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Bollywood in Denim

You’re The One from ALADIN (2009)
(A better-quality promo version can be found here.)

Folks who know me well, know of my love of Bollywood movies.  For some reason, the pulsing rhythm, spontaneous song and dance numbers, and even the soothing Bhangra beat puts me in a good mood.  As beautiful as the traditional clothes are, I was never impressed with the modern attire, especially the jeans in the gangster and action movies.  Baggy, acid-dyed, bleached and ripped jeans were front and center before they were recently revamped and made trendy once again by Hollywood’s elite.  Sure, I often saw movies that were about 15 to 20 years out-of-date; but, the fashions seemed dated to me, until now.  Thanks to Aladin (2009), I have new faith in the continuation of Bollywood’s mainstream appeal.  Sri Lankan beauty, Jacqueline Fernandez, and the boyish Riteish Deshmukh, play a cute couple in this Bollywood version of Aladdin and The Magic Lamp.  All the single guys: you, too, can woo a Miss Universe.  Be still my heart! 


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Jan 30 2010 in Denim Fashion

Levis x House of Holland S/S 2010


Heny Holland has been busy with his H! by Henry Holland line, his House of Holland line and now his second collaboration with Levi’s. Levi’s and House of Holland have partnered up again on a small eight piece men’s and women’s collection for Spring/Summer 2010. The collection will be launched in February.


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 29 2010 in Denim Fashion

Denim News: Bread & Butter

We Are Replay (Photo by Courtesy Photo)

We Are Replay (Photo by Courtesy Photo)

Although I was not able to get to Bread & Butter this month, rest assured, WWD’s coverage is always stellar and a great source for coverage. What’s in store for the old and the new in denim? Well, according to WWD, boyfriend and skinny jeans will continue to dominate the denim world, androgynous-masculine cuts are a big trend, and experimental new washes will be introduced.

In denim, boyfriend jeans will continue to be featured prominently next season, and the style was seen in collections throughout the show and on the catwalk at Diesel.

???There is something sexy about masculine cuts in women??™s wear,??? said Gigi Vezzola, creative director of Italian denim giant Replay.

We Are Replay, the company??™s high-end experimental line, featured new additions such as a green wash, graphic prints and a denim and a boucl?© tweed jacket.

Skinny styles are another trend that brands will carry into the winter season and were key items from the likes of Replay, Diesel and Firetrap.

Danish brand Dept introduced its latest denim collection, Starsign, during the show. Styles have been named after astrological signs and the collection is aimed at capturing younger consumers. The Capricorn is a high-rise and fitted pale denim style, Aries features punky studded leather and the Libra offers a choice between low-slung chinos and loose-fitting boyfriend jeans. (WWD)

Click here to read the full article

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 28 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Finds: Madewell Looks

Can’t figure out what to wear?  Need a new pair of jeans or just want to add to your ever growing collection?  Check out Madewell for some great new styles.

Three great looks from Madewell:

Heritage Premium Coveralls

The Heritage Premium Coveralls, $165

The fashion buzz word for 2010 is Heritage.  Get ready for a lot of vintage inspired denim and apparel with detail to great craftsmanship and a look back to their heritage.

Trouser Jean

City Slouch Trouser Jeans, $110

This spring, the trouser is replacing the harem.  Worn high or low waisted, flat or pleated, cuffed and folded, they are sure to be a fixture in many fashionable closets.

Worn & Torn Skinny Low Jeans

Worn & Torn Skinny Low Jeans, $110

The frayed and torn skinny jeans has battled the test of time and once again wins another season round.

Shop Madewell

–Nikki Cho Russo


Posted Jan 26 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim News: Generra Relaunching Men’s and Women’s Collection

Spring2010 collection

Generra Spring 2010 Collection

Fashion designers are deep in preparation for February’s New York Fashion Week and as the invitations start coming in, I was reminded that Swaim Hutson, who took the reins at Generra as Creative Director last September, will be presenting the A/W 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week.  The bonus is that Swaim has teamed up with his partner in design (and in life), wife Christina, in a collaboration effort for the A/W 2010 collection.


Generra Sportswear, a contemporary women??™s and men??™s sportswear brand that was on top of their game in the Eighties, has gone through many peaks and valleys throughout the years.  In 1991, they created a craze with heat-sensitive T-shirts that changed colors like magic. In 2005 they launched Generra Readies Jeans Line and last September, they opened their first retail store on Washington Street in the Meat Packing district.

Unlike their signature androgynous synergy of romantic men’s and women’s silhouettes that their shuttered label, Obedient Sons & Daughters, were revered for, in store for the women’s Generra collection is a throwback to the late 1970’s, with the energy of Fiorucci.  As a fan of their former label, Obedient Sons & Daughters, I am excited to see what they have in store for Generra. The Hutsons dynamic design sensibility and aesthetics are sure to add a whimsical twist to the Generra brand.

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 26 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals NYC: Recession Denim Tuxedo & Motorcycle Jeans

Recession Denim Sample Sale Jan Feb 2010

Listen up people!  Get great deals on Recession Denim’s hot Tuxedo and Motorcycle jeans — wonderful winter wardrobe staples — at its upcoming sample sales in New York City.  You can polish and roughen up your image all in one shot.  And, if you’re lucky, you might even get to meet Designer Daniella Siri of Recession Denim.  The jeans will go for only $40-$45!

Wednesday, January 27 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) 
Tuesday, February 2 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Where: 148 Greene Street, Suite 3S
(Between Houston and Prince)

Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Jan 25 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires: Polarn O. Pyret

Polarn O Pyret dark wash slim fit jeans child

Skinny jeans for toddlers.  A denim vest layering piece for that Band of Outsider look. Practical?  No.  Cute?  Oh. Yes.  We have the Swedes to thank, once again, for helping every parent indulge themselves — and their stylish little progeny — in a bit of European high fashion.  And why do I like P O. P so much?  They happen to be an established company with an eco line.     Oh those Swedes!  Hurry: the Winter Sale ends today!

Polarn O Pyret lumber jack hat kids

Polarn O Pyret check print shell jacket child


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 24 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Save 30% Off William Rast

William Rast sale Blue Fly

If you’re not familiar with William Rast jeans, then listen up. They’re great for curvy ladies. They’re great for ladies who want some booty lift. Just make sure you size down.  Jeans start at $104.

Men, Blue Fly has got you covered, too.  William Rast starts at $139.  What’s more, if you’re pondering whether 30% off is really a good deal, consider the fact that if you spend $150 or more, you get free shipping (and probably save on tax depending on where you live).


— Kathy Ng Hassan



Posted Jan 22 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Joe’s Jeans Begins Saturday

Joe's Jeans sale Beyond the Rack

Thinking back to the early days when I first began my deep appreciation for designer jeans, Joe’s Jeans was probably my gateway jean, on my way to premium denim nirvana.  The cute little “JJ” sewn on the back right pockets and the custom buttons make me swoon.  And, look!  They are still around to disrupt my weekends with a sale at Beyond The Rack.  Sure.  I can stop anytime.

Sale begins Saturday, January 23.



— Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Jan 22 2010 in Uncategorized

Saks Off Fifth: Take an Extra 40% off Rock & Republic Sale!

Off Fifth R&R Sale

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 22 2010 in Uncategorized
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