The new GUESS summer 2012 lookbook for men and women is youthful, colorful, and super cute. We called out these zebra stripe jeans this morning in denim dose, and we’re happy to report that they’re accompanied by a mash-up safari animal print counterpart, a rich royal purple ankle-length skinny, and a more classic dark wash option. The men don’t get colored denim this season (boo!) but they do get a wide range of worn-in washes and a khaki colored jean that’s perfect for summer plaids. See the full spectrum below.
See the full lookbook below:
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: ankle length skinny jeans, guess denim, Guess jeans, guess spring 2012 lookbook, mens denim, purple jeans, zebra stripe
Denim brand April77 and textile designer Calla Haynes collab’d recently to create a denim capsule collection titled “Romantic Rights”—a dreamy, rock’n’roll, textured rendition of your classic jean staples. Pieces include three pairs of low-waisted jeans (erk!), two denim jackets, and a sleeveless dress. The prints are stellar, but the price is up there. Jeans are $385, jackets are $465, and the dress is $365. Calla elaborates below:
“The brand, CALLA, is based on the idea of relaxed luxury, so it was important to me to propose jeans to my client. I asked April 77 to work with me because they are just honestly my favourite denim brand! I wear them all the time. For this collaboration, we discussed mixing our two worlds together into a theme called ‘Romantic Rights’ – a vision that is both romantic and very rock and roll. For the print designs, I imagined a girl, in love, at a summer music festival and how she feels. I tried to communicate the heat, the nature and the music in abstract patterns.” —Calla Haynes.
It’s all available now at Opening Ceremony.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Public School FW’12 at Milk Studios was a real trip. They basically nailed every menswear trend we love right now, and then added in uber-wide brimmed hats that made the guys look like patron saints of bad-ass. Tailored blazers and leather jackets stood effortlessly next to varsity-style Japanese biker gang zip-up’s and preppy knit cardigans. Cuffed raw jeans were clean and crisp next to tailored wool slacks and (for good measure) a kilt. We couldn’t help but feel that the sum of all these elements added up to the essentials for the hippest dressers in Brooklyn right now. Lucky for Public School, this appeal is universal.
See the muse of the collection (Twin Shadow front man George Lewis Jr.) in the video he helped produce especially for this season, below:
PUBLIC SCHOOL x Twin Shadow from Michael Belcher on Vimeo.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: George Lewis Jr., mens denim, menswear, milk studios, New York Fashion Week, nyfw, Public School fall 2012, raw denim, Twin Shadow
We’ve looked at tons of new styles from some of the world’s best designers, their models, and their families over the last fourteen days, thanks to a jam-packed Fashion Week in New York. Now let’s turn our attention to those other trendsetters: NYFW attendees. Check out California-based, nineteen-year-old fashionista and style site owner Olivia Lopez in her head-to-toe mints and nudes. We knew colored denim was gonna be huge this year, but WOW, this is awesome! Stick with the nude accessories and you can get this look using any color your heart desires (especially now that we’ve shown you that you can get almost any color of jeans for twenty bucks at H&M…) Now, get it!
Get the look:
Free People The Cropped Colored Skinny Jean in Spearmint ($88) — buy it at KarmaLoop
Acne Shore oversized chunky-knit cotton sweater ($320) — buy it at Net-A-Porter
Chloé Platform Wedge shoe ($287) — buy it at FarFetch
Randolph Aviator in gold ($109) — buy it at Randolph.com
Forever 21 Horn collar necklace ($12.80) — buy it at Forever21.com
H&M Leatherette Bag in gray-brown ($24.95) — buy it at your local H&M
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As we are making our way into spring, denim dresses are a must have. Luckily some of our favorite brands are revamping the retro look in their latest collections. Paired with a wedged heel and a cardigan for a night out or a low bootie during the day, the versatility of this piece is endless. Here are some of our favorites for you to try out and give a twirl.
1. Denim Bustier Dress ($118) — buy it at Free People.
2. Something Else ($152) — buy it at Madewell.
3. Hold Me Dress ($168) — buy it at Nasty Gal.
4. Sea Ranch Dress ($78) — buy it at Levi’s.
5. Raha Denim Dress ($132) — buy it at Nasty Gal.
6. Natalie Shirtdress ($118) — buy it at GUESS.
Tags: denim dresses, free people, Guess, Levi's, Madewell, nasty gal
Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and inside info! Catch up on what’s happening and browse our personal picks for the most interesting what-not that turns up during our morning web crawl. 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. Here’s a shirt the dudes will be wearing in spades this spring! It’s the Heritage Research x Lofgren indigo-dyed cotton “Spade Print Engineer Shirt”. Designed according to the silhouette and details of a 1920s railroad engineer’s uniform.
2. We’re curious to hear what you guys think about J Brand x Christopher Kane’s continued collaboration… We’re waiting to see if this one grows on us.
3. Step aside, leopard print… zebra stripe is in! The GUESS summer 2012 lookbook is out, and it features tons of color and bold accents like this animalistic skinny. Stay tuned.
4. True Religion isn’t one of our favorite denim brands, but for spring 2012 they’re busting out a novelty that we’re excited for: stretch colored cords in great colors, like this banana pudding yellow.
5. Eat Sleep Denim examines the current trend of mint green monochrome outfits among bloggers. We’re partial to the hue ourselves, so we’ll be supporting the spearmint movement.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: green denim, green jeans, GUESS spring 2012, Heritage Research x Lofgren, indigo-dyed cotton "Spade Print Engineer Shirt", j brand x christopher kane, mint green, stretch colored cords, style blogger, True Religion, zebra stripe
For New York Fashion Week, we pulled together seven fashion brands that drove denim to new levels and offered inspiration on what should be made in denim. We were so in love with some pieces that were not quite denim, that we threw those photos in for your ogling. We think you’ll forgive us.
Band of Outsiders—We’ve known for a while that the fashion houses have been fixated on Great Depression and Dustbowl era fashion, and there’s still a bit of this here, but with a mix of glam and luxury fabrics (we count suede and fur collars), there’s a sense that the sun-kissed models in workwear-inspired denim jumpsuits and white-collar attire, offers hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Images via Style.com.
Diesel Black Gold—From red to blue denim, not only has Diesel gone gaga over color, they’ve gone Jackson Pollock with their side-tie pants and cropped jeans. With a definite homage to an 80’s fashion trend, the paint splashes and printed jeans serve as a contradiction to their progressive leatherwear. We couldn’t escape the sense of a Mad Max meets Highlander effect when everything was pulled together. Images via Style.com.
Gilded Age—Stefan Miljanic brings motorcycle culture to the stage for fall, except with more refined touches in layering pieces and clean lines, even in their colored and gray jeans. Images via GQ online.
Nicholas K—Designers Nicholas and Christopher Kunz have made her collection all about draping and furthering the Depression era vibe utilizing desert hues: models wore flapper wigs and Silent Film cosmetic work; Western touches were seen throughout. Hints of denim made its way in, including a hooded denim shirt and an homage to the denim jacket. Images via Mercedes Benz Fashion Week online.
Rebecca Minkoff—Who knew she was also an apparel designer? Known largely for her handbags, long-time followers have looked forward to her return to clothing design, her first passion. We think her bright legging pants may as well segue into denim leggings. Her apparel debut at New York Fashion Week featuring an opening performance by Theophilus London, made a big splash. Images via Style.com.
Concept Korea (V)—In an effort to bring visibility to South Korea’s top fashion labels, this collective was born. In it’s second year at NYFW, Concept features five top Korean labels. Most notably, the design duo Steve Jung and Yoni Pai (of the brand Steve J & Yoni P) with collaborations between Topshop and 10 Corso Como (Seoul) under their belt, they make denim part of their repertoire. Images via WWD and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week online.
Kelly Wearstler—As if to defy anybody who had any reservations about 80s fashions, this brand has committed wholeheartedly to the styling of acid wash jeans and stirrup leggings. Even if the ultra high-waisted acid wash zipper skirts aren’t your thing, you might just have a crush on the jackets. Images via Style.com.
Need more fashion week fix? Read our coverage of Levi’s Fall 2012 and what denim heads wore at NYFW.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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