Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

Band of Outsiders It Girl: Daphne Javitch

NYC-native Daphne Javitch’s professional resume started with costume design for film and theater, but her own strong signature look quickly captured the attention of insiders and celebrities, which drew her into the word of editorial and personal styling. Daphne made another shift in 2010 (on 10/10/10, to be exact), when she launched her underwear line TEN at Opening Ceremony’s New York store, earning her a firm spot in the heart of the cool-kid fashion world.

This fashion It girl is the subject of our Band of Outsiders lookbook, and she took some time to talk with the brand’s rep, Nicole Cari, about the label.

NICOLE CARI: How did you first become an insider at Band of Outsiders?
DAPHNE JAVITCH: The abridged version: my best friend and I bonded over Band early in our friendship (we both bought the original pea coat one sweltering New York July). She knew I was obsessed, so when Band asked her to model a Polaroid lookbook campaign, she invited me along. That's when I first met Scott and Nicole. I forced my way in after that!

NC: Why do you like wearing Band?
DJ: The clothes are considered, wearable, and unboring. And I love the brand narrative.

NC: If Band of Outsiders could choose anyone, alive or dead, who would you want to see in one of Scott's Polaroid campaigns?
DJ: Joan Didion.

NC: How do you see Boy. and Girl. as different?
DJ: Boy. is a story and Girl. is a daydream.

NC: Which piece from resort are you most excited to wear as soon as possible?
DJ: The white jumpsuit with the deep V. I wore it the day I got it with a red TEN bra. The outfit is the epitome of brand alliance! I could wear that jumpsuit every day.

NC: What other brands do you think Band mixes nicely with when you're making up an outfit?
DJ: I mix Band with all brands and vintage. It’s a balancer, and balance is my favorite element of style.

Check out the Band of Outsiders lookbook, featuring Daphne.

Thursday, January 17th 2013

Herve Leger: Get Red Carpet Ready with Lubov Azria

The Golden Globes on Sunday marked the start of red carpet season. We tapped Lubov Azria, wife of Max and one of the creative minds behind the relaunch of Hervé Léger, for some style ideas from the va-va-voom brand.

SHOPBOP: Tell us about the looks you selected. How did you land on each style for the Golden Globes, the Inaugural Ball, and the Grammys?
Golden Globes: The fun ambiance of the Golden Globes is set by lively hosts like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. I love a classic silhouette here, dressed up with eye-catching embellishments and shine. The pearlized white captures the chic and elegant color of the season.

Inaugural Ball: How many chances does one get to attend a ball in this day and age? Each event at the White House is making history, so everyone attending should feel like Cinderella. A long gown represents the timeless, chic, and breathtaking night.

Grammys: The Grammys have a cool, rock-n-roll vibe, marked by the creativity, risks, and statements on the red carpet. A Hervé Léger dress with a little embellishment pushes style to the edge, creating the perfect dose of personality.

Lubov Azria’s picks for the Golden Globes (Sequined One Shoulder Dress), the Inaugural Ball (Sleeveless Maxi Dress), and the Grammys (Gunmetal V Neck Dress).

SB: What makes Hervé Léger dresses special?
LA: Hervé Léger is always on the forefront of fashion. The dresses are designed to accentuate the female form, giving the body freedom to command attention. Instantly, you feel sexy, confident, and strong. Who wouldn’t want that kind of power?

SB: The Hervé silhouette tends to be very curve-hugging. What’s your advice for a woman who’s looking to try the brand but is a little shy about the va-va-voom factor?
LA: Try it on. The signature bandage dress sculpts uniquely and perfectly with each body type, accentuating the best features of every woman.

SB: If you were going to invest in a single Hervé Léger piece, what would it be?
LA: It’s difficult to choose just one style, but I’d go with a classic piece in a fitted or A-line silhouette in black or red. It is so versatile and classic.

SB: What can we expect to see from Hervé Léger in 2013?
LA: In 2013, you’ll see the continued evolution of the bandage—below-the-knee lengths and new jacquards—and some new styles beyond the bandage too.

Shop Hervé Léger dresses.

Wednesday, December 12th 2012

The 5th & Mercer Jumpsuit: Exclusive Interview with La La Anthony

Above: La La Anthony. Below: The 5th & Mercer jumpsuit designed in collaboration with her stylist, Jason Bolden.

La La Anthony’s resume is long—it includes work in radio, TV, film, theater, and production—and today, La La’s adding one more to her list of accomplishments: Designer. The actress/lifestyle guru/mom to son Kiyan has created a classic, versatile jumpsuit (available exclusively at Shopbop) with her stylist, Jason Bolden. We talked with La La about her foray into the world of fashion design.

SHOPBOP: Your background includes stints in radio, TV, film, theater, and production. What made you decide to add fashion design to your already impressive resume?
LA LA ANTHONY: My stylist and were just thinking, you know, why not try it and see what happens? We started with this jumpsuit, and we got so much amazing feedback. Fashion has always been in sync with who I am, so it’s not that far-fetched that I would do something like this.

SB: Your career got its start in radio and on MTV. How does this musical background influence your creativity?
LA: I’m around artists all day long—some of my best friends are in the music industry or are artists in some way—so I get to see all the hottest stuff: what people are wearing, what people are brave enough to wear, what I would wear, what I wouldn’t wear. It’s inspiring being at the forefront of it.

SB: Tell us a little about the 5th & Mercer jumpsuit you designed with Jason Bolden, exclusively for Shopbop.
LA: Jason Bolden is my stylist, and we came up with the design together. I’m such a huge fan of jumpsuits—I wear them all the time. I wanted to create a sexy style that can be dressed up or dressed down, which is how we came up with the idea.

SB: And the name “5th & Mercer.” What’s the story there?
LA: The name 5th & Mercer encapsulates everything that we are, with 5th Avenue being super high end and Mercer Street being edgy and chic. The idea was to make the two worlds collide, just like my personal style.

SB: How do you wear the jumpsuit?
LA: I’ve worn it a million times! Sometimes I wear it with a belt to create a cinched waist, sometimes I do a more relaxed look, and sometimes I style it super sexy. The front is cut low. You can close it up if you don’t want to reveal too much, but you can leave it open if you’re going for a sexier look. In just one simple jumpsuit, there are so many ways to wear it to fit the occasion or how you’re feeling that day.

SB: Thinking about your own personal style and how it’s evolved over the years, do you have any advice for women trying to find their fashion niche?
LA: My advice is don’t be afraid to try new things and step outside your comfort zone, because that’s where you’ll find some of your best moments. We play it safe a lot, everyone does that. But when I stepped out of that safe zone and started taking chances, I started finding what I really liked and what really suited me. And you also have to remember, not everyone’s going to like what you wear. It’s about how you feel in it. You can’t dress for other people. You have to dress for yourself and how it makes you feel.

Shop the 5th & Mercer by La La Anthony Jumpsuit.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012

Introducing Veronica Beard: Exclusive Interview with the Designers

Sisters-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard launched their eponymous label with a singular goal in mind: simplify chic dressing to an effortless uniform. This concept gave birth to their signature tailored blazers with interchangeable sweater inserts, and from there, the label expanded into a full ready-to-wear collection.

Last week, we hosted a party in collaboration with Vogue to fête the Veronica Beard Resort 2013 Collection, where VB fans—including Katie Couric and Jessica Seinfeld—mingled amidst the label's latest offerings, done up in shades of navy, coral, and icy blue. We managed to steal a few moments of the Veronicas’ time to chat design inspiration, juggling a busy schedule, and what it’s like to work with family.

Veronica Swanson Beard (left) and Veronica Miele Beard at the Shopbop & Vogue launch party. Photo by Joe Schildhorn /

Shopbop: Your label is known for its (brilliant) jackets with interchangeable sweater inserts. What inspired this design?
Veronica Swanson Beard: It was really inspired by menswear. Men have always had such a simple approach to dressing. It’s all about a uniform, and we thought that was a genius notion for our own lives. The jacket was a great piece to start our concept of the uniform. It’s our version of the superhero cape: throw one on and you can conquer the world!

SB: Let’s talk about “The Uniform.” How would you each describe your personal style uniform?
Veronica Miele Beard: “The Uniform” refers to pieces that define you. They are investment pieces that you wear all the time and in all sorts of situations. My personal style uniform involves lots of basics with a piece that pops, usually an interesting jacket, fur, or vest. For instance, the same fur vest that I wear over my jacket every day will take me to the opera over a formal gown.
VSB: I like to think my uniform is pretty American. I identify most with the way women dressed in the ’70s and ’80s. I am usually in a blazer, jeans, and heels. I love big, vintage costume jewelry, and I LOVE accessories. I can’t wait until we create our own line of shoes, bags, and accessories down the road.

Tuesday, November 20th 2012

Talking Resort 2013 with Derek Lam

The Shopbop team took a jaunt to China to launch the 10 Crosby resort 2013 collection with Derek Lam. In honor of the event, we stole a few moments of the designer’s time to talk about the little sister label to his primary collection.

Shopbop: How do you think 10 Crosby has evolved since it launched last year?
Derek Lam: Resort 2013 celebrates 10 Crosby’s first anniversary. What was started with the motto "let's have some fun" has generated enthusiasm and support beyond expectation. 10 Crosby has become more than just the location of the Derek Lam headquarters. It is now a far-reaching clothing collection. The enthusiasm that has greeted the collection has shown that the 10C clientele shares my belief in creating clothing that speaks to contemporary life and style, with a dash of wit and lots of playfulness.

SB: What niche does 10 Crosby fill that your regular line doesn't?
DL: These days many customers are looking for fashion with an accessible reach, considered in a fresh manner. I feel 10 Crosby offers this. One of the values I really want to express with the 10 Crosby collection is that while it has a more accessible approach, it is still about clothing of value and integrity of design.

SB: How would you describe the 10 Crosby aesthetic?
DL: It really is the look that I see all around me, whether it be right out my window, on Crosby Street, or in the many other cities I visit. 10 Crosby is sophisticated, crisp clothes for women who love fashion and who also appreciate classic style with slight twists on classic fabrics and silhouettes.

SB: Tell us about the new resort line. What are the must-have pieces, and how would you style them?
DL: In my mind's eye, I find the allure and glamour in that space between, the moment traveled between places: heading from the office to meet with friends or a special date for dinner, taking a breather between appointments, that last block on the walk home after a night out. That is what inspired the looks for resort 2013. I wanted to highlight that the 10 Crosby collection really travels well in a woman's life and can take her from place to place in style.

I am especially keen on the two-piece dress. While the collection is rooted in versatile items, what looks cool to me is wearing a top and a skirt or a tunic and a trouser that match. But always matching in an unexpected way. The plaids, florals, and graphic prints may go together to create a singular look, but the kinetic energy of splicing and dicing the effects makes the idea of dressing in head-to-toe ensembles fresh and unexpected with a modern sensibility.

SB: Who are your style muses for the line?
DL: Model Hanne Gaby Odiele was the first 10 Crosby girl. I worked with her for the first three seasons. Most recently, I worked with beauty blogger Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss on the spring 2013 lookbook. Both have a way of effortlessly wearing clothing, making them the perfect muses. Their modern attitude and charisma represents the 10 Crosby woman.

SB: What type of woman does 10 Crosby appeal to?
DL: 10 Crosby appeals to the woman who wants urban clothing that also carries her through every aspect of her life, from the more formal or work occasions, and also for the more informal.

Shop 10 Crosby Derek Lam.

Photo by Colin Lane.

Thursday, November 8th 2012

Introducing Jene DeSpain Jewelry


Jené DeSpain’s path to jewelry design began in her parents’ home in Portland, Oregon, where she developed a love of design, construction, and photography. At the age of 19, she moved to New York to begin carving out a career in fashion photography, and she stayed that course for several years, working with some of the industry’s top talents. Then, a barter among friends—Jené agreed to teach her friend to sew, and her friend, in turn, would teach Jené to wire-wrap gemstones—shifted Jené’s focus from the visual arts to the tangible artifact.

Launched in 2010, Jené DeSpain jewelry is the manifestation of the designer’s interest in raw material and multifaceted design. The collection is graphic and evocative, calling to mind charms of a bygone era reimagined in modern ways, and each piece is handcrafted by Jené in her NYC studio.


Shop Jené DeSpain.


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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.


Tuesday, October 9th 2012

A Marc by Marc Jacobs Update: Petal to the Metal

Clockwise: Petal to the Metal necklace, Natasha bag, ring, earrings, bracelet, tote.

Check out the new Petal to the Metal collection from Marc by Marc Jacobs. The brand updated the iconic bird hardware with dragon-scale embossing and gave the metal a worn, dirty look, creating a toughened-up vibe for the feminine classic.


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Thursday, October 4th 2012

The DANNIJO Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

It’s October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and DANNIJO has taken up the cause.

After meeting Lisa Lee, mother of The Pink Agenda Founder Marisa Renee Lee, DANNIJO designers Danni and Jodi Snyder were moved to design a special piece just for her. The result is a bracelet that mixes pink accents with the jewelry label’s signature tough-meets-shine aesthetic. Unfortunately, Ms. Lee passed away before the piece was completed, but her love of beautiful things continues to inspire the ladies of DANNIJO. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this bracelet will benefit The Pink Agenda, an organization committed to raising money for breast cancer care, research, and awareness among young professionals.

We asked Danni and Jodi about the cause and their design.

SHOPBOP: Why is breast cancer awareness important to you?
DANNI & JODI SNYDER: As women it hits very close to home. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and we feel that it’s important to promote awareness.

SB: Tell us about the inspiration behind the design of the bracelet.
DS & JS: We always love stacking bracelets and cuffs for a bohemian vibe, and the bracelet we designed for this project is the perfect reminder to maintain awareness and support for the cause.

SB: How are you incorporating the bracelet into your look?
DS & JS: We love stacking it with our other signature pieces like the Giulia bracelet, Wyatt wrap, and all of our metal and crystal cuffs.

Shop the DANNIJO Breast Cancer Awareness Vika Bracelet.
Learn more about The Pink Agenda.

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Monday, October 1st 2012

J. Mendel Bridal: Intricate Romance

Extraordinary luxury, exceptional quality, and unparalleled style are hallmarks of J. Mendel, a fifth-generation company that began as a fur salon in Paris. Operating under the watchful eye of Designer and CEO Gilles Mendel for the last three decades, J. Mendel is known for its blend of luxe femininity and effortless elegance, which has made it a red carpet favorite among the celebrity set. The bridal collection has the same appeal, finding a perfect balance between glamour and romance. Details like soft draping, intricate beading, and delicate lace are matched with impeccable craftsmanship to create collection after collection of gowns worthy of any woman’s big day.


Shop J. Mendel bridal gowns.

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