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Zoo Magazine Shows Us The Art Of Denim


Fashion  has always tracked and echoed trends in art, from the heavily corseted S-curved silhouettes that reflected Art Nouveau interpretation of the female form early in the twentieth century to the first uncorseted, boxy silhouette that followed  in the 1920s, and to the streamlined, body-hugging dresses of the 1930s.  The relationship between the two  has always been coactive, one always inspiring the other and vice versa. And now more than ever have the two almost become one singular point of view that single-handedly expresses how eclectic everything has become. Modern has merged with classic, minimal has taken cues from grunge, denim has invaded workwear–the list goes on. We came across this editorial out of Zoo Magazine showcasing the modern day marriage of art and fashion. Styled in the latest designs of the day including denim–the textile of the day–the two worlds come together seamlessly and perfectly. Here are some of our favorite shots from the spread:

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Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Dec 31 2010 in Denim Fashion » Editorials

Anything But Bassike


As we love to say, there are times when more is definitely more but for the most part we like to keep plain and simple, which is probably why we love Bassike (pronounced basic) so much.  Always presenting us with the perfect wardrobe staples from asymmetrical-bias cut tees to beautifully aged denim, one thing we definitely never are when it comes to the Sydney-based brand is underwhelmed. This is especially true for what they have in store for the Spring Summer 2011 season. Incorporating just the right amount of trend, you’ll especially love the cropped denim vests and jackets that are great for the perfect double denim look. But have a look for yourself! Here are a few of our favorite images from their Spring Summer 2011 Look Book.

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Images from Denimology and Denim Maniac

For more on Bassike be sure to check out their website.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Dec 30 2010 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

CeCe Yoost Brings Grunge Denim Back in No. Magazine


The grunge trend has come back on the scene several times since it died in the ’90s, its endless appeal associated with early MTV, sneaking backstage at concerts, and living the life of a high school rebel with a flannel shirt and a lot of eye liner. And while those things may not sound appealing to those with a taste more chic, there’s a bit of too-cool-to-care in all of us that can relate to an editorial like this one. CeCe Yoost embodies the ultimate grunge-glam element in No. Magazine (shot by Karen Inderbitzen-Waller), with the no-fail ingredients mentioned above and an untamed helping of denim separates.

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See the full editorial here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 30 2010 in Denim Fashion » Editorials

Winter’s Warm Denim Looks


Some of us have survived the blizzard of 2010, but we’re not taking any chances.  There are tons of jeans that offer great warmth, especially the heavier weight 12 or 13 ounce jeans, or even those that are flannel-lined or coated to shield us from the elements.  However, we picked a few that we liked in jeans and jackets that look fashionable and will last us into spring.  Paired with the season’s hottest trend in lined outerwear, accessories and footwear, you’ll brr-ing the grrr in great!

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1. You studette, you! CURRENT/ELLIOTT Studded Commander Jacket ($257.60) – buy it at Shopbop

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Posted Dec 29 2010 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Working The Work Shirt


Without a doubt the denim look has been at the forefront of the fashion world for the last couple of seasons, and, from the looks of it all, it isn’t going to stop any time soon. Jeans have definitely made their mark, and have proven to be a fashion staple, and we love it, but now it’s time to switch it up a bit and move the focus upward. Get ready for the invasion of the denim and chambray shirt.  Having been deemed a “must have” by Teen Vogue‘s Denim Patrol we suggest stocking up on a few washes just to be ahead of the game.  Though, chances are you might have one or two in your wardrobe already. Many designers have been incorporating them into their collections for a few seasons now, and in fact many fashionistas have been rocking them for quite some time now too. It’s definitely been a long time coming, but it’s safe to say that the once working-class shirt will be among the “it” trends of Spring and Summer and perhaps of seasons to come.

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1. Get studded and stay modern in this William Rast for Target collection chambray shirt with slight western details—buy it on Target.com

2. We love a denim shirt in a traditional medium wash with gold snap buttons, and Les Halles has the  perfect one—browse their current collection here

3. Add a light wash denim or chambray shirt like the one model Liu Wen is sporting above to any outfit for an instant effortlessly casual and chic look—check out luckybrand.com for some great options.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Dec 29 2010 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Siri Tollerød Gets All Dirty in Head to Toe Denim


We’re really amused by this playful series shot by Andreas Sjodin of Norwegian model Siri Toller?d, face contorted into quizzical stares, bike tire and wrench at hand. With knees cut and dirt smudged all over her worse-for-wear denim outfits, she’s a refreshing departure from ultra-glam denim editorials (though you know we love those too!), and she brings it right back to the beginning: Denim as a utility fabric (that just happens to look absolutely amazing).

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See the full editorial here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 29 2010 in Denim Fashion » Editorials

Siwy Denim Gets An Online Makeover


siwy_aSiwy Denim has done a full revamp of their website, and we’re loving it! Keeping with its signature minimal and modern aesthetic, the site has infused the spirit of  Spring and Summer into the mix with their latest campaign, which we showcased for you a few months ago. Among the many features that have been added the one we’re most thrilled about is the new online shop option. Need we say more? You can also browse your favorite Siwy pieces under several categories ranging from new arrivals and featured items to even sale. Be sure to check out the style guide for a break-down of all the different fits for an even easier shopping experience, and while you’re at it get style inspiration from all the different collection look books. Overall, we love the new look and the new features and, of course–like always–we love Siwy.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Dec 28 2010 in Denim News

Denim, Jersey Style: Exit Magazine Fall 2010


Photo portraits and documentaries have long since been a favorite subject for photographers in the fashion world. Anecdotal photo shoots that exuded lifestyle ruled VOGUE at one point, and though the industry now favors high contrast Terry Richardson portraits and style through the blogger’s lens, there’s still something to be said for a shoot that makes a social comment and tells a story (whether the story is agreed upon by the subjects it’s inspired by is another issue all together, of course). Here, Exit Magazine showcases Jersey Girls—a tough street-inspired spread featuring not-so-ladylike ladies and their uniform of choice. This is about as non-Jersey Shore as it gets.

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Modeled by Valerija & Alejandra, shot by Dan Martensen. See the full editorial here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 28 2010 in Denim Fashion » Editorials

Denim Heats Up On The Beach: Forum S/S 2011


As the holidays fly by us, it’s about this time when we start day dreaming of the warmer weather that Spring and Summer brings. And though in fashion time we’re already technically heading into pre-Fall, we’re pretty sure you’re ready to throw on your denim shorts just about now and not even think about that for the time being. So, to keep your day dreams nice, warm, and focused here’s the latest from Brazilian brand, Forum.

For its Spring Summer 2011 campaign the brand enlists models Natalia Vodianova and Marlon Texeira for a steamy session on the beach. Dressed in head-to-toe denim looks the two roll around on the warm sand  in these classic black and white images captured by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott that truly embody the essence of Summer: sensual, seductive, and effortless. So, take a lesson from Forum, and get ready to snip those jeans into short-shorts and to cut off the sleeves off of your denim jackets and take them to the beach. Of course, you might want to wait a few more months, so for now just enjoy Forum’s perfect Spring Summer fantasy and imagine you’re right there in it!

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For more images of the campaign go here, and for more about Forum check out their website.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Dec 27 2010 in Campaigns » Denim Fashion

Black Orchid Denim: An Exclusive Interview


Julien Jarmoune has taken his life-long passion and talent to new heights.  After extensive research of the saturated denim industry, he realized there was something missing in the market: a basic well-designed jean.  Through combining his knowledge and sheer determination, Black Orchid was born as a classic line appealing to women of all ages. Jarmoune’s Black Orchid denim designs have a reputation for innovative washes and attention to fit details. The collection has a huge celebrity and non celebrity cult following year after year. Denim Therapy had the opportunity to find out exactly how special Julien Jarmoune and Black Orchid Denim truly is- Read on for an exclusive interview…

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DT: How does black orchid denim differentiate from any other denim brand?

BOD:Black Orchid’s competitive advantage stems from its true versatility.  Black Orchid differentiates itself through innovative washes, easy-to-wear styles and impeccable fit details.

DT: How do you recommend wearing denim?

BOD: These are jeans that can be dressed up or down for day or night and go with absolutely everything.  It is a perfect combination of form and function.

DT: What are some of the best black orchid denim styles? Fits? Washes? How do you like for them to be worn?

BOD: Black Orchid’s “Black Jewel Jeggings” have become popular with women of all shapes and sizes and have gained a large celebrity following as well because they are so comfortable.  Our “Black Hawk” Cargo Jeggings are great because they were a nod to this fall’s massive military trend while still focusing on a sexy, flattering fit.  They have been updated for spring in exciting new fabrics and colors.

DT: Where do you see the future trends for denim headed (skinny, wide, jeggings etc.)?

BOD: I think that the military chic trend will continue to influence denim.  We will continue to see the return to high rises and larger leg openings than the skinny. New and innovative fabrics are constantly being created for ultimate comfort and fit.

DT: Have you expanded your collection to include any non denim pieces as the industry is leaning towards more comfort? Or perhaps there is a specific denim fabric that allows for amazing comfort?

BOD: ?Our “Black Jewel” jeggings are made from a high stretch denim that is as comfortable as a favorite pair of leggings.

DT: Do you have any favorite go to denim shops? Will black orchid be opening their own boutique? Where do you currently sell?

BOD: No plans to open our own boutique at the moment.  We are sold in department stores such as Bloomingdales, specialty boutiques, and online retailers such as www.singer22.com, www.revolveclothing.com, www.blacklabelboutique.com, etc.

DT: Your advertising incorporates a lot of sex appeal- how does that appeal to your customer? Will we see more of that?

BOD: Absolutely.  Because of our attention to fit details and using premium fabrics, we think that our customer should always feel sexy in a pair of great-fitting jeans.

DT: Any (exclusive) insight into black orchids denims next season? What can we expect?

BOD: Skinnies and 5 pocket Jeggings are still a big part of our collection.  We have introduced new fits such as a High Rise Flare and Bootcuts . We also believe that the Cargo and military inspired styles will carry over into the Spring season.

DT: What is your design inspiration? How do you keep at it year after year?

BOD: ?Inspiration is taken from the world all around us.  I look for design details that will make a woman comfortable yet sexy.  My goal for this collection and every collection are pieces that look and feel elegant, sexy and edgy.

DT: Favorite celebrities/muses?

BOD: Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Rihanna

DT: Why is black orchid denim called black orchid? How did it all begin?

BOD: The “unicorn” of the orchid family – the Black Orchid – is the rarest and most desired, often believed to hold unique powers.  Inspired by the same concept of rarity and beauty found in something so basic and affordable, Julien named his new line after the distinctive flower.  Through the years, Julien has expanded on his intricate washes and construction techniques to offer much more than the basic jean, but he hasn’t forgotten the attention to detail, comfort in fabric and fit for all sizes that made the brand so successful.  The rare flower that will become a staple in every wardrobe, Black Orchid is ideal for all women searching for that perfect pair, whether classic or trendy.

Visit their website to view all the special styles.

– Jackie Racer

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Posted Dec 27 2010 in Denim News » Interviews » Reviews: Brand
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