This is a simple, yet cute denim alternative (it’s not actual denim) to the awful ’80s-inspired denim dress reproductions I’ve seen lately. Cut with a loose-fitting skirt — roomier than an A-line — there’s room to move around and be free when you barbecue hop a few July 4th parties this weekend. After all, Juicy Couture is known for comfort and laid-back style. If it actually gets cooler at night, just throw on a cardigan, or, more specifically, add a dressier flair to your denim-like dress by layering over an Alexander Wang Tropical Jacket. The gaggle of closeted fashionistas will marvel at your casual chic ensemble and melt faster than the red, white and blue Bomb Pops swimming in the big tin trough amid the wine coolers.
LAUREN Kreston jacket, available at RALPH LAUREN.
I like this stripey Ralph Lauren number. It is sophisticated, sporty and take-me-to-the-Hamptons friendly. The subtle cinched detailing on the side, slant front pockets, slight puff shoulders, and a tailored, slim fit, really makes what could have been an ordinary denim jacket into an interesting, feminine piece. I would, however, more than likely throw this railroad striped (it’s not seersucker) jacket over my favorite white Polo shirt, because you would definitely find me getting cozy at a tennis match here in Los Angeles. One of these days, I’ll make it out to Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, so I can be casual cool and rub shoulders with celebrity tennis watchers like fashionable couple Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen, who showed up at the French Open. Oh to be young, stylish and beautiful!
– Kathy Ng Hassan
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Kimberly Caldwell, Fall 2009 YMI Jeanswear Brand Ambassador.
To drop a few names, Aimee Teegarden, Alexis Dziena, Kimberly Caldwell, Audrina Patridge, Hayden Panetierre, Heidi Montag, Ashley Greene, Kristin Cavallari, The Veronicas, Paris Hilton and Leighton Meester, are all celeb fans of this denim label. The jeans have been featured in Lucky, Glamour, Elle, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, People Style Watch, OK!, Life & Style and Star. So, what am I talking about? Oh, none other than YMI Jeanswear. A play-on of “Why am I,” which relates to all young women and girls seeking the freedom to be what they want to be, the aptly-named YMI has its roots firmly established and is recognized as a leader in the Junior/young contemporary denim category.
Hatched in 2001, YMI Founder and President David Vered and partner Michael Godigian, carved out a niche for themselves in the junior denim market. Vered, who had previously founded the profitable David’s Place Inc., in 1996, an off price clothing company specializing in women’s, men’s, and junior apparel, now oversees operations of David’s Place along with David’s Place partner Moshe Zaga, and is dedicated daily to his role as Founder and President of YMI Jeanswear. YMI has had steady incremental growth since the company’s inception. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, YMI jeans can be found at Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Belk, (divisions of) May Co. and Macy’s department stores, specialty chain stores and sport specialty stores across the U.S. and worldwide.
DT: Why did you choose to focus on the junior denim market?
YMI: YMI Jeanswear entered the market soon after the $200 contemporary jean made its long-standing debut, which paved a nice opportunity for denim with the same look and feel as contemporary for under $100.
Alexis Dziena, YMI Jeanswear Spring 2009 Brand Ambassador.
DT: The inseams seem to be for adult lengths. Are the jeans then also made for petite but tall figures who would fit better in your sizing?
YMI: The average inseams range from 32″- 34″for our junior category, YMI from the City of Angels (sizes 0-13), and our young contemporary category, YMI Premium (sizes 24-32). YMI Jeans additionally carries three (3) other categories; YMI Girl (sizes 4-6x & 7-16), missy YMI Royalty (sizes 6-16), and YMI Junior Plus (sizes 14-26).
DT: What are the core designs?
YMI: The core designs for YMI are bootcut, fit ???n’ flare and skinny.
DT: What is the general denim weight of your jeans?
YMI: Approximately 10.5 oz [Editor's note: this means it is soft, but not too thin.]
DT: Are there going to be any new denim styles?
YMI: YMI is using a new potassium blast color treatment and state-of-the-art laser cut for the destructed look.
DT: Is YMI Jeanswear spinning off any new lines?
YMI: YMI is creating a new category of young contemporary career-wear called “YMI Collection.” The category will feature 3-pieced suits consisting of cotton/spandex trousers with matching jackets and vests in a variety of colors and styles such as pin strips, plaids and solids.
For Fall ???09 YMI Premium is extending its core category by popular demand, with state-of-the-art fabrics (98% cotton and 2% spandex) constructed to hug and mold your curves. Each style is unique and identified by fun, chic names such as “Honey” for the bootcut style, “Glam” for the fit ???n’ flare style, “Rockstar” for the super skinny style and “Foxy” for the straight leg style.
DT: How do we best care for our YMI jeans?
YMI: Machine wash cold, turning denim in-side-out. Avoid the dryer for color retention and add a little fabric softener for the just machine-dried feel.
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– Kathy Ng Hassan
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Replay Launches Eco-Friendly Store and Line
Posted THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2009
From WWD ISSUE 06/25/2009
Replay's eco-friendly store (Photo by Courtesy Photo)
Jeans from Just Add Water
Italian jeans and sportswear brand Replay unveiled its new eco-friendly concept store and collection in Florence last week during the city??™s Pitti Uomo men??™s wear exhibition.
???We are addressing our customers at a sensorial-technological level,??? Replay chief executive officer Gaetano Sallorenzo said during a tour of the store. ???This is our new style, more modern, contemporary and simple. Our store image had grown a bit heavy.???
The company??™s more focused drive to find alternative solutions to heating and cooling the venue, and its research in more ecological washes, also stems from Sallorenzo??™s belief in a more sustainable lifestyle.
T-shirt from Just Add Water
The nature-friendly mood is set at the entrance, with a cascade of water streaming over a wall and a luscious vertical orchard.
???We called the store Regeneration because we need to use resources we already have,??? Sallorenzo said.
With a special energy-saving system, for example, the cooling and heating system springs from fresh air coming from a cellar below the ground floor, where a pool of running water is located.
???We save about 50 percent of energy this way,??? said the ceo.
Geothermic panels, wood flooring, iron details, a hearth and grass strips add to the natural vibe.
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Do-It-Yourself Fashion: Sew Happy
Posted THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2009
From WWD FAST ISSUE 06/25/2009
Debut issue of Cut Magazine (Photo by Courtesy Photo)
The German fashion flock is getting crafty, and finding a slew of like-minded hip stitchers across the Continent. Maybe it??™s an expression of creativity, or perhaps a response to tight economic times, but sewing parties and the tools for DIY are becoming more prevalent with the cool set. Look past issues of Butterick or Burda on the newsstand and you??™ll find the new magazine Cut??“Leute machen Kleider (or People Making Clothes). Appearing four times a year, the Munich-based how-to guide combines fashion layouts, shopping tips and designer profiles with DIY tips. With a retail price of 7 euros, or about $9.70 at current exchange, Cut??™s spring debut comes with pullout patterns for a double-sided scarf, a pleated messenger bag and a batwing minidress. For the needle averse, there??™s also a step-by-step screen-printing guide. Lucie Schmid, 31, started the magazine after learning to sew from a class. She wanted to continue at home and went on the hunt for modern but simple patterns. When she didn??™t find any, she decided to create her own??”and a magazine to boot. Further, she realized there was a growing culture of hands-on and handmade. ???I noticed that young people had a real interest in DIY, and that they were making really great things. I wanted to make a magazine for them.??? The first issue of Cut sold out in some of Germany??™s and Switzerland??™s key book and fashion stores. The trend appears to be catching on at fashion stores, as well.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
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Michael Jackson was a huge music influence to people that crossed all borders, race, and age. When I was a child, hearing “Ben” sung by MJ really touched my soul. I can not deny the power that Off The Wall had over me, it was perfection. And Thriller, well that was a musical phenomenon that launched a global sea of waving sequined gloves, ignited the sale of red leather jackets, and took music videos to another stratosphere. Not to mention, started the massive craze of dancing in unison!
It was a great time in life musically and when I watched MJ’s performance of “Billie Jean” at Motown 25 busting out his moonwalk, lordy, the hairs behind my neck stood up in awe! I had never seen anything like it.
Was MJ a pedophile or just a lonely kid at heart who found solace and unconditional love and understanding from children who didn’t judge him? I can not decide nor do I care to. I just want to remember the King of Pop and his contributions to music. One of a kind and never to be replaced. Michael Jackson was magic. May he rest in peace.
–Nikki Cho Russo
Michael Jackson, Style Icon
Posted THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2009
From WWD ISSUE 06/26/2009
Say what you will about Michael Jackson during the last few years of his life ??” and with the baby-dangling-out-the-window behavior, bad plastic surgery and child molestation allegations, a lot has been said ??” but it takes a certain kind of star to turn a single sequined glove into a cultural symbol.
During the Eighties and into the Nineties, Jackson, who died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles Thursday, became as much a trendsetter for fashion as he was for music. There??™s the red leather motorcycle jacket he rocked in the ???Beat It??? video; the white ankle socks, black fedora and black loafers he wore when he moonwalked (and that walk alone is almost as legendary as Neil Armstrong??™s); the military-style jacket and aviator sunglasses he toured in during the ???Thriller??? era; the white V-neck T-shirt that he always eventually stripped down to onstage, and finally, there was that glove, first worn during a performance of ???Billie Jean??? during a television special in 1983.
More than two decades later, The King of Pop??™s style still inspires the fashion set. For spring 2009, Balmain sent a Jackson-esque military jacket down the runway, and it was picked up by celebrities like Beyonc?© Knowles and Rihanna (trend-setting singers resetting a trend). Jackson hits like ???Thriller??? and ???PYT (Pretty Young Thing)??? are soundtrack staples for runway shows even still.
The singer was also a shopper ??” a big one. During the Nineties, he reportedly spent an average of $35 million a year. While making the 2003 documentary ???Living With Michael Jackson,??? reporter Martin Bashir saw him shell out $6 million for marble chess sets, 10-foot urns and other expensive art objects. In 2005, he blew through $150,000 at Harrods in 30 minutes. And in 2006, he went on an impromptu midnight shopping spree at Topshop??™s Oxford Street flagship in London. But by that time, Jackson was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt ??” and looking to sell Neverland Ranch.
In April, more than 1,000 lots of memorabilia from Neverland were planned for auction, but the sale was canceled after an agreement was reached between Jackson and Julien??™s Auctions. Having recently turned 50 and about to embark on yet another tour, Jackson seemed intent on making yet another fashion statement. For his ???This Is It??? tour, set to start July 13, the pop icon had costumes created specially for him by Crystallized Swarovski Elements. Along with the sets, the ensembles would have featured more than 300,000 crystals in 43 sizes and 27 colors. As Nadja Swarovski, vice president of international communications for Swarovski, told WWD Wednesday: ???As the King of Pop, it is only natural for him to be crowned in crystal.???
Long live the King.
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