Isn’t she just gorgeous? I always thought Brazilian model Raquel Zimmermann was actress Eva Green’s twin sister, who happens to be a model. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, Green played the most recent version of Vesper Lynd in the James Bond film, Casino Royale. I’ve seen Zimmermann in several campaigns, and she totally channels Green. In everyday life, Zimmermann looks quite different. One thing’s for sure, I like her usage of skinny jeans as the staple to her everyday wardrobe.
Every month we consider a number of catwalk-and-campaign stars for our Model Off Duty story, a process that is invariably delightful and often illuminating. Though we’re always well acquainted with their fabulous faces and willowy frames due to their appearances in fashion editorials and runway shows, we’re often relatively unfamiliar with their personal style. Perhaps that’s why we find these off-the-clock outfits so interesting to examine; we think there’s something fundamentally intriguing about seeing these chameleon-like ladies when they’re not done up to look like someone else’s muse, but rather dressed as themselves. On that note, today we’re turning the spotlight on one of the world’s most in-demand models-Raquel Zimmermann-to discuss what she wears on her own time.Surely you’ve seen this Brazillian dynamo before, as she’s been snagging magazine covers and working with the best brands for over a decade now (which is centuries in model-time). Zimmermann’s career is nothing short of astonishing; in fact, she’s claimed more campaigns for the upcoming F/W 09 season than any of her peers: Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Viktor & Rolf fragrance, and Shiseido Future Solution-and it’s not yet August! But no matter how well-versed you are in her work triumphs, Zimmermann’s off-duty style is a bit more mysterious. After much studying, we’re starting to understand how our MOD puts herself together and what kinds of pieces she favors. As you can see from the images above, Zimmermann clearly has an affinity for a few things: skinny jeans, simple t-shirts, and superb outerwear. Using these three easy-to-find items, she creates an assortment of ensembles, all of which you can easily emulate at home!
If you prefer a more minimalist ensemble, try the pared-down outfit Zimmermann opted for backstage at Christopher Kane’s S/S 09 show (far left). To create a similar look, we’d start with Genetic Denim’s Shane Recessive Cigarette Jeans ($198). They’re wildly figure-flattering and will give you that long lean line ? la Zimmermann. Simply add a gray t-shirt with a high-neckline, like LnA’s Short Sleeve Crew ($60) in Ash, a cropped black bomber jacket, such as ASOS’ Premium Curved Seam Leather Bomber ($156) or S.W.O.R.D.’s Ardea Leather Jacket ($803), and your favorite black leather belt. Click to read full article…
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Is anyone more iconic of early ???90s fashion than Kurt Cobain? The epitome of angst-ridden rocker-cool, Cobain brought us the laid-back look of ripped denim, grandpa cardigans, and flannel button downs. His look, started in Seattle but copied by teens everywhere, totally thumbed its nose at the power-driven, label-conscious fashion that was the late ???80s, and created a laid-back vibe that continues to be reinvented season after season. Designers consistently send Cobain-inspired looks down the runways and we continue to embrace the look. Whether you scour the thrift stores for authentic flannels, create your own DIY ripped denim or flaunt the latest couture grunge-inspired looks, this ???90s fashion statement is here for the long-run.
— Liza Pinard
Tags: Curt Kobain, Grunge
Armani Exchange (A/X) has been selling denim since inception, and, I might add, pretty innovative denim looks over the years. They were the few in the beginning who dared to produce Heroin Chic skinny jeans and break away from the traditional, bootcut or straight leg jeans cuts. And now, A/X is adding a new premium denim line into the mix, for all those Giorgio Armani groupies (like me) who just can’t get enough of all things Armani. Every time I walk past an A/X, I always take a hard glance through the display window to see if anything was new and exciting. This time, I couldn’t help but notice a pair of premium men’s jeans on display that had an interesting tie-die/bleach effect. You know what it looks like when it is raining hard, and the water is just flowing down the window panes? That’s what I imagined when I saw those jeans. Medium-to-dark streaks of blue, of varying lengths, appeared to be smeared down the legs of those jeans. Like indigo rain. Stare-worthy jeans indeed.
SHOP ARMANI EXCHANGE
— Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: A/X, Armani Exchange
I never found the Macy’s Web site particularly interesting until now. I just discovered the brand spankin’ new Macy’s Denim Fit Guide, and it’s one of the coolest features of the Web site. The images actually revolve, unlike the rest of the site. Check it out. You can shop by Body Type, Style, Customer Favorite, Trend, and there’s even a diagram on how to measure yourself, in case you’re new to all this. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many premium jeans featured. I only see 7 for All Mankind, Joe’s Jeans, and then it’s Levi’s, Calvin Klein Jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors and a few other brands. The good thing is, there’s a sale going on, (not 7 for All Mankind) so you may find yourself a steal at under $50.
Levi's 529 Curvy Boot Cut Jeans, on sale at Macy's.
— Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: 7 for All Mankind, Macy's
Alexander Wang Launches T for Men
Posted FRIDAY JULY 24, 2009
From WWD ISSUE 07/24/2009
Alexander Wang is wading carefully into men??™s wear by launching a range of basic tops under his T by Alexander Wang label.
???Men??™s was a long time in the making,??? said the 25-year-old designer, who is known for edgy, downtown-chic women??™s wear. When he started his business with cashmere knitwear five years ago, he wanted it to be unisex but it really caught on with women. Wang won the CFDA??™s Swarovski Award for Womenswear this year.
As his business expands and the brand begins to encompass a lifestyle, the time has come to identify the Alexander Wang man. And although his women??™s wear often has a tomboy element, don??™t expect gender bending when it comes to men??™s. There is not a stitch of flamboyant fashion in the line.
???I have a different motive for launching men??™s. Women??™s is more about a fantasy and indulgence. But I think guys look most sexy in a T-shirt and jeans,??? he said.
Therefore it made sense to do men??™s under the T label that launched last season. T is sometimes called a diffusion line because of its relatively accessible prices, but is not merchandised as such. It simply fills the need for jersey basics in the wardrobe.
???The whole idea is T-shirt dressing, the ideal basics that you throw on and you layer. It??™s very much about functionality and ease,??? he said.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander Wang
A message from our friends at oki-ni for their blow-out sale on some fantastic brands:
To clear room for some of the amazing autumn/winter pieces that are winging their way to us from all corners of the globe??¦we??™ve decided the time has come for our sale??™s final mark down.
We think there are still some genuine bargains to be had, and from some of our most loved brands too. In particular there are some pieces of timeless Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander tailoring, some fantastic Folk knitwear, iconic footwear from Adidas, Vans and Diadora and some essential casual wear from YMC and Haversack. All are classics in the making and all up to 70% off.
Get on it.
The oki-ni team
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Folk, Haversack, Jil Sander, martin margiela, Mon De Guerre, oki-ni, Raf Simons, Vans, YMC
Tomorrow??™s Events and Sales: 75 Percent Off at Eva; Vintage Steals
Source: The Cut
??? Select styles are up to 50 percent off at Jeremy Argyle. Through 7/26. 160 Spring St., nr. W. Broadway (646-781-9050); F??“Su (11??“7).
??? Cut-It-Out pieces are on sale for $60 to $200 at Eva. Additional merchandise is 35 to 75 percent off: The Henrik Vibskov cerulean-blue pants are $177 (originally $273), the C Neeon knit hoodie is $245 (originally $540), and the Black Label baby-doll dress is $99 (originally $297). Through 7/26. 355A Bowery St., nr. 4th St.; F??“Su (noon??“9).
??? Vintage summer styles are marked down 20 to 70 percent at Lower East Side boutique Marmalade. Vintage sandals (originally $70 to $95) are 20 percent off as well. Through 7/31. 172 Ludlow St., nr. Houston St. (212-473-8070); daily, noon??“9.
??? Jackets, dresses, suits, handbags, and tops from Mike & Chris, Rebecca Beeson, Orthodox, and more are 70 to 90 percent off at Maven Collective’s sample sale. Through 7/26. 41 Wooster St., nr. Broome St.; F??“S (10??“8), Su (10??“5).
??? Dresses are $200 to $450, tops are $100 to $250, pants and skirts are $125 to $300, and gowns are less than $1000 at the Doo.Ri sample sale. Select shoes and knits are under $100. 39 W. 38th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; Th??“F (9??“6).
??? Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more are 60 percent off at the Kendra Scott jewelry sample sale. 231 W. 39th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 909; W (11??“6), Th (11??“7), F (11??“5).
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Black Label, C Neeon, Doo.Ri, Eva, Henrik Vibskov, Jeremy Argyle, Kendra Scott, Marmalade, Maven Collective, Mike & Chris, Orthodox, Rebecca Beeson
Starting Something Boyfriend Jean in Worn Torn
Sass & Bide, the Australian duo, Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass) and Heidi Middleton (Bide), have risen to rock star status ever since they first launched their line in 1999. They are well on their way of global domination with their no holds barred fashion sensibility. Sassy, edgy, free-styling bohemian has been their golden ticket to the avid followers of their denim and clothing line.
In an interview with Vogue UK, “The Cracker Jacs, Neon Nights and Starting Something are our take on old faithful – great fabrics and fits. We’ve given them enough of an edge to make them new again,” explain the design duo, of the harem-pant styles and updated jean shape which have been flying off the rails at NET-A-PORTER.COM, Harvey Nichols and ASOS.COM.
Celebrations are in order as their successful label marks their 10th year anniversary. Every fashionable girl should own a Sass & Bide. If you want to bring sexy back, this is the way to go.
I Told A Lie Leather Jacket
Neon Nights Jeans & Kind of Funny Sequinned Cami
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Sass & Bide