January 28, 2015

Siwy We See You...And We Like it!

Siwy Spring 2015, jeans, skinny jeans, women
Images courtesy of Siwy Spring 2015 Lookbook

 

Siwy's Spring 2015 collection is Ah-May-Zing! When I hyphenate amazing, you know it's amazing. Why am I all giddy about it you ask? Because the collection is packed full of denim designed with details (I love alliterations).

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January 27, 2015

Denim Scarves for Winter through Spring

Ever since discovering a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren scarf made entirely of denim while browsing a random mall in Virginia, I've become obsessed with the idea of denim scarves. A few years ago I would have thought the idea was cheesy, but now with denim infiltrating every area of fashion, and not to mention the pounding of snow we got yesterday, a scarf is really the final frontier.

Brands ranging from Louis Vuitton to small boutiques are just a sampling of brands that make denim scarves (or indigo-dyed alternatives) that are so chic and perfect for wrapping around your shoulders during winter winds or a light spring chill.

Flip through the slideshow to see some of my favorites as well as the scarf that started it all...

 

January 23, 2015

Expect Key Pieces from American Eagle this Summer

American Eagle, AEO, American Eagle Outfitters, Summer 2015, denim, jean shorts
American Eagle Showroom Summer 2015 collection

 

I never know what to expect when I walk into the American Eagle showroom. Whether it's a winter wonderland for the holidays or a lone desert highway in the spring, it's just the right amount of escapism to have us looking forward to the delights of the upcoming season. And since summer is beach season, what better way to get us ready than to truck in a room full of sand. I can't imagine how they got all of it in an elevator, but it was so fitting for the cut-offs, knit tops and beach hats. 

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January 20, 2015

It's Not GUESS. It's Not Marciano. It's...

Georges Marciano, mens jeans, womens jeans, spring 2015

 

...Georges Marciano. And it's not what you think.

Marciano is probably one of the most recognized names in retail and so closely tied to the Guess brand that it is hard to think of the two as distinct brands sometimes. Therefore, when I heard of a new denim line launching called Georges Marciano, I wondered about the rationale behind it and I concluded (rather sarcastically I admit) that you can't just differentiate another line by putting a first name in front of it. How's that going to work? But I had it completely wrong.

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January 19, 2015

Blind Style: She's No Patsy to Fashion

 

This once unknown starlet has been the talk of the town ever since her acting debut in last year's Best Picture. This intelligent beauty is know patsy to fashion and is known for her flawless red carpet looks that use bold colors to highlight her equally flawless skin. Rarely, if ever, is she seen in a simple pair of jeans, but just recently she was spotted on two separate occasions in a pair of DL1961 Instasculpt jeans in the styles 'Emma' and 'Florence'. Both times she paired them with a simple tee and a leather jacket. This is a decidely new look for this classy lady that I hope to see more of. 

Can you guess the starlet? The answer after the jump...but give it your best shot.

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January 15, 2015

Get Your Art + Denim On

Prps, Donwan Harrell, Community 54, mens jeans, spring 2015

Prps does a masterful job of designing men's jeans using inventive techniques that are innovative, yet palatable and as any purveyor of denim knows, mens jeans can be tricky when it comes to navigating the two ideals. Now we know the reason why. Donwan Harrell, Creative Director Prps, is not only a genius denim designer, but he's also an artist! 

Harrell is going to give us a peek inside his head this month by displaying his artwork at the Community 54 boutique in the East Village. I'm kind of excited about this. Many visionary designers have other creative outlets and it's inspiring to see what they can do with other mediums.

The exhibit runs till next Tuesday, January 20th. Ill be heading there this weekend so keep watching this space for pics if you're not able to make it.  

 

January 12, 2015

Justin and Gigi Kick Off Controversial Spring 2015 Campaigns

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The Spring 2015 campaigns are coming and right out the gate, Justin Bieber has already started controversy over his Calvin Klein ads with model Lara Stone. We've all heard the rumors and seen the photoshopped images so there's no need to rehash the gory details. In his defense, once you get labeled as a "bad boy" trouble is bound to find you whether you're looking for it or not. In any case, the ads pay homage to the Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) and Kate Moss campaign which was popular in the 90's. Considering Marky Mark was a bad boy himself back then, maybe this was all part of the plan. 

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January 07, 2015

This Skinny Jean Update is Subtle but NOT Generic

While cropped and cuffed styles are taking off in the boyfriend jean category, this super skinny cropped version by Need Supply with it's calf high hem makes the ankle look positively scandalous. For the past year, I've been calling the skinny jean generic, as in it's a blank canvas for any outfit, but maybe I spoke to soon.

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January 06, 2015

The White Cotton Button-Down v.2.0

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Photo credit Akihiro Yoshida Japanese Brand Nendo is re-imagines the plain white button-down

We usually don't think much about our white button-downs. They're boring. They are as common as a pair of jeans and are necessary for a complete wardrobe because at some point, like a job interview, you're going to need it. However, unlike a pair of jeans, those days when we don't need it we seldom think of it. 

Japanese design firm Nendo took on the task of re-imagining the plain white button-down and the result is something that is altogether unique, yet amazingly simple. The designs maintain the core aesthetic of the shirt, but when viewed more closely, the subtle details become more prominent. Some of those details are a white necktie of the same material constructed into the collar. The effect is seamless and almost origami like, no? Another shirt has a bottomless shirt pocket with a built in lens cloth for storing glasses.

Hopefully, Nendo's project will inspire other brands to get a little more creative with button-downs because just because it's a necessity doesn't mean it has to be boring. 

See more of Nendo's designs after the jump...

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January 05, 2015

Talking to Fibre2Fashion About the Future of Denim...

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Special Feature on Denim by Fibre2Fashion

A short time ago, Fibre2Fashion, a renown B2B resource for the fashion and textile industry asked me to write an article about the future of the denim industry. I often don't go in depth on the economics of the denim industry here because I enjoy keeping it 'light' so to speak. Therefore when I got a chance to dig deep I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, the article can only be found in print, but here are some excerpts you might find interesting;

"I am often asked if the skinny jean will ever go away... When posed this question, I often reply with a question of my own that asks the whereabouts of the bootcut jean. I do this to point out that although the bootcut lost its dominance as the default jean for everyday wear, even now there are those consumers who have a preference for it and most established brands still keep the style in stock...I'm not saying everything is in, but when it comes to denim, what's new is new and what's old is heritage."

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