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October 04, 2013
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Paris Part Deux

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Paris Fashion week ended with a bang! Literally, there was a car crash on the set of Givenchy. But more surprising were the feminine draped dresses Riccardo Tisci sent out for Spring. Zabete said Valentino was the best fashion show she’s ever attended, hands down. And Celine had an 80′s moment, making the fashion set collectively gasp. Read below for all the juicy details!

Look 1: Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli called their collection “a fashion opera,” a bold statement you might say, but it was indeed just that fabulous. Departing from the usual girly party frocks, the lineup was a more grown-up assortment for the modern jet-settting woman. Rich, intricate, and heavy on the embroidery, these were world traveler clothes that channeled 70s Bohemian icon Talitha Getty and getaways to Marrakech…or Morocco, you tell me.

Valentino is not available online so come visit the racks at 477 Broome St. or contact ShopGirl!

Look 2: 80′s at Celine?! The world is stunned. And yet, punchy primary colors, graphic graffiti brushstrokes, Africa references and yep, 80s maximalism; all were used for a show that felt less like a Spring collection than a wardrobe mashup. But it worked! Pheobe Philo loves to shock us, but when she does it always feels right, and right now. The minimal, neutral look we now all so easily identify from Celine has become almost ubiquitous, on street style blogs as well as Zara windows, and when it’s getting knocked off, that’s when you know a trend is about to expire. Time for a change! So let’s follow Pheobe’s lead this Spring and let some color into our lives. Get a little loud. Have fun. And 80′s is always fun.

Celine is not available online so come visit the racks at 477 Broome St or contact ShopGirl!

Look 3: Riccardo Tisci also swung the pendulum at Givenchy. Having reached the pinnacle of right-this-moment trendiness with his Bambi sweatshirts, he changed it up with a much quieter, elegant collection this time out. The focus was draping, and it was sexy and womanly and best of all timeless. This is dressing for real life, nothing here looked destined for a street style blog or even vaguely knock-off-able. Again, every look was shown with flat sandals, which seems to be the right way to ground a dress these days.

Givenchy favorites in store: You must own a Givenchy sweatshirt this season, this is the boot shape you need now, the Nightengale bag is an everyday necessity.

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September 27, 2013
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PFW SS14: so far, so very good

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I’m baaaaack. Rested, rejuvenated and, more importantly, absurdly tan in late September. And while I had to say bye-bye to the beach, I’m so excited to be back in New York as Fall crisps up the air. It’s the most beautiful time in the city, and also the most bustling. It’s back to school, back to work, and back to fashion. So let us turn our eyes to the Paris runways, because the shows have not disappointed.

Look 1: Fact: Raf Simons has changed the game at Christian Dior. Under a beautifully surreal dripping canopy of flora, he sent out his signature minimal lady looks that have me wanting to disown my jeans and put on a skirt and pumps. The florals did not translate to the frocks, thankfully, which continue to be super simple and chic. Who else could make a candy-striped silk dress with a bubble peplum look downright sporty?

Christian Dior is not available online but come on in to 477 Broome and behold the genius.

Look 2: I’m thrilled KZ added Nina Ricci to its roster recently. It’s sexy and girly but never fussy. A question many designers have asked but few convincingly answered: How to modernize Victorian romance? Chop it off to mid-thigh, turns out. A watercolor print and ruffled high neck yet still date-appropriate. Yes please.

Nina Ricci favorites in store: Lace and crushed velvet cami (wear with jeans and pointy toe pump!), ruched front tank, my new favorite flap bag.

Look 3: Love me some Lanvin! Alber Elbaz had me at Jamie Bochert; my favorite grunge-goddess-model strutted out in the first look. It was like ladies who lunch meets glam rock David Bowie. It was glorious. Suddenly I need something lamé in my life, and it might have to be the icy pink blazer thrown over Jamie’s shoulders. Oh so nonchalant, oh so Parisian.

Lanvin favorites in store: THE best boots, I’d live in this cardi-coat amazingness, the dress we all need for Fall (wear with aforementioned boots!)

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September 21, 2013
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maxin’ and relaxin’

maxin' and relaxin'

Current ShopGirl status: maxin’ and relaxin’! Will be back shortly after some much welcomed R&R to tackle the crucial fashion matters at hand (as in runway round-ups, and our favorite looks from Paris). For now, back to the beach.

XO
ShopGirl

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September 14, 2013
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happy lfw!

happy lfw

We’re so excited to see what’s coming from LFW this year! KZ has become a home to many British designers, whose innovative textiles and fashion forward prints we eagerly anticipate each season. So if you can’t make it to foggy London Town, come visit new KZ favorite Mary Katrantzou, the print masters of Peter Pilotto, and Christopher Kane, whose brain motif is pictured here, at 477 Broome.

P.S. ShopGirl is now a proper blog! Find our fashionable updates through your social media of choice. Happy reading, happy shopping!

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September 07, 2013
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ny fashion week essentials

fashion week essentials

1. Editor’s blouse: Channel Carine, our favorite front row femme fatale, in a blouse that means all business, and by all business I mean all fashion. Look for sophisticated sexy details like lace that’s equal parts lady and vixen.

2. Fierce jewels: Jewelry is strong and architectural for Fall. Stow bohemian stacked bracelets and choose a bold Anndra Neen cuff or Art Deco earrings from Eddie Borgo.

3. Print set: The print of the season, literally. Fashion week is the best time to sport a full look, as we know matching is de rigueur again. Make maximum impact with minimal effort and get set!

4. Statement coat: When it comes to coats this season: go big or go home! By big, I mean big statement. Color, print, and volume (cocoon shoulders are a must)– your coat is your car in New York (Kirna once said) so invest and go bold!

5. Top handle satchel: Get your hands on the new bag shape- the top handle satchel. Alexander Wang‘s embossed croc version is a fierce choice, and with enough room for all your notes from the show, it’s actually practical.

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August 31, 2013
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jacket required

jacket required

Fall is imminent. It’s that time of year when women are beginning to dream of the return of layering, of coats and boots and sweaters. Dressing is interesting again. But how do we make our shopping list of key pieces we want to pepper into our wardrobe? Confusion sets in. It can be daunting to suss out your own personal style or daily go-to look these days when designers are offering such an array of styles. It’s almost as if we have to ask ourselves: Which girl do you want to be?

I say, when in doubt, go classic. Veronica Beard‘s preppy blazer and dickie combos offer wardrobe relief for those in need of a quick and versatile solution to everyday outfit trauma. The genius trick of these jackets (besides the dickies which you can switch, of course) is their tailoring, which smartens up any casual look. The styling opportunities are endless, so think beyond jeans. I’ll be wearing my blazer with my new favorite cropped cargos from 3.1 Phillip Lim, which are incidentally the pant of the season. Hint, hint. And in case they weren’t already on your list, ankle boots from Lanvin are a must this season as well. Happy Fall Shopping!

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August 24, 2013
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new talent

new talent

Kirna Zabête is known for fostering new and rising labels, often championing a designer from their first collection. Shop the racks in our new space and discover more fresh talent than ever. Make an avant-garde entrance in a Markus Lupfer rubber lips tee. Mix it up with rose gold headphones from Frends– designed just for us gals, darnit! Choose your new favorite statement necklace from SheBee, a line of jewelry that is folky chic (think skulls and Swarovski’s). You won’t be able to resist the new hats from Bernstock Speirs, the cashmere beanie with net overlay is as quirky as it is practical. You’ll also find a couple of familiar faces in the crowd who are new to KZ. Look for Mary Katrantzou‘s print-tastic pieces, or Nina Ricci‘s modern romance. Be pretty in pink in a plissé silk blouse or cheeky in mink pom-pom flats. Come meet your new friends.

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August 17, 2013
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going green

going green

Green is THE color for Fall. A bold statement you might say, but stroll the racks at 477 Broome and you’ll find a veritable fashion forest: shades of sage, olive, emerald, and forest green. Choose your hue and rock it right now, a color statement is a great way to transition into the new season. As an accessory it can be surprisingly neutral, or make an impact in a full look like this Proenza Schouler cave print set. Choose jet-black accessories so the color takes center stage. Go green!

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August 10, 2013
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hippie luxe redux

hippie luxe redux

Some trends have serious staying power, clinging for life in the vicious, take-no-prisoners cycle of fashion. Animal print will always be chic. Punk is forever associated with all things cool. Le smoking will always be…well, hot. While we naturally gravitate toward masculine/minimal looks in cooler months, Boho style and all it’s airy romanticism always looks right again come summer. So while the heat won’t quit and you’re suffering from end of season outfit boredom, use this time tested trend for some inspiration while getting dressed. And if its good enough for the Kate’s– Moss and Hudson have been doing it for years– it’s good enough for me.

A fresh take on Bohemian style? As is the KZ way, more is more! Pile on colors, prints and textures for a rich, artfully thrown together look that reads laid-back but oozes luxury. Layer up jewelry from Venessa Arizaga, the more silly charms the better. It’s called a wrist party. Bags should be unstructured and preferably fringed, eschew the usual neutral for a bright berry Sara Battaglia. Proenza’s tie dye tees are borrowed from the boys-cool, not Deadhead cheesy. Mother ends our futile foraging for the perfect pair of jean cut-offs. But the pièce de résistance is the army jacket topper. Once a symbol of 60s counterculture, the army jacket has had a modern makeover. Choose from updates like Figue‘s appliqués and sequins, or rabbit fur lining from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Peace and love, people.