic aesthetic of the namesake designer. A major statement piece, pair one of her handmade designs with a cocktail dress and prepare for a wealth of compliments.

Charles Albert
Charles Albert and Beth Marciel-Albert create one-of-a-kind pieces with brilliant dyed and natural agates for this Florida-based line. Their jewelry is inspired by nature and the uniqueness of the stones. A one-shoulder silhouette provides the oversized rings and glossy cuffs with the spotlight they deserve. 

--Libby S.

Monday, January 23rd 2012

Possessionista: How to Dress like Jane by Design

With a covetable job and even more covetable accessories (hello, Hermes), Jane Quimby is living every fashion-forward’s dream.  Dana of the fashionably compulsive blog Possessionista shares her take on dressing like the stars of ABC Family’s latest high-style hit, Jane by Design. 

Are you colorful and feminine like Jane? Or monochromatic and edgy like India? Find out how to get their look here.

Photo courtesy of Possessionista

Friday, January 20th 2012

1 Piece 2 Ways: Bold Wide-Leg Pants

Red pants are a bold statement. Combine the bright hue with a wide-leg silhouette, and you’ve got a highly covetable item that can be pretty tough to wear. Enter Shopbop stylists Loni and Karina. One look at their tips on this tricky trend and you’ll be ready to work a wide-leg in blue, green, and especially red.

The easiest way to wear a piece like this is to go fitted and minimal on top. Instead, I paired these pants with an equally bold and blousy top. I love the added sense of presence I get by matching volume with volume. High, high heels, black accessories, and edgy jewelry anchor this bright look to my style.

On Loni:
* Alice + Olivia Eric Pants
* ONE by Otis & Maclain Top
* Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge Sandals

I’m a sucker for classics, so both the color and the shape of these pants are a happy departure from my usual style. I added my favorite layering essential, a printed tee, and threw on a blazer to sharpen the voluminous silhouette. To top it off, I stacked on some chunky bracelets and a few silver rings.

On Karina:
* Alice + Olivia Eric Pants
* IRO Blazer
* Wildfox Tee

--Libby S.

Wednesday, January 18th 2012

Bohemian Beauties: Resort 2012

While traditional resort collections (heavy on the palazzo pants and sensible sandals) don’t send me skittering for my passport and scanning for airfare deals, this year’s looks have a well-traveled bohemian vibe that’s positively wanderlust-inducing: exotic, romantic, a little unexpected.

As a would-be nomad, my top picks are the BCBG Max Azria and 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent collections. With luxe fabrics, fluid lines, and bold prints, these colorful lineups are filled with the sort of throw-on-and-go pieces that make style on the go an easy delight. With a wardrobe reduced to a few adaptable, heavy-hitting pieces, there’ll be plenty of room left over in that suitcase for travel treasures and mementos.


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