April 16, 2014

In the Showrooms: DL1961's Colorful Boyfriend Styles and Two-toned 90's Jeans

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DL1961 is seriously bringing it. At their showroom I was able to preview slim boyfriend jeans in colors outside of the usual distressed indigo (above). I love the idea of wearing gray boyfriend jeans or maybe even pink. It makes them new again and proves that there's so much  more design-wise that can be done with them. I've been going through a loose fitting jeans phase lately and can't wait to try these out.

Boyfriend shorts are becoming a staple and most everyone includes them in their lines these days. I was taken aback, however, by the athletic-style short shorts in pale indigo. Notches on the side were reminiscent of running shorts and they looked almost as comfortable. The sportswear trend is huge, but still hasn't made much headway in denim. This could be the beginning of some new silhouettes.

An interesting find in the showroom were the skinny jeans with top to bottom paneling in faux suede or just a darker denim. It's an idea brought back from the '90s that I thought would never make a comeback. Well, never say never as they say. The paneling was so soft matching the texture of the jeans and they are sure to be heavenly to wear.These won't hit stores till fall, but I'm certain they will be a hit with the trendy set.

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April 15, 2014

DenimHunt Hosts Bluemasters Book Launch with Adriano Goldshmied and Scott Morrison

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Adriano Goldshmied and Scott Morrison with DenimHunt's Shanna McKinnon


A few days ago I had the pleasure of hosting an incredible event, the book launch of Bluemasters: Innovation in Denim. The book was written by Fabiana Giacomotti, head of fashion and costume studies at Rome’s Sapienza University and celebrates the men and women whose work in the denim industry have transformed it from workwear into such an iconic garment.

The event was fittingly held in Soho concept store/denim atelier 3x1 and sponsored by denim supplier ISKOone of the premium denim industries largest denim suppliers, and Archroma, a textile dye and finishing company. It opened with an introduction by yours truly and some remarks by Marco Lucietti, ISKO Marketing Director and Carl Fortin, Marketing Executive of Archroma. The two executives spoke of their companies' contributions to the denim industry, which are significant, and their satisfaction at having been a part of the creation of the book.

The highlight of the evening was the Q & A I had with denim legends and true Bluemasters Adriano Goldschmied and Scott Morrison. Among the questions I asked were topics related to past and present changes in the denim industry as well as what innovations they imagined in the future. Adriano imagined a denim industry where sustainability was the norm and not a novelty. I was especially moved by his genuine concern for the effects past production has had on the environment. With denim being the most prevalent item in most everyone's wardrobe, just changing one part of the manufacturing process would have a significant impact on the environment. Scott's focus on connecting on an emotional level with the consumer surely is the key to his success, especially when dealing with a fabric that already elicits such an emotional response from the wearer. He spoke of this as the inspiration behind 3x1, which he hopes to expand to other areas, and the importance of continually pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Adriano is a great storyteller with a larger than life personality that complimented Scott's more humble demeanor. Many of us, Scott and I included, were left in stitches with his tales, one of which was the total destruction of a washing machine while attempting to stone wash jeans using real pebbles. It was a great night and the event organizers did an amazing job highlighting the Bluemasters book and the sponsors, with ISKO's logo spelled out in denim and excerpts from the book on the walls.

With so much of the fashion media covering denim this spring, it is great to see what has become a garment industry in its own right, being recognized. 


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April 10, 2014

MBFW Australia May Be Revolutionizing Fashion

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Imagine attending one of the many Fashion Weeks or viewing the livestream from the peacock-free zone of your home or office. Something on the runway catches your eye and you just have to have it. But alas, the runway show is a season ahead and your dreams of decorating your wardrobe with your favorite designer's latest creation must wait. Oh, the agony.

Most of us that follow fashion religiously have experienced this in one way or another. It's one of the reasons magazines are so important. They ensure this desire stays fresh in our minds during those long months it takes runway to hit retail. But what if I were to tell you that this could all change and in the very near future you may be able to purchase items directly from the runway?

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April 07, 2014

RP: Best Denim Vests for Spring and Summer


There's been so much interest in denim this Spring that I decided to repost some of my favorite slideshows from last spring. It may have been a little too early to talk about denim vests during that time (the downfall of a career as a fashion forecaster many years ago), but I think this year it's right on time. 

Denim vests are one of this season's must have items, but some of us may be a bit gun shy to purchase one due to their cheesy history. We ask you to unknow all that you ever knew about denim vests as brands are creating new fashion forward styles that have a lot of staying power. 

From boyfriend styles to florals, there are a ton of denim vests to choose from and we've narrowed it down to the best denim vests for the season. Happy shopping!




April 04, 2014

Matiere Paris for Men, Yeezus and Me!

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I'd never heard of Matiere until last week, but this is a mens brand I can totally get behind...for me. I am falling all over myself for those indigo-dyed asymmetrical skirt sweatpants. As I write that out I realize it just sounds weird and unwearable, but a picture speaks a thousand words and luckily I've got a few. So before I continue, scroll down and take a looksee.




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April 03, 2014

Wrangler Fall and the Return of Grunge

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How do  you feel about the return of 90's grunge? Wrangler Europe is taking it there for fall 2014 complete with high waist jeans and knee holes, so expect to see it make it's way stateside about a season or two after. Does that mean I think there's going to be worldwide adoption of the grunge again. No?

Denim is having a moment right now. Every fashion blog and magazine is covering it this spring and all styles are welcome. Adding this updated version of grunge is just another look to add to our wardrobe repertoire. I took a pass on it the first time around, but I'm ready for the redux. Are you?

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April 02, 2014

In the Showrooms: Graf & Lantz

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I feel so privileged. Seriously, I do, because I got to view the most amazing new accessories brand called Graf & Lantz the other day. Graf & Lantz is one of those brands whose origins are so unique that they actually bring something new to the conversation.

The brainchild of a structural engineer PH.D from Germany and a midwestern adventurer, the collection is a mesh of singular materials constrained with linear proportions. Case in point, a grey tote (above) is made of wool felt that, through a process unknown to me, is given a pebbled texture. When I first laid eyes on it, I literally stopped in my tracks (there are witnesses to prove it). Need it, want it, now. 

The duo seems to stick to rich leathers, wool felt creations and waxed canvases in the construction of the architectural style handbags. The benefit is that materials which may seem mundane in other designs take on a luxurious quality. The effect is quite amazing. 

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April 01, 2014

Lily Cole x EJF Bespoke T-Shirt

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Model/actress/cherub Lily Cole is done just modeling clothes. She's making them now. Starting with a t-shirt and a good cause. 

The t-shirt was created in support of the Environmental Justice Foundation's (EFJ) "There's No Place Like Home" campaign for climate refugees (read more about it here). Everything about the t-shirt is ethical from the 100% organic cotton to the environmentally-friendly production process. Even the graphic is inspired by Darwin and his famed Theory of Evolution.

"The image is a play on Darwin's drawing of evolution, trying to call attention to the fact that by threatening the environment - our global home - we genuinely threaten our species' own existence,' says Cole. "It's a sobering, but I do not believe unrealistic, thought. " 

True to her principles, Cole personally oversaw the production of the shirt to ensure environmental and ethical standards were met and according to EFJ, the t-shirt has a 90% smaller carbon footprint than the average t-shirt. That's incredibly significant considering how many t-shirts are sold each year. If most brands were to adopt this production process imagine the impact.

The shirt is available exclusively at Selfridges and retails for 35GBP or $58; a pretty cheap price when considering the alternative. 

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March 28, 2014

ICYMI: Emmy Rossum's Pink & Denim Fusion; Reinventing Edwin Jeans; Fall Previews for GUESS and Marciano

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Remember Edwin Jeans? Well, they've reinvented themselves for spring and are hardly recognizable. See the entire collection. CLICK HERE



Emmy Rossum was a pink and denim fusion in LA and I loved it so much I recreated the look. Then I recreated the look for less. SEE IT HERE 




Fantastical faux fur, chain trimming, pleated leather and staple denim pieces are just a few of the details that define Marciano's fall 2014 collection. READ MORE




Finding it difficult to get your guy to give up his ratty old backpack. Jack + Mulligan's mens accessories collection might be the answer to your woes. CHECK IT OUT




Cowboys and florals and grit...oh my. GUESS' new Creative Director pulled out all the stops in her debut collection. You must see it. CLICK HERE




In the Showrooms: GUESS Fall 2014

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Guess' newly installed Creative Director, Sharleen Ernster, has come out with both guns blazing (pun totally intended).

I didn't need prompting to see that there was an entirely different look in womens apparel. Vintage-looking cowboy boots stuffed with flowers were strategically placed around the showroom. In case that wasn't enough of a clue, a well-worn vintage saddle of wood and leather was draped with gold-toned jewelry and flanked by two horseshoes (below). It was all so authentically authentic that I asked if the cowboy boots were a part of the collection. They weren't. Bummer. Wouldn't it be cool if that were the case? It's been a very long while since true cowboy boots have been mainstream. But I digress...

The entire line was a mixture of western themes, floral motifs and city cool. An interesting feat to pull off I must say. Even more so when considering western themes can easily fall into the realm of camp. I admired that Ernster was able to do this by finding that perfect balance between accentuation and subtlety. For example, a traditional western yoke and pockets were used on the top half of a denim boiler suit (below), which happened to be my favorite piece. However, it wasn't so overpowering as to take away from the overall city girl look of it. 

For guys, western was pretty much non-existant and wardrobe staples like button-downs and jeans were the norm. However, the sneakers were pretty amazing. The high-tops had that old school flat-footed shape that's pretty popular nowadays. There were quite a few styles that had me seriously considering crossing over to the mens department for kicks this fall. 

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