Sticking to its commitment of staying true to jeans and everything about jeans, Swedish denim brand Nudie Jeans gives us more than just its namesake. And though we love wearing their bottoms, we have to admit they have great assortment of tops too, everything from jackets to shirts. Using the same selvage denim, treatments,and washes that have always given the brand its rock n’ roll soul and attitude, Nudie’sSpring/Summer 2011 collection has a range of shirts that would make even the most dedicated nudists revert back to wearing clothes full-time. From dry, darkshades of blue to washed out and faded, this is only a glimpse on what’s to come. Stay tuned for more images after the full collection launches.
Meanwhile, go to nudiejeans.comto browse and shop the current collection.
When you were a kid, your jeans were like a second layer of skin, protecting your knees from hide-and-seek injuries and all matter of fast paced free spirited fun. These days, your life requires you to hide from (and seek) very different things. But you still need protection from the fall-outs, and denim is still on your side! Scrapes and scuffs can be evaded thanks to MS&CO, who now offer Selvedge Denim Sleeves to enclose the most crucial material contents of your life, from your phone to your laptop (and even your passport). Check them out below.
In case you needed a quick reminder of how sexy denim can be, in comes bombshell Keke Lindgard in Elle France November 2010, in the Folk Allure editorial (c/o Denimology). While the presence of “folk” fashion is actually questionable here, we do spy a pleasing mix of grunge, prep, boho, and southern belle. Another testament to the versatility and cross-genre styling potential of our favorite textile. But back to sex appeal—red lipstick, knee high leather boots, and copious, luxurious fur are just a few elements you can add to your denim look to pack a real punch when you walk in any room.
What a slogan or photo shoot simply cannot do, videos can. Here is a very cool animation by Levi’s depicting the evolution of their signature Trucker jacket. A long-standing symbol of industrial fashion and working class chic, this Americana classic has seen many forms, both from the design label itself and via adaptations of those who wear it. Shown across a range of landscapes (fabricated entirely out of denim textures—look closely!) and worn by a spectrum of loyal customers, it’s both sentimental and technically impressive to behold.
Did you do all your Black Friday shopping and score big? If you didn’t, today is a good day to get some rewards and help a local, independent business. Sponsored by American Express OPEN, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to support their community merchants. Purchase your denim at independent businesses who accept American Express cards, like Brooklyn Denim Co. (NY), and Manhattan Denim (LA), and receive $25 back in statement credit. But, you must register your AMEX card first. It’s quick and easy! Do some good in your community and feel great about your purchases.
Using a predominantly warm color palette of yellows, rusty reds, browns, and even pink to cooler greys, crisp whites, and blues, designer Simon Spurr takes a modernized version of dapper British man, and takes him into The Big Apple. But don’t be fooled, having had stints at design houses such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, the U.K. native knows a thing or two about American style. So, what happens when the two worlds meet? We get an ultra luxe meets toned down, easy, modern aesthetic.
Among the preppy staples of three-piece suits, coats, and precisely tailored blazers, Spurr gets the cool factor by incorporating high quality, ultra-premium jeans. The perfect piece in any borderline foppish wardrobe. Here are our favorite denim looks from his Spring Summer 2011 collection:
Known for streetwear featuring high contrast logos, crazy artwork on T’s, and saucy yearly calendars featuring Eastern European “models” (a term we use loosely—we leave that up to your research), menswear company Ìèøêà (pronounced “Mishka”, it means “little bear” in Russian) has stepped it up a notch. Their newest holiday look book leans more towards downtown street cred than oversize eyeball screen prints cred… which have not disappeared altogether. They’ve just taken a backseat to sensible fall basics like hooded denim jackets, collegiate sweaters, sexy neon logos on black scarves and tops, and Ìèøêà’s famous selection of jeans. Styled smartly and photographed beautifully from the subways of the city to the graveyards of upstate, this new palette of inspiration for the boys is ready to be ravished.
As we went over earlier on in the week denim on denim can go terribly wrong. Throw in a military motif and a tribal print into the mix and you have the potential for trend overload. However, if there is a perfect example of how multiple trends can be done right, this is it! The denim shirt and jeans contrast in hue just enough to give the outfit some dimension, while the military-style coat is the perfect added touch to tone what could be a very over-worked look down. The tribal print shoes ties the ensemble together while giving it an unexpected twist. Modern, simple, trendy–in other words, perfect!
You, too, can have your own Balmain/Lady Gaga-inspired denim jacket. We asked DIY Queen Michelle Elaine, co-founder of FVNCY, to give us some step-by-steps on how to refashion our tired old denim jackets into fierce creations. Michelle Elaine (aka M.E.) also has an unhealthy obsession — and might I say fetish — for sequins, so we get some double DIY action here via a shredded jacket with peekaboo sequins.
1., 4., & 6. BALMAIN RTW Spring/Summer 2011 – via Vogue.
2. & 3. PLAY ME High Waist Sequin Short – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.
5. Lada Gaga studded jacket as seen on her music video, “Telephone” – via Nitrolicious.
Follow M.E.’s simple step-by-step instructions and see where you can apply your own individual do-it-yourself look! Click below for more.
Ruby T., one of Lookbook.nu‘s sassy young style leaders, posted an entry for the Sebastian X LB “Re-shape your hair” contest that just happened to debut a fabulous few ways to accessorize with denim. The entry may not have intended to showcase denim specifically, but this seamline jeans tie, headband, and arm wrap get the DIY gears going for a plethora of other possibilities. Belts, bracelets, and earrings anyone?
Check out the entry here and follow Ruby T. on Lookbook.nu here.