Fashion blog Studded Hearts posted a lookbook of summery styles by Australian fashion label One Teaspoon. We were instantly smitten by the frayed and destroyed denim shorts that look like they were created in a heat of passion (note the sideways shreds). Featured below are eight ways to rock your denim, plus more gallery images to browse for ideas. The entire collection is available now at ASOS, so acquiring One Teaspoon’s edgy denim cut offs and the tamer—but just as yummy—pink Boyfriend jeans and Rocker-Boho-inspired separates are just a mouse click away.
One Teaspoon Florence Halter Top With Lace Underlay ($170.34) – buy it at ASOS.
One Teaspoon Vintage Wash Denim Shorts ($50.69) – buy it at ASOS.
One Teaspoon Mickey Cropped Chambray shirt ($134.48) – buy it at ASOS.
One Teaspoon Leather Trim Denim Playsuit ($170.34) – buy it at ASOS.
One Teaspoon Leopard Print Denim Shorts ($134.48) – buy it at ASOS.
One Teaspoon Vintage Wash Distressed Denim Skirt ($80.69) – buy it at ASOS.
One Teaspoon Ripped Boyfriend Jeans (on sale for $57.38) – buy it at ASOS.
One Teaspoon Lace Print Denim Cut Off Skirt (on sale for $52) – buy it at ASOS.
To shop or view the rest of the One Teaspoon collection, go to ASOS.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Australian brand, color denim, cut off jeans, denim shorts, floral jeans, One Teaspoon
It’s time for a history lesson! We’ve been hearing a lot about the origins of denim fabric lately, with the recent discovery of 17th century paintings of Italian peasants wearing denim. The denim jeans that we know and love today however, began with the invention of rivets by a German immigrant named Levi Strauss, and were first seen as mining garb in the late 1800s. In the early 1900s cowboys began wearing denim jeans, and the rest, friends, is history.
Below, we’ll take a look at the evolution of denim jeans through ads over the last century. Be sure to check out the amazing 3-piece denim tuxedo on the Ken-like model from the 70s!
The above ad is from the 1940s. Mainly seen as workers uniforms in previous years, suburban America began transitioning into jeans with the wild popularity of Western movies.
The best propaganda is always the type coming from the taller, more handsome guy in the letterman’s jacket! In the 1950s, those cowboy loving little boys grew into young adults, and jeans become an icon of cool. The jeans were stiff (raw denim’s equivalent today) and needed to be worn in (think cuffed jeans from The Little Rascals and Sandlot, and Marlon Brando’s Rebel Without a Cause).
In the 1960’s, stretch is introduced with the addition of 2% lycra, and the super tight jean is born. Women begin to have to lay on their beds and use pliers to zip up their jeans.
An already crazy time for fashion; new distressing processes, embellishments, fits, and styles were experimented with in the 70s. Check out this guy’s 3 piece denim flared suit!
In the 1980’s, denim goes high fashion. Big name designers begin coming out with their own styles, like in this Versace ad featuring Nadia Auermann and Claudia Schiffer. And acid wash was popularized. We mustn’t forget about acid wash.
We had fun looking up old ads this week. Stay tuned for some bizarre denim commercials in the future!
Tags: Claudia Schiffer, denim history, denim suit, Lee, Levi's, Versace, Wrangler
With summer going official in just mere weeks, we welcome See by Chloe‘s Summer 2011 Lookbook of feminine and frilly separates. From patchwork denim Boyfriend silhouettes to cuffed denim shorts which remind us of flirty bloomers; it’s not a far cry to think this collection—with splashes of primary color blocking—is hugely inspired by little girl’s clothes. Make that little girl’s clothes with a grown-up’s sophistication. We suspect Alexa Chung, the poster It Girl for “little girl chic,” is already so on board with that. Equally girlie bib-front, puff-sleeved and bow-tied tops incorporating floral graphics add a joie de vivre sensibility to your summer wardrobe. Are you getting inspired yet?
View the gallery for the full lookbook:
Model: Dorothea Barth Jorgensen. Images via Fashion Gone Rogue.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: color denim, cropped jeans, denim shorts, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, patched jeans, patchwork denim, See by Chloe
There’s no doubt that wide leg jeans are generating a lot of attention right now, especially when you see celebrities styling their flared denim with trendy tops and arm candy. Guess Jeans is giving us ladies some ideas on how to style our flared jeans for Fall 2011, but really, we could rock those looks right now (sans the fur vests, of course). And, if you’re still on the fence about wearing loose-fit jeans, like the fab palazzo jeans (scroll to the bottom) featured in this lookbook, there are plenty of skinny jeans with cropped hems, perfect for showing off your latest shoe acquisition! Guess continues to embrace color denim, and we’re so okay with that.
To stay updated on when the Fall 2011 collection is available, go to Guess.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: bell bottom jeans, color denim, cropped jeans, flare jeans, Guess, palazzo jeans, skinny jeans, wide leg jeans
Yesterday we stopped into the Nudie Jeans Co. showroom in New York for the press preview to see what they’ve been brewing for upcoming seasons. If you’re following the Raw Denim Project, you know that Gordon’s jeans are Nudie and everyone at DT is a huge fan of the brand. We were met with piece after piece of gorgeous eco-friendly denim in exciting new washes, sensible and soft knit separates, Japanese fabrics, brilliant color stories in plaid workshirts, and plenty more. Here’s a summary of what we discovered…
The Nudie fw’11 collection was divided on three racks: Khaki, Indigo, and Black. This is the first season Nudie is using a dedicated design team for the collection (separate from the core denim line).
The results? A vibrant, cohesive story that backs up the Nudie brand seamlessly.
Indigo being the integral denim component, it featured jackets and jeans with accompanying knit T’s and indigo-check workshirts. Eco-washes were abound. The process by which the denim is treated, distressed, dyed and washed is completely kind to the environment. No chemicals are used. We were especially enamored with the colors in the Japanese plaid button-ups and verticle pleats in the denim jackets. The lab jackets (hand distressed and up there on the price scale, with good reason) looked like they’d been worn (with love, affection, and adventure) for years.
The Khaki collection is full of great transitional separates based on preexisting fits, with industrial peasant-esque knit tops and innovative outerwear. Think jackets that come apart at the lining so they can be worn on the coldest winter day or for an evening at a New England beach. Subtle details like leather patches gave it an exclusive feel.
The Black collection really got us going. A classic Nudie offering, denim coated with dry black paint in both jeans and jackets, is a canvas for the customer to de-construct according to their own lifestyle. Fibers already peering through the paint in the knee area, you could almost imagine how glorious these would look after six months of wearing them (maybe we should give Gordon another half-year assignment?).
The denim collection is, as always, based on the key concepts of eco-consciousness, and a garment that grows, ages, and molds with its wearer. Nudie jeans are purchased with a guarantee that the wear and natural distress caused by enjoying a pair of jeans will create additional character and stories on the surface and in the fit. The signature orange thread has been adapted to different locations (such as on the inside collar and at the hem, sometimes the back pocket), with other indigo threads appearing as well. A sophisticated step, detail-wise.
The backbone collection, which we introduced you to upon launch, was soft enough to sleep in and promising in its versatility. The 100% organic collection (produced via 100% organic methods) is comprised of 11 basics that cover ever base. We couldn’t help but ruminate over styling a photo shoot in these luxe basics, male and female models alike.
Check out more photos of the line below, and stay tuned for more Nudie fall 2011 coverage.
Want to get your hands on some Nudie? Shop online!
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Jackie Racer. Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras (nightlifebaby.net).
Tags: eco friendly denim, Fall 2011, japanese fabric, nudie jeans co, press preview, raw denim, Spring 2011