Paris Fashion Week

Tuesday, March 15th 2011

Paris Fashion Week Journal: Our Week in the Style Capital

Shopbop Style Director Morgan Wendelborn and Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch. Photo by Courtney D’Alesio

For more from our trip to Paris, check out our Facebook album.

Thursday, March 3
We landed at Charles de Gaulle at 9 am and had to make it to Palais de Tokyo in time for the Zac Posen runway show at 11. A lightning-speed stop to check into L’Hôtel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and change clothes, and we were off to the catwalk. Sculptural gowns in deep jewel tones contrasted nicely in the cold warehouse space—a very gothic feel.

After the show, we stepped into a gorgeous sunny day and made stops at the iconic Parisian shops—Chloé, Chanel, Céline—finally viewing all the lovely clothes we saw last fashion week in person. It’s the fashion cycle coming full circle.

Our afternoon was filled with showroom appointments, first with Opening Ceremony to view Rodarte’s second season. Watch for beaded pants, pleated skirts, and Fair Isle sweaters come fall. Next stop was London-based multiline showroom Robinson Pfeffer which set up shop on Rue Charlot. The meeting began with viewing some awesome product and ended with a little Côte du Rhône and a music discussion that led to some YouTube’ing.

Friday, March 4
First market appointment was at Tomorrow Showroom to view collections from Issa London, Willow, Lucy in Disguise, and exciting new designer Hakaan, who showed his second season in Paris the first day of fashion week.

Next up, we headed to London Showrooms, where we met outerwear designer Christopher Raeburn. His pieces are made from repurposed fabrics—a windbreaker was at one time a parachute. We also stopped to take a look at James Long, a British designer who until now had concentrated exclusively on menswear. His collection of tattered ivory knits and tassel dresses is really fresh.

Kate (right) with Pencey Designer Christina Minasian.

From there, we walked Parisian tradeshow Tranoi, where we discovered British designer Maria Grachvogel. Her easy, fluid, yet body-con shapes are patterned with deep, intense prints taken from her own artwork.

Then it was back to the hotel after a quiet dinner in Saint-Germain. Too jetlagged to sleep, we spent the night catching up on shows on our iPads.

Saturday, March 5
Another sunny day began with a meeting at the Ritz and a walk through MeMy Mode tradeshow, where we met a bohemian-type ex-pat from Boulder who designs jewelry line VK Lillie from Paris. Very cool leather pouches and stones on chains.

Faces painted red lent the Viktor & Rolf runway a devilish feel.

From there, we were off to the Viktor & Rolf runway show, where red face paint provided a devilish element to the presentation. We took another walk through Tranoi (watch for Roseanna to hit Shopbop this fall—you will love it!), and then to Sonia Rykiel for a Broadway-esque performance of a runway show. The models turned into actresses playing the part of a woman gallivanting in dresses of argyle, plaid, and intarsia knits.

The day ended with a stop at Collette, drinks at Café Ruc with our favorite guys from Robert Rodriguez, dinner at Dave, stops at Hotel Costes and Le Baron, and then bed!

Sunday, March 6
Sunday was a busy day of showroom appointments, including Tom Binns and Les Chiffoniers (we’re obsessed with their colorblock leather dress!). We grabbed food and sat in the sun in Le Marais before walking the D&A tradeshow, then finished the day with appointments at Vanessa Bruno and Zac Posen.

Monday, March 7
Our schedule was jam-packed with showroom appointments: Preen, Matthew Williamson (check out the runway show—SO COOL!), Viktor & Rolf, DSquared2, Plein Sud.

We headed across town for the Vanessa Bruno runway show at Palais de Tokyo and enjoyed a walk along the Seine post-show. Breathtaking views of a sparkling Eiffel Tower!

Dinner was at Mama Shelter. This restaurant/bar feels like a cool basement hangout: the walls are chalkboards, and the cocktails are named after rappers.

Chalkboard walls at Mama Shelter.

Tuesday, March 8
The day began at Temperley London where we viewed their quintessential bohemian-gone-glam collection. It’s their 10th anniversary, and there was a lot of excitement about the gorgeous range and our partnership, especially our bridal offering!

Our next appointment wasn’t until 7 pm, so we got to do some shopping, including Bon Marche (in my opinion, the best department store in the world!).

From there, we headed over to NY-based designer showroom Mackey Morgan. We fell pretty hard for newcomer Lyn Devon, a minimalistic collection that exudes chic and cool sophistication. Be on the lookout for styles on Shopbop this fall!

And then we said au revoir to Paris! We’ve got lots of orders to write!

--Kate & Morgan
Shopbop Fashion Director and Style Director

For more from our trip to Paris, check out our Facebook album.

Thursday, October 7th 2010

Paris Fashion Week Diary: Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch

Paris Fashion Week is the highlight of my year. The city’s beauty takes your breath away, and it’s so quaint compared to the hustle and bustle of NYC. Going in October creates the ideal landscape (and weather) to start wearing fall’s best pieces.

Day 1
We stopped by the RMO showroom to view London-based Markus Lupfur’s adorable collection. Spring 2011’s range has a safari inspiration. We loved the giraffe and cheetah jumpers and his beaded chiffon cheetah dress. We also met Lily Allen and her sister, who have just opened a shop in London with vintage-inspired frocks.

After finishing up in market, we hit a few stores (Sandra, IRO, Maje) and then went to Au Petit Fer à Cheval in the Marais for a dinner of fromage, bread, and Côte du Rhone.

Kate with Shopbop buyer Jane on their way to dinner at Au Petit Fer à Cheval.

Day 2
Our second day, we headed to Espace Ephémère Tuileries, Jardin des Tuileries, for the Viktor & Rolf runway show. Walking in the Jardin des Tuileries is a surreal experience, with the manicured garden filled with statues and monuments.

Kate at the Viktor & Rolf show (left) and in the Jardin des Tuileries.

Next stop: Carrousel du Louvre for the Tranoï trade show, where we said hi to our friends at Majestic tees, Dannijo, Pencey, Sauce, and Winter Kate, and checked out some new brands. We then walked over to London Showrooms to see the Les Chiffoniers spring collection—some gorgeous, fluid rompers in kelly green and a deep pool blue.

Nighttime activities included a meeting at Hotel Costes and an amazing dinner at Derriere where we ran into our friends from Alexander Wang. The evening ended with a long walk home (even longer because my heel broke) during Nuit Blanche, an incredible night in Paris where museums stay open all night.

Day 3
Our third day in Paris was a packed day of market appointments, including Matthew Williamson (which will be launching on Shopbop in spring!!). Matthew Williamson imagines a spirited city dweller marooned on a desert island. She has her urban wardrobe staples: her khaki-colored silk jacquard utility pants, cropped tweedy jackets, and olive pleat-front blouses with epaulets. There is macramé, raffia tiered skirts, and exotic prints with flashes of acid, undersea motifs, and blooming orchids.

Next in our packed day: Preen. The label showed in an extraordinary apartment on the Left Bank overlooking the river. The collection had lovely ladylike dresses that hit below the knee, and we made our selections while eating peanut M&Ms and talking about London with the sweet girls from Preen.

Kate and Style Director Morgan outside Preen.

Next stops: cool British denim line Superfine, and Opening Ceremony where we wrote…RODARTE for Opening Ceremony!!! We also loved Pendleton for Opening Ceremony and SUNO.

Day 4
Another whirlwind day: the DSQUARED2 cute and preppy runway, Zac Posen with body-hugging frocks, and the Vanessa Bruno runway, which had the most striking view of the Eiffel Tower outside and Lou Doillon sitting front row inside.

At left, a look from the DSQUARED2 showroom. At right, the view from the Vanessa Bruno show.

Style Director Morgan and I had dinner with Rebecca Minkoff and her awesome friend Tali at Chez Omar, where we ran into the Tom Binns folks carrying one of their SICK studded bags for spring. And for the finale, the New York, New York party which was a night of champagne and dancing! What more can a girl ask for?

Day 5
Leaving Paris is awful! A few more meetings on our last day, and a run to Isabel Marant and Bon Marche, the most amazing department store, which reminds me… Check out these brands. They’re big in Paris, which means they’re big on style.

Antik Batik
Ash Shoes
Ashley Ashoff
Catherine Malandrino
Tila March
Vanessa Bruno

Shopbop Fashion Director

Wednesday, March 24th 2010

Kate and Morgan at Paris Fashon Week: What They Wore

Dashing between shows and showroom visits demands a versatile ensemble. Here, just a sampling of what Fashion Director Kate and Senior Stylist Morgan wore during Paris Fashion Week.

At left, Morgan wears: Derek Lam jacket, Rag & Bone sweater, Of Two Minds cargo pants, Vince scarf, Chanel sunglasses, vintage cargo belt, Derek Lam booties, Elisa Atheniense handbag.
At right, Kate wears: Faux fur vest, vintage army jacket, Rory Beca dress, Chloé sunglasses, IRO boots, Mulberry handbag.

At left, Morgan wears: Beckerman plaid coat, vintage dress, Philosophy over-the-knee boots, Bop Basics gloves, Paula Bianco scarf, Chanel sunglasses, IRO handbag.
At right, Kate wears: Alice + Olivia sweater and blouse, Elizabeth and James vest, Vince jeans, DVF leather gloves, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Frye boots, Alexander Wang handbag.

Wednesday, March 24th 2010

Reflecting on Paris Fashion Week

Kate at the Les Chiffoniers showroom in Paris.

Paris Fashion Week was an exhilarating experience, as always. It is hard NOT to be inspired in this gorgeous city filled with stylish women, the very best stores, and that sexy laid-back attitude.
Lucky for me, I was in Paris right before a fashion editor friend of mine’s birthday, so I was able to pick up some gifts for this fashionable girl in the most stylish city. After I delivered the goodies, she wrote me a note: “Thank you for my Paris treasures! I love them!!”

Her words ring so true as I think back on our trip there. Our days were filled with walking trade shows and visiting showrooms. Our goal: to seek out the most remarkable pieces. And whenever I’m in Paris I end up buying really special things for myself, whether it’s vintage boots for 30 Euros from Kiliwatch, a cool Ambre Babzoe (a new line we’re picking up for fall) rhinestone headband, or a standout skirt (last FW it was Isabel Marant, this time it was Mark Fast). Everything you bring home from this city is truly a treasure that you pull out of your closet years later and think, “What a valuable purchase!”

This idea comes through in the French designers we carry at Shopbop. They create clothes that are understated yet so distinctive. A tradition I have developed is hitting our French lines’ brick-and-mortar stores in Paris to fully understand their point of view.

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010

Paris Fashion Week Street Style

Paris is the grand finale of fashion month with good reason: it’s fashion’s capital and the chicest city in the world. One need only turn to the Jardin des Tuileries as editors, models, and other fashion folk scurry between shows, kicking up the garden’s signature white dust with their Balmain shoes. Fashion Director Kate and Senior Stylist Morgan were there, and they managed to pause during their own show hopping to snap a few shots of the street style looks they found inspiring. Here, Kate offers her commentary and some styling tips to recreate these internationally stylish ensembles.

Spotted outside Chloé, in the Jardin des Tuileries.
A hat often completes a simple chic look. Classic pieces work together here: a navy pea coat, heather grey leggings, black over-the-knee boots, and a structured messenger bag.
Get the look: Eugenia Kim hat, Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket, AIKO leggings, Frye over-the-knee boots, See by Chloé messenger bag.

Spotted outside Chloé, in the Jardin des Tuileries.
I love how this woman mixed animal prints. She really shows how to make this fashion-forward one-piece everyday wearable. Her Alexander Wang sunglasses look awesome.
Get the look: Tucker jumpsuit, Bop Basics scarf, Of Two Minds jacket, Alexander Wang sunglasses.

Monday, March 22nd 2010

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2010: Chloé

Staged at Espace Ephémère, Jardin des Tuileries, the front row for the Chloé fall 2010 runway was occupied by some of fashion’s hottest names: Carine Roitfeld, Grace Coddington, Purple’s Olivier Zahm, and Terry Richardson. The first looks down the catwalk featured head-to-toe camel, transitioning into a darker shade of tobacco and then variations on grey and black. A denim button-down a third of the way into the show was the first pop of color and would prove to be the only non-neutral shade in the collection. As a whole, the collection is so wearable, so chic. Every girl looks phenomenal in Chloé.

View the full collection on

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