Friday, March 29th 2013

Interview Exclusive: Aimee Song on Marc by Marc Jacobs

A behind-the-scenes look at our Marc by Marc Jacobs shoot with Aimee Song.

Interior designer-slash-style blogger Aimee Song makes dressing look easy. Her blog, Song of Style, is a constant stream of effortlessly stylish looks, and her Instagram feed, which has a whopping 700,000 followers, offers a peek inside this cool girl’s California life. We shot Song for our latest Marc by Marc Jacobs lookbook, and while we had her attention, we posed a few questions about personal style.

SHOPBOP: Tell us a little about your blog. When and why did you start it?
AIMEE SONG: I started my blog almost five years ago while I was a freshman in college. I originally wanted to start an interior design blog, and after my outfit post got a good response, it became a personal style blog.

SB: How would you describe your personal style?
AS: My style is a mix and match of different styles with an underlining of my Californian roots. Most of the time, my personal style represents who I am: fun, easygoing, and colorful.

SB: Do you have a style philosophy?
AS: My style philosophy is simple: no matter how great the clothes are, if they don’t fit right and make me feel confident, then I ditch them.

SB: How does Marc by Marc Jacobs fit into your look?
AS: Because Marc by Marc Jacobs is a fun brand with endless options of great items, it fits perfectly with my personal style.

SB: What’s your favorite piece from the current Marc collection?
AS: When I first went into the fitting, it was so hard to edit. I was literally picking out everything from the collection because I was so in love with every single item. However, if I must just pick one, it would have to be the polka-dot wedges (coming soon to Shopbop). Not only are they the most adorable shoes I've seen in a while, but I also love how comfortable they are!

Check out the Marc by Marc Jacobs lookbook featuring Aimee Song.

Friday, March 29th 2013

Style Steal: Boundary Skirt

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of

The Steal: A soft vegan leather Boundary skirt in a brilliant shade of coral.
The Price: $99 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: A convincing take on faux leather gives this affordable piece an expensive feel.

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Thursday, March 28th 2013

We Play Favorites: Annie & Raquel Allegra

From left: Raquel Allegra Shirred Lace Blouse, Layering Tank Dress, Sleeveless V Neck Tee.

With as much time as our staffers spend living and breathing fashion, it shouldn’t be surprising that favorite brands start to rise to the top of our individual must-have lists. In this feature, we’re talking about those favorite designers and how they fit into our personal style. This month: Annie, who loves Raquel Allegra.

Name: Annie
Position: Product Copywriter
Brand: Raquel Allegra

Why you love the brand in 6 words or less:
Wearable art, made in the USA.

What’s your favorite piece from the brand right now?
The Shirred Skirt.

How would you describe your personal style?
Undone classic. I feel most like myself in things that aren’t too polished, like slouchy pants and loose tops, but I like to mix in delicate textures and menswear-inspired pieces to finish a look.

Do you have a style icon?
I love when people take chances with fashion, so Diane Kruger and Claire Danes are on my list.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what pieces would it consist of?
Something that would age well! I would wear a gauzy tee under a tailored men’s jacket, slim trousers, and ankle boots. Plus, one of my mother’s hand-woven scarves for texture and warmth.

What is your earliest fashion-related memory?
As a toddler I dearly loved shoes—my granny’s red pumps, in particular! Every chance I got, I found them and clopped around her house until she came to their rescue.

Thursday, March 28th 2013

The Daily Find: Cynthia Rowley Tee

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

What it is: Cynthia Rowley Confetti Cap Sleeve Tee
Why we love it: An asymmetrical hem and fun speckled print give this t-shirt silhouette a fresh new look.
Wear it with: Distressed while skinnies in the cooler months and sexy leather shorts come summer.

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Wednesday, March 27th 2013

Studio Sounds


The sights and smells of spring have a youthful energy. For our photographer John, this means a resurgence of grunge and enviable—seriously, he’s got a great mane—hair styling.

“The first warm days of spring always take me back, so I’m celebrating with a mix of strong female vocals, pop rock, and ’90s nostalgia. And of course I'm rocking flannel and wearing my long hair down.”

--John, Photographer

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Wednesday, March 27th 2013

Bop Com: Fads Are Forever

There are more fashion blogs out there than neon handbags, but today's links are all about the divide between trendy and classic. Can they coexist happily? Find out...

Trendy Retro Prints: To celebrate Mad Men's return, iReport rounds up reader photos from the late '60s. The miniskirt reigns! [CNN]

Classic Trench Coats: Do you have a must-have jacket yet? Why not?! [ELLE]

Trendy Rom Com Fashion: Cosmo asks "real men" (read: hot guys in NYC) how they feel about rom-coms. [Cosmopolitan]

Classic Red Lipstick: How many swipes are in one tube of lipstick? This fascinating study gets to the bottom of the question—and the tube. [Refinery29]

Trendy and Classic... Turning all of your photos into sparkly unicorn gifs. []

Wednesday, March 27th 2013

Ask Shopbop: Baseball Jackets

Look 1: Rag & Bone jacket, Joie dress, Jerome Dreyfuss tote, Yigal Azrouel scarf, Rag & Bone sandals. Look 2: Joie jacket, Theyskens’ Theory shorts, Rag & Bone/JEAN tank, Loeffler Randall bag, Cheap Monday sneakers.

I love the silhouette of a sporty jacket. How can I work it into my wardrobe?

Spring is enjoying a strong resurgence of the bomber jacket (aka: the baseball or varsity jacket). Defined by generous raglan sleeves, a collarless neckline, and ribbing at the hem and cuffs, this style is sporty and chic. It plays nicely with casual looks—think cutoff shorts and easy tees—but I recommend pairing it with more tailored looks as well. Dresses and skinnies take a new, sexy direction when layered with the masculine shape.


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Wednesday, March 27th 2013

The Daily Find: Jeffrey Campbell Sandals

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

What they are: Jeffrey Campbell Skybox High Heel Sandals
Why we love them: A bold silhouette gets an exotic touch with python embossing.
Wear them with: Cuffed, cropped jeans, a Helmut Lang tee, and a leather jacket.

Shop high-heel sandals.
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Tuesday, March 26th 2013

The New T-Shirt: A Classic Refined

On Jessica: Vince top, Paige jeans, Primary clutch, and Maison Martin Margiela jewelry. On Bao: Theory top, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Dannijo and Pamela Love jewelry, and Alice + Olivia booties.

The casual tee is a staple long loved by the fashion world, and this season is no different. The twist, however, is instead of easy cotton silhouettes, tees are cropping up in refined fabrications like silk, leather, and satin. To try the trend, we asked two of our styling assistants to create looks for each other that show off a polished tee.

“A leather tee has a very clean line, so I paired it with fun, whimsical pants and edgy jewelry,” says Bao of her look for Jessica. “This gives the look a fusion of casual and rocker-chic.”

Balance is the key for working a tailored top into an everyday look. Jessica explains: “A floral tee reads very refined, so I styled it back to black skinny jeans and rock-influenced bracelets to give Bao some edgy proportion.”

--Libby S.

Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Exclusive Interview: 5 Questions for Wild Cub

Formed in early 2012 by songwriter/composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, Wild Cub’s upbeat music has earned the indie band kudos from the American and the UK press, and they’ve found at least one fan in fashion (though we suspect they have far more than one). The group had an integral role in the Rebecca Minkoff fall 2013 show, playing “Thunder Clatter,” from their latest album Youth, as models walked the runway.

We tapped the band to play a part in our Rebecca Minkoff lookbook, launched today, and the five fellas had a fine time with model Heather Marks. While on set, we snagged a few minutes with Keegan to talk tunes, fashion, and inspiration.

SHOPBOP: Wild Cub has a very unique, blended sound. How would you describe your music?
KEEGAN DEWITT: A summer night drive with the windows cracked, music playing. Someone sitting in the seat next to you staring out the window as the lights pass. A thousand things happening in your mind. Your stomach feels crazy. You're not heading anywhere specific. You're just driving and not wanting to stop.

SB: You have had a huge year, playing Bonnaroo, SXSW, and more. Did you ever expect to play a New York Fashion Week runway?
KD: It was surreal to say the least. Standing there with all the bright lights, everyone staring, and the blizzard beating down outside. We had just hopped off a redeye, no one had slept, and suddenly, cameras were rolling, models were walking. Felt a little insane.

That being said, our entire record is inspired by things other than music—film, photos, fashion. We were honored to be part of it.

Top: Jeremy Bullock and Keegan DeWitt (photo courtesy of Wild Cub). Above: The whole band with model Heather Marks, who is modeling pieces from Rebecca Minkoff’s spring collection.

SB: At the Rebecca Minkoff show, you preformed an extended version of “Thunder Clatter.” What is it about that song that played so well with her fall looks?
KD: "Thunder Clatter" is about that chaotic spark at the very beginning of something bigger than you. Staring into a wide open new world that wasn't there before—the bravery and the risk that goes with that. It's also about things coming into focus, things taking a new shape that you hadn't expected, and you just bravely walk forward and say "here we go." All of Rebecca's looks are so confident and forward, adventurous but really timeless. Classy and beautiful, but adventurous.

SB: Music is so often an inspiration for designers in the fashion world. Where do you draw inspiration from? Are there bands that influence your work?
KD: I'm really inspired by filmmakers and writers. Big favorites would be Wong Kar-Wai, Terrence Malick, and Claire Denis for film, and Philip Larkin, Walker Percy, and Frost for writers. We are also huge listeners in terms of music. We are all constantly digging for new stuff. There is a bunch of stuff that has been on regular circulation in the van and studio, big ones being Chairlift, Toro Y Moi, Disclosure, SBTRKT, and Little Dragon.

SB: If you could have written any song in history, which would it be?
KD: In HISTORY... That'd be either "Since I Fell For You" by Nina Simone or "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. RECENTLY, I'd say "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris.

Check out the Rebecca Minkoff lookbook featuring Wild Cub.
Visit the Wild Cub official website.
Wild Cub's album, Youth, is available. Buy it now on

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