Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday à la Moss!

This installment of MALM finds our girl Kate at that Brit hipster-happening, the Glastonbury Music Festival. Pulled-together yet never precious, Kate’s utterly personal look feels perfectly in tune with her laid-back, music fest surroundings. (Not surprising, considering Kate was one of the foremost pioneers of the high/low, luxe groupie look.) But enough with the waxing rhapsodic for the moment, let’s get to the good part where I recreate Kate with stuff from shopbop.

Glastonbury saw Kate pairing her go-to grey skinnies (these are J Brand) with navy Hunter Wellies and a brilliantly unexpected silky top. (It’s not metallic, but methinks Moss would adore this Helmut Lang one just as much.) This functional-yet-fashionable Foley + Corinna bag looks a lot like the one she has over her shoulder, and this military-inspired Mike & Chris jacket is practical and adds just the right amount of edge. And of course, no Kate ensemble would be complete without a pendant and a couple of really cool rings. (Photo courtesy of Jezebel.)

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What's New

One of my favorite things about fashion is wading through the wide range of design inspiration.
Sunner’s brand of preppy cool has found the perfect medium in this ruffled corduroy dress. Now that I’m not in school anymore, something has to take the place of buying new #2 pencils!
Art deco always has that timeless, edgy quality, which is why I love the angular, exaggerated pleating on Kooba’s Tracy Bag.
The utilitarian-style key detail on these post earrings from Juicy are small enough to warrant a double-take, and quirky enough to make that double-take worth it. Maybe if I wear these they’ll keep me from locking my keys in the car. While it’s running. Again.
Find your diverse favorites in What’s New.

Friday, June 27, 2008

In the Glossies: shopbop in Star magazine

Star magazine recently featured some fabulous beach accessories, and shopbop pieces are smack in the middle of the profile. Rebel Yell’s Boat Neck minidress is the perfect beach cover-up and is versatile enough to be worn both on and off the boardwalk. And Vix’s Palmilla Kukui tote is a fetching combination of practicality and island cool. Star has shown off some great ideas for accessories, and you can find more inspiration – plus the perfect swimsuit – at shopbop.

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What’s New

Naughty or nice? Today I want styles with a little bit o’ both.
Just the retro-sexy, ladylike pair I’m in the mood for right now. These feel very Liz Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Hanky Panky, Signature Lace Ruched Boy Short
Like a sophisticated, uptown version of something Debbie Harry would’ve worn, circa 1979. Refined enough for work, the studs give these suede pumps a cool rocker attitude. Jean-Michel Cazabat Luxury Rebel, La Palma Tapered Toe Stud Pump
Hot in that insouciant, not-trying-too-hard way I’m obsessed with, this top has a great DIY feel without the time-consuming DIY part. Elizabeth and James, Scarf Tee
Naughty? Nice? Find both and everything in between, right here in What’s New.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

4 Questions for St. Kilda Designer Nora Kogan

What is the philosophy behind your line?
I just want to make jewelry that’s cool and interesting and that isn’t going to date. St. Kilda is sophisticated, subtle, and it’s meant to enhance the beauty and style of the woman wearing it. It’s not about wearing a big piece of jewelry to show off. It’s not about flashiness. It’s about seeing someone and thinking, “She looks cool.”

What inspires your designs?
Everything and anything. Ultimately, my imagination inspires my designs but it can start anywhere. Sometimes it’s seeing a stylish girl and imagining what kind of jewelry she would wear. Sometimes it’s just a feeling that I want to express. Sometimes the gemstones I choose dictate what I’m going to make. I take design cues from the shapes and colors of the stones.
Travel is an easy answer, but I was lucky enough to be exposed to beauty and art and culture at a young age. I got to travel to Moscow often and once to St. Petersburg with my mum just to visit the Hermitage! When my parents and I emigrated from Russia we spent two weeks in Vienna. Then we moved to Italy for a year and then to Australia. Growing up in St. Kilda in Melbourne was a true inspiration—a beautiful hodgepodge of design and style that shouldn’t work but does.

What is your best accessorizing advice?
Take it easy. The worst offense is looking like you’re trying too hard. I always like to look a bit disheveled, and always, the bigger the diamond, the lower the heel. That said, I feel naked without jewelry!

Do you follow Coco Chanel’s rule: “take one piece off before you leave the house”?
Always! Less is more, that’s my rule.

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What's New

Summer is (officially) underway, and I’ve come to realize there are a few pieces out there that are must-haves for the season.
Lightweight Jersey
Casual, sexy, and ridiculously comfortable, jersey tops (like this one from 291) are perfect for the summer. Add a scoop back and a little tie-dye, and I’ve got the perfect top for catching cool breezes on a sweltering Saturday night.
Unique Footwear
Everyone and their sister is out flip-flopping in some sort of sandal, and the last thing I want is to saunter up to the bar, only to realize that every other girl lined up along the zinc is wearing some clone of the same strappy shoe. Can’t happen with this cool pair from Dolce Vita.
Effortless Dress
At shopbop we’ve been extolling the charms of the summer dress for weeks, and my love of its insta-chic properties and flattering silhouettes has not waned. This jersey number from Splendid is the epitome of simple style.
Find your own must-haves in What’s New.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rihanna, Where You At?

A select few celebrities can do no wrong style-wise for me, and Rihanna is right there at the top of that list. Doesn’t matter what it is, if she’s wearing it, I want it. The yellow dress she rocked at the BET Awards last night? Yes. Latex leggings? Love. Oversized hoops? Must. Have. Pleated, slouchy trousers with a white tank? Perfection.

Of course, seeing as I work at an online retailer, tracking down Rihanna-like items on our site could be considered research. (Purchasing said items? Now that’s a bit harder to rationalize.) Got a girl-crush on Rihanna? These three pieces pay tribute to her inimitable style.

Inspired by the beaut she wore to the BET Awards, but at a price that’s right for those of us without a recording contract. Alice + Olivia Double Strap Long Dress
Latex. Leggings. Need I say more? Kova & T Latex Leggings
Massive hoops up the style ante of any ensemble. These are delicate enough that they don’t weigh down my earlobes. Melissa Joy Manning Extra Large Hoops

Rachel Roy's Pre-Fall Collection

When talking to about what inspired her fall collection, Rachel Roy said she was "interested in the intersection between Native American and Colonial styles, but brought up-to-date for the women of today." An intriguing proposition to be certain, and one Roy pulls off with characteristic panache. Witness a classic sheath with tiers of fringe, a sophisticated silk blouse embellished with antique beading, and a slouchy-yet-refined trouser. Shop these standout styles and the rest of Rachel Roy's new pre-fall collection, right here in the Designer Boutique.

Getaway (or Stay) in Style

It's time to get away, and whether you're sightseeing in Marrakech or sticking with the year's biggest buzz word, the "staycation," you'll need clothes to take you from Sunbathing to a Day on the Town to a Night Out, right through to Bedtime. And we've got it all. Find out more in the July Style File, only at shopbop.

Also in the Style File:
  • Music Festival Chic: Get the look for summer's outdoor concerts.
    Staff Pick: Stylist Bobbie is heading to Ireland, and she's taking her MK2K cardigan with her.
  • Beach Bag Bingo: The season's hottest bag is a tote-al must-have.
  • That's a Wrap: A traveler's best friend? The versatile scarf.

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What's New

'80s trends continuously sneak up on me in their updated form, but today I’m taking a few moments to reflect on the surprising appeal of neon.
These neon orange pumps have a totally classic shape, and I love the resin inset at the heel. I have a feeling all my fashion daydreaming will be spent coordinating outfits around these shoes!
L.A.M.B. always delivers innovative handbags in cool shapes and colors, and this one in ombré patent is impeccably on-trend.
Yarborough’s quirky-cool bangles are gaining attention, and I’m all about it. This cashmere-wrapped bracelet has found its calling as my go-to Friday-night accessory.
Find these rad pieces and more in What’s New.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Packing (for the) Heat

In my book, there’s no bigger end-of-the-weekend buzz-kill than hauling a bag stuffed with unworn shoes/handbags/dresses/tops/shorts out to the cab/car/jitney. I’m hot. I’m usually hung-over. I’m tempted to abandon it all at the curb. Adding insult to injury? I have to unpack said items once I get home. (Or, in my case, ten days later.) This summer I’m on a mission to perfect the art of weekend packing. My weapons of choice? Three multi-tasking, travel-friendly pieces that go from day to date, boardwalk to barstool.

Elegant enough for a nice dinner out, yet breezy enough for a walk down the beach, this sweeping, strapless number from Theory is one of my favorite recent finds.

Comfy as a flip-flop but markedly fancier, metallic flat sandals are pretty much my favorite thing to wear in the summer. An added bonus? They take up just a sliver of space in my bag.

This roomy, oversized clutch is exactly the right size for a magazine or two and my absolute essentials, yet it’s chic and polished enough for evening.

Now the question remains: What to do with the time I used to spend fighting with the zipper on my Samsonite Sunday morning…

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What's New

Working for a web-based boutique, I love to tout the benefits of online shopping, and today, a few items illustrate the pros of on-model versus the cons of on-hanger presentation.
On-Hanger Con: It’s difficult to imagine that insouciant, breezy style Paul & Joe is known for when there are no arms in those sleeves. On-Model Pro: With arms to fill them, it’s ethereal elegance at its finest. (And that blue is just about the prettiest I’ve seen, but that’s not really a model thing.) Paul & Joe - Honore Long Sleeve Blouse
On-Hanger Con: When this dress came across my desk, my first thought was: “What the...?” On-Model Pro: Its volume creates some pretty amazing draping action when it has a couple of shoulders to hang on. Elizabeth and James - Cocoon Dress
On-Hanger Con: Volume plus horizontal pleating can equal a fit disaster. On-Model Pro: So obviously not the case here. I’m hooked! Helmut Lang - Draped Top
Make your own pro/con list in What’s New.

Monday, June 23, 2008

W’s Sublime Summer Camp

I finally had a chance to look through my July issue of W this weekend, and the brilliant Bruce Weber photo story immediately caught my eye. The question: What would happen if a flock of new designers hit the road for a summer adventure with a handful of top models? The answer: Lazy days filled with beautiful people in exquisite clothes. W and Mr. Weber showed off their fashion power, bringing together the hottest young names in the industry – Alexander Wang, Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, the ubiquitous Ms. Moss – for a class picture of fashion’s future, and some “candid” shots that suggest just a hint of sublime debauchery.

This is one summer camp I’d love to attend.

Photo courtesy of

Rock the Boho: The Edgy Side of Eclectic

They say every generation improves on what went before. And while we respect the Woodstock era's peace and love sensibility, we find their fashion sense, to be quite frank, somewhat lacking. That's why we've done them one better. More Lower East Side than Laurel Canyon, the new bohemian style takes hippie cool into haute new territory, pairing little cut-offs with floaty silk camis, delicately elegant long necklaces and slouchy-luxe bags. Glam sunglasses and arty-chic sandals complete the laid-back yet fashion-forward look. Bohemian chic with a streetwise sensibility? Find it right here, at shopbop.

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What's New

There’s no wardrobe showstopper quite like quality leather.
Gryphon’s Peplum Jacket is a perfect combination of prim Victorian style and contemporary unstudied cool.
I love the exaggerated racer back and belt on the Dallas Vest from Mike & Chris. This is definitely coming with me on my summer road trip through the Rockies.
Newcomer to shopbop, Muxo’s Camila Hobo is completely unique and makes me feel like I’m best friends with some genius leather designer in Rio.
Find more from Gryphon, Mike & Chris, Muxo, and others in What’s New.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year

Her logo flats have shown up on the feet of every fashionable female from NYC to LA, and now she's got a CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year award under her belt. So what's a designer to do next? If she's Tory Burch, she goes right back to the grindstone, turning out even more of those chic flats, and adding wedges, pumps, sandals, totes, satchels, and clutches to the mix. And guess what? Her latest styles have just arrived. Find them, right here, at shopbop.

Passion for Jersey

Jersey. To be perfectly honest, we could wax philosophical about the wonders of the knit fabric for hours. The way it drapes, its ability to flatter every curve, the comfort (oh, the comfort!). But the two brands that upstage our gushing with action? Ella Moss and Splendid. Their dresses, tops, pants, and shorts are equal parts plush coziness and feminine style. Even better? New styles have just arrived. Find your own passion for jersey, right here, at shopbop.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Introducing L.A. Chic MYNE

Launched in 2007 by L.A.-based designer Ashley Ann, Myne is a well-edited collection of classic silhouettes with a modern twist. With a nod to vintage fashion and Hollywood glam, the line is flirty and sexy, and has a little something for every occasion. We love the lightweight Hannah Top with its ruffled neckline, and the Scarlet Dress is the picture of sweet with a little sass. We'll wear the Erica Top from summer right into fall, and the Audry Vest will add a little West-Coast edge to any look. The latest styles have just arrived. Get to know Myne today, at shopbop.

New Styles from Milly

Brunch with your future in-laws. Your boss's annual summer cocktail party. A wedding reception where your ex will be in attendance. Certain events in life require that one look, well, pretty much flawless. And that's when we turn to Milly. Ladylike yet modern, Milly combines classic, feminine silhouettes (think super-flattering shifts, halters and sweeping maxi dresses) with standout prints and luxe, floaty fabrics like silk chiffon. Our current favorites? The flirty Valetta dress and the gilded gorgeousness of the Deep V gown. Need to feel pretty, polished, and pulled-together? Relax and reach for a Milly. Shop all sorts of new Milly styles, right here, at shopbop.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sartorially Inspired

I adore The Sartorialist blog. Scott Shuman, the man behind the machine, has a pretty darn close to perfect eye for capturing unique looks in the perfect light, and I check out his blog for street-style inspiration every day. Today, I found an Italian take on boho, titled “On the Street... Gloria, Florence.” Her top reminded me of a little Karta blouse (on sale!) and her skirt a ruffled Thayer number. Add a studded Betsey Johnson handbag to the mix and some Converse by John Varvatos sneaks, and I’ve almost got it. The finishing touch? Layers of necklaces and bracelets, naturally. The whole look has me feeling a little more Italy-in-the-summertime chic already.

Walk This Way: Footwear for Anywhere

Summer finds you at bars and barbeques, on sidewalks and boardwalks, out for date nights and ladies' nights, to name just a few--whew! So make sure your shoe wardrobe is all-occasion ready, too! Nothing inspires singing in the rain quite like a sweet Hunter boot, while a downtown-cool high-top is tough yet cute. A seriously sexy platform pump is sure to make you feel dance-y and a flat metallic sandal makes summer basics feel fancy. Got places to go? You most certainly do. Summer footwear for anywhere? It's at shopbop, just for you.

Get Framed

Whether you're dodging actual paparazzi or just like giving the impression you are, there's one accessory you can't be without: statement sunglasses. And Marc Jacobs to Ray-Ban, Dita to Oliver Peoples, and every Stella McCartney and Tom Ford in between, we've got styles to ensure you'll never be mistaken for some no-name minion again. Going incognito never looked so chic. Get your signature shades, right here, at shopbop.

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What’s New

What I want right now? A few well-chosen pieces to revitalize my summer wardrobe.
No one made white jeans look more chic than Jackie O. These are like a modern version of something she would’ve worn back in the day, and the flare leg makes them super flattering. Hudson, Paris Signature Flare Pant
I’ve been craving something snakeskin for some time now, but the sticker shock of the real thing was giving me serious pause. This embossed-leather style looks surprisingly realistic and the price doesn’t make my heart palpitate. Foley + Corinna, Snake Mid City Tote
I love how an arty-cool pair of earrings elevates an otherwise standard-issue summer look. Gorjana, Selma Earrings
You’ve seen what I want. Now find what you want, right here in What’s New.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Summer Music Festival Chic

Find yourself clicking through pictures from Coachella and Bonnaroo in your cube longingly, overcome with that missed-out-on-the-best-party-of-the-year feeling? Me, too. And then this comforting thought occurred to me: just because I wasn’t there doesn’t mean I can’t crib the summer music festival look. My EZ Coachella-inspired look involves a bikini and short-shorts, loads of long necklaces (and perhaps a bracelet or two for good measure), a floppy hat, gladiator sandals, and, of course, statement sunglasses. The final touch? A scruffy-cute drummer on your arm. (We’ll leave finding one of those up to you.) Photo courtesy of

New Jewelry Lines in the Accessories Spotlight

One is as environmentally and socially conscious as it is stylish, while another is earthbound with a nod to Cherokee heritage. Still another comes from a designer whose globetrotting life has taken her from Russia to Italy to Australia to Brooklyn. Then there's the one that melds the traditional with the modern, and the one that's inspired by a love of making something old new again. They're Alkemie, Cynthia Dugan, St. Kilda, Melissa Joy Manning, and tuleste market, the latest jewelry lines to hit shopbop, and they promise to change the way you think about baubles. Discover them today in the Accessories Spotlight.

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What's New

Suede, jersey, and eye-catching sunglasses are all on my Casual-Chic Most Wanted list.
The knot detail and slouchy fit convinced me: this is quite possibly the perfect halter top. (Lauren Conrad Jilly Halter Top)
Celebrity cool in four different colors! (dVb Style Metal Aviators)
I’m not ready for fall quite yet, but my Spidey style sense started tingling when I saw these moccasin boots. (Belle by Sigerson Morrison Suede Moccasin Boot)
Who needs that terror-inducing TV show? Find your Most Wanted in What's New.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Feeling Fabulous with FabSugar

A few weeks back, shopbop made friends with those fabulous people at FabSugar, and a beautiful partnership was born. The coolest result of our commingling? They dressed the Sugar Girls in stylish pieces found right here at shopbop. Now, we knew the clothes and accessories we carry are pretty great, but we never would have guessed they’d be just as chic in illustrated form. Even better, the style doyennes behind our second favorite blog (this one’s our first, obvs), have scoured our site and picked their very favorite faves. Check ’em out and start feeling a little more Fab today.

Let Your PJs Inspire Your Day

You love your PJ bottoms. They’re comfy, cute, and you’ve spent many a Sunday lounging in them. But wear them out of the house? You wouldn’t dream of it, and we’re not encouraging it. But that’s not to say a close relative of those favorite pants can’t inspire your daytime look. Start by sizing up for a little slouchy-chic volume. Then pair those PJ-inspired bottoms with a top of contrasting fabric but similar comfy cool. Add some brilliant accessories - layers of necklaces, high-heeled sandals, big bag - and you’ve got a daytime ensemble you’ll love as much as your trusty bedtime one (maybe more). Find out how to get it, at shopbop.

First Fashion: Our Favorites from What’s New

Fashion forward yet not so avant-garde as to be un-wearable for everyday, VPL is one of my favorite lines of all time. Here, my first three VPL picks of the season:
I’ll wear this slouchy-chic style now with a tank, little shorts, and gladiators, and later with jeans and boots.
VPL Low O Sweater, Tar
Understated enough to wear on a date with a mild-mannered sort of dude, yet fashion-y enough that I don’t feel like a carbon copy of every other lady at the bar. Brilliant. VPL S Bend Dress
Feminine with a cool conceptual edge. I’m pairing this standout piece with cropped skinnies and flats for Friday night. VPL Tie T
Pre-fall styles for now and later? Pick your favorites from What’s New.