Friday, November 4th 2011

Fall’s Colored Denim

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All summer, I lived in my cherry red J Brand skinny jeans. But as the weather cools and the leaves turn, I want my wardrobe to shift its shades as well. My must-have colors are eggplant, wine, chocolate, and pumpkin: rich shades reminiscent of autumn’s comfort foods.

Look to Rag & Bone/JEAN and Mother denim for a wide range of mouth-watering options. If you’re craving texture as well as tone, try AG Adriano Goldschmied and J Brand for superb treated options.


Wednesday, October 12th 2011

Break Out of the Blue: Printed Denim

A closet full of dark-rinse, boot-cut jeans screams out for change: tie-dye, galaxy print, anything with color! Celebrities and models look amazing in bold prints and patterns, but what would it look like on, say, a real woman, with hips? In a little fashion experiment, I slipped into a vibrant leopard-print pair of Joe’s Jeans. The result? Three compliments and a newfound pop of color in my denim wardrobe’s sea of blue.

Turns out, print denim is shockingly versatile. Rag & Bone legging jeans in a feather print can be edgy with Elizabeth and James boots or soft with a Vince sweater Current/Elliott jeans in a faded leopard print make a statement with a bright Alice + Olivia top. Dip a toe into the trend with python-paneled Rebecca Minkoff jeans or go full bore in pink tie-dye by Ksubi.  Either way, this is a refreshing way to escape the confines of dull denim.

--Libby S.

Monday, July 25th 2011

Paige Denim Fall Collection: Behind the Scenes Video

Go behind the scenes at the Paige Denim fall/winter 2011 shoot, starring Poppy Delevingne. Designer and Founder Paige Adams-Geller talks about what’s to come for the season—think rich colors, tough-girl hardware, and, of course, the classics you love.

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Friday, July 8th 2011

Blue Crush: Chambray & Denim

It goes back to that questionable denim dress I loved in middle school—the one that now makes me cringe when I peruse family photos. Because of that dress, my denim wardrobe starts and ends with jeans. But lately I’ve been spotting street style and runway looks that have me reconsidering chambray and denim dresses and tops as legitimate wardrobe choices for those above voting age.

How to make denim clothing look polished? It’s all in the styling. I’ll start with a denim dress from Rebecca Taylor—the quilted bodice makes it special, and pairing it with a leopard-print mini messenger and classic heels gives it a feminine feel I wouldn’t expect from the functional fabric. For something more casual but no less refined, I’ll don a chambray maxi dress from Pray For Mother Nature–cinched with a brown belt and paired with wooden platforms, it’s a way to make denim look bohemian without resorting to patchwork flares. Or, I’ll take cues from the DSQUARED2 spring runway and pair a chambray button-down from Madewell with khaki pants, a thin leather belt, and a fedora: a crisp look that borrows from menswear while adding a feminine slant.


Friday, July 1st 2011

Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Colored Flares

Recently converted to flare jeans by the figure-flattering magic of the MiH Jeans Marrakesh Flares, I find myself ready to branch out into bold new denim territory: the colored bell-bottom. I turned to Shopbop stylist Loni for some guidance to keep me looking on-trend, not over the top.

Rebecca: Colored flares are a big statement. How do we keep the look refined, and not garish?
Loni: I reach for a favorite blazer layered over a crisp tee, crew-neck sweater, or ladylike blouse. With modest accessories and a structured bag, the flares take center stage and the look remains focused. Colored flares create such a fun canvas for the tidy, vintage-inspired looks of the season.

R: Tell us about colorblocking. Are bright flares too much for a multi-hued look?
L: Here the conversation just turns to what colors we’re talking about blocking! One idea I love is something like salmon Rag & Bone/Jean bell-bottoms with a purple Elizabeth and James blouse. I love the thought of colors that are just a notch above pastel.

R: How would you style a casual look with a bright flare? How would you do a more polished look?
L: I love the idea of doing a bright flare with a surf vibe. An easy, loose T by Alexander Wang tank layered with a bright bralette or bikini top could be fun. Throw on some boho Serafina earrings, Havaianas flip-flops or a fun clog, and you’re set. For something more polished, I would choose tailored pieces. A sleeveless Equipment blouse worn untucked would be lovely. For accessories, I’d reach for a pointy-toed Giuseppe Zanotti pump and an oversized clutch. Try hair in a sleek, almost wet-looking pony.

R: What’s your favorite pair and color?
L: The Adam Bell-Bottom Jeans in lava. I’ve worn them more than I thought I would wear red pants. The red is so true, with just a pinch of orange.


Tuesday, May 17th 2011

Look I Love: Knit Tank + Red Jeans

There’s nothing more satisfying than that “aha” moment when two simple pieces come together to create a look that’s irresistible. Though I’ve never been one to choose colored denim over classic blue, when I saw what our stylists put together in the shots above from our Ultimate Closet and Vince lookbooks, I immediately fell for the unexpected pairing of a neutral knit tank and red skinny jeans. Like oversized sunnies and maxi dresses or shift dresses and pumps, it’s like they were made for each other. I’ll steal the look by pairing a knit Mara Hoffman top with red J Brand skinny jeans, and accessorize with a beaded necklace and nude flat sandals, for a look I’ll be in love with all summer long.


Tuesday, April 26th 2011

Fresh Ways to Wear White Denim

Though white denim is a perennial summer favorite, it feels especially fresh this time around when used as a blank canvas for the season’s color trends.

For an easy take on bright separates, I’ll pair white skinny jeans with a punchy tank in turquoise, coral, or orange and balance the look with understated flat sandals in nude. Or I’ll take my cue from the Alexander Wang spring runway and play with white-on-white–a basic T by Alexander Wang tank and white Siwy shorts will feel unexpected while beating the summer heat. Though casual at first glance, white jeans can be dressed up. Pair flared white J Brand jeans with a tucked-in nude tank, a blush blazer, and wood-bottom shoes for a mixed-neutrals look that wouldn’t feel out of place on a lunch date.


Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Siwy Denim Goes to Montauk: Spring 2011 Video

Siwy in Montauk from Siwy Denim.

For the S/S 2011 collection, Siwy jeans went to Montauk for a little fun in the sea breeze and the sand. Watch the video above, then shop our Siwy lookbook (launching tomorrow!).

Monday, February 28th 2011

Key Transition Piece: Light-Wash Jeans

The in-between season is officially upon us. The weather is too cold to don full-on spring wear, but the fall pieces that have been on heavy rotation are starting to feel a little stale. Enter airy layers in springy neutrals (à la 3.1 Phillip Lim) paired with light-wash jeans. It’s a look that’s cozy enough to brave winter’s final weeks, with the much-needed refreshing most wardrobes could use right about now.

Favorite brands from Hudson Jeans to 7 For All Mankind are turning out sandblasted denim this season. Flare jeans (like our current fave, the MiH Marrakesh jean) in a sun-bleached wash channel the ’70s style that has dominated the runways of late, but this look isn’t limited to city-chic bohemians. Slouchy boyfriend jeans by Current/Elliott denim are casual-cool with an ivory Vince sweater and rugged flat boots, while Goldsign skinnies feel cleanly classic with pointy-toe pumps and an Equipment blouse.


Friday, October 22nd 2010

Pray For Mother Nature: 3 Questions for Designer Chip Foster

Earlier this year, Chip Foster (one half of the duo behind Chip & Pepper) and his wife Nicole launched their new denim line Pray For Mother Nature, which has quickly become known for its sexy silhouettes, innovative washes, and super-soft lightweight denim. We talked to Chip about the origins of the line, its eco-friendly sensibility, and the inspiration it finds in Japanese culture, California landmarks, and nature itself.

Pictured: Pray For Mother Nature founders Chip and Nicole Foster.

Shopbop: What was the inspiration behind Pray For Mother Nature?
Chip Foster: The line originated out of an idea my wife Nicole and I had while in Japan. We so respected the culture and its appreciation for nature, and how at the same time it’s so hip and modern. We thought, “What if we applied a Japanese mindset to denim?” Obviously, being in the business for 23 years, no matter what, everything goes back to denim!

SB: Your line has an eco-friendly slant. What is the story behind its unique name, and what does it do to support environmental charities?
CF: Nicole and I were in a fish market in Japan with tuna hanging everywhere, and my beautiful wife, who is like Mother Earth herself, looked up at the tuna and said, “Ohh…we have to pray for Mother Nature.” I thought it was amazing and it inspired me. Once the line came together, we decided that part of our inspiration was about preserving nature and giving back. Our two little boys love the beach and the ocean, and it is a constant source of calm and inspiration for all of us, so we teamed up with Heal the Bay and now donate a portion of our proceeds to keeping our waters clean.

SB: Your designs have unique names–Jesse Spano’s Flare Jeans, Action Jackson Denim Leggings, and Who’s the Boss Cargo Jeans, to name a few. What inspired you to be creative with your product names?
CF: Nicole’s sister Katie is hilarious and has always helped us come up with amazing, goofy, memorable names (for Chip & Pepper as well), so she was a huge part of the naming process. (Apparently she is very into ’80s TV characters.) Then, as the line evolved, we realized we wanted to name the styles after our natural inspirations. Since the whole collection is designed and made in California, which is now almost unheard of for a denim brand, we decided to name the styles after California landmarks and our washes after California beaches and trees.

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