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Thursday, June 21st 2012

A Tibi Summer

Inspired by Tibi's effortless pieces and accented with Shopbop accessories, I have created three outfits to ensure a very Tibi summer, all summer long...

1. A Trip to the Farmers Market in: Tibi Sandwashed Camisole  //  Bop Basics Textured Sunhat  //  Zeffira Rita Bangle Set  //  Tibi Stencil Shorts  //  Anya Hindmarch Fruit & Vegetables Tote  //  Matt Bernson Jack Two Tone Strappy Sandals 

2. Brunch with your girlfriends in: Tibi Tahiti Sleeveless Dress  //  Dara Ettinger Felicia Stud Earrings  //  Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag  //  Elizabeth and James Sand Leather Pumps

3: A summer wedding in: Tibi Basket Weave Jacket  //  Tibi Hannah V Neck Dress  //  Jennifer Meyer Jewelry 18k Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings  //  Charles Albert Agate Solid Cuff  //  B Brian Atwood Labrea High Heel Sandals  //  Rebecca Minkoff Metallic Ostrich Minaudirie

Thanks for having me, Shopbop! 
xo Liz

Tuesday, June 19th 2012

Summer with an Edge

Hi, Shoptalk readers! Meg Biram here from MIMI+MEG, sharing some of my favorite edgy pieces with you. Edgy doesn't have to mean all black. I've found some great items with color that are perfect for summer.

ON THE TOP:
Kelly Wearstler Leather Moto Jacket / HELMUT Printed Tank / Helmut Lang Spider Burnout Tank

ACCESSORIES & SHOES:
Pour La Victoire Astrid Suede Flats / House of Harlow 1960 Horizontal Horn Necklace / Bing Bang Calavera Bracelet / Rebecca Minkoff Bethanie Booties / Pamela Love Double Pyramid Ring

ON THE BOTTOM: 
Rag & Bone/JEAN The Legging Jeans / Genetic Denim Raquel Crop Cigarette Jeans / David Lerner Tribal Leather Insert Leggings

--Meg Biram

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Tuesday, June 21st 2011

Shopbop Wedding Series: Advice from Celebrity Wedding Planner Colin Cowie


Known the world over as an arbiter of style, Colin Cowie has been planning parties for the world’s elite for more than 20 years. He counts Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, and Hugh Hefner among his list of celebrity clientele; makes regular appearances on The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Live with Regis and Kelly; and is the author of eight bestselling books. We talked with Mr. Cowie about how he got into the business and asked him to share some advice for brides in the midst of planning a wedding.

Shopbop: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get into the party planning business?
Colin Cowie: I started as a one-man show—chief chef, waiter, and bottle washer. I used to wake up at 6 a.m. and go to the flower market, arrange the flowers, do the marketing, then head home to cook the meal. I’d set their table, cork the wines, pour drinks, serve the meal, and do the cleanup. And I put 120 percent into everything I do. It’s kept me at the top of my field. I never set out doing what I’m doing now. One step led to another, and the dream has come to life.

SB: If you can whittle it down to just one, what would you say is the most important thing to think about when planning your wedding?
CC: The comfort of your guests is most important. Your wedding is a statement of style. True style has nothing to do with what you wear or how much money you spend. It’s about how you treat your guests. Your wedding is your first joint statement of style and an opportunity for you and your fiancé to function as the quintessential host and hostess. How you treat your guests and make them welcome is more important than the food you serve or the dress you wear.
 
SB: There are many moving parts. How do you approach the planning process so as not to feel overwhelmed?
CC: Stay organized in a way that works best for you! Being organized alleviates stress and tension that might be brought on from feeling overwhelmed with the idea that things are consuming you.
 
SB: A wedding is such a personal event. How do you recommend incorporating personal touches into the big day?
CC: Make it as personal as possible: the food you serve, the music playing, the vows you read, the colors you work with are all elements that should be personalized. Start with the invitation and weave a consistent thread of style throughout the entire celebration. From the wording on the invite to the color of the ink, it’s the first thing your guests will see and sets the tone for what’s to come, right down to the thank you notes you will write your guests after the wedding. At the end of the day, when you walk down the aisle it’s that single thread of well-edited ideas that will create the look, feel, and spirit of your wedding story.
 
SB: A wedding can be a really stressful time. What is your best advice for brides looking to keep their stress level at a minimum?
CC: Exercise! Instead of sitting on the sofa in front of the TV with a box of your favorite chocolates, get up and move! Get those endorphins flowing, hit the gym, get on the treadmill, hit that punching bag, and when you’re done, your endorphins will be up and your stress will be down!
 
SB: What was the best wedding you worked on, and what made it so special?
CC: The next one I’m working on, that’s really how I feel. Each is so different, I’m able to start with a blank canvas and go from there. Bringing a vision to reality and seeing it all come together is like weaving a thread through a needle, there are so many moving parts that must come together seamlessly, with only one take. It’s like live TV.


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Monday, June 20th 2011

Insider Favorites: Jen Brill’s Picks for Summer in NYC

A New York-based photo agent who represents many of the city’s most celebrated talents, Jen says her personal style is defined by three things: high heels, red lips, and red nails, and her fashion inspiration is Exene Cervenka from her favorite band, X. Jen also works closely with RxArt: a non-profit that raises money to incorporate fine art in children’s hospitals. Here, she picks her must-haves for summer in NYC.

VPL Eclipse Bra & Underwear
VPL is underwear’s best kept secret. Victoria Bartlett’s designs are always smart and beautiful.

Imitation Alexandra Romper
The designer of Imitation, Tara Subkoff, is one of the chicest women I know. This romper is completely timeless, just like Tara’s style.

Opening Ceremony Silk Shorts
I’m an Opening Ceremony fanatic. These barely there silk shorts are perfect for the brutal New York City heat.

Linda Farrow for The Row Jackie O Sunglasses
Mary-Kate and Ashley know a thing or two about perfect eyewear. The sun doesn’t have a chance against these bad boys.

Alexander Wang Crochet Fringe Crop Top
I’m a complete sucker for anything crocheted. This top will go perfectly with a pair of old denim shorts and ballet flats.

Sophomore Ballerina Dress
Sophomore makes the best jersey ever! There is no way that I won’t wear this dress at least twice a week this summer.

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Friday, May 20th 2011

Shopbop Wedding Series: Bridesmaid Dresses, by Style Me Pretty

When we polled our soon-to-be or recent bride friends about where they turned for wedding inspiration, every last one of them said Style Me Pretty. A blog that specializes in all things bridal, Style Me Pretty looks at the hottest trends in the wedding world. We asked editor and founder Abby Larson to share her insights into selecting bridesmaid dresses.

Brides spend hours choosing exactly the right flowers, a space that reflects their style and personality, a perfect white dress, details that will make guests swoon. They choose their menu carefully and spend days going back and forth on cake flavors and first dance songs. At Style Me Pretty, we think the bridesmaid dress selection should be at the tippy top of that to-do list. Aside from the fact that happy maids equals way less stress for the bride-to-be, a well-frocked bridal party is also the perfect accessory to your wedding day style.

Let’s talk trends. The biggest trend we’ve seen lately is mismatched dresses. Not the standard one designer, different cuts mismatching. Instead, brides are choosing a palette and allowing their bridesmaids to choose a gown that represents one of the hues within that spectrum, all in different styles. Some may be long and jewel toned, others may be short and accessorized. Each is beautiful in its own right, and yet stunning as a group.


Different dresses in the same color palette. Photo by Erin Hearts Court.

We’re also seeing dresses that totally buck the bridesmaid dress tradition. Dresses that can and WILL be worn again. Whether it’s a collection of little black dresses, a fabulous printed frock, or a Pippa-style white gown, the goal is to give your girls something they are excited to wear.

As for colors, we’re obsessed with Pantone’s pick for the 2011 color of the year, Honeysuckle. Mix it up with pale pinks, champagnes, and nudes—gorgeousness defined.


Honeysuckle promises to be a bridesmaid favorite this wedding season.

And last but not least, don’t forget the accessories! From the whimsical to the sweet, accessories are the perfect way to take your bridesmaid looks to a chic new level.


Don’t forget the accessories! A pretty hairpiece can take your bridesmaid look to a new level.

See what we mean? Bridesmaid dresses are a perfect place for you to add a pop of color, spunk, and style to your wedding day. And don’t forget to look to your girls for ideas as well. After all, they know what looks good on them better than anyone else. If you trust your maids to select their own gowns, make sure to do a final review once everyone has their dress. You want to make sure the colors complement each other, and the styles don’t compete. We always suggest that you listen to your bridesmaids’ ideas, and then use their thoughts as a launching pad to selecting the perfect collection for your girls. It’s a win-win for all.

So there you have it. Bridesmaid Dresses 101. Just remember that you should gift your girls two things on your big day: confidence and style. If you follow those rules, you will have one very happy bridal party.

--Abby Larson
Style Me Pretty


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Friday, April 29th 2011

Shopbop Wedding Series: The Dress, by Lela Rose

The boutique is launched, our wedding specialists are at the ready, and brides-to-be have already started ordering their perfect gowns. With the Shopbop Wedding Boutique in full swing, we’re turning to a few bridal experts for their insight into making the big day a glowing success in this monthly wedding series.

Texas native Lela Rose launched her eponymous label with a vision to “create classic silhouettes with a whimsical twist.” The resulting collections have delivered with innovative techniques on wearable pieces. In 2006, eight years after launching her main line, the designer added Lela Rose Wedding to her range, creating wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses for the forward woman. We talked with Rose about the design process, what goes into finding the perfect dress, and the bride of the moment, Kate Middleton.

Shopbop: Let's start by talking about the most famous bride of the moment is, Kate Middleton. If you were designing a gown for her, what sorts of details would you use?
Lela Rose: Kate Middleton will need to be in a sleeved gown, which is very appropriate for the moment. A dress in our recent collection is the Archive, which has beautiful handcrafted embroidery on sheer tulle that creates an “impossible” neckline. I would have the embroidery extend further along a stovepipe sleeve. I love the column-like shape of this gown, but I would make the train longer, as this is a true cathedral wedding.

SB: What goes through your mind when designing a bridal gown?
LR: Designing a bridal gown is definitely a different approach than something for the ready-to-wear collection. I have to remember that this gown will most likely be her first major purchase—the gowns I design have to reflect that in a luxurious yet understated way. It is also important to offer beautiful and sophisticated gowns that are both fashion-forward and classic at the same time.

SB: We currently have a particularly exquisite gown from your collection, a strapless piece embroidered with crystals (pictured). What was the inspiration behind this dress?
LR: The flesh tone of this dress is what I think is so elegant, as it seems to cloak the figure as if it were skin, but with sparkle. I love how the crystals hit the light and shine as you walk.

SB: How would you describe the bride who wears this dress?
LR: The bride who would wear this gown is like most of our Lela Rose brides, someone independent, modern, likes fashion, and wants to turn heads in a sophisticated and elegant way.

SB: What sorts of things should a bride think about when selecting her dress?
LR: I believe the most important thing is for her to feel like herself, but the most glamorous version of herself. There are so many opinions during the wedding planning process that this is the time for the bride to show a true reflection of her style and personality. The shape of the dress needs to flatter her figure first and foremost, then she must consider what fabrics most lend themselves to that shape.


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Friday, February 18th 2011

Man Repeller x Shopbop: OMFG Summer Camp is Over, Goodbye NYFW

Launched less than a year ago, Leandra Medine’s The Man Repeller blog has already managed to catch the eye of some of the biggest names in fashion. All this week, Leandra will be blogging for Shopbop from NYFW.

Well, party people, it seems that’s a wrap. I am thoroughly going to miss reporting back to you here while we dissect new runway trends and relate them to animated characters, King Kong, other large unidentifiable animals, and creatures of outer space. Before we start shedding collective tears, though, I think it’s important we take one last look at some of the gems the end of New York Fashion Week offered. This season, even Hervé Léger sort of tailored his aesthetic to fit mine. (The operative phrase here is sort of.) So without further ado, I give you one last hurrah.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing? 3.1 Phillip Lim did the Muppets proud. Kermit  always was my favorite frog, green my favorite color, and Phillip Lim my favorite man repeller. There’s nothing quite as gratifying as watching your favorite pastimes come together in a most sartorially eye-pleasing manner.

At Milly, I sat confused. The hues of bright red, orange, and pink topped the already NYFW-exhausted ’70s-inspired silhouettes, while I swooned for emerald green harem pants and an almost floor-length printed coat. I couldn’t come to a clear-cut conclusion. Were they repellers or propellers? Is there a man in the house? Would you sleep with these models?

Nanette Lepore jumped on the printed floor-length bandwagon too, showing a teal plaid double-breasted coat, and then, in the same hue, a sheer long-sleeve maxi dress with what looked like zebra-print wedges. There’s an untapped animal print begging for some play time! I couldn’t help but dub it: Little House on the Prairie gets a fashion week makeover.

In what was perhaps the largest shock to my system, Hervé Léger showed (gasp!) pants at their show, paired with a leather bondage blouse that screamed The Matrix in all the right ways. Could it be? Is Max Azria taking a step back from his usual influence by the male persuasion? And what does this mean for us?

Finally…

In the most highly anticipated show of the entire New York Fashion Week, the Proenza Schouler boys put my print mixing capabilities to shame with their Tetris-inspired trouser pants and colorful knits. At the risk of sounding like an epic cheese ball, if loving Jack and Lazaro means a lifetime of lady boners and lady boners only…then so be it. It’s too bad they didn’t hand out their new rope bracelets after the show. Talk about a perfect fusion of fashion week and summer camp.

Tomorrow, we digitally travel to London, and while I may not be here, I will certainly be here. Thank you for listening to me this week. May your shoulder pads always extend far beyond your elbows.

The correlation makes sense. Think about it.

--Leandra Medine
The Man Repeller

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Man Repeller x Shopbop: Man Repelling Trends Continue to Grace the Runways

Launched less than a year ago, Leandra Medine’s The Man Repeller blog has already managed to catch the eye of some of the biggest names in fashion. All this week, Leandra will be blogging for Shopbop from NYFW.

If New York Fashion Week has taught me anything, it’s that man repelling will always be in style. Fashion will always be about tailoring the collections to fit the preferred aesthetic of a strong woman, and thus, we may stay single. Forever. No fear, though. With abundant offerings from Jen Kao, Karen Walker, Tibi, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, you’ll have that void filled in no time.

Let’s discuss, starting with Jen Kao.

With the metallic nature of the Austin Powers in Gold Member maxi dress next to what looks like a velvet cape directly out of Harry Potter fashion week, we’re prone to speculate Jen Kao may have taken a bit of cinematic inspiration in designing her collection.

At Karen Walker, lentils were worn as hats. Just kidding, those are beanies. But I’m onto something, aren’t I? In any case, leather accents continued to rule in a more feminine and flimsy manner while combining one of fall’s biggest emerging trends: bright color, in orange no less. Conversely, there was still a bit of menswear and print mixing thrown into the collection, with button ups and pants leaving little interest to the male eye.

Ruffled necklines and beautiful shades of red starred in Tibi’s runway show, where a bright red onesie stole my heart, and a kick back to the ’50s refilled the aforementioned void, literally and figuratively.

And finally…

Here I write a love letter to Marc by Marc Jacobs and his radical flashback to the ’70s in all its glam glory. The show provided many a male-deterring opportunity. Cue the duty-length silk skirt, printed in the official colors of the man repelling tribe (leopard print) and the full corduroy-on-corduroy pantsuit. I remember a time when Sex and the City’s Miranda Hobbes reprimand poor old Steve Brady for opting to wear head-to-toe corduroy. Who would have thought we’d be emulating that look several years later?

I did, actually. Steve’s got style! In any case, we’ve only got one more day of shows to go, and it must be said: I’m going to miss talking with you via Shopbop.

Until tomorrow!

--Leandra Medine
The Man Repeller

Monday, February 14th 2011

Man Repeller x Shopbop: Part 1 Roundup

Launched less than a year ago, Leandra Medine’s The Man Repeller blog has already managed to catch the eye of some of the biggest names in fashion. All this week, Leandra will be blogging for Shopbop from NYFW.

New York Fashion Week part 1 has ended, but before we start basking in the glory of whatever part 2 promises (I’ve been disappointed with the lack of nether-region inspiration this season), let’s take a look back at some of the man-repelling finest from Shopbop’s favorites. Because nothing is more gratifying than knowing we have, once again, forfeited our licenses to date for the sake of sick fashion.

More fur presented itself at ADAM by Adam Lippes’s runway show. Paired with a chambray oxford and palazzo-esque trouser pants (also in denim), next fall’s Canadian tuxedo is getting a special New York update.

Alexander Wang proved once again how epic his breakthrough designs are. Sunglasses will be attached to our faces by means of a fur band, and sleepwear knickers on steroids will be the accepted mode of dress.

While Thakoon was more about the seamless print mixing and less about embracing a woman’s nether regions, I was delighted to see mullet skirts following us into next fall equipped with none other than plaid puffer jackets. What more could one ask for?

Hole-y tights! Charlotte Ronson took a cue from three decades and paid homage to the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s at her show: ombré oxford blouses, cut-up tights, metallic accents, and some very sweet pant/skirt combinations. He’ll never get it. We won’t care.

And finally, at Cushnie et Ochs, otherwise known as a neutered version of Maison Martin Margiela:

Feathers in topknots suggested Disney inspiration from Peter Pan while button-down oxfords and duty-length skirts guaranteed many a girls’ night.

Until tomorrow, happy man repelling and…Valentine’s Day. I guess.

--Leandra Medine
The Man Repeller

Saturday, February 12th 2011

Man Repeller x Shopbop | Trend Spotting: Sheer Pants, Repeller or Propeller?

Launched less than a year ago, Leandra Medine’s The Man Repeller blog has already managed to catch the eye of some of the biggest names in fashion. All this week, Leandra will be blogging for Shopbop from NYFW.

In the last two days, I’ve so far mentally identified three key trends that will lend help to those on the quest to join the tribe and become bonafide Man Repellers in time for next fall.

Jason Wu, Ruffian, and (et hem) Kimberly Taylor gave the bowtie a proverbial thumbs up, while Peter Som, Rag & Bone, and Rebecca Taylor offered a lesson in mastering the art of the fur sleeve.


Rebecca Taylor (left) and Rag & Bone.

And as for that third trend, another sighting from Rebecca Taylor’s runway paired with one from Rebecca Minkoff’s runway suggested that sheer pants may very well be the next big trend sweeping the fashion scope. In light of such, it must be asked: can we repel while revealing our panties?


Rebecca Minkoff (left) and Rebecca Taylor.

Of course we can. Minkoff proved this with a little help from a lacey pattern running through the high-waist silhouette and some seriously ’80s-inspired under armor. And Rebecca Taylor confirmed it by adorning the sheer fabric with small bits of embroidery and a long striped sweater belted at the waist.

Should you prefer to wear a cropped sweater though, this is nothing a little visit to your grandmother’s underwear drawer can’t fix.

Go on now, try it out, and share your tales.

Until tomorrow, keep that bow tied tight.

--Leandra Medine
The Man Repeller

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