Fashion Week - Spring 2012

Tuesday, October 4th 2011

Catching Up with Street Peeper Photographer Phil Oh

Street Peeper Founder Phil Oh

Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch put it best when talking about Phil Oh: He’s such a cool guy, and he’s everywhere. During fashion month, it would seem the man behind Street Peeper is in all places at all times, photographing cool girls in their chic clothes for Shopbop,, and his own website. (We’re convinced he doesn’t sleep.)

We caught up with Phil during a few spare minutes to talk about all things street style.

Shopbop: How did you get started in street style photography?
Phil Oh: There were two street style blogs I knew of at the time when I started Street Peeper, but I loved the Japanese magazines Street and Fruits, which documented what the kooky Tokyo fashion kids were into. I wanted to start a blog of my own about style that I found to be interesting. I didn’t have a background in fashion or photography, but sort of grew into them as the years went by. I guess it was also an excuse to travel again to places like Paris, London, Tokyo, Sydney, and more.

SB: The medium is really growing and evolving. How do you see it affecting fashion now and in the future?
PO: I think street style blogs help readers think about new ways to explore fashion. It’s inspiring to see how real people put together their looks, and I hope readers can incorporate some of those ideas into their own personal style. That said, I think street style blogs perhaps can push trends in certain directions. Design teams at all kinds of brands—from fast fashion to mass market to high fashion—use street style photos on their inspiration boards, so maybe these photos do have some effect on what happens in fashion at design and retail levels.

SB: What catches your eye when shooting street style?
PO: I love color and prints above all—when done well, of course. I feel like people are starting to open up to exploring color palettes beyond neutrals and black, and taking more chances with print and pattern. It’s exciting! Though one doesn’t have to dress like a clown or pile on the trends. Chic and simple can be just eye-catching and interesting.

Check out Phil’s street style albums from New York, London, and Paris on the Shopbop Facebook page.

Friday, September 16th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012: The Wrap-Up

Photos by Phil Oh.

Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch and Style Director Morgan Wendelborn crammed as many shows into a seven-day period as possible, and they came away with some major spring inspiration. Check out their favorite moments from the week.

Favorite moment on the runway:
Kate: Seeing Shopbop model Ava Smith on the runway at Helmut Lang.
Morgan: Karlie Kloss at Donna Karan. What a star!

Favorite moment off the runway:
Kate: The Prism presentation at La Bain! It was an extension of summer: spicy mango popsicles, an amazing view, and the chicest swimwear.
Morgan: Reviewing the shows on my iPad at Oficina on Prince Street. Hi, Max and Hans!

Best after party:
Kate: Taking my heels off each night gave me such joy it felt like a party!
Morgan: My apartment! On my couch with my boyfriend and Kate Cieps.

Chicest street style spotting:
Kate: Liu Wen wearing a little polka dot cardi after the Phillip Lim show. Jane Albiter, our RTW buyer, looked insanely cool every day.
Morgan: Printed pajama pants looked so effortless all week! The chicest women were wearing flats, sandals, and oxfords and simple, softly pointed pumps paired with cropped pants, shorts, and slim midi skirts. Elegance and ease felt so on point.

Spring trend you’ll try now:
Kate: Lavender paired with red inspired me at the DVF show. Wearing it today, actually. Loving all the new color combos. And, I can’t wait to wear white leather pants.
Morgan: White leather. I love how it’s done in chic ways this season: shorts, blazers, and shift dresses

Show(s) you can’t wait to shop:
Kate: Phillip Lim (especially the bags!!!), Thakoon, and Zero + Maria Cornejo.
Morgan: Jenni Kayne (best blazers ever and love the pink suits!), Yigal Azrouel, Rag & Bone (those knit biker jackets are INCREDIBLE), and Theyskens’ (DENIM!!!).

Friday, September 16th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012 Trend: T-Shirt Gowns

Looks from Derek Lam and Kimberly Ovitz, spring 2012.

Luxe laced with casual, short-sleeve gowns on the spring runways offered a dressed-down take on a formal silhouette. Favorite styles included crisp white renditions at Derek Lam and Kimberly Ovitz (pictured) and a slit-to-there cobalt look at Peter Som.

--Kate Ciepluch & Morgan Wendelborn
Fashion & Style Directors

Shop maxi dresses.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012: Tibi

Favorite looks from the Tibi spring 2012 runway.

The spring 2012 runway was another strong showing for Tibi. Styled by Swedish blogger Elin Kling, the collection was heavy on pants and light on the party dresses that once defined the brand. The look was clean and simple, airy and effortless—the picture of chic wearability.

--Kate Ciepluch
Fashion Director

Shop Tibi fall 2011.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012: Favorite Moments, by Aya Kanai

Photo by Phil Oh.

A constant figure on street style blogs, stylist Aya Kanai took a break from the marathon known as Fashion Month to share a few of her favorite NYFW moments.

Favorite moment on the runway:
Aya: Alexander Wang, DVF, Yigal Azrouel, and Thakoon all showed wild printed suits that I’m drying to try. I also love American designer, Lyn Devon. Her "urban picnic" collection for spring is pretty much everything I want to wear next season.

Favorite moment off the runway:
Aya: Fashion week is like back-to-school in the industry. Seeing all my stylist friends and reconnecting with coworkers is so much fun.

Chicest street style spotting:
Aya: The people I have worked with over the years always look beyond gorgeous at shows. Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Joanna Hillman, MK Steinmiller, the list goes on and on.

Best after party:
Aya: I am usually so exhausted from running around to shows that I don't attend very many parties, but I did have a great time popping into the Alexander Wang after party.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Looks from the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2012 runway.

Marc by Marc Jacobs went minimalist on the spring 2012 runway. Clean lines, bold color combinations, and pleasantly simple prints were the perfect backdrops for the collection’s sporty, frill-free aesthetic. Our fave accessories from the collection: the sneaker-esque patent wedges—inspired!

--Kate Ciepluch & Morgan Wendelborn
Fashion & Style Directors

Shop Marc by Marc Jacobs fall 2011.

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012: Herve Leger

Looks from the Hervé Léger spring 2012 runway.

Max Azria took Hervé Léger back to the golden age of Americana on his spring 2012 runway. Folklore-inspired jacquard patterns, macramé, and slinky fringe gave the collection a luxe-crafty feel, while metallic accents hinted at a harder edge.

--Kate Ciepluch & Morgan Wendelborn
Fashion & Style Directors

Shop Hervé Léger fall 2011.

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012 Emerging Trend: Bold Prints

Spring 2012 runway looks from Derek Lam, Peter Som, and Jen Kao.

Diminutive Liberty blossoms are always a delight, but the spring runways have traded in understated for a bolder approach to prints. A clear theme of “go big or stay home” emerged in zealous florals (Peter Som, ADAM by Adam Lippes, DVF), graphic geometrics (Alexander Wang, Jen Kao), and abstract wonders (Helmut Lang, naturally). Paired back to sleek solids or mixed and matched from head to toe, spring 2012 promises to be a statement of a season.

--Kate Ciepluch & Morgan Wendelborn
Fashion & Style Directors

Shop Print Dresses.

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012 Emerging Trend: Bright Short Suits

Looks from the Jill Stuart and DKNY spring 2012 runways.

Color is always a big spring story. The 2012 runways were alive with pops of cobalt, canary, and Kelly, but our standout fave was pink in every shade. Bright to blush, the color made a splash, especially in the form of chic little short suits. The matching tops and bottoms popped up on nearly every runway, but our favorites were the rose offerings at Jill Stuart, Jenni Kayne, and DKNY. They’ll make for playful alternatives to airy dresses come spring.

--Kate Ciepluch & Morgan Wendelborn
Fashion & Style Directors

Shop Suiting.
Shop Shorts.

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

NYFW S/S 2012: Thakoon

Looks from the Thakoon spring 2012 runway.

Thakoon took to the Wild West with a Bollywood twist on his spring 2012 runway. Models wore silhouettes fit for a futuristic cowgirl, with neon pink and blue hair to match. It’s an unexpected, cross-cultural mix that feels so right in this designer’s hands.

--Kate Ciepluch & Morgan Wendelborn
Fashion & Style Directors

Shop Thakoon fall 2011.

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