Thursday, October 25th 2012

Classics Reimagined: 3 Shoe Brands to Know

Clockwise, from top: Marais USA Canvas Oxfords, Zadig & Voltaire Joe Combat BootsMax Kibardin Mallorca Boots.

We all love the Giuseppe Zanottis and Christian Louboutins of the shoe world: they create covetable heels that are never short on wow factor. But there’s something to be said for a label that treads in the waters of footwear classics. Today, meet three brands that do just that, offering modern updates on timeless wardrobe staples.

Founded in Brooklyn in 2008, Marais USA was created with a singular mission: to bring well-designed footwear to every fashionable woman at a price she can afford. The results are ballet flats, booties, and oxfords that marry classic silhouettes with modern details, ensuring Marais USA shoes find an easy place in any wardrobe.

Milanese by adoption and Russian by birth, Max Kibardin merges an architectural background earned in Moscow with fashion studied in Milan to construct sleek shoes in streamlined silhouettes. The collection embodies “timeless luxury” through a smart mix of clean lines and interesting details, and though the designer favors excess and decoration, his shoes never feel over-the-top. Instead, they are a study in measured design, earning them the attention of fashion editors and celebrities alike.

Zadig & Voltaire is where casual and luxury meet. Founded in Paris in 1997 by Thierry Gillier, the brand has stores on nearly every corner of the City of Light, and now, they’ve come to Shopbop with street-meets-chic shoes for the feminine tough girl. Think biker accents and moto elements, softened with luxe leather and suede. They make an equally fitting match for a floral dress or black skinny jeans.


Thursday, October 25th 2012

The Daily Find: Alice + Olivia Meyer Pumps

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What they are: Alice + Olivia Meyer Pumps
Why we love them: A glitter-covered heel injects the classic silhouette with festive fashion.
Wear them with: A long-sleeve LBD from Alice + Olivia and delicate gold Gorjana studs.

Shop designer heels.
Shop Alice + Olivia heels.

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Bop Com: The Kids Are All Right

There are more fashion blogs out there than underage models. But today, my favorite links are about the next generation of clothing czars...

Kid Tested: These high school students have better accessories than me—and they're not even friends with Elle Fanning. Help!  [THE CUT]

MTV Approved: You've got to admit, it's kind of fun keeping up with Karlie Kloss—and Kanye—in Paris. [HOUSE OF STYLE]

Taylor Grows Up: Is the pop princess an adult? The New York Times hosts this crucial debate... [NYT.COM]

So Does Justin Timberlake: Although his bride Jessica Biel did wear a pink princess ballerina dress to her wedding, so... [PEOPLE.COM]

Meanwhile—You're Never Too Old for Bouncing Kittens. [CATBOUNCE]

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Ask Shopbop: A Designer Halloween

Look 1: Rag & Bone coat, Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse, Rachel Pally skirt. Look 2: Free People dress, Plush tights, Jerome C. Rousseau booties.

I want to get the most out of my Halloween costume this year. Any suggestions?

Halloween is such a fun time of year. The candy, the crisp air, and of course the costumes. I love the idea of getting a real investment piece out of your costume. My advice is to pick out the item that you really want, and base your costume around it.

A quality red coat is classic and seasonless. When paired with a flowing maxi skirt and a pussy-bow blouse, it also makes an excellent Little Red Riding Hood costume. Another great option is treating yourself to a short mod dress. In addition to being a great anchor piece for a swinging ’60s getup, it’ll really stand out come party season. The trick here is to think outside the box. A DANNIJO statement necklace could be the centerpiece of a Cleopatra look, or a Vince moto jacket could help you channel James Dean.


Wednesday, October 24th 2012

The Daily Find: Tucker Blouse

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Tucker Slim Fit Combo Shirt
Why we love it: The classic blouse is decidedly feminine with hot pink piping.
Wear it with: A trim pencil skirt and leopard-print pumps.

Shop designer blouses.
Shop Tucker blouses.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

Must-Have Shoe: Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

On any given day, in any given month, at least three people in the Shopbop office are wearing Rag & Bone Newbury booties. The seasonless secret of these shoes? The smooth tapered toe, perfectly stacked heel, and sleek seaming create a classic silhouette that anchors any look in cool, modern territory. Our stylish staffers pair these versatile boots with skinny jeans and layered sweaters, maxi skirts and casual tees, and even formfitting knit dresses. Styling the shoe is easy. The only hard part is picking out which color to add to your wardrobe first.

--Libby S.

Shop Rag & Bone Newbury Booties.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

The Daily Find: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pants

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: 3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Pocket Trousers
Why we love it: A relaxed silhouette is met with a shocking pop of pink, creating a deft mix of comfort and forward fashion.
Wear it with: A simple white pullover and daring metallic Phillip Lim booties.

Shop slouchy trousers.
Shop 3.1 Phillip Lim pants.

Monday, October 22nd 2012

Shop It Now: Ina Soltani from All on the Line with Joe Zee

If you tuned in to All on the Line with Joe Zee on Sundance Channel tonight, you saw Ina Soltani present her capsule collection to Shopbop buyers Jenny and Darcy. From the collection, they selected a modern-meets-moto trench that is perfectly in tune with the Shopbop girl’s look. Clean lines are cut with zipper details, and the whole look is made luxe with smooth leather. This one is sure to be a wardrobe workhorse.

Shop the Ina Soltani Trench Coat, as seen on All on the Line with Joe Zee.

Monday, October 22nd 2012

The Little Black Dress, Updated

From left: Sea Lace & Ponte Dress, tba (to be adored) Lois Flutter Sleeve Dress, Kymerah Raja Dress.

It’s a closet staple: a short black dress with simple lines. It can be dressed up or down, for business or pleasure, and this season, designers have made the LBD a statement in its own right. No longer a canvas for the whims of the accessories du jour, these frocks have details both delicate and tough, with sheer peeks of skin, leather trims, and lace panels adding a little textural intrigue to the wardrobe workhorse.


Shop black dresses.

Monday, October 22nd 2012

Bop Com: The Voice

There are more fashion blogs out there than X Factor contestants. But today's links are all about stylish people making noise...

ALEXA SINGS: Watch Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, Lisa Maycock, Tavi, and more fashion babes sing "You Don't Own Me" in this Rock the Vote video. [VIMEO]

REBECCA WRITES: Rebecca Minkoff is InStyle's newest columnist—a position once held by Rachel Bilson. [WWD]

MODELS ROCK: Calvin Klein spokesgirl Fei Fei Sun, Proenza crush Kate King, and Tibi muse Olivia Palermo lip sync to Franz Ferdinand's dance floor hit "Do You Wanna" for Vogue Paris. Why?  Um... well... why not? []

GIRLS RULE: Can feminism and fashion coexist? Fiona Duncan explores. []


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