The Latest by Kate Ciepluch

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

Postcard from Baja: Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch on Vacation

Last week, I jetted off to Baja for a friend’s wedding, and we stayed in the most unbelievable mansion, Hacienda Cerritos. There were pools everywhere you turned, a lush courtyard, and gorgeous tiles and columns. The Cerritos Beach Club and a good surf break were right below the Hacienda, and Todos Santos was just a short drive away. We spent the day surfing and exploring Todos Santos, and then attended the wedding at night. It was a gorgeous intimate affair, and the bride wore a tiered Rebecca Taylor dress from Shopbop.

I packed primarily Haute Hippie dresses, skirts, and knits for the trip. The fashion-forward items are great anchors for your vacation wardrobe, while casual pieces from the HHN line make the perfect wear-withs. I also threw two Theodora & Callum scarves in my bag—the most ideal travel wear! They work as scarves or skirts, and they come in such sublime prints. For the wedding, I wore a green floor-length Issa dress—effortless and elegant.

The best part of my trip: visiting THE Hotel California and eating plenty of shrimp tacos!

Fashion Director

P.S. See more photos from my trip in my Facebook album.

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Kate at Coachella: The Best of the Weekend

Snapshots of Kate's weekend at Coachella.

The summer music festival season kicked off at Coachella this weekend, and with it, the summer style scene. Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch was there, and she brought back a few photos and some new favorites.

Favorite Show: Tough! I can’t choose one! Cut Copy was insane, and the Strokes were amazing. Mumford & Sons were a fave! A music industry friend took me to their show in Williamsburg a little over a year ago, and it’s just so cool to see how successful they have become. Lauryn Hill, Nas, and Damian Marley were so nostalgic for me. I love a hip hop show. And last, City of Colour from Canada—I’m obsessed with his voice.
Best New Discovery: Cage the Elephant—I love their sounds. I also saw the Foals for the second time. They rocked it for sure.
Coolest Fashion Trends: Feathers, face paint, headdresses were everywhere. No doubt a hybrid trend adopted from MGMT and Karen O. The most ubiquitous look was the crochet top and denim cutoffs, but I saw one dress I died over: a scarf dress with a really low back and an amazing print.
Item You Were Most Glad You Packed: You can never have enough bikinis. It is HOT!

Check out more of Kate’s photos in her Facebook album.

Thursday, April 14th 2011

Kate’s Coachella Packing List

I’m kicking off music festival season with a trip to Coachella this weekend. Here’s what I’ll be throwing into my suitcase:

Utilitarian Backpack
A backpack is a must! I love this beat-up style by Something Else.

Denim Cutoffs
Cutoff denim shorts are essential. Ksubi denim is a favorite of mine, and I'm also obsessed with Current/Elliott's Kiddo Shorts!

Airy Dress
I’ll be sure to bring a dress–preferably lace! This one by Simone is so pretty.

Ankle Boots
I’ll definitely bring boots rather than sandals–something rugged and light brown. Frye Engineer boots are a classic pick.

And if it rains, these are the coolest Wellies!

Beaded Jewelry
Beaded jewelry is my go-to accessory this season. I love this beaded bracelet by JADEtribe.

Rock Star Jacket
A cool jacket is a necessity to stand out in the crowd. This denim one by Levi’s Vintage Clothing has that perfect classic rock feel.

A hat is a must to shield your gorgeous face from the brutal sun. MM6 and By Malene Birger have great options.

Shopbop Fashion Director

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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Wednesday, February 16th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011: 4 Emerging Trends

There are only a few more shows left on the New York Fashion Week calendar, and we’re starting to see a few trends emerging. Some standouts so far:

ADAM by Adam Lippes, left. Band of Outsiders, right.

Dramatic cloaks in pretty, light colors. Spotted at Alexander Wang, ADAM by Adam Lippes, and Band of Outsiders.

Glittery pants. Alexander Wang made a statement, sending three looks in a row with shimmering pants—pink then blue then silver—all paired with black fur coats. Love the funky attitude this look portrays.

Patterned wide legs. The wide-leg pant is here to stay this season, updated with prints and patterns. Spotted at EDUN, Derek Lam, SUNO, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch.

Preen, left. Jenni Kayne, right.

Slit-front skirts. This sexy update to the maxi skirt was seen at Jenni Kayne and Preen. (Both of these looks will be available on Shopbop this fall!)

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011

NYFW F/W 2011 Look We Love: Chris Benz

It’s refreshing when a designer creates feminine dresses that are seasonless. The ruffles, the color palette, and the sexy V neck on this Chris Benz dress make it an all-around really nice piece.

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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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