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Corpus RTW Fall 2009

Corpus RTW Fall 2009


From WWD.COM (Full Story)


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For their first presentation, Corpus designers and Ecco Domani Fashion Fund winners Jerrod Cornish and Keith Richardson demonstrated how far they’ve come from denim and T-shirts.

In men’s, their special blend of East Coast prep and West Coast street was best represented by outerwear such as a duffel coat with buckled leather straps in lieu of toggles, a velvet puffer vest and an all-black varsity jacket extended to knee length. A sophisticated blazer was cut from a workwear plaid. The collection had a high degree of texture, especially the knitwear. Everything still relates to jeans, staying close to Corpus’ roots.

As for women’s, the Corpus girl is street smart and borrows from her boyfriend, so the designers offered her femmed-up options for fall, such as a plaid silk blouse and a full skirt in black techno fabric.


–Nikki Cho Russo


Posted Feb 17 2009 in Uncategorized

Trend Watch: The Long and Short of It

NUDIE JEANS High Kai Skinny Jeans in Rinsed. Available at TOBI.

NUDIE JEANS High Kai Skinny Jeans in Rinsed. Available at TOBI.

Already seen on the streets of Los Angeles, young men stroll down the streets echoing a trend recently illustrated by the Alessandro Dell’Acqua Milan Autumn 2009/2010 fashion show.  In their ankle length slim leg skinny jeans, hip-length jackets which reveal an extra long, cover-your-assets shirt; dressed up with a pair of smart leather loafers or oxfords (sometimes sans socks), it’s a winter look that guys can easily transition their wardrobe into the early spring, not-yet-warmer days.  The torso-elongating trend seems to at first signify a visual shortening of the legs; however, the ankle length jeans, which can be rolled up to desired length, ultimately creates a leggier presentation.  The “high-water” look can be both functional and advantageous to those looking to feel and look a couple of inches taller.  And, yes, skinny jeans do make your feet look bigger.  I’m just saying. 


Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 16 2009 in Trend Alert

Denim Deals: Jeans for Under $100 At eLuxury

J BRAND The Doll High Rise Bell Bottom Jean, in Blacktop Wash.

J BRAND The Doll High Rise Bell Bottom Jean, in Blacktop Wash.


 In case you’re still zoning out and reliving your Valentine’s Day date — for better or worse — snap out of it now, because time is running out on sweet President’s Day deals at eLuxury.  I don’t remember deals this good on this site before; but, you will save an additional 50% off regular sale items at checkout (clearance items excluded), plus receive free shipping on orders over $50.  That means, you can get most of their premium denim for under $100.  Sale offer ends Monday, February 16 (11:59AM PST).

RICH & SKINNY Double Trouble Bellbottom Jean, The Bay Wash, $57.50 after add’l discount.
RICH & SKINNY Psychedelic Bellbottom Jean, Rinse Blue Wash, $62.50 after add’l discount.
J BRAND The Doll High-Rise Bellbottom Jean, Blacktop Wash, $67.50 after add’l discount.
18th AMENDMENT Colbert Flare Jeans (in multiple washes), $69 after add’l discount.
JUICY COUTURE Welt Pocket High-Rise Jean, Nottingham Wash, $69.50 after add’l discount.
ACNE JEANS Tube High-Rise Jean, Birth of Black Wash, only $90.
ACNE JEANS MEN’S Mod Anti-Fit Jean, Alternative Raw Jean, $75 after add’l discount.


Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 16 2009 in Uncategorized

Jean Genius


Source: Vogue UK

DESIGNER WAG, celebrity mother and modern fashion icon; Victoria Beckham has many guises. These days, reflecting on the success of her dVb denim line, the one she wears most often in the media is designer. “I built the dVb brand from scratch which is a dream come true,” Victoria told MY-WARDROBE.COM. “I am blessed to be able to do what I love and express myself creatively.

Speaking to the site, where she will stock her spring/summer 2009 collection, she reflected on the success of the range – insisting that her jeans are not just for the fashion pack and that she can dress, “any woman who loves style, wants to look good and appreciates quality.” She lists Azzedine AlaiaAlexander McQueenAlber Elbaz andNicholas Ghesquiere as her design influences – noting that Marc Jacobs has been a particular inspiration to her.

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 12 2009 in Denim Fashion

From Who What Wear Daily: Top 5 Spring Jeans


From WhoWhatWearDaily:

The allure of an amazing pair of jeans is indisputable. Even the incomparable Yves Saint Laurent was humbled before their transcendent power and praised their spectacular nonchalance. While Mr. Saint Laurent was referring to jeans in their most simple and unembellished form, we think he’d appreciate the latest crop of denim looks, as they’re thoroughly modern and marvelous too! 

One thing is for certain: this spring is a great denim season, stuffed with lots of amazing options. The new offerings run the gamut from grungy to the embodiment of grown-up sophistication, but nevertheless, we managed to narrow it down to our Top Five. Of course you can keep wearing your beloved classics, but if you want to ramp up your spring wardrobe, check out these runway-inspired styles in all the latest washes and silhouettes!



So what happened to the bleached out, tie-dyed, terracotta, paint-splashed jeans that were presented at Fashion Weeks a few months back?  Perhaps, with the recession becoming “official” after those fashion shows, the folks at Who What Wear are putting those riskier, splashier choices behind for jeans that will last longer, from season to season.  Yes, you may spend close to $200 on one pair of jeans, but you’ll likely wear them with everything for the next four fashion cycles.  Then, consumers could update their looks by focusing more on less expensive accessories and cosmetics.  A spring 2009 Chanel lipstick for $34, I’ll take it!

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 11 2009 in Uncategorized

Rough and Tumble: Denim and Accessories Trends


Source: WWD Staff

Photos: by Robert Mitra and John Aquino

The adage “The older the better” is certainly true when it comes to this season’s denim, which includes plenty of distressed and aged options. Accessories, meanwhile, take a turn toward biker chic.  



How befitting of the current economic times.  Perhaps raiding your boyfriend’s closet will help you bring your spring wardrobe up to speed.  Grab an old 80’s tethered up highschool t-shirt, shredded jeans cut and cuffed to your liking (a la ‘DIY’ Alexander Wang style), some rockin’ gladiators and a heap of metal chains around your neck and you are ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 11 2009 in Uncategorized

Hudson Jeans x Creative Recreation



What happens when two hip southern California brands collide?  You throw a party.  In fact, you throw many of them.  Los Angeles’ Hudson Jeans and its collaboration with Creative Recreation, an innovative Orange County-based footwear company, has yielded a powerful force in laid back cool and urban chic.  Party with them in Las Vegas on February 18.

 Here are my picks for kicks to go with your Hudson Jeans:

CREATIVE RECREATION Dicoco Black Wrinkled Patent. Available exclusively at BARNEY'S.

CREATIVE RECREATION Dicoco Black Wrinkled Patent. Available exclusively at BARNEY'S.

CREATIVE RECREATION Cesario Premium in Bronze/Gunmetal. Available at REVOLVE CLOTHING.

CREATIVE RECREATION Cesario Premium in Bronze/Gunmetal. Available at REVOLVE CLOTHING.


CREATIVE RECREATION Ponti in Shiny Rust. Available at SNEAKERHEAD.

CREATIVE RECREATION Ponti in Shiny Rust. Available at SNEAKERHEAD.


CREATIVE RECREATION Dicoco Lo Sneaker. Available at TOBI.

CREATIVE RECREATION Dicoco Lo Sneaker. Available at TOBI.



Wednesday Feb 18th 2009
Hudson Jeans x Creative Recreation VI
XS @ Encore

Sounds by :
DJ Irie
DJ Five
Graham Funke x Stonerokk (2×4 set)

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Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 10 2009 in Uncategorized

From Who What Wear: Erin Wasson x RVCA


From WhoWhatWear:

Fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders have long admired Erin Wasson’s paired-down personal style, as her look is unwaveringly cool and thoroughly uncontrived. We’ve always appreciated her wardrobe selections as well, primarily because she’s adept at mixing edgy pieces and laidback basics in an incredibly appealing way. In short: she stands out from the neo-boho or prim-and-pretty pack. Now, the world at large can achieve a similar sexy-utilitarian style, with a little help from the supermodel-turned-stylist’s first clothing collection??”Erin Wasson x RVCA.

The line marks the start of a three-year collaboration between Wasson and RVCA (an amazing, arts-supporting, surf/skate/lifestyle brand) and is comprised of highly wearable pieces. There’s a perfectly worn-in pair of boyfriend jeans done in bleached-out denim (crucial for spring), fashionably oversized tees and tanks, and tiny jean cutoffs, similar to the designer’s own celebrated pairs. There’s a perfectly proportioned blazer for the slightly more conservative buyer and an acid wash vest that will certainly appeal to the downtown customer. Rounding out the collection are a few nineties-inspired essentials, including a cropped black bustier with crisscrossing straps and a sweet little floral dress.

Wasson’s own vintage collection and wardrobe favorites inspired many of these debut pieces. In her typical no-fuss style, she acknowledges that the items might not be revolutionary, but they will easily slip into anyone’s wardrobe. ???I can hardly call myself a ???designer??? really,??? she says. ???It’s a collection of certain pieces that we all love and adore??”a pair of jeans, a tailored jacket??”but it’s very interchangeable, so you can wear everything together, in a million different ways.???

Unlike some design partnerships, Wasson was thoroughly immersed in the creation of her line, from picking buttons to serving as the art director for the look book. Her hands-on involvement is clear; even the smallest details were elevated with thoughtful touches. Take, for example, the fact that Wasson enlisted two of her artist pals, Spencer Sweeney and Hisham Bharoocha, to create the artwork for the hangtags and jacket linings. By partaking in the process so intimately, Wasson successfully created a deeply personal collection, one that is certainly worth seeking out.

But enough back-story, dear readers, it is time to discuss the clothing particulars. Please read on for Wasson’s words about what inspired the collection, as well as how she suggests styling each piece. The line will be available at LaGarconne in mid-February, as well as at Opening Ceremony, Barney’s Co-op, and Ron Herman in Melrose and Malibu. ??”additional reporting by Madison Robbins

Black Heart Bustier ($175)
???This top is hot to trot,??? Wasson says. ???It looks great with any of the denim shorts??”just throw on a pair of Louboutins and go out dancing all night!??? If you’re not sure about wearing such about brief outfit, or just want to make it a little more formal, try the top with a pair of high-waisted dress shorts (for midriff coverage) or trousers and a blazer.

Hish Jean Shorts ($230)
???Denim cutoffs aren’t complicated, but they can be so chic,??? Wasson says. ???They’re also unbelievably sexy!??? She created two styles for spring??”the Hish, seen above, and the Lover ($287)??”both of which add a playful element to any outfit. To give the Hist an unexpected pop of color, Wasson added a Bharoocha-designed patch on the back of the shorts. She suggests wearing the cutoffs with the Unknown Legend Vest ($250).

Hard Nation Blazer ($250)
We’re a little jaded about blazers, since there are so many on the market, but even we must admit that Wasson’s version is something special. ???From the front, it looks like a normal blazer, but in the back, you get a little pizzazz,??? she says. Lots of pizzazz, as it turns out! The jacket has a double zip up the back, so you can customize the look. That’s not all: the blazer’s lined with a lightening bolt print fabric (which is subtle, we swear), so if you decided to roll the cuffs, you’ll get a little style flash!

Grateful Acid Wash Vest ($200)
Wasson wanted to riff on the traditional vest, which she certainly accomplished with her acid wash version! ???It’s my take on the three-piece suit,??? she explains. ???Instead of wearing a proper vest and a pair of pants, you can throw on the acid wash??”just to throw in a weird element.??? Personally, we appreciated its boldness and statement-making style: it’s Givenchy meets Judas Priest.

EZ-E Tee ($50)
The inspiration behind Wasson’s aptly named oversized t-shirt came from personal DIY experiments. ???I used to buy a three-pack of Hanes t-shirts and would cut the v-neck out, so that it had a really raw edge,??? she says. Of course, the Erin Wasson x RVCA version is a little more luxe (it’s made from pima cotton jersey) and tweaked for better style, like a stitch in the sleeve to give it a permanent roll.

Gin Soaked Jeans ($220)
As you probably know by now, the boyfriend jean is the must-have denim silhouette as of late, and Wasson’s beautifully pale version looks super fresh right now. ???I’d rock these with a blazer, or one of the tank tops and a beaded vest,??? Wasson says. In other words, either play up the androgynous angle or femme things up with an embellished waistcoat and a slightly bare shirt.
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From the looks of the denim offerings, the collection sounds more like a blast from the 80s — not that Erin Wasson would remember any of it — when young party goers would talk their way into various clubs on the Sunset Strip to rock the night away, get booze spilled on their jeans by someone more out of it than you, and ride home on the back of some aspiring rock god’s Harley.  Not that I’m speaking from experience, but it seems not much has changed in Hollywood.  I can see the skater-California-laidback inspirations in the line, but I think it is overshadowed by the grunge-mullet imagery that can be conjured from an acid washed denim vest and ripped, “carwash” jeans.  This is a tricky line to wear.  If you’re a supermodel, you can probably get away with most of it.  If you happen to have a pair of Louboutins, you might be safe with the denim shorts.  Otherwise, I’d wait till the line goes on sale at Barney’s.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 09 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: UPDATE – Earnest Sewn Sale Starts At 11AM Tuesday


The Earnest Sewn jeans sale at Ideeli starts at 11AM Tuesday, February 10 (they promise!).  Thanks to Ideeli, readers who sign up through the Denim Therapy invitation code (new customers) will get a $25 shopping credit!

Prices start at $51
Invitation Code: denimtherapy

In today’s saturated denim market, it can be difficult to differentiate one designer brand from another??”making it hard to identify what really makes luxury denim, well, luxurious. Enter Earnest Sewn, a collection that fuses the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi with the American tradition of quality denim. While all pairs of Earnest Sewn jeans are united by quality, they are each unique thanks to the hand-drawn techniques incorporated into the final wash. The resulting jeans combine sophisticated style with an independent spirit and prove that sometimes luxury rests on the power of three.


Decca, in BelleStyle # decca.179
Women’s Straight Leg Fit
Fit Elements: low rise, slim knee, straight leg, 34″ inseam

Style Elements: tea stained pocket bags with hand stamped signature pocket print and story, signature navy stain locker loop (a locker loop is the loop in the back of the inside of the jeans that you can use to hang the jeans off a hook), 2 piece contour waistband, twice sewn single needle tracking stitch.  Decca is Ernest Sewn‘s classic straight leg fit for women.

Harlan, in SashaStyle # Harlan.124
Women’s low rise cigarette leg fit
Fit Elements: low rise, skinny knee, skinny leg, 34″ inseam

Style Elements: tea stained pocket bags with hand stamped signature pocket print and story, black satin locker loop, decorative back pocket screen print, 2 piece contour waistband, novelty coin pocket, twice sewn single needle tracking stitch.  Harlan fit is Earnest Sewn’s low rise cigarette leg fit for women

Ali, in Eastwick (darker) and May (lighter)Style #s (respectively) Ali.245 and Ali.181
Women’s boot cut
Fit Elements: Low rise, slim knee, boot, 34″ inseamStyle Elements: tea stained pocket bags with hand stamped signature pocket print and story, signature black satin locker loop, twice sewn single needle tracking stitch, darted back side panel for better fit.  Ali fit is Earnest Sewn’s boot cut fit for women with a dart that fits under the back pocket for a better seat shape and overall fit.

Keaton, in Slater and MyronStyle #s (respectively) Keaton.144 and Keaton.143
Women’s narrow boot cut
Fit Elements: Mid/low rise, slim knee, narrow boot cut, 34″ inseam

Style Elements: Tea stained pocket bags with hand stamped signature pocket print and story, signature orange satin locker loop, twice sewn single needle tracking stitch.  Keaton fit is Earnest Sewn’s narrow boot cut fit for women.  Offered in a sexy, every girl boot cut fit.  They key details are a new unique seat shape as well as pitched forward side seams to help slim the thigh.

Lau, in MadgeStyle # Lau.244
Women’s extreme flare leg fit
Fit Elements: low rise, slim knee, flare, 34″ inseam

Style Elements: tea stained pocket bags with hand stamped signature pocket print and story, signature white satin locker loop, twice sewn single needle tracking stitch, large hem for better leg hang.  Lau fit is Earnest Sewn’s new fit and flare jean.  Its rise and fit are based on the top lack of the Keaton with a skinny knee and extreme flare.


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Feb 09 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: UPDATE – Earnest Sewn Jeans on Ideeli This Monday



UPDATE: I am told Ideeli will kick off its “huge” Earnest Sewn Jeans sale on Monday, February 9. It seems super hush-hush, as the information is not even on the Ideeli Web site as of Sunday evening, but there is a brief mention of it on their Facebook page.  No start time is even mentioned yet.  Sounds so exclusive!  If you want to follow closely on this sale, then become a Facebook Fan of Ideeli to get the deets.  Not a member?  Ideeli is free to join. 


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Feb 09 2009 in Uncategorized
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