It's not even fall yet - ok, well technically it might be, but our legs are still bare - and Shopbop's already launched their autumn sale. They have seventy-two pages full of Alex Wang tanks, DVF dresses, Marc by Marc jewels and our favorite Toms. The best pick? The Black Halo dress Serena wore to the dean's "gathering" last night. The deep-v, open back sheath is called the "Cutaway Jackie O Dress", which we don't think Jackie O would've liked very much. Only the all-black one is on sale. It should probably be called the blonde starlet dress. And it should probably be worn on a date or to a cocktail party instead of an academic occasion. But maybe that's just us. Happy shopping!
Shopbop + Sephora = Boring?
This week online fashion powerhouse Shopbop and beauty retailer Sephora unveiled a new collaboration. They are co-branding an enormous makeup palette, called Color Play 5-in-1: Fashion Edition, which is--as the name suggests--actually five separate palettes. The gist is that you snap out the palette which is appropriate for whatever outfit you’re wearing that day and voila! Coordinating makeup. I adore both of these companies and shudder to think how much money I’ve spent at both over my lifetime, but this product is a bit of a head-scratcher. Shopbop pulled together a lookbook of iconic styles (Ali MacGraw as the “Classic Prep,” Twiggy as “London Mod”--you get the idea.) There is a small beauty close-up on each page which shows the coordinating makeup look. After being distracted by the lovely goods for sale, I started thinking: does the average Shopbop shopper need this color-by-numbers approach to dressing and makeup?