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Lindsay Lohan in Recession Denim’s Gypsy Pants


Lindsay Lohan with Recession Denim designer Daniella Siri.

Last fall, I wrote about Recession Denim and its new Gypsy Collection.   Constructed in a blend of silk and cotton, the lightweight denim line brings great fashion promise to our wardrobe when the warm season hits.  And now, I’m almost ready for spring! Stroll down Madison Avenue in your soft, fluffy skirt, or trot down Robertson Boulevard in a billowy Gypsy jean.  One can imagine, but you don’t really know if the look will really work until you see it for yourself. Thanks to Lindsay Lohan, (in photo, left) the jeans look smart, especially when built around a chic jacket.  Here’s to a Gypsy spring!

The Gypsy Collection can be found at Atrium, National Jean Co. and Fred Segal, with prices ranging from $115 to $130.


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 15 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Brand: JET Jeans

T-shirt and denim line, JET Jeans, was founded by former Vice President, Creative Director and Buyer for Fred Segal, John Eshaya. Eshaya, a fashion icon in his own right, who has utilized his expertise to help navigate a street meets runway vision with such brands and designers including Victoria??™s Secret, DKNY, Theory, Citizen’s of Humanity and Helmut Lang. But most of all his talent and vision has been instrumental to the success of Fred Segal as one of the most influential specialty boutiques in Los Angeles.

Jet’s first flagship store recently opened at the Fred Segal Santa Monica location with devout followers such as Nicole Richie, Nicky Hilton, Scarlet Johansson, Lindsay Lohan, Christina Aguilera, and Mary-Kate Olsen.  Three great jeans that are hot amongst the celebrities are: the Grey Splat Moto skinny jean, Blue Acid Wash skinny and the Trashed skinny jean.  I especially love the grey splat moto’s, which I would pair with sexy ankle boots and a long chunky sweater for this cold winter weather.

John Eshaya GSM jeans

Grey Splat Moto Skinny Jeans, $188.00

BAW Jean

Blue Acid Wash Skinny Jean, $188.00

DCLT jean

Denim Thrashed Jean, $188.00

JET @ Fred Segal

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 14 2010 in Denim News » Reviews: Brand

WWD News: Denim’s Old-School Cool

Denim’s Old-School Cool


Levi's AdThe global economy may still be singing the blues, but heritage denim brands??”especially in Europe??”are humming an altogether more optimistic tune.

With cash-strapped consumers lacking the inclination and the disposable income to experiment with their wardrobes, old-school and hard-wearing denim is seeing a resurgence in popularity.

Retailers are noticing increasing demand for classic denim brands, from stalwarts such as Lee, Lee Cooper, Levi??™s and Wrangler; workwear labels like Carhartt, Dickies and OshKosh B??™Gosh, and even the pioneers of high-fashion jeans such as Calvin Klein and Polo Ralph Lauren.

???There is a growing movement toward iconic brands and styles. Customers are looking for time-tested authenticity,??? says Ed Burstell, buying director at Liberty.

???We are seeing a return to the classic denim brands. Customers want trustworthy labels and unquestionable value,??? agrees Tancr??de de Lalun, general merchandise manager of women??™s apparel for Printemps.

According to de Lalun, Levi??™s refitted 501 is a bestseller at the store. ???It is a modern and eternal basic that evolves all the time,??? he says.

Thomas George, owner of the E Street Denim stores in Highland Park, Ill., and Lake Geneva, Wis., says the quest for Americana is especially strong outside the U.S. ???Europe is a different market. Europeans and Asians hold the iconic status of American-made products, be it jeans or cars, in great esteem??¦there is somewhat of an irreverence to it here,??? he observes.

LeeThe European divisions of Wrangler, Lee and Levi??™s each boast a ???spectacular??? product range, according to George, while their U.S. counterparts have gone more mass market.

Meanwhile, George says while the iconic styles??”often made with raw fabrics and no spandex??”were a harder sell for the body-conscious American consumer, they have set off trends across all denim categories and are helping customers accept looser shapes.

Liberty??™s Burstell concurs, adding denim styles today are less ???extreme,??? with more relaxed looks such as the boot cut, skinny boot and straight leg.

???[The demand for authentic denim] translates to a bigger interest in dry and raw denim??”not artificially distressed??”as well as selvage with its inherent superior quality,??? he says.

???Even recent denim labels are borrowing elements from the heritage brands, such as raw denim and selvage seams, to make it look like it stepped out of the archive,??? says Printemps??™ de Lalun.

Wrangler Blue BellWrangler International president Dieter Jacobfeuerborn notes consumers are ready for simpler styling, quality construction and ???garments with soul.???

???There??™s that ???It??™s a crazy world??™ feeling today, which makes people crave familiarity and reliability in their brands,??? Jacobfeuerborn offers.

Lee International??™s Johan De Niel agrees, adding that, when it comes to denim, consumers are comforted by tried-and-tested labels.

???During difficult economic conditions, consumers tend to go back to classic brands and products because these offer you a stamp of quality and value, plus you can wear these at many different occasions and the life cycle of the product is much longer,??? he says.

Heritage-inspired limited editions of Levi??™s classics, including the 501 cut, which launched in 1890, along with denim shirts and denim jackets, all have been phenomenally successful over the last couple of seasons,  according to Levi??™s.

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Posted Jan 14 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim News: 7 For All Mankind goes Bollywood!


More news on 7 For All Mankind.  To all the denimphiles of India, rejoice!  7 For All Mankind is going Bollywood!   Scheduled to open at Select Citywalk mall in South Delhi on January 20th, 7 For All Mankind will be opening their first store in India.

And don’t forget to check out their sale going on right now.  Up to 50% off women’s, men’s, kid’s, bags and footwear, so don’t miss out!

Josefina in Vintage Port LionsJosefina in Vintage Port Lions, $119 was $198

The Josefina in Vintage Port Lions skinny boyfriend jean. It fits slightly roomy through the thigh, slim through the leg, and tapers to a narrow leg opening. The Josefina can be worn cuffed or un-cuffed and features the 7 For All Mankind??™s signature squiggle back pocket design.

Indigo Cord Trouser with Leather Trim

Indigo Cord Trouser with Leather Trim, $99 was $198

The Indigo Cord Trouser has been treated like a jean in the wash facility; giving it the soft hand of the fine wale corduroy but the visual appeal of worn-in jean. Leather trim at the waistband and a cross-grain layout on the back pockets add to the sharpness of this style.

Girl's Boocute with flap pocket

Girl’s Bootcut with Flap Pocket in Rinse, $59 was $115

The Bootcut in Rinse is a classic jean with a bootcut leg opening. A rinse wash creates a soft hand feel while subtle stretch allows the denim to move easily, making this jean super comfortable and fun to wear. The back pockets feature a flap closure.

Cotton Poplin Ikat V-Neck Dress

Cotton Poplin Ikat V-Neck Dress, $135 was $225

7 For All Mankind has a great skirt and dress collection. This lightweight 100% cotton dress features an ikat pattern. It??™s chic, edgy and feminine.

Galley Boot

Galley Boot, $279 was $550

The Galley boot is made from black nappa leather with a patent leather cuff. The cuff can be worn up or folded down. A rubber sole adds flexibility and comfort.  Simple, sleek and this seasons boot trend.

Shop the Sale! 7 for All Mankind

–Nikki Cho Russo


Posted Jan 13 2010 in Uncategorized

7 Fresh Faces in Film Presented by Gen Art and 7 For All Mankind

7 FOR ALL MANKIND fresh faces in film event

Last year's honorees.

Rub shoulders with fellow fashionistas?  Possibly rub shoulders with independent film’s up-and-comers who make screen time at Sundance?  And, it’s presented by Gen Art and 7 for All Mankind?  Where do I sign up?

Friday, January 22
Sky Lodge
201 Heber Street
(@ corner of Main Street)
Park City, UT 84068

Gen Art and 7 For All Mankind invite select film industry members, members of the press and Gen Art members to the 3rd Annual “7 Fresh Faces in Film” Celebration on January 22nd, taking place during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen Spins

This event honors 7 rising indie film stars who have break-out performances in a Sundance feature film. Past honorees include Olivia Thirby (“Juno”), Jason Ritter (“Peter & Vandy”), Kate Mara (“Transiberrian”), Paz de la Huerta (“The Guitar”), Zach Gilford (“Dare”) and Charlyne Yi (“Paper Hearts”). The event will be hosted by an influential member of the film community. Academy Award nominees Jason Reitman (director of “Juno” and recently “Up in the Air”) and Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”) were past hosts for the event.

This year’s honorees to be announced in mid-January.

Complimentary beverages will be provided by Patron, Stella Artois and Fiji Water.

Click here for more information or to PURCHASE TICKETS.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 12 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Finds: The Zen of Denim Jackets

Denim jackets, calm, cool and collectively hip, will add a fun edge to any outfit.  Here are a few different styles that caught my eye. How gorgeous is the Mr. Freedom denim peacoat?  Nautical never looked sexier.

J. Crew Vintage Denim Jacket

J. Crew Cropped Vintage Denim Jacket, $118.00

The kind of jacket every woman should have in her closet. A fresh take on the classic in a cropped silhouette.

J. Crew

J Crew Men's Denim Peacoat

Mr. Freedom Denim Peacoat, $589.95

From Mister Freedom, a designer known for his vintage-inspired designs and devotion to authenticity, comes this reproduced denim peacoat, modeled after a merchant Navy sailor’s jacket dating back to 1910.

Mr. Freedom @ J. Crew

Iron Heart SEXIH07111BK Overdye Jacket

Self Edge x Iron Heart Type III Modified Jacket = SEXIH07IIIBK, $490.00

Details, details, details…this jacket has been overdyed black with a fugitive pigment dye which is an unstable and un-permanent dye that fades to later show the indigo denim underneath. Essentially this is a denim that begins black and fades to indigo in high friction areas, or what the Japanese call the “atari” fade.

Iron Heart @ Self Edge

Liquorish Batwing Denim Jacket

Liquorish Stone Wash Denim Tie Waist Jacket, $33.99

80’s reprise with stonewashed denim, long batwing sleeves, and twin buckle fastening.

Liquorish @ ASOS

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 12 2010 in Denim Fashion

Denim News: IDA Opening

Donna IdaDenim diva, Donna Ida, expands the success of her two retail stores and opens up another on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia.  So, if you are living in or visiting London, Ida is a must destination for a vast array of denim.

“Elizabeth Street is occupied almost solely by very specific destination stores – retailers who are experts in their particular genre,” Ida told VOGUE.COM of the location. “As London’s only dedicated denim store we knew that we would fit perfectly into the ethos of Elizabeth Street. The new store will be a further refinement of our closely edited denim selection, staying very true to our roots. There will be a small selection of T-shirts and tops to compliment the denim offering.” Vogue UK

The store opens February 1st at 40 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia.

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 12 2010 in Uncategorized

NYC: ‘Fashionista University’ Starts January 23

fashionista university


If you are a reader of this blog, then there’s a very good chance you are already a fashionista in your own right, but you want to really pursue — on a professional level — your knack for making your denim-enhanced ensemble look fresh off the runway.  You know how to pair your Rag & Bone legging jeans with the perfect Mike & Chris trench-inspired coat.  You never met a selvedge jean you didn’t like, but you hate it when designers do a rush job on the latest fashion trends, just to get noticed.  And, if you’re a young, aspiring fashion diva, then you have a great opportunity to learn what it takes to make some noise at Fashion Week.  See information below on how to get schooled…

Fashionista University is an amazing new program for teens and gals in their early twenties.  Students will even participate on field trips to the city??™s hottest spots including a trip to the fashionista holy land New York Fashion Week. The biggest comment we??™ve received thus far has been, “Where was a program like this when I was younger!” (Don??™t worry; next year, adult classes will be added due to popular demand!)

Program begins January 23rd, 2010.
Seven-week, Saturdays only hands on courses to learn the ins and outs of the fashion business including:

  • design
  • publicity
  • wardrobe
  • styling/costume design
  • event planning
  • jewelry/accessory design and more.

Run by fashion designers Kathlin Argiro and Courtney Zellmer and publicityguru Gwen Wunderlich-Smith,  Fashionista University gives students a Project Runway meets Gossip Girl real world approach, with celebrity, editor and guest designer appearances, as well as access to fashion shows, showroom events, publishing houses, TV stations and more!  Fashionista University provides tools teens need to turn their dreams into a reality and break in to the world of fashion with opportunities and experiences beyond anything they ever imagined.
*Denim Therapy readers: save $100 off registration if you mention you heard it here on the Denim Therapy blog!


Click here for more information and to REGISTER.

Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Jan 11 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Find: Big Love, Hydraulic Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans for the skinny at heart. Full figured gals can rock skinny jeans too! Hydraulic skinny jeans are the perfect solution for a great fitting skinny jean that is slimming and comfortable.  Wear these jeans with a classic ballet flat topped by a body skimming top and long cardigan for a chic day time look.  For evening, switch to a sexy pump, long knit top and boyfriend blazer and you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

Hydraulic Skinny Jeans

Hydraulic Plus Size Jeans – Skinny Wash, $43.50

Shop Hydraulic @ Macy’s

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 11 2010 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It » Reviews: Product

Denim Accessories: Click Those Shoes, Honey, We’re not in Kansas anymore!

Follow the yellow brick road, well, more like the snow slushed sidewalks if you’re in NYC, but nevertheless, girl, you still have to look FIERCE! Designers do denim and shoes never looked better!

Whether it’s high or low fashion, there’s something for every budget.

High-end Shoes:

Dolce&Gabbana leopard Print denim Pump

Dolce & Gabbana Denim Leopard Print Pumps, $595.00

Dolce & Gabbana @ Nordstroms

Alexander McQueen Shoe

Alexander McQueen Denim Blue Zipper Pump  $794.00

Alexander McQueen

YSL Tribute Denim Platform Sandal

YSL Tribute Denim Platform Sandal, $895.00

YSL @ Neiman Marcus


Valentino ‘Petale’ Denim Ballerina Flat, $495.00

Valentino @ Neiman Marcus

Lanvin Cross-over denim sandal

Lanvin Cross-over denim sandal, $760.00

Lanvin @ net-a-porter

Low-end fashion shoes:

Forever21 Lindy Booty

Forever21 Lindy Denim Bootie, $24.80


Ellie Tahari "Cahlia" Drier with Zipper Flower

Elie Tahari “Dahlia” Driver with Zipper Flower, $198.00

Elie Tahari @ Bloomingdales

GoJane Denim Slingback peep toe wedge

Go Jane Peep-toe Slingback Wedge Sandal, $16.60

Go Jane

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 11 2010 in Denim News » Trend Alert
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