Thursday, September 4th 2014

Kate Foley on Her Bag Collaboration with Time’s Arrow

Stylist and creative consultant Kate Foley with the Kate Foley x Time's Arrow Ishi Wristlet from the new collection.

There’s always that one girl that everyone wants to be. Right now, that girl is stylist and creative consultant Kate Foley. Her recent collaboration with handbag designer Time’s Arrow is bringing vibrant color to an already gorgeous collection, and we just had to know more.

SHOPBOP: Congratulations on the collaboration with Time’s Arrow! How did the partnership come about?
KATE FOLEY: I met Christine Park when I came to view the first Time’s Arrow collection. Upon seeing the bags, I instantly felt a rush of excitement and totally fell in love! After seeing collection after collection of crazily expensive bags, it was such a relief to see a brand making beautiful, high-quality bags at a great price point.

Kate Foley and one of the more demure bags of the collection, the Affine small shoulder bag.

SB: How did you inject your signature style into the Time’s Arrow look?
KF: I love color and always find myself drawn to accessories in bright, rich shades, which I pair with gold, whether that’s jewelry that I wear or the hardware on a bag or shoe. I also have a love for crazy, wacky prints, so I think the bags are 100% my signature style.

SB: What was the best part of this partnership?
KF: Working with the Time’s Arrow team. They're all wonderful, and it was great to bounce ideas back and forth and come up with such a great collection that we're all excited about!

SB: What was the most challenging?
KF: The most challenging part was editing down the colorways and styles so the collection didn't end up being huge!

Kate Foley's bright Helene small shoulder bag compliments an equally wild print.

SB: If you had to pick, which bag are you the most excited about?
KF: It's so hard to say! One moment one bag is a favorite, and the next moment it's a different one. I love how the Ishi wristlets came out. The blue on blue is beautiful, but I also love the Carmine/Capri colorway, which comes in the Helene and the Affine. I don't think I could choose just one!

Shop the Kate Foley x Time’s Arrow collection.

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Tuesday, August 19th 2014

East Dane Watches: Borrowed from the Boys

While What’s New is where we normally get our fashion fix, sometimes we have to click on over to East Dane to borrow what the boys are wearing.

Today, we’re stealing their watches.

A minimalist Tsovet Gold & Black 38mm watch next to a simple gold bangle is the right touch of oversized.

If you have your eye on a new timepiece, try one that contrasts your current wardrobe. Men’s watches with their heavier, masculine silhouette can balance a floral print or add detail to a tailored skirt. It will become a go-to statement piece for your everyday wardrobe. 

We’re not giving them back.

Add a pop of color to a plain tee with a Tsovet Stainless Steel & Blue 38mm watch.

Stack them! Here, a Daniel Wellington Sheffield 40mm watch and the KOMONO Winston Galore watch pair well with a 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli backpack.

Take time for some coffee with a Miansai watch (similar).

A Marc by Marc Jacobs Rock Chronograph watch is the perfect menswear piece to borrow.

-- Abbigail

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Monday, March 31st 2014

Accessories Week: Celebrating the Little Things That #MakeTheOutfit

Today, we’re kicking off a six-day celebration of all things accessories. Whether your weakness is shoes, jewelry, or handbags, this is your week. Stay tuned for exclusive content focused on the little things that make the outfit. Check out our Facebook page for daily giveaways from your favorite brands, exclusive designer interviews here on Shoptalk, and an inside look at staff style on Instagram.

You can even join in on the fun! We’ll be posting images all week using the hashtag #MakeTheOutfit. Snap a picture of your favorite accessory and tag it with #AccessorySelfie and #MakeTheOutfit on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. We’ll pin our top picks to our #MakeTheOutfit Pinterest board, and even regram a few!

Happy Accessories Week!

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Thursday, May 17th 2012

Just Arrived: Balenciaga Eyewear

Launched in Spain in 1919 and moved to Paris in 1937, Cristobal Balenciaga’s House of Balenciaga embodied the essence of Parisian elegance, counting some of Europe’s most influential women among its customers before the designer shuttered the label in 1968. Balenciaga was relaunched nearly twenty years later, in 1986, as a ready-to-wear collection, but it wasn’t until Nicolas Ghesquiere took the helm in 1997 that the brand was revitalized to the creative force it once was.

Balenciaga sunglasses retain the brand’s sophisticated and unique spirit, drawing inspiration from design and architecture, modern elements, and a passion for shape and construction. The frames are bold and elegant, an urbane statement in graceful lines.

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Monday, May 7th 2012

Wardrobe Foundations: Watches

From left: Michael Kors Men’s Oversized Watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs Ladies Henry Watch, Nixon Time Teller P Watch.

Every great wardrobe is actually made of several mini wardrobes, clusters of essential pieces from the same category that work together to build a strong foundation. In this series, we’ll look at these collections and offer our picks. First up, three watches every woman should have in her jewelry box.

Oversized Link Band
The men’s-watch-for-women trend isn’t going anywhere (this writer is quite glad for that), and Michael Kors watches are, hands down, among the best in the bunch of metal-link timekeepers. Gold, silver, or rose gold, no wardrobe should be without one.

Classic Leather Band
Oversized or slim, a cool leather-band watch has an old-school feel. Browse Marc by Marc Jacobs watches for an update on the look. Wear this one layered with Shashi friendship bracelets.

Utilitarian Sport
A necessity for active moments like a run through Central Park or simply to lend your look a sportif motif, a utilitarian, rugged watch will stand the test of time. Look to Nixon watches as well as RumbaTime and O’Clock watches.


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Friday, April 6th 2012

Find the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Square: Ray-Ban Wayfarers; Oval: House of Harlow Chantal Sunglasses; Heart: Oliver Peoples Corie Sunglasses; Round: Marc Jacobs Square Sunglasses.

We’re fast approaching the sunny season of the year, which means new shades are in order. To help make your shopping a little easier, I snagged a passel of people with a variety of face shapes in the Shopbop fashion office to try on a sampling of our sunglass offerings. Below, the results of my experiment.

Possibly the easiest face shape to find frames for, the symmetry of an oval face works with nearly every sunglass silhouette.
Look for: Unique shapes and oversized frames. Have fun with it!
Winner of our test: Every frame on the table, from Oliver Peoples to Marc Jacobs, Karen Walker to Stella McCartney.

The square face shape is marked by a wide forehead and defined jaw line.
Look for: Frames that are vertically narrow. They’ll make the face look longer and draw the eye to the center of the face.
Winner of our test: The Ray-Ban Wayfarer.

A unique silhouette with elegant, feminine lines, the heart-shaped face has wider temples that narrow to a point at the chin.
Look for: Frames that draw attention to the eyes: interesting colors in simple silhouettes.
Winner of our test: The Oliver Peoples Corie Sunglasses.

The round face shape is almost as wide as it is tall. But take heart, round-faced ladies: it is not synonymous with chubby.
Look for: Square frames to counter the face’s curves. Sunnies with bridge details will also draw the eye to the center of the face.
Winner of our test: The Marc Jacobs Square Sunglasses.

Petite faces can be incredibly hard to shop for. The de rigueur oversized frames provide a bug-eyed look, and even smaller silhouettes can be too wide.
Look for: Narrow measurements while shopping. Avoid anything wider than 5.5 inches.
Winners of our test: Elizabeth and James and Super Sunglasses both tend toward the narrow side of the fit spectrum.

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Monday, April 2nd 2012

Wear, Worship, Will: Bright Clutches


This week our new favorite fashion game tackles the It-bags of spring: bright clutches. We turned to PR coordinator Olivia to find out which clutch she’d wear, which she’d worship, and which she’d  will to a stylish friend, (or hopeful coworker—hint, hint).

WEAR: Clare Vivier
“You really can't go wrong with a simple fold-over. It's versatile, smart, and the bright color makes it extra fun.” 

WORSHIP: Anya Hindmarch
“Who doesn't love a little sparkle? This eye-catcher is meant to be admired—maybe I can incorporate it into the décor of my apartment!”

WILL: Rebecca Minkoff
“The embossed ostrich on this clutch is amazing. Stylish and practical, I could see so many of my girlfriends pairing it with their outfits to add a little pop of color.”

It’s your turn. Which would you wear, worship, and will? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, March 12th 2012

How to Wear Layered Bracelets

Stacked to the elbow or wildly wrapped on the wrist, the layered bracelets trend popped a few seasons ago and has showed no signs of slowing down. Here, a few tips to mastering the art of the “arm party.”

To create a simple, cohesive look, stick to bracelets in the same color story. A burgundy La Mer watch pairs well with earthy metals, like a brass Bing Bang cuff and rose-gold Gorjana bangles. Bright colors, like the electric purple and blue in Rosena Sammie bangles, pop next to the bold mixed metals of an A.L.C. cuff.   

A delicate chain bracelet can easily get lost next to a chunky watch, so keep size and texture in mind. The crystals on Vanessa Mooney bangles enhance the resin details on a DANNIJO cuff, while an oversized, polished Charles Albert bracelet looks best next to an equally shiny, enameled Belle Noel bangle

The easiest styling method is to match the bracelets to the outfit. Thin bangles and a classic Michael Kors watch complement a feminine DVF wrap dress. An edgier look benefits from studded Noir bracelets and a tough leather Marc by Marc Jacobs cuff.

As with any trend, make this one your own. Experiment with different shapes and tones, and once you’re comfortable with your own accessory aesthetic, use it to bring your unique style to any look.

--Libby S.

Friday, March 9th 2012

Current Obsessions: Clare Vivier Clutch

Staff Picks Monica 3-9Whether it’s shoes, bags, or dresses, everyone has a shopping weakness. At Shopbop HQ, it’s no different. We live, breathe, and eat fashion. So I asked one of our stylish staffers to share her most current obsession.

Name: Monica
Position: Online Merchandiser
Current Obsession: Clare Vivier Clutch
Why did you pick this clutch? I love the juxtaposition of the simplified, sophisticated shape and the pop of neon. 
What will you pair with it? I’ll pair it with perforated Raoul leather shorts and a pastel T by Alexander Wang top.
Where will you wear it? This clutch is going with me any- and everywhere. It’s the perfect day-to-night transition piece and is right on trend with spring’s sport-inspired looks.
What are some of your favorite brands? A.L.C., Rag & Bone, and Tibi.
What is the most unique thing in your purse? A wine corkscrew—for wine and cheese Fridays of course!

--Libby S.

Monday, February 27th 2012

84th Academy Awards: Red Carpet Fashion Recap

While there was a singing host and high-flying aerobatics, for many, the 84th Academy Awards was mostly a spectacle of fantastical fashion. The red carpet was awash with dropped shoulders, sheer panels, and sequins, sequins, sequins, while the glittering cuffs and bold diamond bracelets adorning the arms of the attendees stood out as the statement jewelry du jour. Most floor-grazing red carpet dresses obscured what I’m sure was an army of to-die-for shoes. Thankfully Melissa McCarthy gave us a taste, explaining that her sexy shoes were inscribed with a special message from her childhood best friend, Brian Atwood.

All of the women looked beautiful in their Oscar dresses, but my favorites were Octavia Spencer in a formfitting Tadashi Shoji stunner, Glenn Close in an impeccably tailored Zac Posen creation, and Michelle Williams in gorgeous coral tiers from Louis Vuitton. However, the best dressed of the night was clearly Gwyneth Paltrow, who looked positively statuesque in a regal white gown from Tom Ford’s fall 2012 collection.


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