Friday, May 31st 2013

Break Time: Lobsters, Victorian Mobile Devices & Artistic Toast

Despite having Monday off, everyone I speak to agrees this was a long week. But, Friday is finally here, and before you head out for the weekend, take a few minutes to enjoy my latest link finds.

From Davis Szeto dresses to Tory Burch blouses, lobsters are having a fashion moment. But did you ever wonder how these tasty crustaceans got their name?
[Bon Appetit]

Whale song recordings have lost much of their appeal, but software engineer/artist Mark Fisher has brought them back into the spotlight. Using mathematical theory, he transforms the sounds of animals into stunning graphic prints.

At any given time my purse weighs about 10-15lbs. I’m starting to think these Victorian women had a better system.
[Collectors Weekly]

Artist Ida Frosk has spent the last year recreating famous paintings and pop art on pieces of toast. The result is breakfast for her and inspiring “brain food” for the rest of us.

--Libby S.

Friday, May 31st 2013

Style Steal: Juicy Couture Dress

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 pretty pleated Juicy Couture dress in a feminine floral print.
The Price: $178 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: It’s quite possible this versatile frock will have been worn to shreds by the end of the summer.

Shop the Juicy Couture Paradise Floral Dress.

Thursday, May 30th 2013

Stylist On Set: Alice + Olivia Goes to the Country

In a special edition of Stylist On Set, Associate Producer Alex chips in to narrate the scene on location at our Alice + Olivia lookbook shoot, complete with horses, award ribbons, and a slightly morbid field find. Read on.

On a sunny Friday in the middle of May, our creative crew took a road trip two hours upstate to shoot our Alice + Olivia lookbook at Arden House. Check out a few shots from our adventure!

Shoot location: Harriman, NY (Arden House Stables)
Model: Alana Zimmer, Women Management
Stylist: Anna Brugge
Photographer: Jason Geering
Hair & Makeup: Christine Cherbonnier, Art Department

Our Senior Photographer Jason Geering getting down and dirty.

We made a few four-legged friends at Arden House.

Hay for the horses, naturally.

A wall of ribbons won by horses of previous Arden House owners.

A now-defunct railroad station that was previously used by residents of Arden House.

Art Director Will Vendramini playing around with a slightly morbid field find.


Check out the Alice + Olivia lookbook.

Thursday, May 30th 2013

Wise Words: Diane von Furstenberg

Thursday, May 30th 2013

The Daily Find: MOTHER Skinny Jeans

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

What they are: MOTHER The Looker Skinny Jeans
Why we love them: A painted metallic print brings subtle sparkle to the classic silhouette.
Wear them with: Mixed-media Joie sandals and a lightweight Brochu Walker sweater.

Shop printed denim.
Shop MOTHER jeans.

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

Ask Shopbop: Loni’s Summer Must-Haves

Clockwise from top left: Yigal Azrouël scarf, Elizabeth and James sunglasses, Aquazzura sandals, Rag & Bone/JEAN cutoff shorts, Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini, and Shashi earrings.

Summer is the season that affords us all a bit of luxury. Warm weather and a touch a sun is such a relief. I love to live up this time of year with truly casual separates that bring out my inner bohemian. Peasant tops, cutoff shorts, and neutral sandals are perennial go-to's. My favorite summer accessory, however, is a pair of rose-tinted sunglasses, and most days you’ll find a swimsuit tucked in my tote bag—I just live for warm weather. Happy summer!


Shop more summer essentials.

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

The Daily Find: Elizabeth and James Blouse

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

What it is: Elizabeth and James Karin Blouse
Why we love it: Well-placed filmy panels add depth to an airy silhouette.
Wear it with: A pastel Elizabeth and James blazer, white skinny jeans, and your biggest, best sunnies.

Shop blouses.
Shop Elizabeth and James blouses.

Tuesday, May 28th 2013

Shopbop Alum Kate Ciepluch on Her Line, LAVEER

LAVEER Designer Kate Ciepluch wearing the Maxwell Vest.

If you’ll indulge us for a moment, we’re going to get a little gushy. We can hardly be blamed, seeing as how the subject of our pride is the former Shopbop fashion director, Kate Ciepluch. The woman who launched her fashion career with us and, in turn, played a pivotal role in making Shopbop into the fashion destination it is today has ventured out on her own, designing a line of jackets and vests that will find (and have found) an easy place in cool closets across the country and the globe.

We took some time to talk with Kate about her time at Shopbop and the inspiration behind LAVEER.

SHOPBOP: You worked at Shopbop for a decade before leaving to launch LAVEER. What was the hardest thing to adjust to after branching out on your own?
KATE CIEPLUCH: At Shopbop, I had partners in crime. Whether I was in market looking at a rack or choosing an image for the homepage, it was a collaborative effort with amazing minds voicing their perspectives. Now, I have to make major decisions on my own on everything from the business end/financials to the design elements. I catch myself turning to ask someone else their opinion, but at the end of the day, it's all on me. Scary! But so fun!

SB: You really cut your teeth at Shopbop, starting at the Madison, Wisconsin, headquarters and eventually playing a key role in opening the New York office. How did that experience prepare you to launch your own label?
KC: My experience at Shopbop showed me what it was like to work at a startup that became wildly successful. Rolling up your sleeves and figuring out how to get EVERYTHING done in all capacities. There is no “that’s not a part of my role” or “that’s not my job.” I also had the privilege of meeting really wonderful people in this industry and watching brands grow from infancy to having important runway shows during NY fashion week. I was able to absorb how their collections did at the retail level, how to create a brand that embodies the girl in your head, and to understand what is missing in her closet and what fashion will inspire her to make a purchase. No easy task...

SB: You took the name LAVEER from an old nautical term meaning “to sail against the wind.” What does that mean for your brand?
KC: When I had the idea of starting a fashion line focusing on the jacket, I dove in and researched the category. I read stories about the history of blazers, field jackets, bomber jackets, motorcycle jackets—what purpose they were intended to serve and why they were constructed the way they were. The name points to the mission of my designs: to always have that tailored heritage silhouette, while going against the grain with details. For example, all of my jackets have an inside pocket that fits an iPhone perfectly. When I’m walking to work listening to music, it gives me really easy access to my phone.

SB: How does your personal style influence the LAVEER look?
KC: I have always enjoyed balancing something earthy and free with something mature and tailored. There are prints, fabrics, and colors that always find their way into my life, whether I’m painting my living room or buying a piece of wrapping paper for a gift. I love that tomboy / military / preppy look done a little gritty and badass.

SB: Summer is just around the corner. How will you work LAVEER into your summer look?
KC: Summer is the time when airy, PJ-inspired silk bottoms feel appropriate. Coupled with my Maxwell Vest or Cropped Contour Blazer, the look is more powerful and sexy, less hippie-dippy. I specifically had weddings in mind when I designed the Cropped Contour Blazer because I was so sick of wearing shawl scarves over my dresses.

Shop LAVEER jackets.

Tuesday, May 28th 2013

The Daily Find: 10 Crosby Derek Lam Flats

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

What they are: 10 Crosby Derek Lam Avery Ankle Strap Flats
Why we love them: Lizard-embossing gives the sleek silhouette a daring feel.
Wear them with: Cropped DSQUARED2 pants in a brilliant shade of pink.

Shop ballet flats.
Shop 10 Crosby Derek Lam shoes.

Friday, May 24th 2013

Diaries of a Home Renovation: It Begins

Loni, the voice behind Ask Shopbop, just moved into a new house and is ready to start renovating. Based on the amazing styling of her former home (see it here.) we can’t wait to see what she does.

A few weeks ago, we moved into my new-old house. Built in 1930, this house on the hill seemed destined to be ours. With roughly 30 stairs up to the front door and a cavernous garage built into the hillside, it’s a bit specific. Turns out, my college art history professor lived there for 36 years. We’ve taken to calling her the steward of our already beloved Dutch Colonial.  When we met our next-door neighbor, a retired mathematician, he said of the former owner, “She never let the house intimidate her…she just ignored it.” Suffice it to say, she kept the systems working, but never really gave the house any true TLC. Like an honest intellectual, she decorated her home with floor-to-ceiling stacks of books. The neighbor claims he didn’t even know what color her walls were. I can tell him now—after hours spent cleaning the basement—that they were called “oat straw,” an unsavory not white, not tan, not pink color. Between books and “oat straw,” I’d take books, but I have plans for a more minimal, wall-revealing décor! Over time, I plan to share the progress we make on this labor of love. Stay tuned for tales of our challenges and victories!


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