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Thursday, September 27th 2012

How to Wear Distressed Denim


On Rachel (left): Rag & Bone/JEAN skinny jeans, 10 Crosby Derek Lam sweater, Clover Canyon tunic, See by Chloé booties. On Pa (right): Joe’s Jeans skinny jeans, Yigal Azrouel jacket, Calvin Klein Collection booties, Maison Martin Margiela tote.

As a longtime advocate for all things ripped, torn, and faded, I am happy to report that distressed denim is back in a big way for fall. To get some update inspiration for how to wear this coolly casual look, two of our always-chic stylists created outfits for each other, anchored with distressed jeans.

Pa on Rachel:
“I really enjoy playing around with different textures. I took this opportunity to style distressed skinny jeans with a more feminine top. A thick knit sweater keeps the look rooted in fall and complements the worn-in finish of the denim. To top it off, I put Rachel in pointed white boots and bold jewelry.”

Rachel on Pa:
“The soft, relaxed wash and perfectly worn distressing drew me to these jeans for Pa. They pair really well with the edgy feel of a fur and leather jacket. A sleek leather tote and black pointed boots look great, but can feel a bit too rough, so I rolled the jeans for just a hint of preppy style.”

--Libby S.

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Monday, September 24th 2012

Meet Fortnight Lingerie: Underpinnings with a Fashion Focus


Fortnight Designer Christina Remenyi and pieces from her 2012 collection.

Fortnight Lingerie is designed to be different. The brand focuses on creating the perfect fit in each piece, and they do it with a focus on vintage-meets-modern fashion. We spoke with Owner/Designer Christina Remenyi about her inspiration, who she’s designing for, and the benefits of producing her line in Canada.

SHOPBOP: Tell us a little about the inspiration behind the Fortnight label.
CHRISTINA REMENYI: Fortnight was created to revitalize the classic beauty of lingerie and to bridge the gap between fashion and lingerie. We aim to design garments that are both functional and fashionable, allowing the wearer to adapt each piece for intimate or formal occasions, to stand alone or to be layered.

SB: Who is the Fortnight woman?
CR: The Fortnight woman is free-spirited, confident, embraces fashion, and appreciates quality in every aspect of her life.

SB: The aesthetic of the brand feels a little vintage, a little modern. How do you approach design to achieve this unique mix?
CR: While we always nod to the classic beauty and tailoring found in vintage lingerie, at the same time, it’s also very important to us to create modern silhouettes that can easily be incorporated into our modern wardrobes. We do this by using fabrics that are lightweight, soft, and durable. We go through many drafts and fittings on a wide range of body types to achieve the perfect fit. Many of us love showing off our lingerie, whether it be through a sheer top or with a peek of a shoulder strap. We want to design pieces that look as good with your clothes as they do without.

SB: Flipping through your lookbook, there are quotes below each look. Can you tell us about what they mean and where they come from?
CR: Each piece in the 2012 collection was named after a classic rock muse. The quotes below each photo are lines from their songs. From Angie to Jolene, these carefree rebels embody the Fortnight woman and were the muses behind this collection.

SB: The label is made in Canada. What are the advantages in producing there?
CR: All Fortnight pieces are designed and made in-house. We truly believe that lingerie is best made in small, controlled quantities. Every stitch and millimeter is so important to achieving the perfect fit. Producing everything in-house allows us to keep an eye on every aspect of production.

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Monday, September 24th 2012

Backstage at Theyskens’ Theory S/S 2013 with Shine by Three

Aussie blogger Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three went backstage at Theyskens’ Theory during New York Fashion Week Spring 2013. Check out her footage of models preparing to walk the runway of this favorite label.

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Thursday, September 20th 2012

What the FK: Confessions of a Fashion Fan Girl

Faran_Headshot_300Hi, I’m Faran Krentcil—The “FK” in the title—and I bleed for fashion. 

This is not a metaphor. I’m literally burrowed in a cab, pressing the underside of my Marc by Marc dress into a gushing wound. (You say, “Ew.”  I say, “Come on, this is nothing. Haven’t you seen Hunger Games?”)  

The annoying thing is, it’s not even a cool injury. I could have at least been skateboarding… or snowboarding… or fighting for space at a Kills concert. Instead, I decided that just once I’d dress up for Fashion Week. Like, really dress up, you know? Like Man Repeller dress up. Like street style bloggers chase me, Beatlemania-style, down an alley. That kind of dress up. So I pick out this Marc dressAnd this Dannijo necklace. And a pair of hot pink designer stilettos that I really thought would be okay. Then I try to grab a cab in Soho and trip on a cobblestone.

Actually, “trip” is an understatement. Really, this is how it goes:  Somehow, my five-inch heel locks into a groove on the street and my body basically catapults across Sixth Avenue. I look like my school cafeteria nightmare: one of “those girls” who’s such a poser, she can’t walk in her own shoes. I feel even worse—like my bones just snapped in half.  And when I press myself up to a standing position, my big accessory is no longer a Phillip Lim bag. It’s a steady stream of blood running down my knees. Awesome. 

The good news: my cab driver has Band-Aids in his glove compartment. (It would be cooler if he had actual gloves, but not as helpful.) The better news: I somehow slipped into the show on time, with miraculously few black-and-blue marks. And I guess it’s a good thing, because I’m supposed to be reporting on my adventures in fashion for you guys.  

I suspect it’ll be more like misadventures—otherwise known as total disasters—but we’ll see how it goes. Especially since I can definitely run in these new shoes without having an ambulance on standby. 

In the meantime, here’s some fun stuff I saw at NYFW…

Thursday, September 20th 2012

Around the World with Rebecca Minkoff


From top to bottom, snapshots of Rebecca Minkoff’s travels in Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo.

It’s no secret that Rebecca Minkoff is a favorite name in the Shopbop offices. (She does things like this. How could we not love her?) We’ve been fans of the designer’s covetable bags since they launched, and one of her newest creations has our inner globetrotter’s heart all aflutter. The Worlds Cherish Tote celebrates Rebecca’s jet-set lifestyle, and we may just have to pick up one from each city.

In honor of the collection, we asked Rebecca to answer a few tote-worthy questions.

SHOPBOP: Your favorite thing to do in…
Los Angeles: Walk Runyon Canyon and eat at Little Dom’s.
Paris: Visit the flea markets, especially Porte de Clignancourt.
Tokyo: Visit Tokyu Hands.

SB: The Worlds Cherish Tote is…
RM: The perfect everyday tote to take to work.

SB: My Worlds Cherish Tote is filled with…
RM: Everything! My iPhone, my Blackberry, notebooks, iPad, sneakers—you name it.

SB: The next trip on my calendar is taking me to…
RM: Europe and Asia.

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Friday, September 14th 2012

One Day at New York Fashion Week: Shopbop Senior Stylist Aya

The New York shows are done, and now it’s on to London, Milan, and Paris. In this final installment of our NYFW diaries, Shopbop Senior Stylist Aya Kanai shares her week in a nutshell.

In our collage, starting at the top, and working from left to right:

This week, I bid farewell to summer 2012 and said hello to fashion week!

The Tess Giberson finale in pure white was beautiful—a dreamy start to the shows.

The prints from Band of Outsiders were highlights of the week…

So was spotting Susie Bubble and my pal, Sidney, demonstrating cute overload outside the Rachel Antonoff show.

And finally…

The sweetest bathing suit on Cora at Marc by Marc Jacobs. It was such a great week!

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Friday, September 14th 2012

One Day at New York Fashion Week: Shopbop Buyer Jenny

New York Fashion Week has wrapped, but our staffers’ diaries are still rolling in (watch for Aya next). Here, Shopbop buyer Jenny Fuchs shares her Wednesday running between appointments and shows in New York.

7AM Up bright and early for G.T.B. (Gym, Today Show, Breakfast)! I’m wearing a T by Alexander Wang neoprene mini dress, Sigerson Morrison Naomi Booties, and my latest obsession, the Loeffler Randall Ryder Bag.

9AM Luckily, I have a few hours in the office before I head to the shows and appointments, so I seize the opportunity to bring my laptop up to our roof deck to catch up on emails and write some spring 2013 orders.

1PM My first show of the day is Rachel Zoe—her first appearance at Lincoln Center! Her collection was classic Zoe: black and white suiting, gorgeous blush dresses, and plenty of sequins. I was particularly interested in her hats that were styled with most of the looks. My favorite was a woven straw baseball cap—such a cool update!

2PM I had a little time to kill before the Milly show, and I found a grassy knoll behind Lincoln Center. It was so peaceful to relax there for a few minutes before heading back into the tents. The Milly show was really fun. It had a sporty vibe, but was still true to the girly Milly style that we all love. My favorite piece was a laser-cut leather jacket that went down the runway twice!

4PM Next, I head downtown to Chelsea for my Lisa Marie Fernandez swimwear appointment. I am majorly obsessed with this line, and Lisa always comes up with the most interesting fabrications and colors for her collection. As if I couldn’t love the new color scheme (pastels!) and terry cloth bikinis (trust me, they are amazing AND swimmable) enough, the LMF team suggests we do an exclusive for spring/summer and whips out their classic Lauren Bikini in bright aqua! It made my day. (Check out a sneak peek in the photo above. It’ll arrive at Shopbop in April 2013.)

6PM Fashion icon moment of the day: Alexa Chung sighting. Sigh…

7PM My last stop for the day is the Clover Canyon presentation at Lincoln Center. I am a major fan of their prints, so I was very excited for their fashion week debut.  I love that they are expanding into new silhouettes, especially their jackets! I wanted to snag one right off the model.  But what I am REALLY excited for is Clover Canyon swim, and we won’t have to wait until spring 2013 for that. The first delivery hits Shopbop toward the end of November, just in time for the holiday getaway season.

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Thursday, September 13th 2012

One Day at New York Fashion Week: Shopbop Buyer Justin

It’s quite possible that Shopbop Buyer Justin Warner had the best Sunday ever. He dashed from his apartment in Chelsea to some of the day’s top runway shows and back again, and he did it all with time for a cupcake break. Check out his mini journal of the day below, then see more photos in his Facebook album.

It’s Sunday morning of New York Fashion Week, and I’m up early ready to hit the shows. I need some energy, so I grab some green juice from Organic Avenue first, then it’s off to my favorite coffee place, Grumpy Café for a flat white.

First stop of the day is Derek Lam on West Street. The vibe is pumping and I spot my bosses, Darcy and Jeff. We’re ready for a great show!

After Derek Lam, I’m headed back to Chelsea’s Gallery District for the Thakoon show. There’s a very cool, elite fashion crowd in the gallery, and everyone’s anxiously awaiting the show. Thakoon’s collection is inspired by birdcages and hummingbirds! Why not? It’s gorgeous!

It’s time for a sugar break, so I stop at Billy’s for a cupcake. Perfect amount of sugar to keep me going!

Last show of the day is Zac Posen, so I’m headed back uptown to Lincoln Center. The scene: lots of downtown fashion celebs: I spot Leigh Lezark of The Misshapes. The show’s late getting started. Why? Because Naomi opens! WHAT?!?! Coco closes the show in a gorgeous gown.

Such an amazing day! Now it’s back to Chelsea for some much-needed sleep.

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Tuesday, September 11th 2012

One Day at New York Fashion Week: Shopbop Fashion Director Treena

Our NYFW diaries roll on, today with Fashion Director Treena Lombardo’s notes from Saturday’s events. Check out her account of a whirlwind day dashing between runways in New York.

Saturday is a big day for shows at NYFW! I started the day at Ruffian at 9 a.m.—bright and early! Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, the designers, are great friends of mine, and my best pal, Mark Connolly, styled their runway. The show was great: picture Marie Antoinette living in Brooklyn. They styled the collection with Converse sneaks—adorable—and they had a special Williamsburg Toile de Jouy drawn by the artist John Gordon Gauld. It was gorgeous!

After the show, I made a breakfast stop, and it started pouring rain. It was romantic and relaxing, and, really, the only quiet moment of an otherwise very busy day. After that, it was a quick trip to the office to pick up some of my essentials: Berocca, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, and some Dickinson’s towelettes. I’m telling you, I cannot survive the day without these three products.

The EDUN show was next. This collection was started by Bono (yes, that Bono) and his wife, Ali Hewson. They have a huge portion of the clothes produced in Africa. It’s always nice when people do good things in fashion. From there, Shopbop DMM Darcy and I had a wonderful run-in with Solange Knowles (her hair is fantastic) in the bathroom before the Tibi show. She had her adorable kids at the show, and they sang along to all of the songs.

We wrapped up the night seeing the new designers at Milk Studios. We found some new young stars—look for some exciting collaborations this spring! Then, it was out for drinks at Pastis with friends. It was a lovely end to the day. I wish I could show you pictures, but by that time, both my phone and my feet were pretty well dead.

--Treena

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Friday, September 7th 2012

Runway Right Now: Shop Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013


Hot off the spring 2013 runways: Rebecca Minkoff’s Haim Jacket in pretty pastel plaid.

The fashion cycle is a confusing thing. We watch runways filled with fall merchandise at the height of the spring arrivals, and then do the reverse come September, ogling spring offerings just as fall’s favorites hit the stores. For dedicated fashionphiles, it can be an exercise in torturous expectation.

To ease the pain just a bit, we’ve teamed up with Rebecca Minkoff to offer a standout jacket from her spring 2013 collection (it walked the runway just a few hours ago), only at Shopbop. Yes, that means you can get your hands on a must-buy from the spring runways months before it’ll arrive in stores. But you’ll have to hurry—we only have a few!

Shop the Rebecca Minkoff Haim Jacket now.
Shop the Rebecca Minkoff fall 2012 collection.

--Amie

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