First Fashion

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

First Fashion: Classic Boy

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Anything they can do, we can do better. These timeless man favorites (think denim, assertive timepieces, and plaid shirts) were subtly tweaked to be just right for us.

(1) The vintage-lover’s favorite denim brand, MiH Jeans manage to be both true to their retro inspirations and ultra-modern in their figure-flattering fit. I love that this pair recalls the days of unisex denim: they would be just as cute on James Dean as they’d be on us. MiH - Halsy High Rise Straight Leg Jeans

(2) This oversized Michael Kors watch is a true-to-form guy’s watch: clean, bold, definitively unfrilly. Michael Kors - Jet Set Sport Watch

(3) The plaid button-up has been a man-staple for decades. This DSQUARED2 interpretation has all the woodsman charm of his shirt, but is cut with a woman’s shape in mind. DSQUARED2 - Chean Shirt

--Rebecca

Monday, June 13th 2011

First Fashion: Best Blouses

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I tuned in to the Tony Awards for the first time in years last night to watch an old friend sing and dance in the cast of Anything Goes (the play took home the award for Best Revival of a Musical). He was brilliant, and the costumes were an absolute delight, a throwback to the ’30s when ladies looked a little more prim, a little more refined.

These three blouses feel like they could have walked right out of the same era:

(1) In the season of soft neutrals and pink pastels, the minty shade of this DVF blouse is a pleasant surprise. Diane von Furstenberg - Pwerleena Blouse

(2) I’d wear this Alice + Olivia blouse with high-waisted white pants and Edmundo Castillo pumps. Alice + Olivia - Carol Tie Collar Blouse

(3) The casual one of the bunch, this Joie blouse would be a great match for crisp chino shorts and Tory Burch ballet flats. Joie - Kadie Top

--Amie

Friday, June 10th 2011

First Fashion: Fringe

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I’ve never been much of a fan of fringe, but these three pieces have me singing a different tune.

(1) A cross-body silhouette with dramatically long fringe. This Motif 56 bag could be a solid contender for title of Most Worn on the Summer Festival Circuit. Motif 56 - Cleo Bag

(2) Unique details and a pretty bright shade set this Elliot Mann bag apart. Elliot Mann - Indie Bag

(3) Browsing for iPad cases, I’ve been left a little dejected by the lack of inventiveness, and then I found this one by Jagger Edge. Jagger Edge - Suede Fringe iPad Case

--Amie

Thursday, June 9th 2011

First Fashion: Down to Earth

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Now that the weather is cooperating and I’m able to spend more time outside, I’m finding myself drawn to pieces with an earthy feel.

(1) I love the look of open knits for summer, and this Vince sweater will pair perfectly with denim cutoffs on cool music festival evenings. Vince – Lace Up Sweater

(2) Though the rhinestones are pure glamour, quill pendants lend this Lulu Frost necklace an unexpected natural touch. Lulu Frost – Short Crystal Quill Necklace

(3) Each Wayuu Taya bag is hand-woven with a one-of-a-kind pattern, and I’ve finally found the one I have to have. Roomy enough for necessities and sturdy enough to use at the beach, I’ll be carrying this bag wherever the summer takes me. Wayuu Taya – Susu Bag

--Tonya

Wednesday, June 8th 2011

First Fashion: Pre-Fall in Black & Tan

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Barely a week into summer, it’s a little unsane to be thinking about donning fall duds, but the pre-fall collections trickling into Shopbop (and the outfits our stylists are building with them) have me planning for cooler days.

(1) A wardrobe staple rendered in luxe leather, this Rodarte for Opening Ceremony top makes the basic tee feel special. Rodarte for Opening Ceremony - Leather T Shirt

(2) An inspired way to wear a bustier top in cooler temperatures: I love how our stylists layered this one by Alexander Wang over a lightweight turtleneck. Alexander Wang - Bustier Top

(3) Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa is the king of deceptive simplicity. This dress could live in a stylish wardrobe for years. Calvin Klein Collection - Horaz Dress

--Amie

Tuesday, June 7th 2011

First Fashion: Color Study

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With red, coral, and orange stealing the show this season, I find myself craving something just different enough to be unique: in this case, a shade of Technicolor pink that should make me stand out like a spark on a dark night.

(1) The inimitable fit of J Brand shorts in a craveable, super-saturated shade. J Brand – Low Rise Cutoff Shorts

(2) Theodora & Callum puts a fresh and girly spin on the classic Navajo print. Theodora & Callum – Navajo Tie All Scarf

(3) Packing a similar punch to leopard print or bright red, this take-no-prisoners Susana Monaco dress is pink at its most powerful. Susana Monaco – V Neck Tank Dress

--Rebecca

Monday, June 6th 2011

First Fashion: Summer Shoes

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My summer shoe wardrobe needs to step up. These three pairs will bring it into the big leagues.

(1) With sleek, modern lines, Diane von Furstenberg creates a wooden wedge that doesn’t feel too retro. Diane von Furstenberg – Olivia Wedge Sandals

(2) A classic print plus a classic shape. These Kate Spade pumps are a pair for the ages. Kate Spade – Licorice Satin Pumps

(3) These understated high-heel sandals will play the important supporting role in any ensemble. KORS Michael Kors – Logan Platform Pumps

--Tonya

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

First Fashion: New from Twelfth Street

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It’s a rare occasion when I love an entire line, but such is the case with the spring collection from Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent. Laid-back ladylike with a boho overtone, these are the kinds of pieces that set my vintage-loving heart aflutter.

(1) A simple silhouette dressed up with pintucks and brass buttons, this maxi dress has a subtle hippie sensibility. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent – Tiered Cami Maxi Dress

(2) Historically a little afraid of jumpsuits and their kindred, this quirky yet sophisticated romper has opened my eyes to what I’ve been missing. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent – Bra Cup Romper

(3) Leave it to Cynthia Vincent to fuse an Aztec-inspired print with silk chiffon. This is like Cinderella on a road trip. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent – Shirred Corset Dress

--Rebecca

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

First Fashion: The Latest From Alexander Wang

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The Alexander Wang pre-fall collection has arrived at Shopbop, and after a spring collection full of lights and whites, the designer has come back to his signature black (with a little nude added in for good measure). A few of my favorites:

(1) Alexander Wang puts his stamp on a slinky cocktail dress with asymmetry and an on-trend midi hem. Alexander Wang – Asymmetrical Sash Dress

(2) Though draped and feminine, zipper trim gives this top an unexpected edge. Alexander Wang – Sleeveless Draped Top

(3) This deconstructed version of the silk blouse is perfect with your skinniest skinny pants and Alexander Wang booties. Alexander Wang – Tiered Sleeveless Tunic

--Tonya

Friday, May 27th 2011

First Fashion: Western Accents

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A wanderer at heart, I’ve always been susceptible to the allure of drifting cowboys and wide-open plains. These three picks embody the siren song of the American West.

(1) Silver and turquoise are the quintessential Southwest couple. These earrings are just one example from a summer Elizabeth and James jewelry line that brims with the combination. Elizabeth and James – Turquoise Howlite Earrings

(2) Pointless, really, to discuss the West without discussing boots. These Jeffrey Campbell booties are a compelling mixture of motorcycle and cowboy styles. Jeffrey Campbell – France Suede Boots

(3) This on-trend Bing Bang ring has all the charm of an Arizonan flea-market find. Bing Bang – Hopi Sun Face Ring

--Rebecca

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