Tuesday, March 6th 2012

How to Wear a Peplum

As a woman with hips, I can’t say I was thrilled to see that the peplum trend not only survived the winter, but returned with a vengeance (horizontal stripes!) this spring. But, after seeing the mid-waist ruffle rocked on the runway, red carpet, and even on a few uber-stylish Shopbop employees, I am ready to surrender to the power of the peplum.

The peplum is feared because it appears to add bulk to the least desirable places. In reality, it is a waist-defining magician that draws the eye to all the right places. The key to wearing one is proportion. The ruffle adds volume, so a sleek silhouette, like the Victoria Alice + Olivia dress, balances out the look. A monochromatic look is the easiest to wear. For a pop of color, add a bold, thin belt worn directly above the ruffle. My final advice? Scoop up a few Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses in this stylish trend, because the peplum is clearly here to stay. 

--Libby S.

Friday, March 2nd 2012

New to Shopbop: Chalayan

After graduating from the prestigious Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, Hussein Chalayan launched his eponymous line in 1994. Designing outrageous and daring pieces quickly became his calling card—looks made of wood, paper, and even clothing that morphed its shape to show the history of fashion. Though the designer holds tight to his flair for the avant-garde, in recent years, his collections have taken a slightly more subdued approach, shifting from eccentric beauty to elegant, effortless style.

The spring collection is a foundation of silvery greys and soft neutrals supporting small bursts of muted citrus. It’s a mix of beautifully draped dresses and clean, tailored separates, but strategically placed sheer chiffon and floral panels excite the otherwise simple silhouettes and play into Chalayan’s signature forward feel.

--Libby S.

Shop Chalayan Spring 2012

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.


Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

New for Spring 2012: Julie Haus

A collaboration between Julie Haus and Jason Alkire, Julie Haus clothing blends the former’s design eye with the latter’s artistic influence. Haus has been designing for seven years and brings her self-taught know-how to each feminine collection. Alkire adds the finishing touch, focusing on prints and color. The result is a label that feels both classic and unique, refined and forward.

For spring, the Julie Haus look is ladylike and sophisticated with flared skirts, easy silhouettes, and playful peplums. Minty green pops when paired with navy, and that classic combo of cream and black is pretty on pieces that are sure to become wardrobe staples.


Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

I Resolve to… 2012 Fashion Resolution Update

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With this strangely warm winter, it’s hard to believe it was just a few short weeks ago when I asked three Shopbop stylists about their fashion resolutions for the New Year. With March approaching, I checked back in with them to see how they have been keeping up their 2012 fashion goals.

Haley: My resolution was to incorporate more bold jewelry into my everyday look. While I faltered a bit and mostly relied on my usual minimalistic approach to accessorizing, I have added some eye-catching statement necklaces. They are such an easy way to punch up an ordinary outfit. I just throw one on with a tee and instantly feel more pulled together.

Amanda: I resolved to work more leather pieces into my rotation and it’s been going well—maybe too well. I’ve been shopping way too much lately! I just got an uber-versatile leather Acne skirt in the most perfect shade of tan and a lightweight Zero + Maria Cornejo jacket in a brilliant blue. Throw in a new pair of leather Helmut Lang pants and you can say I’m definitely following my resolution to a T.  

Rachel: My resolution was to get more wear-forever pieces into my wardrobe and I have mostly been sticking to it. Our studio is overflowing with amazing styles and I’m tempted to buy something new every day. But by only purchasing time-tested, tailored silhouettes, I have not only accomplished my goal but have been building up quite the closet of classics.

--Libby S.

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

New for Spring 2012: Nellie Partow

When creating her namesake line, boxing champion and designer Nellie Partow infuses her pieces with the mantra “confidence is beauty.” The result is a collection of impeccably tailored silhouettes grounded in the designer’s past experience working at the esteemed houses of Donna Karan and Calvin Klein. Eschewing her California roots Nellie Partow clothing exudes the effortless and timeless appeal of New York City style.

For spring, Partow presents closet essentials in a neutral palate: intricate knits and fluid lines with the 
occasional, elegant pop of color. Well thought out and solid in its identity, expect this label to top must-have lists for seasons to come.

--Libby S.

Thursday, February 16th 2012

Scene @ Fashion Week: Pops of Color

From a pop of color in a handbag or a shoe to a brilliant combo of separates, the fashion elite are making a statement with color, and we couldn’t be more excited. Bold and impossible to miss, brights are shining everywhere in the City that Never Sleeps.

Shop colored accessories.
Shop colored separates.

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Tuesday, February 7th 2012

Valentine’s Day: Gifts for Him

After subtly (or not so subtly) sharing yesterday’s post with your man, you know he’s planning something special. Don’t let that effort go unnoticed. Show him how much you appreciate it with the gift he really wants- you in sexy lingerie. 

Heart Skips a Beat
A bright, lacy bralette and thong is a fun and flirty treat for him and a comfortable underwire-free look for you. Only Hearts, Eberjey, and Cosabella all have flattering styles in a rainbow of colors. 

Pulse is Racing 
Turn up the heat in a plunging Calvin Klein push-up bra that showcases your, err, confidence. If you are looking for a bit more coverage, a La Fee Verte romper has a soft feel, sexy silhouette, and comes is the most seductive shade of red. 

Get the Paddles
Men are visual creatures so give him the eyeful he’s been waiting for. A Kiki de Montparnasse cage panty will send a clear message of your intentions. Or, if he has been especially good this year, wow him with a Hanky Panky Lingerie set complete with a scented candle and lingerie that leaves very little to the imagination.

 --Libby S.

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.

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.

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