Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!
1. Rihanna was spotted recently in some denim that’s a few sizes too big (but who’s looking at that? She’s also in a hot red bikini!) while filming her We Found Love music video in Ireland.
2. Gentlemen, if you’re planning on getting a little dapper this fall and wearing a vest, allow us to recommend the Mister Freedom x SugarCane MFSC “Apaches” collection’s INDIGO Métisse vest. It looks as amazing as it sounds.
3. On the other hand, ladies who want to look like filthy rodeo divas who spend one too many hours in the barn (…yep) can find solace in the mud-splattered skinny jeans dsquared just sent down the runway for spring.
4. Elizabeth Olsen is on the cover of the latest NYLON Magazine, and she’s wearing denim!
5. Not enough denim in your life? Closet full, but still want more? How about denim art & furniture! This Netherlands-based website delivers non-stop denim in those very forms.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: denim furniture, denim links, denim news, elizabeth olsen, INDIGO Métisse vest, MFSC “Apaches” collection, Mister Freedom x SugarCane, nylong magazine, rihanna, skinny jeans, stained jeans, white jeans
Photographer and Denim Therapy contributor Raffael tried out his new HA-67 jeans recently and put together two outfits that work like a charm for early fall. As a photographer, DJ, and all around multi-tasker, having outfits that transition from day to night and are durable (yet casual and cool) is the first concern. Here’s how Raffael worked these two pairs of men’s jeans into his wardrobe by combining his accessories and separates with the denim.
Look 1. HA-67 Destroyed medium-wash denim shorts “Billy Capri in acid” cuffed to the knee. Styled with blue H&M canvas shoes, a thrifted top from Buffalo Exchange, and Raffael’s trademark French naval hat.
How’s The Fit & Feel?
“They’re comfortable! I like the way they look and the way they feel. They fit my really well and Ican wear them when I’m running around the city working, DJing, etc. I do cuff them a bit higher than they came.”
Look 2. HA-67 warm grey “Julian in Stardust” wash jeans. Styled with blue H&M canvas shoes, a SPENGLISH t-shirt, and Raffael’s trademark French naval hat.
How’s The Fit & Feel?
“I love that these are slim fit but not too skinny. Love the wash and the fact that they have the slightest bit of stretch in them. That adds to the comfort and movement. I can wear these everywhere.”
Check out HA-67 for more men’s jeans for fall!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: denim trends, fall fashion for men, HA-67, how to wear jeans, jeans for men, mens denim, menswear denim, styling tips for men
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Joe’s Jeans knows how to seduce their customer. Whether they’re designing the perfect flare or making leopard print a style standard again, you know they’re always cooking up something good. This time, they’ve outdone themselves. Behold, 55 (yes, that’s fifty-five) colors in their irresistible classic skinny jean. Cool colors, warm colors, pastels, neons, and in-betweens. Everything is here. And the best part? Every notch in this color spectrum has been applied to one of their tried-and-true skinny fits. That means this denim won’t only look like a dream, it’ll feel like one too. They’re $158 a pop and available right now at Joe’s Jeans.
The 55 Colors include: Thyme, Dark Lake, Gable, Spruce, Atlantic, Dirty Olive, Silver Sage, LOvercast, Frost, Eclipse, Medieval, French Blue, Tile Blue, Still Water, Chalk, Plumeria, Violet Blue, Night SShark, Purple Passion, Thistle, Sphinx, Sassafras, Chili Pepper, Fiery Red, Red Orange, Grenadine, GingeCarmel, Tangerine, Cerise, Virtual Pink, Lollipop, Geranium, Nectar, Evening Sand, Pale Pink, Tapenade,Gold, Parakeet, Lime Punch, Buttercup, Sunny, Ethereal, Jet Black, Shadow, Charcoal, Paloma, Lunar RoChocolate, Cobblestone, Walnut and Moon Beam.
Check out ALL of the 55 colors below, so you can start collecting ‘em all! We feel a childhood tendency to collect and trade with our BFF’s coming on…
What’s YOUR favorite?
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: colored denim, colored jeans, jeans for fall, Joe's Jeans, perfect jeans, skinny jeans
Earnest Sewn recently announced the return of their original designer, Benjamin Talley Smith. Denim Therapy caught up with Mr. Smith to get the scoop on what we can expect from him, now that he’s returned from a sabbatical of sorts, spending the last few years consulting for denim brands like Rag & Bone, Evisu, Helmut Lang and 3×1. His first full collection as Creative Director is expected to debut in Fall 2012.
Denim Therapy: How would you compare your perspective as a designer for Earnest Sewn now, the second time around?
Benjamin Talley Smith: I feel more evolved. Earnest Sewn has always been about beautiful jeans and I don’t plan on changing that. I have evolved as a designer… I feel more educated, more innovative and I have a slightly more modern point of view. I plan on bringing that to Earnest Sewn.
DT: How does your experience with the other brands you’ve worked with in the past reflect in your thought process today?
BTS: Each brand that I’ve work for since 2009 has taught me something uniquely different. Rag &Bone taught me about building a line and developing subtle yet relevant washes. Evisu taught me about designing for multiple markets around the world as well as developing a brand globally. Helmut Lang taught me about innovative styling and mixing of fabrics and washes. And 3×1 reminded me how to make the best quality jean possible and what Earnest Sewn has always stood for.
DT: When you think of Earnest Sewn, do you personify the brand in any way (and who would that be?), or do you think more of an idea of what the brand should be?
BTS: I represent a small part of the brand since I was born in Vermont and grew up in the country, but Earnest Sewn is about so much more. The Earnest Sewn image is about a guy that understands and believes in quality product whether it is a jean or watch or pair of shoes. Earnest Sewn is about a lifestyle more than a specific jean. The Earnest Sewn girl is a bit more fashion forward and aspirational. I have the most fun trying to figure out what that means and how to achieve it. Creating a girl’s jean that is effortlessly cool is what Earnest Sewn women’s line is about.
DT: How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?
BTS: Integrity of product quality and innovation in silhouette and wash. Sewn was built on amazing washes and I will continue to push the envelope in development and innovation.
DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
BTS: I don’t really have any rituals. I’m usually designing multiple seasons at the same time so there’s really no beginning or end. Most of the real design work takes place at the laundry so that’s usually where I find the most inspiration. Sketching and ideas come everywhere and since I live in NY but work in LA I spend a lot of time on planes and in airports. A great many ideas are drawn on napkins or sketchbooks on the road. Inspiration usually comes from being out in the city or at concerts and watching people on the street.
DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
BTS: A think the partnership between high fashion lines and denim has been great recently. That is what we are looking into. I’m also a big fan of Parisian fashion so I might do something in that line but I don’t want to give anything away. I’m also very interested in collaborating on non-denim and non-clothing related items. Earnest Sewn is about a lifestyle brand so the concept of bags, shoes or furniture are not out of the picture. I think each collaboration is about bringing two innovative companies together. We are experts in denim so that’s what we bring and it would be great to get the same kind of expertise in another field in collaboration with us.
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
BTS: Currently I’ve developed something called “Lightening” for the SP12 women’s line that I love and has gotten a good response. Given that I’ve only been on board for 3 weeks I’ve only been able to design a little but this is my favorite so far. It’s an over-dye program in multiple colors that looks like a lightening storm on a coated color. It’s a pretty fashion forward skinny and needs to be worn with heels. It’s a real downtown-girl jean, very rock n roll inspired.
DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
BTS: I love coating and color so right now is a good time for me. I’ve always like process and treatment so I’m in a place that is familiar to me. I’m not really all that into prints and patterns on denim but I know that’s happening, I’m just looking for new ways to do it.
DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high-end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing
BTS: All day everyday! I get most of my inspiration from photos of how people wear their jeans, either on the internet or on the street or at concerts. Blogs have changed the way I design and see trends and how quickly things can evolve in the market. I also think that it has made trends much more global.
DT: How many pairs of jeans do you own?
BTS: Not as many as you might think. Like most people, I usually wear the same jeans until I come up with something new that I absolutely have to have, but in my archive in Brooklyn, probably around 250. I’ve always ended up with the amazing first developments that for one reason or another didn’t make it into the line. Those are my prize jeans, the true one-of-a-kinds.
DT: How do you store/keep your jeans at home? (e.g. hanging a specific way, folded in a closet?)
BTS: Back when Earnest Sewn started we shipped every jean in an ornate slide out cardboard box. This became incredibly expensive and the stores were not using them so we’ve had an excess of these great boxes for years. I store most in these boxes or rolled in old vintage ammo boxes.
DT: What are you excited about in your next collection? Can you give us hint about what’s next?
BTS: I’m excited for the continuation and evolution of the Sateen denim group we are showing for Spring 2012. But really there’s a ton of work to be done and I won’t be happy until we are done! You’ll just have to wait and see!
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: benjamin talley smith, Designer Interviews, Earnest Sewn
Style blogger Erica of Fashionlush is a denim lover (a girl after our own hearts). She’s conjured up four great ways to wear denim this fall that go beyond the basic skinny jeans/top combo. And let’s face it: when your favorite old fabric shows up in your closet with a fresh, stylish twist, dressing yourself gets a little more thrilling every day. Here’s what she had to say:
“Being a fashion blogger, it’s my responsibility to think outside the box. Whether I’m reconstructing an old t-shirt, or creating an original piece of jewelry, I keep it fresh! Denim is one of my favorite fashion items to play around with. Every season the way denim is worn changes, and I’m personally looking forward to a fall consisting of double denim, denim and fur, and other trends. I love sporting my trusty J Brand jeans, but there are so many other ways to rock denim! Here are four examples that show you how to amp up the denim in your closet this fall.”
Check Erica out at her blog and follow her twitter to see more of her unique style!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: denim jacket, denim skirt, fall fashion, fall styling tips, four ways to wear denim, how to wear denim this fall, j brand skinny jeans, style blogger