Monday, March 31, 2008

Trend Alert: A Fairy Tale Life

Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty. When we were six, we wanted to be them all. Ah, who are we kidding? We still do. But a grown woman parading around in puffy skirts and tiaras is hardly acceptable in today's society. Lucky for us, spring is letting us indulge our girly urges in a more understated way with pastel hues, ruffles, and lace from the likes of Catherine Malandrino, Mint Jodi Arnold, Rebecca Taylor, and more. So go ahead, layer on the girly chic and start living your fairy-tale life right now, at shopbop.*

*Prince Charming not included.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Vogue Loves AKA Scarves and So Do We

The AKA scarves we're obsessed with? Turns out Vogue loves their well-traveled vibe, too. Read all about it in the latest Buzz, where we show off shopbop's latest press, what's hot, and who's wearing it. What's more, we'll link you to the looks of the moment, and just like that, the "who" is you. Buzz-worthy AKA scarves? Get them right here at shopbop.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Trend Alert: The Accessories Edition

We've outlined spring's trends for you, but there's more to dressing for the season than knowing what's hot. You've also got to know how to put the looks together, and there's nothing like a few choice accessories to give an ensemble that perfect polish. Learn how to accessorize spring's favorite looks right now in the Accessories Spotlight, only at shopbop.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

shopbop Obsessions: Our Spring Favorites

A lot - we mean A LOT - of incredible pieces have made their way into the shopbop offices this season, and it's bringing on a widespread case of spring fever. Take Melanie, for example. She's a little fixated on Jennifer Zeuner's Open Circles Cuff, and Erin's already got big plans for the Scoop Tee Dress by Bop Basics. Denny has her eye on Hunter's futuristic silver wellie, and I'm holding on tight to Foley + Corinna's Studded City Clutch. And there's a lot more where those came from. Spring fever is in the air. Catch it, at shopbop.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Alpha Female: Spring's Fierce Femininity

Chalk it up to all those snapshots of Carine Roitfeld at Paris Fashion Week we've perused, but lately we're all about standout pieces with avant-garde attitude. We're sidling up to futuristic metallics, bold belts and gorgeous gladiators. Little leather jackets and bags with loads of studs? They're the stuff mid-morning work daydreams are made of. Spring's fierce femininity? Find it right here, at shopbop.

Brian Reyes Spring Collection

Award-winning designer Brian Reyes launched his eponymous line in 2004 to widespread media attention and critical acclaim. Feminine styles with a modern sensibility have since become Reyes' signature, making him a favorite of Young Hollywood. Spring Brian Reyes styles certain to cause a celebrity stampede? We're betting on the show-stopping Cami, the refined Rachel, and the brilliant Bow Dress. Fresh fashion from buzz-worthy Brian Reyes? Find it here, in the Designer Boutique.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Give Back with Jessica Biel, Rachel Leigh & Bode Miller

Fashion that brings together Hollywood A-lister Jessica Biel, Olympic medalist Bode Miller, and It-girl jewelry line Rachel Leigh is reason enough to celebrate. But add two worthy causes to that mix, and we've found pure delight. Available exclusively at, Rachel Leigh has designed a special Lucky Turtle Necklace, and all profits from its sale will be split between Gridiron Heroes, supported by Biel, and Turtle Ridge Foundation, founded by Miller. And just like that, this fashionable affair is a charitable one as well. Find out more at shopbop.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ornate Hemlines: Be Charmed by Trimming

When dress shopping, we used to concentrate on the flatter factor of the neckline, and the question of straps or no straps was invariably considered. Then there was the great empire-versus-natural-waist debate of 2007. In short: our dresses' skirts were feeling seriously neglected. Not anymore because this spring adores the ornate hemline. Rory Beca is doing it with a sweet little ruffle, and Jovovich-Hawk mingles eyelet, paisley, and scallops to brilliant effect. But that's just the beginning. Designers across the fashion spectrum have been charmed by elegant trimming, and it's changing the way we look at the dress. See for yourself, right here, at shopbop.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Kick Up Your Heels

Summer's skin-baring styles may still be a ways off, but showing a little toe cleavage? That's something you can do right now. Trade out those tired boots for the avant-garde glamour of a pump from Camilla Skovgaard or style the fashion-forward sexiness of a Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti peep-toe with a skinny pant for a look that hints at the sultry months to come. The perfect way to flaunt a fabulous pedicure? Metallic flip-flops from KORS, of course. Fresh spring footwear sure to have you kicking up your heels? Find it right here, at shopbop.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Latest in the Designer Boutique

All this talk of March Madness makes us think one thing: we've gotta get serious about our spring fashion picks. We're putting our money on the understated sexiness of Derek Lam's Leopard Print Pleated Blouse and the rough-hewn brilliance of Barbara Bui's Lace-Ups. Our dark horse favorite? Anya Hindmarch's Cholet bag. It's just the sort of flying-under-the-radar find that stops fellow fashion mavens in their tracks. Spring styles to take you straight to the sartorial championships? They're right here, at the Designer Boutique.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

La Vie Boheme

Mastering boho chic requires your wardrobe to take a big gulp of free-spirited style, but that doesn't mean the next step has to find you frolicking barefoot through fields of wildflowers (unless that's your thing). No, this season the trend is concentrating on the stylish side of the bohemian equation, meaning it's less do-it-yourself and more strikingly elegant. Think Woodstock meets urban refinement and don an artfully tie-dyed Binetti frock with fringed Paul & Joe sandals. For a disheveled-yet-sleek Euro-inspired look, pair a Karen Zambos mini dress with a Leigh & Luca scarf, or try Vena Cava's Stork Club Dress for an upscale take on hippie style. It's time to get to know the new bohemian chic. Find it right here, at shopbop.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Fashion Insider Favorite Golden Goose

Handmade from the finest Italian leather and distressed using top-secret techniques, Golden Goose boots have quickly become a favorite of fashion insiders. And while the designers at Golden Goose might not disclose how they achieve their footwear’s worn-to-perfection look, fortunately they’re not shy about sharing their classic-yet-unique riding boots with the rest of us. Perfect pulled over jeans or paired with dresses, each gorgeous Golden Goose boot has all the makings of an envy-inspiring signature piece. Where to score your pair of Golden Goose? Right here, at shopbop.

Save NOW in the Designer Boutique

Those once-in-a-lifetime style finds that renew your faith in love at first sight? Too often they're the very pieces to blame for chest pain when you open your credit card statement. But fortunately we've found a way around that unfortunate side-effect of falling hard for fashion. Because Anya Hindmarch to Giuseppe Zanotti, and every Michael Kors and Jenni Kayne in between, all sorts of to-die-for styles are now 50-70% off in the Designer Boutique. All the sartorial love without the economic heartbreak? Find it right now, in the Designer Boutique.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Flare for the Dramatic

Famous for its hip-slimming, leg-elongating properties, the flattering flare has attracted a devoted following since its arrival on the denim scene in the groovy '60s. Though often associated with a laid-back, guitar-strumming brand of cool, the flare's inherently dramatic silhouette also plays well with spring's fashion-forward trends.
Put an uptown spin on hippie chic by pairing a light wash flare (try Seven's Super Flare Jean) with a flowy floral top (we love this one from Nieves Lavi) and a sleek, peep-toe heel (like Robert Clergerie's Japons d'Orsay Pump) in an elegant neutral. Take the standard-isse tank-and-jeans into stylish new territory by teaming a dark wash flare (this pair from People's Liberation is a shopbop exclusive) with a boldly colored tank (like this brilliant one from Bop Basics). A bikini top (Rosa Cha's is gorgeous) peeking out adds a breezy sexiness, while a bright sandal (these are by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti) pulls the playful-yet-sophisticated look together perfectly.
Break that all-black-for night habit. Style a color-saturated flare (we adore this retro-cool Dittos pair) with a slinky top in a standout print (this pretty peacock piece is by MLH) and a major heel for a look that's certain to set you apart from the fashion pack.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Signs of Spring: Warm Up to Fresh Styles

Spring Fever? It's nearing epidemic proportions. Fortunately, we've found the cure: fresh fashion. And whether you're boarding a plane for warmer climes or shopping with the promise of summer in mind, we've got scores of styles to satisfy your yen for all things spring. Start with a brilliant bikini and a floaty frock, add strappy sandals, statement sunglasses, and a signature scarf for a look that lets Mother Nature know you're all ready for her to raise the temperature. Get set for a new season, right here, at shopbop.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Peter Som's Spring Collection

Touted by Cathy Horyn of The New York Times as "one of the best young designers working today" CFDA award winner Peter Som has attracted a fashionable following that includes Natalie Portman and Plum Sykes. Som's standout spring collection displays his signature unstudied sophistication and refined sexiness. On our most wanted list? The retro-feminine full-skirted dress, the elegantly fashion-forward Asymmetrical Jersey Dress and the sweetly chic scallop-trimmed Romy dress. Shop all new Peter Som right here, in the Designer Boutique.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Stunning Handbags to Define Your Style

The bag you choose to carry defines your style. Silver clutch? You've got party-girl sass on the mind. Bright yellow satchel? You're feeling a little playful. Basic black tote with a few embellishments? You want classic yet unique. It's an important choice, but it doesn't have to be a difficult one. We've made it easy by putting the hottest totes, clutches, duffels, and shoulder bags from Mayle, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Foley + Corinna, and more all in one place. And if you're looking for the uber-chic (what girl isn't?), we've got luxe creations from Temperley London and Derek Lam, too. There's nothing left to do but shop. Find your handbag chic, at shopbop.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Antik Batik: Well-Traveled Chic

Born in Italy, Gabriella Cortese learned embroidery and dressmaking from her grandmother before moving to Paris to study art at age 18. Antik Batik was inspired by Cortese's travels and experiences: A job at the Crazy Horse in Paris revealed the sensuality of the body, Balinese artisans taught her the craft of Batik, and travels in India exposed her to exquisite hand-dyeing and embroidery techniques. With scarves and dresses, tops and bags, Antik Batik is more than a fashion label, it's a lifestyle. Discover it right now, at shopbop.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Trend Alert: Retro Fever from the 70s and 80s

Slinky fabric, sequins, wide and skinny legs, and neon brights, the season is taking a trip back in time to the decades that brought us Studio 54 and the Brat Pack. We're talking about the '70s and the '80s, and the styles of today are reinterpreting the trends of those twenty years with modern brilliance. Try on a disco-ready silver frock from McQ, or take the sequined route with LaROK. Rich & Skinny has you covered with sexy colored denim, and Rachel Pally has all the Technicolor goodness your wardrobe needs. It's Retro Fever, and it's so hot for spring. Catch it, at shopbop.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Spring from Marc by Marc Jacobs

Boys may come and boys may go, but our love for Marc Jacobs? It's a long-term thing. And while we know we're not alone in this adoration, we're okay with sharing, seeing as other card-carrying members of the 'We Heart Marc' club include such fashion luminaries as Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Coppola, and Kirsten Dunst. One-sided, unrequited affair? Hardly. This season Marc's sending the love right back with brilliant new bags and shoes, plus sweaters and denim with his signature hipster-feminine sensibility. Spring Marc by Marc Jacobs styles galore?
Find 'em right here, at shopbop.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nanette Lepore: For the Chic Sophisticate

Encouraged at a young age to embrace her artistic impulses, Nanette Lepore's creativity and entrepreneurial talent led to great success.Combining free-spirited innovation and feminine sophistication, Nanette Lepore designs are bohemian inspired and beautifully fit. A fashion-editor and celebrity favorite, the line is perfect for a garden get-together or a night on the town. Discover the designer's elegant creations, now at shopbop.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

New Denim to Start the Season

It's the stuff we live in, the twilled cotton that makes up our jeans, and a day rarely passes that we don't slip on our favorite pair. This season, we adore the light wash, particularly Seven's bleached Sunset Jean, which gives a nod to the '80s while feeling so very now. The high waist is everywhere and always fabulous, and J Brand's Cass Jean paints the perfect picture of what we love about the leg-elongating look. If you want to take the classic route, we've got that too because new denim's here in every shade of blue. Find your favorite right now, at shopbop.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Style with an Edge: New Looks from L.A.M.B.

You covet edgy style. That's the easy part, but pulling it off? That's a little more vexing, unless of course, you've got a few secret weapons fully equipped to make your hipster dreams come true. Start with L.A.M.B., where Ms. Stefani is giving houndstooth the rock-star treatment for spring. Then click over to Alexander Wang and his '80s supermodel chic. He'll show you just how perfectly paired sequins and destroyed jeans can be. If you want something even more avant-garde, look to Thread Social, the picture of innovative, unexpected style, where every piece they create becomes an instant must-have. Edgy chic as easy as 1, 2, 3? Find it now, at shopbop.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Min Young Lee's Fashion-Forward Femininity

A native of Korea, Min Young Lee emigrated to the United States at fourteen and later studied design at Parsons. In 2000, Lee launched her clothing line, M Collection, and opened a boutique in Manhattan's Nolita. Looking to hone her technical and business skills, Lee took on the position of director of design at Calypso and worked there for three years before deciding to re-launch her eponymous collection.Incorporating impeccable tailoring and hand-crafted detail, Lee's everyday wearable pieces are the epitome of fashion-forward femininity.Find all new Min Young Lee right here, at shopbop.