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Denim Finds: Skirting the Issue

Spring is here and before you know it summer will be right around the corner. So, there’s no better time than now to get those gams in catwalking shape.  Need a little incentive?  How about these sexy little denim skirts to show off the hard work.

How much more American can you get than with a denim miniskirt?  Although most of us think of the classic cut-off denim mini, the new American standard is anything but a DIY frayed number. Denim has come a long way, from florals to pleats and even a cross-over tulip, denim skirts are back in high style!

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Thakoon Addition Floral Seamed Mini Skirt, $390.00

Get in full bloom with this ultra-lightweight denim mini skirt with asymmetric seaming in a floral print.

Shop Thakoon @ LaGarconne

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Boy By Band of Outsiders Pleated Denim Skirt, $260.00

A chic modern sack skirt in high waisted pleated denim with gathers & inverted pleats.

Shop Boy by Band of Outsiders @ LaGarconne

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Wren Farrow Full Denim Skirt, $171.00

A cute denim skirt in a light wash and gold buttons for a 70s retro look.

Shop Wren @ Revolve Clothing

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Mango Skirt L-M Querelle, $59.90

The pleated draped denim tulip skirt goes mini.  Edgy, flirtatious and very sexy.

Shop Mango

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 31 2010 in Denim Fashion

STELLA! Stella McCartney for Gap Launches Today!

Stella Gap Ad

She’s back for round two…in the playground!  With the success of her first collection for the Gap, her second line is available TODAY with a new color palette of spring neutrals, lovely oranges, bright greens, nautical blues, adorable rompers, shoes and denim that I wish were in adult sizes (I want that gorgeous denim western shirt). Promising to make your child too cool for school, get to your nearest Gap and grab the goods before they sell out!

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 30 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Trend: Come aboard, we’re expecting you…

The Sailor Shirt

Anchors away!  The nautical trend has set a course for adventure and hits the shores of this spring with a new and exciting look in denim.  Always current is Current/Elliott with their vintage looks with modern flair and for their Spring 2010 collection, they are right on target with denim that is maritime chic.

So, come aboard, the Love Boat promises something for everyone and we love Current/Elliott!

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And let’s not forget, hitting Marni stores this June is Current/Elliott’s collaboration with Marni, the Italian fashion powerhouse best known for their brilliant use of colors, patterns and unconventional sillouettes.

The 8 piece fall collection of the slouchy boyfriend jeans will be an interesting blend of vintage inspired denim with a quirky Marni twist. Rest assured, we’ll be seeing a fun play on the boyfriend jean paired with platform wedges and colorful socks for a Marni’esque take on artfully disheveled denim.


For the complete Current/Elliott Spring 2010 collection, go to: Current/Elliott

For the complete Marni Spring 2010 collection, go to: Marni

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 30 2010 in Denim News » Trend Alert

Denim Deals: Alias Premium Denim’s BOGO

Alias Premium Denim BOGO

Who doesn’t love a deal, especially when it involves the phrases, “buy one get one!”  Although they say you get what you pay for, and it’s not usually a good thing, I can attest that Alias Premium Denim‘s Sweet Dee jeans are a solid pair of classic bootcut jeans.  To the untrained eye, they look a lot like Citizens of Humanity jeans (I swear!).  At a mid-weight but soft denim, the dark indigo-hued jeans are a good buy and stretches your denim dollars at $40 a pop.  But, for this generous Buy One Get One deal, you get two pairs of fabulous jeans for only $40.

Alias Premium Denim Press

In these tough times, you can afford to look fabulous. Thousands of college students who have purchased Alias at their cross-country trunk shows can attest to that.  Ergo, more money for your coveted Alexander Wang shoes, the latest Chanel lipstick, or that Chloe bag that you’ve been drooling over since you first spotted it on Rachel Bilson.  Alright.  Since I first spotted it on Rachel Bilson.  But, you get the point.  Go check ’em out already.

The sale ends March 31 at midnight.  Enter MARCHBOGO at checkout.


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Mar 29 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: DKNY Jeans – 20% Off Denim Separates!


April Deals & Steals

DKNY Denim Jacket

20% Off Denim Separates!

An asymmetrical zipper transforms this everyday jacket into a statement piece.

Cotton-linen jacket, $71.20 after discount (originally $89); at

DETAILS  Receive 20% off any jean purchase (full-priced items only).

Enter promo code INSTYLE20 at checkout. Offer valid until April 30th.

Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 29 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Shoes: Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie Collection

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Available now is the Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie collection of Amor Lace-up Platforms. The cult specialty store’s collaboration with the iconic French shoe designer resurrects Clergerie’s classic aesthetics that the designer is best known for, a feminine oxford with a masculine undercurrent.

France has been heavy on our minds as of late. We??™ve turned to the country as the next to add to our international roster of designers, and it??™s also as the home base for our latest collaboration with revered footwear designer, ROBERT CLERGERIE. Many aspects of Clergerie??™s rich heritage made us ecstatic to work with the brand. We were inspired by Clergerie??™s innovative spirit, which, among other things, made him the first designer to produce a women??™s shoe on a men??™s last – creating a traditional flat lace-up oxford for women. Opening Ceremony worked with Robert Clergerie to create a rope-sole platform oxford in fabrics featured in the SPRING/SUMMER 2010 OPENING CEREMONY COLLECTION. Polka dot linen (in oatmeal and navy), indigo linen, and a custom FLORAL WATERCOLOR-PRINTED denim all made the cut.

After working under iconic footwear designer Charles Jourdan, Robert Clergerie expanded on his own and purchased the famed Joseph Fenestrier shoe factory in the French footwear capital of Romans, France. Built in 1895, his factory is an integral part of shoemaking in France ??“ and we couldn??™t wait to see it for ourselves. Check out the OPENING CEREMONY PAR ROBERT CLERGERIE Spring 2010 collection, and some photos from our trip from Paris to Romans to visit Robert and his epic headquarters! (Opening Ceremony)

At the height of Clergerie’s career, which was in the late 80’s and early 90’s (when I was just a VERY young fashionista), I remember it was a must-have to own a pair of Robert Clergerie shoes, which, of course, I did and still do. After coming out of retirement and buying back his namesake company in 2005, Clergerie now continues to produce fresh and innovative footwear that Robert Clergerie fans, including myself, still covet.

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Opening Ceremony Robert Clergerie Amor Lace-up Platforms, $460.00

Shop Opening Ceremony

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 29 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Joe’s Jeans Sale (4/1)

Joes Jeans Sale on HauteLookOoh, it’s nice to see that Joe’s is having a denim jeans sale on Thursday!  As I may have mentioned before, Joe’s was one of my gateway jeans on my road to designer denim collecting. These days, money can be tight, so I won’t be a fool on April 1 when the sale opens at 8 AM PT.  It’s a can’t miss.


— Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Mar 29 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim News: Z Spoke by Zac Posen


pic 1With much anticipation for Zac Posen’s Go International line for Target, due out April 25th, I am more excited for his new secondary line, Z Spoke, that recently launched at Saks Fifth Avenue.  In Z Spoke’s collection, Posen channels the styles of fashion icons that influenced him, such as Jackie-O and Catherine Deneuve, with a fresh American retro vibe.

Denim fans should get excited about the fall collection, which marks a denim push with clean-cut tailored jackets, trousers and shift dresses, some with grosgrain ribbon trim, as well as little viscose knit dresses with trompe l??™oeil details.  All incredibly chic at affordable prices.

???The collection has its own identity along the lines of a Miu Miu. It??™s for the gallerina, the hipster growing up and going to work. It??™s for her, her mother and her grandmother,??? said Posen.

Posen said he designs Z Spoke for the ???hipster that grew up??? in both price and size: ???I wanted to create a collection that??™s age diverse and body diverse — we go from 0 to size 14. Next season we go up to size 16. Our obi belts [$165] give shape and contour. Z Spoke is not just a diffusion of our top line, it??™s quirky minimalist sportswear with American sophistication.” (LA Times)

Z Spoke’s prices start at $78 for a logo T-shirt and go to $445 for patterned stretch-knit dresses. Included in the collection are belts and soon to be added handbags.  Z Spoke is available now at Saks Fifth Avenue.

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 27 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: 7 For All Mankind’s Private Sale

Heck yeah!  Who wouldn’t want to save up to 60% off on Seven jeans, apparel and accessories!  I’ve said this before, but, I love those Madison Avenue Spy folks.  Sniff. Sniff.

Via Madison Avenue Spy:

7’s Private Sale

Buying jeans is never easy, no matter what your size. For this reason, we always suggest that denim shoppers forgo the sale rack and strictly buy what looks great. The problem often is that the jeans that look the best are predictably the most expensive pair on the rack.

The upshot is that once you have identified your perfect pair of jeans you can keep track of the brand and style and be on the lookout for a discount. 7 for All Mankind’s private sale is the perfect oppertunity to pick up a back-up pair of your favorite jeans. Prices on the website are up to 60% off but you must use the private sale link to see all the discounted products.  Click here to read more.

— Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Mar 26 2010 in Sales

Denim Brand: Totally Rad!



Rad Hourani, the Canadian wunderkind who went from stylist to designer with high-speed impact on the fashion world in just a few short seasons.  I went to my first Hourani show last year at NY Fashion Week and was infectiously mesmerized by the androgynous collection that flowed so easily from man to woman and back.  It brought to mind the early days of designers Ann Demeulemeester and Helmet Lang, both of whom I am a huge fan of. A rich dark palette with his gorgeous signature draped jackets, second skin pants with intricate detailing, and little bursts of folded surprises.

Rad for Rad Hourani is a lower priced collection that features denim jeans and jackets, printed t-shirts, scarves, and vests that can be transformed just by the way you wear them.  That seems to be the ongoing theme of Rad Hourani in all of his collections, a non-conformist in constant transformation.  His pieces do not have a past, present or future as they are simply timeless.

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Unisex Stretch Denim Pants/Jeans with Three Knee High Zippers, $380.00

Stand out in these edgy yet distinctively refined jeans.  Worth every penny!

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Unisex Black Denim Jacket/Cardigan with Extra Long Sleeves (also available in White),  $390.00

How exquisite is this denim jacket?  A must have for anyone’s stylish wardrobe.

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Unisex Scarf Black and White Stripes Different Ways of Wearing it, $100.00

Hourani reinvents the typical scarf.  A statement piece for sure.

Shop Rad by Rad Hourani

–Nikki Cho Russo


Posted Mar 26 2010 in Denim News » Reviews: Brand
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