Stylist Lauren brings warmth and wackiness from our Soho store to you!

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July 27, 2013
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new shop, same girl

New shop, same girl

The rumors are true, Kirna Zabête has moved. Come find us at our new location in Soho at 477 Broome, around the corner from where we laid our hat– finely appointed Maison Michel chapeau that is– for 14 years. Architectural highlights abound: Sky high ceilings, graphic black and white floors popped with pink pillars, vaulted arches that frame an expansive panorama of fabulous fashion. Come ogle the custom chandeliers, or an Instagram-worthy neon wall full of personal Kirna Zabête mantras, bon mots for a well lived life. But most importantly? Clothes for days, people.

While the new space might be grand, grandstanding isn’t our M.O. Praised by the New York Times for our “warmth and wackiness,” we’re still the same friendly girls (and a couple of boys) at your service, ready to help in any style crisis. And though we have added 25 new designers, we still champion rare and under the radar labels– the quirkier, the better. So come try on a trapeze neoprene dress from MSGM and be surprised at its Mad Men-chic factor. Be defiantly new school in Sophia Webster‘s pencil T-straps. No, those surreal leggy earrings from Yazbukey aren’t too much. Come get weird with us. Come play dress up. This is fashion, it should be fun.

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July 20, 2013
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embrace the lace

Embrace the lace

These lace Nicholas Kirkwood booties are everything. The marriage of ladylike lace with the sharp silhouette of an ankle boot is juxtaposition genius, the leather trim further funks it up, but the gold heel really seals the deal. I see them with my trusty black skinnies for night, or have a Bianca Jagger moment with a full trouser, and I can’t wait to pair them with a pretty cocktail dress for some attitude. These beauteous booties are glam rock perfection– made suitable for the girliest of girls.

Lace is a major trend for Pre-Fall, but one you can incorporate now. What style could be more warm weather friendly than sheer lace? Stella McCartney has proven herself master of the chic cut-out, as seen in her leggings here. Like the boots, the lace looks fresh as an unexpected detail, not to mention a a healthy dose of sexy. Sharpen up the silhouette with menswear elements like one of Stella’s signature blazers, and a Crayola blue fedora from Mason Michel.

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July 13, 2013
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club surf

Club Surf

Missed the plane to Miami? No ticket to St. Tropez? Not included in Ibiza? Join the club. Though you may not be jetting off to any exotic locale this summer, channel your dream beach getaway on the streets of NYC. After all, fashion is best when it’s fantasy.

Surf the Bowery in postcard-ready Hawaiian motifs, like this cheeky floral Christopher Kane. To make the look really sizzle, look for neon accessories that pack an electric punch, like these acid Tom Binns hoops and Proenza Schouler ombre bag. You’ll also need a carryall for all your surfer girl necessities– wink!– like this Meredith Wendell backpack. Proenza’s checkerboard sandals ground all these saturated hues with a graphic black and white pop that’s perfect for the club. You are now the attraction, no destination needed.

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July 06, 2013
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summer storm uniform

Summer storm uniform

“Is it going to rain for the rest of summer??,” reads many a concerned New Yorker’s Facebook status, and sadly this is not hyperbole. Our iPhone weather apps have predicted doom and gloom for weeks now, the thunderstorm emoticon becoming the norm. And while April showers bring May flowers, wise women everywhere know summer storms wreak hellish havoc when it comes to our hair, and more importantly wardrobe choices. Schlepping an umbrella through steamy subway stations is torture enough, but a trench coat in July? No thanks. Wellies with shorts only look good on Tweens, or Kate Moss at Glastonbury ten years ago. Make the mugginess stop. Or at least give me the right gear to withstand it.

Sonia Rykiel‘s olive anorak is our first saving grace. Light as a feather, the exaggerated size also gives it a street wise appeal that sets it apart from other sad-sack jackets on Broadway. Imagine my delight upon discovery of the sandal from the Kirna Zabete for Nine West collab specifically designed for summer rainstorms. A cross between a jelly and gladiator, you’ll be able to show off your pedicure as you puddle jump. White jeans and a striped linen tee keep it clean and crisp even on the soggiest of days. The final touch is a pop of color by way of a bright cobalt bag– the antithesis of rainy day blues.

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June 29, 2013
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love letter to love leather

Love letter to Love Leather

Dear Love Leather,

Full disclosure? My summer wardrobe was lame until you came along. I’ll admit it. Filled with the predictable preppy pieces, the sweet cotton sundresses, and an over abundance of stripes that borders on an addiction; my closet lacked a certain edge post Memorial Day. Then you showed up in store, controversial as you were, a whole slew of leather pieces in the midst of summer. I knew just what this collection had to give me– freedom from the banal, albeit respectable, summer outfit offerings.

The key is the breeziness of these pieces, they’re wearable even in these soaring temps. I’ll be sporting the skater skirt with any of my old summer tops that are in heavy rotation for an instant update, but pair with the mesh leather tank top repping NY for Rihanna-level cool.

So thank you, Love Leather. My Soho stroll just became a strut.

Love,
ShopGirl

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June 15, 2013
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what to wear: the summer wedding

What to Wear: the Summer Wedding

Tis the Season! Wedding season is upon us once again: When the invitations begin to stack up, when it feels like everyone you know is getting hitched. As if this isn’t stressful enough for any woman, that old familiar fear of having nothing to wear rears its ugly head. I always love an excuse to go shopping, yet how to not upstage the bride– but secretly do– and attract all ex-boyfriends within a five mile radius? Whether the ceremony takes place on a beach in Barbados, a barn upstate, or the French countryside, ShopGirl’s got ya covered.

The Breakdown:

1. A Party-Ready Dress: Proper for the church, but with enough flair for the dance floor– your dress should strike just the right balance. She’s fun, but she’s a lady! Look for structured cocktail dresses that can go more formal or less dressy. Regardless of the dress code, be sure to make a statement. A bright jewel tone and some ruffles make the right entrance.

2. Some sparkle: This is a celebration, dress up for it! Add a dramatic pop to your dress with some bling, like these black and white drop earrings from Fenton. Whether your baubles are costume or not, this is your chance to dive into your jewelry box’s depths and have a little fun.

3. Break out your box clutch!: A little lady clutch is a great add to your wardrobe for occasion dressing, but she doesn’t have to be demure by any means. Edie Parker has become the go-to designer for the cheekily modern minaudière; she designs for the downtown girl who has to attend an uptown fete. Or the reverse.

4. Fanciful Footwear: Infuse some whimsy to keep from looking too staid in your eveningwear. Your shoe is your chance to let your personality shine. And a feathered mule makes a great talking point!

5. Social lubricant!

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June 08, 2013
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black & white feels so right

Black & White feels so right

Summer is upon us and it is glorious in all its promise and potential: weekend jaunts to Montauk, picnics in the park, lobster rolls, gelato, rosé… I become positively giddy with anticipation, dreaming of all the possibilities. The days might be longer and filled with adventure, but with rising temps comes the inevitable outfit backlash. As in, how to look chic when you’re wilting in the heat? I can’t stand to spend another summer in droopy tank tops and denim cutoffs.

Instead, I’ll be making a strong sartorial statement this season in graphic black and white pieces. This is a trend worth revisiting, the combo feels fresh and fierce especially in these muggy months. Keep accessories minimal, the snappy color contrast is your impact. Bonus points for crisp fabrics and clean lines like this Christopher Kane tape dress.

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June 01, 2013
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best of sale

Best of Sale

A special dress: It’s occasion season. Graduations, weddings, parties, parties, parties. Ugh. One can become overwhelmed, unless you have that one special dress that goes everywhere. A multi-tasker, she has to be special enough to please co-workers, in-laws, boyfriends, even ex-boyfriends. No one has to know you got her on sale.

Whimsical necklace: Alber Elbaz dreams up the most whimsical fairy tale pieces for Lanvin. Investing in exaggerated fashion jewelry is a great way to add a playful element to any pretty dress, as well as kick up your casual summer basics.

A Pierre Hardy bag: I love how Pierre Hardy bags are still flying under the It-bag radar. The messenger strap makes it user friendly, a plus when it’s blazing hot and you don’t want to be fussing with anything. But mostly I’m just a sucker for cobalt blue ostrich leather.

Evening Oxfords: Introducing the Evening Oxford. I know, bear with me though. There’s something so modern and surprisingly sexy about a cut out flat as opposed to heels for summer nights. They lend a cheeky schoolgirl appeal to any skirt or sundress.

Leather boxers: Leather is so unexpected and chic when worn in warmer months. With shorts just make sure they’re breezy– the stick factor! The length should be less Daisy Duke than urban appropriate. Pair with an airy top for contrast… and ventilation.

Frankenstein tee: I love this t-shirt! You’d think a giant Frankenstein graphic wouldn’t work, and yet in Christopher Kane‘s hands…monster magic. The genius of a fashion tee is this is your one extreme style statement, you’re allowed to tone it down everywhere else.

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May 25, 2013
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new season, new bag!

New season, new bag!

I’ll admit it. I have a Céline bag addiction. I am constantly carefully and covertly plotting my next addition to my carryall arsenal. My boyfriend rolls his eyes (my friends do too, now that I think about it.) But can you really blame me? I work at a veritable candy shop, surrounded by these delectable treats all day long. I hold out until the next perfect one comes along, and then I seriously bite.

Fortunately, a new season equals a new handbag as far as I’m concerned. Start fresh! I’m ready to punch up my look with a saturated pop. Summer is a time to brighten up; now, more than ever, eschew the expected everyday boring black for a zing of color. Citrus is the new black. I’ve had my eye on this fluoro baby from Céline, but my head is spinning with the kaleidoscope of colored bags in store right now. You’ll find that no matter what you’re wearing—on your schleppiest, grubbiest, most casual days—a bright bag will make you feel dressed, polished, and best of all chic. Rocking head to toe MSGM, Kirkwoods and a set of Anndra Neen bangles never hurts, however…

Céline is a Kirna Zabete Soho store exclusive. For more information, please email Lauren at shopgirl@kirnazabete.com

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May 18, 2013
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the necessary extras

The Necessary Extras

1. A Lace Panama: The quintessential dash of whimsy you lack for Spring, a grown-up upgrade from your usual straw fedora. Maison Michel‘s beautiful designs would make even a stroll to your local bodega for a quart of milk feel downright romantic.

2. Colored Aviators: Candy colored aviators are so much better than regular ones. But seriously, injecting a little color into your frames adds visual interest and can be really flattering against the face.

3. A Pouch that Pops: If a zippered clutch pouch isn’t in your life yet… get thee one ASAP. They are genius little multi-taskers, slipping into your giant tote by day for organization and holding all the essentials for night. But try lightening up and carrying one this weekend to brunch. You’ll feel all floaty and cool.

4. The Statement Necklace: Nobody does statement necklace like Shourouk. The line’s signature combination of Swarovski crystals and neon accents has enough attitude to elevate any loveless look. Truly. Try one with your oldest, rattiest t-shirt and jeans and voila, you are French Editor Chic!

5. Easy Espadrilles: I’m obsessed with espadrilles. There, I said it. They are the beachy, bohemian, cooler cousin of the slipper/loafer I wore all Fall, and a fun alternative to your standard ballet flat. Equally effective with a rolled skinny jean or airy sundress.