What they are: RtA Knee Slit Moto Jeans
Why we love them: The classic moto jean gets a chic update with heavy fading, a corduroy patch, and an angled pocket.
Wear them with: A Splendid blazer and IRO sandals.
Pointed-toe pumps are a wardrobe essential. Regardless of occasion, a strong pump can inject confidence and fashion-forward maturity into any look. The footwear selection for this spring offers an abundance of fun colors, prints and fabrications. Whether you're a jeans gal or a pencil skirt devotee, there's a pump for every style and every budget.
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What it is: d.Ra Jory Maxi Dress
Why we love it: A bodice overlay and cutout midriff lend a flirtatious touch to a relaxed silhouette.
Wear it with: Dolce Vita sandals and Karen London earrings.
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Rachel in an EACH x OTHER gingham blazer.
Our staffers are a chic bunch, each with their own unique spin on fashion. This month we chatted with stylist Rachel about her personal style philosophy.
Position: Apparel Stylist
How did you become interested in fashion? The first time I remember really appreciating fashion was when I was waiting in line for the ladies’ room at an MC Hammer concert when I was 8 years old. It was the first concert I ever attended, and I was in awe of the outfits all the older, “cooler” girls were wearing. I was adorned with pigtails, pink shorts, a graphic T-shirt of ants walking with a watermelon, and white Keds. I couldn’t stop staring at two women in particular. They had dressed to the nines for the show—little black dresses, black tights, and killer heels—hoping to meet MC Hammer himself, I’m sure! I realized at that moment that you can express yourself freely through what you wear—that clothing speaks loudly and can evoke emotion. I wanted to be like those girls and feel what they were feeling as they reapplied their make-up and teased their hair while admiring their sassy outfits. It didn’t occur to me at that moment that I wanted to be a stylist, but it was the defining moment of when my creative and emotional view of fashion changed.
What’s your style philosophy? I like to combine not-too-fussy feminine touches with a bit of tomboyish flair. I usually reach for a pretty, creamy blouse, a high-waisted midi skirt, a great leather belt, and a trusty denim jacket. I try to put together outfits that can take me from a long day on set in the studio to happy hour cocktails or a live show at the local juke-joint without a major costume change.
What one item in your closet could you not live without? I recently upgraded my go-to denim jacket that I’ve had for over ten years to the Acne Studios denim jacket, and I haven’t taken it off. It’s been terribly cold this winter, so I’ve been wearing it under all of my outerwear coats as an extra layering piece. It’s very versatile and suits my style philosophy quite nicely.
What it is: ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Long Sleeve Destroyed Wash Tee
Why we love it: Faded stripes and raw edges offers an edgy take on a wardrobe staple.
Wear it with: Vince shorts and sandals.
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada. Photo: Getty.
The Academy Awards are a glamorous celebration of film—and fashion. From the shoes and jewels to the bags and, of course, the dress, the red carpet is the world’s most star-studded runway show. Last night, some of the biggest trends were peplums (look to Jennifer Lawrence in a stunning red Dior Couture gown) and bold crystal embellishments (like Angelina Jolie’s sparkling, long-sleeved Elie Saab). The biggest winner of the night, however, was Lupita Nyong'o in an airy, pale blue Prada dress. With a plunging neckline and a playful headband, the Academy Awards newcomer balanced sweet and sexy like a seasoned pro. Check out more of our favorite looks below.
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani. Photo: Getty.
Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Photo: Getty.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture. Photo: Getty.
Emma Watson in Vera Wang. Photo: Getty.
What it is: Emerson Thorpe Eden Draped Sleeveless Top
Why we love it: Crossover panels and an elastic hem lend breezy volume to a silk top.
Wear it with: AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans and Dolce Vita sandals.
Shoe designer Matt Bernson and fashion blogger Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins have teamed up for a sparkle-filled collection of ballet flats. In each pair, Atwood’s love of glam is infused into Bernson’s classic silhouettes, resulting in practical, comfortable, and eye-catching designs. We talked to the two shoe lovers about their experiences working together and the inspiration behind the collection.
Grace in an A.L.C. dress. Photo credit: Lydia Hudgen.
SHOPBOP: Describe the collection in 6 words or less.
GRACE ATWOOD: Girly, sparkly, fun!
MATT BERNSON: Fun, Grace-ful, wearable, energetic, collaborative.
SB: What was your inspiration for the collection?
GA: I wanted to make sure the flats were wearable. Even though I could have easily gotten carried away with the glitter, I didn’t want them to be too over-the-top. Matt’s shoes are insanely comfortable, and I wanted to design a shoe that would be equally practical, so we went with more subtle touches—a glittery polka dot or toe cap. The Izabel mini-wedges are the glitziest in the collection, but I think the stripes temper their extravagance.
MB: Grace and I met through Twitter. She tweeted that she loved the Waverly ballet flat, and then we started emailing about working together. I felt the clear vision of her blog could be applied to our silhouettes. The Matt Bernson team worked hard to present Grace with materials and options that would spark her creativity, and she in turn came up with the ideas. The inspiration was an appreciation of each other’s aesthetic.
SB: What did you love most about working with each other, and what was the most valuable thing you learned from the process?
GA: Matt and his team are such lovely and gracious people, making them very easy to work with. I learned that not every great idea translates to a shoe. It took a lot of tries to arrive at each final design.
MB: Grace is a sweet and easy person to talk to. We were able to keep things positive and moving forward from start to finish. She loves fashion and a fun DIY project, so we made sure to capture that in the shoes.
The Stripes & Sequins x Matt Bernson Mulberry flats come in pink, silver, and turquoise glitter.
SB: Grace, you admit to a sparkle obsession and we love how a little bit of glam is incorporated into each pair of shoes. In what other ways did your personal style influence the designs?
GA: I am a sparkle addict, but a subdued one. If I wear a statement necklace or a sequined skirt, I keep the rest of my look simple and classic. This kind of practicality is reflected in the collection. The flats have plenty of sparkle but maintain classic appeal.
SB: Which pair of shoes from the collection will you wear most often? How will you style them?
GA: I will probably wear the grey polka-dot flats the most, simply because they are the most neutral pair in the collection, but I have a soft spot for the pink pair. I’m excited for the temperature to warm up so I can wear them with my skinny white ankle jeans and a floaty camisole.