March 30, 2015

Elevenparis Jeans

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image via Elevenparis 

It's hard to imagine a brand being a celebrity favorite nowadays without everyone talking about it, but French label Elevenparis managed to do just that...at least in the US. With celebs like Solange, Kate Moss, Wiz Khalifa and Lenny Kravitz fronting their campaigns that's damn near unheard of -even with so few US stockists (there's only one standalone store in the US and that's in NYC). So why is it on my radar all of a sudden? Because they've launched a denim collection and with a provocative campaign to match, of course. 

The label has teamed up with April 77 founder Brice Partouche to launch Elevenparis Jeans. The collection features all the trendy fits such as boyfriends, cropped and skinny and slim styles and caters to both men and women. The jeans are available now in Elevenparis stores, but seeing as theirs only one in the US, you can purchase them on their site by clicking the 'Worldwide' option as their not available on the US site either.

The prices range from €105  - €130 ($113 - $146) 

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March 27, 2015

The Cotton Crop and The Boyfriend Jean: A Match Made in Heaven

 

There is no better match for spring than a white cotton tee and a pair of jeans. But who says you have to be basic with the basics. Substitute your tee or tank with a cotton crop and bring your look to a whole new level.

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March 26, 2015

Shop This & Other Stories Zipped Denim Coat...errr Dress

 

Dresses are one of the most versatile and easy pieces in one's wardrobe, but a denim dress is even more so. This zippered jean dress by & Other Stories transforms from an easy breezy spring staple into an edgy denim overcoat with just a plunge of a zipper....a long plunge. 

 

See also: Denim on the Runway: Skirts and Dresses are Going to Be a LOT Less Generic #LFW #Fall2015

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March 24, 2015

Denim Sneakers by Opening Ceremony


Denim on your feet can be a tricky situation. It's either a hit or a miss, never both, and usually the latter. These platform sneaks by Opening Ceremony are definitely a hit with their dark indigo finish and stark white platform sole. The slip-on feature is perfect for those of us not ready to go back to laces and the logo tread will make you want to kick your heels up at every opportunity. 

 

March 20, 2015

Shapewear Jeans: 7 Brands That Bring Out Your Best Assets

  Shapewear, Jeans, Khloe Kardashian, Waist Training, Jeans, Denim

 

Have you noticed how obsessed we are with curves nowadays. Between waist trainers, butt lifters, pushup bras and of course, Spanx, it seems we're constantly seeking ways to enhance our figures without going under the knife. Seriously, women haven't been this sucked in and tucked in since the days of the corset!

Jeans have always been known for their body sculpting abilities. That timeless five-pocket construction has given me many a lift and tuck over the years. So what do you get when you combine the body sculpting construction of jeans with the tuck and suck technology of shapewear? 

Brands like NYDJ, Marc Allison and DL1961 are just a few who have set out to answer that very question. Each of them incorporate their own version of shapewear technology into the construction of their jeans and a few boast specific claims regarding certain areas of the body.

I tested out a bunch of brands over the course of many months. Even getting my cousin Devina who was visiting from the UK to try a few pairs.. I went out in them, ran errands in them, worked in them, basically, treated them as if they were just another pair of jeans on rotation in my closet.  

Over time I noticed that I began favoring some brands while others were slowly forgotten. Devina, on the other hand, favored brands that I didn't. Neither one of us obtained the bodacious bottom and coke can waist of Khloe Kardashian (as if), but overall we were pleased with the results.

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March 19, 2015

Patchwork Jeans by *Gasp* Esprit That You'll Love!


Don't sleep on Esprit! They've been around for ages, but are often overshadowed by fast fashion stores like H&M and Zara. These patchwork jeans by the brand, howeve are a good indication that that soon may change. The three different shades of indigo plus the subtle bit of abrasion at the knee make these the perfect statement-makers for Spring.

 

 

March 18, 2015

Levi's Boasts 1 BILLION Liters of Water Saved Since 2011!

 

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image courtesy of Levi's

Several years ago, Levi's embarked on a mission to reduce the amount of water used to produce a pair of jeans. When the denim industry expanded, critics began to scrutinize the manufacturing process, eventually levying claims that the dyeing and finishing stage was having a significant impact on water conservation. Levi's took a proactive approach and tackled the problem head on with a research and development initiative that aimed to reduce the amount of water used in production. That initiative resulted in the Water<Less collection, a line of denim products manufactured using up to 96% less water in the finishing process. According to Levi's, since 2011, they have saved 1 billion liters of water! That is an amazing figure, especially when considering that many people don't have access to clean drinking water. With that kind of success it's no surprise that they've expanded the initiative beyond manufacturing.

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March 13, 2015

Denim on the Runway: Jumpers in Paris #PFW #Fall2015

Chloe Lea Peckre Agnes B
images via WGSN  Chloe, Lea Peckre, Agnes B

 

Sure, I'm taking liberties with the word 'jumper', when using it to describe two-piece suits, but the seamless transition from head to toe in color, cut and finish offers similar results whether the top and bottom pieces are connected or not. The takeaway, however, is not how closely the top and bottoms match each other, but rather the variations in style.

Pairing denim tops with jeans or wearing a jumper is not a new concept, but the level of dress when wearing one is. Previously, a jumper similar to the one Agnes B sent down the Paris runways would have fallen into the casual streetwear category, but Chloe's 70's pants suit and Lea Peckre's sleek jacket and trousers combination show that this category is gearing up for a lot more variety. 

 

March 12, 2015

Denim on the Runway: Denim Trousers #PFW #Fall2015

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March 11, 2015

Denim on the Runway: Gold Plated Jeans #MFW #Fall2015

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images via WGSN   Au Jour Le Jour, Moschino, Marco de Vincenzo

When Jeremy Scott sent a panoply of gold and indigo down the Milanese runways in the form of disco ball denim, it seemed typical of Scott who's eccentric designs stand alone when it comes to fashion. However, this season his designs put multiple exclamation points on a style that was being introduced, albeit more subtly, by other designers. 

Whether adding gold embellishments to denim shirts, dresses and jeans or going the safer route and wearing standout gold accessories in jewelry, handbags and shoes, gold and denim is a look that will certainly catch on in the mainstream. If it doesn't happen this fall, surely it will the next.

If that happens, it will be new territory for Scott who can be so eccentric in his designs I sometimes wonder if he's making fun of our penchant for wearing whatever the industry deems cool. Seriously, we have to bow down to the man who gets us to covet Moschino dresses inspired by McDonalds fries

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