September 17, 2014

Take a Glimpse Inside DSquared2's New US Flagship


The first time I'd ever walked into a DSquared2 boutique was in Capri three years ago. Before then I hadn't even known the brand had standalone stores. The small boutique was unassuming and nestled comfortably on a small walking path in an area full of familiar luxury brands. When I first heard that DSquared2 was opening it's very first US flagship in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive, my first thought was why there? Why not New York (yeah, I'm biased). Then I thought back to my time in Capri where the rich fluttered in and out of stores reveling in their conspicuous consumption and I thought, Rodeo Drive is perfect. 

“After nearly 20 years of starting Dsquared2, we are so proud to bring our brand and our entire store concept offering all of our collections to US customers. It’s been a long held dream of ours to have a retail presence here, and this Los Angeles store represents a new chapter and an energetic retail future for our brand.”

-Dan and Dean Caten

The 4500 square foot store will house their entire collection of apparel and accessories in a setting that incorporates Canadian forest motifs in a modern industrial interior. 

One must see to believe, but pictures will have to do. 

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September 15, 2014

Line and Dot Fringe





Texture is a unique and underrated way to add interest to an outfit, especially when wearing solid colors. That's why I am all about the line and dot fringe details on this jean jacket and denim dress from Pixie Market.

Fringe is a great way to do stripes and since stripes flooded the NY Fashion Week runways, it's a safe bet that designers are going to be more creative when it comes to vertical lines.

With that said, my preference is the jacket. Box shaped jackets are great for changeable looks and the circular fringe pattern on the Joplin Jacket adds chaos to an otherwised structured shape.

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September 02, 2014

Asos Mom Jean Shorts. Yes Please!

I know, summer's almost over. The keyword here is almost because we still have plenty of days of shorts and sandals weather left. 

Asos Mom Shorts at less than $60 are a great end of summer investment. Mark my words, mom jeans, or at least voluminous styles like slim boyfriends and jog jeans, are going to take over next year so you'll be able to wear these jeans for many, many summers.

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Aaron Paul is James Dean-ing it on Flaunt Magazine

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Is it just me or is Aaron Paul even hotter now than when Breaking Bad was at it's peak? With a spectacular pull at this year's Emmys that came after the season finale, clearly this guy is gearing up to be the next big thing. 

Recently, Aaron covered the annual denim issue of Flaunt Magazine and in true trendsetting fashion, is offering some new style inspiration... or should I say throwback inspiration as the the extra wide cuffing on his Cult of Individuality jeans is pure James Dean. 

If you think this look favors guys, you'd be sorely mistaken. I've James Dean-ed it myself on more than one occasion if I do say myself. 


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August 26, 2014

The "it" Denim Skirt by Frame Denim




When Rihanna wore a denim pencil skirt last year with a denim shirt, denim baseball cap and nude shoes, I was conflicted about it. Fast forward to the present and I realize she was on to something. 

Both Beyonce and Kim Kardashian have duplicated Rihanna's look using Frame Denim's pencil skirt and now I am fully in the adoration camp. I can say without a doubt, this is definitely the "it" denim pencil skirt for the season. 




August 13, 2014

Blank NYC Denim Sweatpants? Yes, Please


Denim sweatpants. I didn't think I would ever see the day. And if I did see the day, I definitely didn't think I would like it. I mean, yeah, Diesel has the Jogg Jeans which are great, but the knit denim they use to make it is probably too cost-prohibitive for most brands to duplicate. But, lo and behold, Blank NYC has created a pair of denim sweats trumping all I believed you could do with denim. Not only that, they're way cheaper and 100% cotton no less. I am so all about these right now.

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July 31, 2014

RE/DUN REworks Vintage Jeans and it is AMAZING!

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RE/DUN relaxed straight and straight skinny



This is the third time in a matter of days in which I've talked about recycled jeans. That leads me to believe there's a movement or trend emerging in which old jeans are repurposed and sold. But that's a topic for another day. In the meantime, the brand that started me on this line of thinking is Los Angeles-based denim brand RE/DUN.

RE/DUN sources jeans from "vintage rag houses" that have those particular qualities that can only be found in well worn jeans. The jeans are then taken apart and resewn into two popular silhouettes, a relaxed straight and a straight skinny that I must admit channel the most endearing qualities in a great pair of jeans -at least from a purely visual perspective. For example, take the straight skinny (above). Vintage jeans are 100% cotton denim and are able to give the skinny that perfectly faded, but durable look. Not only that, those white yarns that streak across rips and tears aren't always possible with too much stretch. Those authentically denim qualities make this high-waisted skinny unique in more ways than one. 

Because of the nature of the design process each version has a limited run, but there is a waitlist for each style sold. A quick check of their site and almost everything is waitlisted save a few styles. So if you're interested you'd better get on it now.




July 29, 2014

Spanx Jeans are a Real Thing!



Shapewear powerhouse Spanx has entered the denim market with a line of jeans based off of their popular slimming technology. To say that this is an unusual move for a company that specializes in innerwear goes without saying, but maybe it makes more sense than you think.

In an interview aired on Good Morning America, founder Sara Blakely described her inspiration to launch a denim line as stemming from her frustration in finding a good pair of jeans -particularly after having a baby where she states "things don't exactly go back to the same place". She describes Spanx jeans as being woven from three yarns -two stretch yarns and one regular (cotton) yarn as opposed to the one stretch, one regular yarn combination used in traditional jeans. (Actually, traditional jeans are 100% cotton, but who's counting). This is meant to "hold you in more" and provide better recovery. 


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July 28, 2014

Need It! Want It! Have to Have This Current/Elliott Denim Tee!

If a denim button-down is the cool chick that can make herself at home anywhere in any situation, than a denim t-shirt is her hip young protege'.

While the t-shirt doesn't have the versatility of the button-down, it can transform a basic look into street style bait instantly. This version by Current/Elliott is perfect for year round and is 98% cotton which means it's going to last for years and will fade beautifully. 


July 25, 2014

Need It! Want It! Have to Have The UNIF Twerk Jean from Urban Outfitters



Ever since I saw someone last spring walking around the city in pair of jeans similar to this I've wanted a pair. I already know what you're thinking. Well, why didn't you just go ahead and make them then? But see that would require me to find a pair of old boyfriend jeans I'm ready to toss or go out and purchase a pair of suitable jeans that won't cause me to shed tears as I go to town on them with a pair of scissors. Neither was an option. And honestly, I'm just not the crafty type. I'd rather just buy my DIY you know what I mean.

If you can get past the unfortunate name, these jeans are perfect. They're available at Urban Outfitters which, much to my surprise, has a pretty decent denim selection. I've never even considered this DIY style on a mom jean and now that I've seen it, I think I like it better than what I originally envisioned. 

What do you think? Love it or Loathe it.


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