Real Girls, Real Style

Monday, August 11th 2014

Style Muse: Shiona Turini

Style Muse Shiona Turini in the Cosmo offices.

With her enviable work history and an even more enviable closet, it was a thrill to chat with our latest Style Muse, Shiona Turini. As the Fashion Market Director of Cosmopolitan magazine, Shiona’s got amazing insider access, so we got the scoop on fall trends, her fashion month plans, and closet must-haves.

SHOPBOP: What fall trend are you most excited about?
SHIONA TURINI: This season there were some great suiting options from Dior, Stella McCartney, and Gucci that I'm excited to wear—but in a way that's less “power suit” and more Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. I also love the subtle hints of bondage, which we saw in lace-up details at Dior, Jonathan Simkhai, and Alexandre Vauthier. And of course, I'm always a fan of leopard and cheetah, which, to me, are always on trend.

SB: As a known heel lover, how do you feel about the sneaker’s big fashion moment?
ST: I'm a huge lover of all things Nike, and I love a good designer sneaker collab, à la Riccardo Tisci for Nike or Solange Knowles's Girls of Blaze capsule with Puma. But I must admit I'm much more of a collector than an actual wearer of sneakers. Heels give the illusion of a longer leg, better posture, and make an outfit look more polished and pulled together. I'm not ready to give that up for a fashion sneaker!

Chrissie Morris sandals.

SB: Fashion week is fast approaching. Which shows are you dying to see?
ST: Fashion week is always an exciting time for me—I love the magic of seeing a show for the very first time, and there are so many I'm dying to see. In New York, I'm counting down the days until the Altuzarra and Alexander Wang shows. I love the feeling that the DKNY and Donna Karan shows leave you with—a huge appreciation for NYC. Cushnie Et Ochs, Wes Gordon, and Zana Bayne have become three of my favorite new shows in New York. And of course Marc Jacobs is always a highlight. In Paris, I'm really looking forward to Anthony Vaccarello, Balmain, Valentino, Dior, and of course, Chanel. The sets at Chanel are always so epic and breathtaking.

SB: What’s your go-to look?
ST: I like to say that I invented the crop top. I know it's not true, but it's a style that I've been wearing proudly since high school. I have a small waist and curvier hips, so a cropped shirt paired with a high-waisted bottom is one of the most flattering looks for my body. A crop top with an A-line skirt, high-waisted pant, or pencil skirt works very well for me, so I stick with it as a uniform.

Style Muse Shiona Turini in a Nicolas crop top, Helmut Lang blazer, and Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent skirt.

SB: What are the five pieces you could never live without?
ST: Gold jewelry, single-sole pumps, bodysuits, a black A-line skirt, long-sleeved crop tops, and a black, cropped leather jacket. I know that's six but what can I say, I'm a rule breaker.

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Thursday, August 7th 2014

My Style Manifesto

It’s easy to fall into a style rut. Really easy. All too often, I get comfortable and am afraid to try something new. Since joining the Shopbop team, however, I’ve noticed a newfound desire to be bolder—to try new styles and pair items I’d never have thought to pair before. I’m attributing this boldness in part to all of the stylish people that I now see every day, but I also think it just feels good to try something new once in a while.

On that note, I’ve come up with my own new Fashion Manifesto:

  • I don’t have to try every new trend, especially if it doesn’t fit my body type.
  • But I do need to try something new once a week.
  • I will wear what makes me feel confident, even if other people don’t like it.
  • I will own whatever it is I’m wearing. My style will be “me.”

I think that last point is key: I will own my style. Because it is mine—I get to decide. That’s something I’ve learned in my first few weeks here at Shopbop. If you own it and it’s you, it’ll look amazing.


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Thursday, July 17th 2014

Girls vs. Guys: Dressing for a Wedding

Make it easy for yourself, dress for wedding season with our Wedding Guest boutique.

If you’re in your late 20s to early 30s, chances are most of your summer weekends are occupied by weddings. My husband and I are in the midst of three in a row, which has sparked a debate. When it comes to getting ready to attend a wedding, who has it easier: guys or girls?

Obviously, from a female point of view, I’d argue that girls have it much harder. A new dress, shoes, and accessories are practically required (unless you get that rare case of zero guest crossover from wedding to wedding). Then you’ve got hair, nails, and an evenly—ahem, professionally—applied faux tan. Not to say that this isn’t fun, but after ceremony number one million, it can get a bit stressful.

Now, my husband would say that men suffer the opposite problem. Where we have a plethora of options, guys can be limited in theirs. A fantastic suit is a true investment piece, meaning the average guy isn’t suiting up Stinson-style each day of the week. With one or two suits, most men can really only look to a new shirt, tie, cufflinks, or shoes to switch things up. He claims that wearing basically the same thing to party after party can also get tough.

We’re probably both right. Luckily, Shopbop and East Dane have us covered. For the ladies, there’s a curated boutique of full looks, all perfect for any type of wedding your friends and family can throw at you. Highly recommend. For the fellas, East Dane has an edit of suits, blazers, and vests to spice up a summer wedding wardrobe. It seems the key to this debate is shopping!

--Libby S.

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Monday, July 14th 2014

Style Muse: Pamela Love

Pamela Love outside her Brooklyn home.

Spending the day on set with Pamela Love is always fun, but heading to her magical home in Brooklyn is even better. The award-winning jewelry designer welcomed Team Shopbop with open arms and a spicy stocked fridge.

SHOPBOP: Thanks for having us to your lovely home! What would you say us the one thing every house needs?
PAMELA LOVE: Starting out with the tough ones! Every home should have a beautiful flat screen. Just kidding! I really think every home needs a beautiful rug. I love rugs, and think they do a lot to create an amazingly warm environment.

SB: Describe your interior design aesthetic in three words or less.
PL: Eclectic, bohemian, disorganized.

SB: If you were forced to only wear one piece of jewelry, what would it be?
PL: Forced? Oh, that’s so hard! If I had to, I would only wear my wedding and engagement rings. Those count as one, right?

SB: What is the craziest thing to influence your designs so far?
PL: So much of my inspiration is crazy, it’s difficult to narrow down, but I would have to say that the Industrial Revolution really stands out as something different. That was for a collection I did a few years ago.

SB: What are your thoughts on 3D printers for the use of design?
PL: 3D printing can be a helpful tool when used moderately. But in excess, I really believe it can negatively affect the spirit of the work.

SB: OK, last one and you can get back to the shoot. What one item is always in your refrigerator?
PL: Hot sauce!

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Saturday, June 21st 2014

Music (And Style) Muse: Harley Viera-Newton

Not only were we lucky enough to be invited into the amazing home of our latest style muse, Harley Viera-Newton, but she also created an exclusive playlist just for Shopbop fans. “This is my gearing-up-for-summer playlist,” she says. “Best listened to on the beach with a lemonade (or in the office, pretending you’re there).”

No matter where you are, kick back and enjoy Harley’s exclusive playlist—we’ve got it set on repeat.

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Thursday, June 19th 2014

The Rise of Oversize

After years of buying nothing but spandex tops and second-skin jeans, I’ve finally succumbed to the comfort of loose clothing. Now it’s oversized everything: boyfriend jeans, shirts to my knees, and arm-swallowing sleeves. When we think “oversized” in regards to fashion, our minds usually jump to the same fool-proof pairings—a long sweater over skinny jeans or wide pants with a fitted button-down. But I recently wondered (on a rainy morning, in which I was particularly exhausted) if I could drown in my clothes, head-to-toe, and still look put-together. So I tried it. Attempt one, sans styling, I looked nothing short of slovenly. Not exactly office appropriate.

I secured the cuffed sleeves of an oversized RAILS flannel with two Kristen Elspeth cuffs for some unexpected glam.

When looking for the perfect oversized piece, first keep in mind that whatever’s on the size tag is just a number, and it shouldn’t deter you from buying something that looks amazing. A shirt that fits normally in one size could be sized up to become a sexy, off-shoulder piece. Seriously. If a stranger peeked into my closet, they wouldn’t know if it belonged to a child, or a working woman, or a lumberjack.

This T by Alexander Wang T-shirt fits loosely enough to knot the hem and show a little shoulder. Add a Kenneth Jay Lane necklace to dress it up for a night out.

Once you’ve found your sack of a shirt (T by Alexander Wang has drool-worthy basics), here’s what to do when a simple tuck doesn’t cut it. Knot the hem of a shirt to take off some of that length—a knot on the side for a casual slouchy look, or a high center knot for those looking to bare some belly. Button-downs are even more versatile, and I say the bigger the better. Tie up the bottom for an impromptu crop. Belt it over a dress as an edgy alternative to a cardigan—or wear it, at an appropriate length, as a dress itself! And a recent discovery of mine: if it’s big enough, you can undo the top several buttons and wear the neck opening around your waist, tie the two loose arms in front, and voilà, it’s a skirt! I could go on and on.

Taper a wide-leg jean with a pin roll: Make a vertical fold along the outside seam of the pant leg so the bottom of the jean is tight against your ankle. Then, holding the fold in place, cuff the jean leg two or three times. Above: Citizens of Humanity jeans and Sam Edelman sandals.

Then there are boyfriend jeans, which, in my opinion, are the best thing to come out of this oversized era. They are comfortable, chic, and easy to style. You can never go wrong with a pin roll (instructions above) and a strappy heel. So go ahead, size up one or two sizes, or head to the men’s department on your next shopping trip. You’ll probably see me there.


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Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

A Look into the Life of The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel

Clothing designer and founder of The Glamourai, Kelly Framel has an affinity for DIY, vintage finds, and home décor. She got her start in fashion by designing evening gowns for Naeem Khan and has since worked with big names like Coach, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana. We talked to Framel about the evolution of her blog over the years and what it’s like to be behind the scenes of an editorial shoot.

SHOPBOP: Since you started it in 2008, The Glamourai has evolved from a personal style blog into something much bigger. How did this come about, and how do you continue to challenge yourself and expand the website?
KELLY FRAMEL: When I started the site, I was working as an eveningwear designer creating astronomically expensive, demi-couture gowns. Sharing my personal style gave me a creative outlet to express my more realistic, everyday experience of fashion. At the time, the blogging community was very small, and it was simply rewarding to be part of the conversation within a group that I myself was drawing a lot of inspiration from. I never expected anyone outside that little insular community to read it! But inevitably that world grew, and more people started paying attention to the space, so it no longer felt interesting or creatively rewarding to make the stories about myself. It became important for me to elevate the work I was creating for the site and raise the caliber of conversations that people expect to find online. It's remained very personal, but it is now approached from a broader, more ambitious creative perspective.
SB: How would you describe your personal taste—in fashion, décor, etc.?
KF: I'm in a constant state of evolution, and always will be. I live my creative process on my sleeve, so to speak. My furniture is moved around monthly, and I've tried on just about every character in the fashion lexicon. But as I get older, I'm realizing that the constants I always settle back into are eclectic and bohemian, balanced out with a heavy reliance on the classics.
SB: You grew up in Austin, TX. How is your aesthetic and work influenced by Southern culture?
KF: If anything, growing up in Austin taught me to think independently. It's a little oasis of weirdness, and there's this great sense of being removed from the rest of Texas, removed from the world. Because of that, it seems to breed a funny little mix of iconoclasts. I wasn't exposed to a ton of fashion growing up there, but I never considered that there was an option outside of doing something creative with my life.

SB: From casting models to finding the perfect location, a lot of work goes into each of your editorial shoots. What’s your favorite part of the process? What’s most challenging?
KF: The most challenging thing is creating great work with tiny little teams and a shoestring budget. We are scrappy as hell! But I love collaborating with other creatives, and literally nothing makes me happier in life than being on set, steering an idea out of my imagination and into reality. I'm always dreaming up shoots I want to make. Finding the time, money, and teams to execute them with is an everyday challenge.

SB: Styling and photography are a big part of your life. But sometimes—like this Shopbop lookbook—you’re in front of the camera. What is unique about being on the modeling side of things?
KF: It's so much easier! I do it so infrequently these days I'd forgotten how freeing it is to not be the one managing all the details. Building sets, coordinating wardrobe, hiring the cast and crew, ensuring everyone makes their call time, dealing with location agreements, handling equipment rentals, insurances—all the while trying to think five steps ahead, make a ton of on-the-fly decisions, and still maintain a really artful mindset. I love the work we do and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but every once in a while it's fun to simply show up, get my hair and makeup done, put on some cool clothes, and prance around the streets of Soho. 

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Thursday, May 22nd 2014

Working it While Working Out

Fitness enthusiast Hannah Bronfman brings it in VPL..

No one looks great when they’re working out. OK, maybe some people get an attractive glow after an easy 15 minutes on the elliptical, but I’m talking about really working out—all-out sprints after pull-ups, burpees for time, or heavy squat sets. The red face, wild hair, grimacing looks, and sweat marks make for a glorious image of effort, but not really style.

Now, I go through, like, five outfit changes daily, so I know a thing or two about dressing for sweat sessions. Don’t get the wrong impression, I’m not a diva—it’s just that between 5am CrossFit and post-work hot yoga and evening runs, I average about 2.7 athletic outfits per day. What I’ve learned, in addition to perfecting the most efficient laundering system, is that looking good when you’re working out is as important as looking good anywhere else. It’s the whole dress-for-success idea. This is where hot workout gear comes in.

Bar-over-burpees are no problem when wearing a neon KORAL ACTIVEWEAR sports bra.

I know for a fact that my neon green Koral Activewear sports bra helped me pull 10 reps of a 180lb deadlift during my first CrossFit competition. I also know that my sparkly Deepa Gurnani headband helped during training, and it works for yoga too. My instructor busts out her favorite leggings when planning to tackle the toughest poses—PRISMSPORT prints are just that powerful! I’m not a scientist, but that’s pretty hard evidence, people.

Whether you’re preparing for a marathon or a walk around the block, don’t just throw on a free promotional tee. Invest in activewear that shows off just how much time you’re putting into your health and progress. You might not be able to tame the flyaways or stop your face from dripping sweat, but decked out in a sexy MICHI top and bold Lucas Hugh leggings, you’ll hit those PRs—and look stylish doing it.

--Libby S.

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A sexy MICHI sports bra shows off all your hard work, and looks just as killer under a sheer top for a night out.

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Monday, May 12th 2014

Shopbop Celebrates Moms at the Born Free Family Carnival

The Born Free Family Carnival with Shopbop, Vogue, and Amazon Fashion. Some images courtesy of BFA.

A supportive—and very well-dressed—crowd gathered yesterday to celebrate Mother’s Day and Born Free with Shopbop, Vogue, and Amazon Fashion. Shopbop Fashion Director Elle Strauss and her daughter Honor were decked out in matching Prada skirts from the exclusive collection, and spent some time playing yard games before checking out the Shopbop pop-up shop. “I’m obsessed with this collection!” said Elle. “Not only are the designers top-notch, but all the profits benefit the fight to end mother-to- child HIV transmission.”

Elle and Honor share a sweet mother-daughter moment on the pier in matching Born Free Prada skirts.

The sunny weather was perfect for kicking a ball with the New York Red Bulls, taking in a bit of midday yoga, enjoying a sweet treat or two from Dylan’s Candy Bar, and singing along to performances by Idina Menzel and Ariana Grande. Guests could even show their commitment to the Born Free cause with a Tattly tattoo. (Temporary, of course—this was a family event!) Flashing those custom tats turned out to be a popular pose in the Amazon Fashion photo booth, although most attendees—like Shopbop PR Lead Lauren—used the opportunity to make a super-cute GIF with family.

Say cheese! Shopbop PR Lauren and her family pose in the Amazon Fashion photo booth.

It was a great day to get out and spend time with family, all while supporting an amazing cause. And there’s still time to help! For every piece purchased from the exclusive Born Free collection, 100% of the profits go directly to Born Free and their mission to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by December 31, 2015.

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Friday, May 9th 2014

Shopbop Moms for Born Free

The Born Free initiative is a cause very close to our hearts, and we are so proud to be a part of the fight to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by December 31, 2015. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked a few Shopbop moms about their favorite pieces from our exclusive Born Free collection and their plans for Sunday.

SHOPBOP: Why is participating in the Born Free initiative important to you?
ELLE STRAUSS: It's so important that the West continues to look for ways to make a difference, and I cannot think of a better example than eradicating the transmission of HIV from mother to her child.

SB: What are your favorite items from the Born Free collection?
ES: I love the Isabel Marant peasant top. Not only am I a huge fan of her clothes, but the top is perfect for summer. I plan to wear mine with denim cutoffs. I also love the J. Crew girl’s skirt! My little girl, Honor, aged 4, hasn't found a floaty full skirt that she doesn't like, and this one is no exception!

SB: What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
ES: I'm honored to say that my family and I will be at the Born Free fundraising carnival in New York.

SHOPBOP: Why is participating in the Born Free initiative important to you?
ALANA BROWN: This campaign is sending such an important message, helping to educate us all about a completely preventable issue.

SB: What are your favorite items from the Born Free collection?
AB: I seriously love them all! I bought the Isabel Marant top, and currently have the Alexander McQueen and DVF scarves in my cart. They’re so cute—it’s been so hard to choose!

SB: What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
AB: I’ll be spending the day with my family. First is brunch, then we’ll head to Frankie and Brooks’s soccer game, and we’ll finish up the day with a BBQ.

SHOPBOP: Why is participating in the Born Free initiative important to you?
LAUREN KANTER: I think the Born Free initiative touches every mom. Once you have a child, you realize what a miracle he or she truly is. It’s devastating to think about how many babies are born with HIV when there’s a treatment available. With one pill a day, transmission of HIV is preventable, and through Born Free Africa’s efforts, the goal of elimination by Dec. 31, 2015, is truly achievable.

SB: What are your favorite items from the Born Free collection?
LK: The J. Crew pants were the first thing I bought from the collection. The relaxed fit can be casual with a pair of flats or dressed up with heels for dinner out with friends. The Stella McCartney children’s jumper is so precious. I have a little boy but I bought it anyway, for my friend. It was too cute to pass up! I love the high waist of the Chloé shorts too—with a simple tee and flats, you have a cool summer weekend look.

SB: What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
LK: The Born Free fundraising event! To continue supporting the cause, we are collaborating with Vogue, Amazon Fashion, and Born Free on a Mother’s Day family carnival in NYC, complete with amazing entertainment and activities for the kids.

SHOPBOP: Why is participating in the Born Free initiative important to you?
LATOYA AURE: I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the mothers and babies in Africa, and this is an awesome way to support a great cause.

SB: What are your favorite items from the Born Free collection?
LA: The Born Free tee, Stella McCartney tee, and Diane von Furstenberg diaper bag are my favorites from the collection. You can never have enough graphic tees to wear under blazers for work, and the diaper bag is a great way to add a splash of color for a mommy-on-the-go.

SB: What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
LA: It's my first Mother's Day as a mom, so I'm just excited that I get to celebrate the day in a new way.

SHOPBOP: Why is participating in the Born Free initiative important to you?
MICHELLE LIM: As a fellow mom, it’s heartbreaking to think that others fear the risk of transmitting HIV to their child. To know that there is a solution, and that it’s reachable by the end of 2015, is hugely inspiring.

SB: What are your favorite items from the Born Free collection?
ML: So hard to choose! I love the matching set of Prada skirts—my 8-year-old looks so cute!—and the Tory Burch totes.

SB: What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
ML: I’ll be at the Born Free Mother’s Day carnival with my family!

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