Fashion’s Night Out

Friday, August 31st 2012

Fashion’s Night Out with Shopbop Senior Stylist Aya Kanai

Ohne Titel jacket, FNO tee, T by Alexander Wang skirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, Maison Martin Margiela ring, Elizabeth and James booties.

Wrapping up our Fashion’s Night Out 2012 interviews with industry experts, we posed a few FNO-related questions to Senior Stylist Aya Kanai, the newest addition to the Shopbop styling team. Here’s what she had to say:

SHOPBOP: What are you most looking forward to for this year’s FNO?
AYA KANAI: I’m a fan of illustration and graphic novels, so I’m looking forward to checking out the 3.1 Phillip Lim event. The brand is launching “Kill The Night,” an original comic book co-written by the designer and John Ostrander and drawn by Jan Duursema of Star Wars comic book fame. It’s such a cool idea!

SB: Where will we be able to find you throughout the course of the event?
AK: I’ve learned to pick a neighborhood and stick to it—I usually hang out in Soho. Trying to get to different neighborhoods will leave you trapped in transit for the evening rather than having fun!

SB: Perhaps the most important question: what are you planning to wear?
AK: FNO is a great evening to wear my favorite new pieces for fall. I just got a cool Theyskens’ Theory backpack and J Brand leather pants.

SB: And finally, what would we find in your Fashion’s Night Out survival kit?
AK: My Metrocard! I don’t bother trying to get a cab. There are NONE!

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Thursday, August 30th 2012

Fashion’s Night Out with Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff jacket, pants, and shoes; FNO tote; A.L.C. bracelet.

Continuing our celebration of Fashion’s Night Out 2012, we took a moment to ask designer Rebecca Minkoff about fashion’s biggest party.

SHOPBOP: What are you most looking forward to for this year’s FNO?
REBECCA MINKOFF: I just love walking around the city and seeing the excitement of all the people enjoying the store parties.

SB: What will you be wearing this year?
RM: I’m not sure yet, but I know I’ll have on comfortable shoes and a lot of good jewelry!

SB: Can you share a favorite FNO memory?
RM: I loved my event last year. We did a braid bar, and the line wrapped around the store’s floor!

Check out all our FNO 2012 coverage.
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Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Fashion’s Night Out with Solange Knowles

Kelly Wearstler jacket, Holst + Lee necklace, FNO tee, Rebecca Minkoff pants, DVF shoes, Madewell bag.

Fashion’s Night Out 2012 is just over a week away—the event takes place on Thursday, September 6, this year. Last week, we asked a few industry pros to build their FNO look using pieces from our Fashion’s Night Out boutique. This week, they’re sharing highlights from FNOs of the past, as well as tips to make it through the busy night. First up: DJ, fashion plate, and sister to Beyoncé, Solange Knowles.

SHOPBOP: What is your favorite Fashion’s Night Out memory?
SOLANGE KNOWLES: I DJed at Roberto Cavalli two years ago. It was really laid-back and super chill, which is my favorite kind of anything. And I got to keep the outfit— always a plus!

SB: What’s your go-to party outfit?
SK: There’s no such thing! It’s all about your vibe and what you’re feeling. I like to keep things unfussy, but not necessarily effortless-looking. Anything in a great color or print achieves this.

SB: What’s in your Fashion’s Night Out survival kit?
SK: Relatively comfy shoes, my ’82 Nikon camera, a camera bag (Madewell makes a cute one), and, truth be told, a nice glass of champagne.

SB: And finally, what are some must-have songs on your party playlist?
SK: Million Dollar Bill by  Whitney Houston, Adorn by Miguel, 110% by Jessie Ware, and Round of Applause by Waka Flocka Flame.

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Monday, August 27th 2012

Fashion’s Night Out: Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller


Fashion’s favorite night of shopping is coming up soon, and we couldn’t wait to hear what our favorite insiders were planning to wear. Never one to disappoint, Leandra Medine (the Man Repeller herself) styled an outfit sure to shine through the throngs of excited shoppers. Head over to her blog to see her full look.

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Monday, August 27th 2012

Meet Shopbop’s New Fashion Director: Treena Lombardo

Meet Treena Lombardo, Shopbop’s new fashion director. Treena spent 17 years working under some of Condé Nast’s top mastheads—Vogue, Jane, W, and Allure—before joining the Shopbop team, and we couldn’t be happier that she’s here. I stole a few minutes from Treena’s very busy schedule to learn more about her, what she has in store for Shopbop, and her plans for fashion’s biggest fête, Fashion’s Night Out.

Amie: First, tell me a little about how you got into fashion.
Treena: My grandmother was a really talented seamstress. She read Women’s Wear Daily, and she always had the paper out for us to look at when we came over. My mom also sewed clothes and had a great sense of style. I definitely got into fashion through the two of them.

Amie: What’s your favorite thing about working for Shopbop so far?
Treena: I love the pace, and how quickly everything moves here. I love all the people who work for Shopbop. I think it’s the smartest organization that I’ve ever worked for. And I love the Madison, Wisconsin, element. The company is so genuine.
[Editor’s note: Shopbop was founded in Madison, Wisconsin, and its corporate office and warehouse call the city home.]

Amie: What have you enjoyed working on most?
Treena: We’ve been working really, really hard to get the new site looking its best and creating a lot of stories for that. I’m excited that with the redesign we’ll have more opportunities to create great content for our Shopbop girl.

Amie: Are there any exciting collaborations coming up with any of your favorite designers?
Treena: I did a Weibo interview with Derek Lam last week, where we chatted live with some Chinese customers. That was great. I’ve known Derek for over ten years now, and I was really excited to work with him. Chris Benz is a good friend of mine, and we have an exciting project coming up with him as well. It’s all a lot of fun. Sometimes I can’t believe I get paid to do it.

Amie: Now, let’s talk Fashion’s Night Out, coming up in New York on September 6. What are you most looking forward to this year?
Treena: FNO is like the first day of school for fashion folks. I’m looking forward to seeing all of my industry friends, hearing about their summer vacations, and getting chummy again before the upcoming fashion month.

Amie: What are your must-stops for the night?
Treena: Bon Appetit is fêting Chris Benz, so that will definitely be one to hit. The Meatpacking District is going to be insane! The DVF store there will be a great stop for people-watching.

Amie: What’s your go-to FNO outfit?
Treena: I just bought my FNO T-shirt from Shopbop! I’m going to keep it simple and wear it with jeans and Ash wedge sneakers because it’s going to be impossible to get a cab, and heels and the subway just don’t mix.

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