Style Notes by Morgan Wendelborn

Tuesday, July 12th 2011

Timeless Equation: Button-Down + Denim

At left: Style Director Morgan Wendelborn (right) with Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch. At right: A look from our Current/Elliott + Equipment lookbook.

The button-down blouse and denim: it’s a combination that, at this moment, manages to be both timeless and forward, classic and cool. Shopbop Style Director Morgan Wendelborn was snapped by The Sartorialist Scott Schuman (among other street style photogs) last September while donning this very combo. Her look felt effortless, and though it was little more than a white blouse, light-wash jeans, and some brilliant accessories, it stood out in a sea of chic ensembles. We explored the combination in our Current/Elliott and Equipment lookbook, and I talked more with Morgan about why this look is so important to fashion.

Amie: What do you think it is about this look that’s so appealing to women?
Morgan: The iconic button-down blouse is a practical and chic piece that is not only flattering and easy to wear, but also instantly makes any look more polished and sophisticated. Fashion loves juxtaposition, so denim is a natural partner. The pairing of these two pieces truly defines casual chic
A: Why are Current/Elliott and Equipment such a natural fit?
M: Current/Elliott is a go-to denim brand for its fit and styles, and Equipment does the button-down better than anyone. They both do classics and fresh trend items in a way that is easy and effortless.

A: What did you and your stylists do to give the look a modern feel?
M: What really works is to mix and match! A solid blouse with a leopard-print jean; a sheer, printed blouse with a cropped boyfriend; or stick to the classics. It all works here. The key is in the accessories: a statement necklace, ring, shoe, or bag really keeps it fresh. 
A: From a personal perspective, what do you like about the combo? Why are you drawn to it?
M: What’s so great about the jean/blouse combo is its simplicity and timelessness. It is the perfect palette for trying out new trends each season. Last fall, I was all about the light-wash, high-waisted jean with a cream blouse. I wore it with a floppy hat, oversized clutch, round sunglasses, and wooden platforms. This fall, it’s all about the ankle-cropped colored jean and a colorblock blouse (solid with contrasting collar or cuffs). I’ll wear them with a cool strappy sandal (not a platform) and a bright belt! Pussy bow blouses are another great style to try for fall!

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.

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

Shopbop @ Milk Studios: Kate & Morgan’s Take on NYFW

Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch and Style Director Morgan Wendelborn on top runway moments, favorite new names, and what you'll see on Shopbop next season.

Friday, February 18th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011: Two Mini Trends

Jill Stuart, left. Zero + Maria Cornejo, right.

Prints took fresh forms on the runways, in mural styles and trompe l’oeil techniques. Our fave was the bookshelf dress at Zero + Maria Cornejo.

Rag & Bone, left. Thakoon, center. Tory Burch, right.

We’ve seen the Nordic influence appear in both subtle and overt ways in several shows this week. Artisanal and homespun wools, plaid, and intarsia have us running for the Scottish Highlands.

--Kate & Morgan
Shopbop Fashion and Style Directors

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Monday, February 14th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011: Emerging Color Trend

Burgundy is emerging as an important color for fall 2011. Especially fresh were gowns from BCBG Max Azria (pictured, left) and Derek Lam (pictured, right).

Also seen at Jill Stuart, Rebecca Taylor, and ADAM.

--Kate & Morgan
Shopbop Fashion and Style Directors

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Sunday, February 13th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011 Look We Love: Alexander Wang

The ice princess at Alexander Wang. A silk satin streamer skirt paired with a mohair sweater is chic and sexy with barely there sandals. The leather change purse with furry rabbit tassels had us at hello.

--Kate & Morgan
Shopbop Fashion and Style Directors

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Saturday, February 12th 2011

NYFW Fall 2011: Rag & Bone

Vintage-inspired colorblock and varsity jackets on the Rag & Bone fall 2011 runway.

We always anticipate the Rag & Bone runway show; it provides a refreshing jumpstart to NYFW. The show opener confirmed our expectations, giving us an instant adrenaline rush. Old school Olympics came to mind with bright blue and burnt orange colorblock, sporty varsity jackets, chevron patterns, and tartan plaids. Innovative hybrids including the kilt/pant and clutch/glove provide practicality—pretty genius we must say!

Kilt/pant and glove/clutch combos on the Rag & Bone runway.

Notable finishing touches: messy après-ski braids and flat gold chain chokers.

--Kate & Morgan
Shopbop Fashion and Style Directors

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Friday, February 11th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011 Favorite Look: Bright Separates at Jenni Kayne

Bright separates are already looking to be a continuing trend for fall 2011, but instead of pairing opposing primaries, some designers are styling one color head to toe. Jenni Kayne showed a bold monochromatic fuchsia silhouette that was refreshing in lightweight silk satin. Paired with velvet slippers, this has a cozy and sophisticated elegance. A modern day Daisy Buchanan would find the look perfect for a night of entertaining friends around the fireplace, topping off the look with fuchsia lips.

Shopbop Style Director

Friday, November 26th 2010

#FollowFriday Twitter Crush: Shopbop Style Director Morgan

We play favorites in this feature every week, but this one’s extra shameless special: the woman behind Shopbop’s standout style, Style Director Morgan Wendelborn. (We really are her biggest fans.)

Twitter Name: @momothestyler

Real Name: Morgan Wendelborn

Occupation: Style Director at Shopbop

Favorite Designer(s): Derek Lam, Lanvin, Les Chiffoniers.

Last Purchase: A Lindsey Thornburg cloak.

Next Purchase: A velvet maxi skirt by Kimberly Ovitz.

Song/Album on Repeat Right Now: Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.”

TV/Movie Guilty Pleasure: Two and A Half Men. It’s so clever!

Style Crush: Emmanuelle Alt

Your Style in 3 Words or Less: Classic on acid.

When you’re not tweeting you’re: Tripping over inspiration.

Wednesday, October 13th 2010

JNBY Fall Style VIP: Shopbop’s Morgan Wendelborn

Last time I was in New York, I stopped by the JNBY store to hang with the girls, walk through the fall collection, and style a few things (how could I not, right?!). JNBY has quickly become one of my go-to brands for everyday style. The clothes are so wearable, yet truly interesting and designed with a unique POV.

Check out the video to see the pieces in action, then revisit our JNBY lookbook for some style inspiration.

Shopbop Style Director

P.S. I wore JNBY during NYFW. Check out a pic on the Shopbop Facebook page!

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