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Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits


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Have you heard the new theories that the King is alive?! If you are an Elvis fan (who isn’t?) then you have good reason to be excited this summer. A fantastic new book dedicated to Elvis’ wardrobe will be available July 1st. Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits by Zoey Goto is the perfect summer read for not only the avid Elvis fan, but also for those interested in the history of American style. The book is an in-depth review of Elvis’ impact on American fashion both during his lifetime and his continuing influence on designers today. Filled with 175 vivid photos including rarely seen garments from the King’s private collection, Elvis Style contains eye candy on every page making this book hard to put down. To help shed light on the legend Goto interviewed leading design experts including stylist Patrica Fields, Academy Award winning costume designer Mark Bridges and Hal Lanksy of Evlis’ favorite tailoring house, Lanksy Bros.

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Left: Elvis in denim suit for Jailhouse Rock. Right: Elvis’ white denim tiger suit.
Photos provided by Zoey Goto.

We were personally interested in learning about Elvis’ relationship with denim and we were not disappointed. Remember Elvis’ denim jacket and drainpipe jeans he wore in Jailhouse Rock? Denim uniforms had roots in the penitentiary system due to its durability and the Jailhouse Rock outfit helped cement denim as the fabric of youthful rebellion. We learned from Goto that ironically, Elvis later avoided wearing denim on stage as he associated it with the poverty of his childhood and opted most often for suits or leather instead. With this in mind his intensifying penchant for luxe, outlandish designs throughout his career makes sense as he was ever-determined to upstage himself. Elvis would grace the stage in a Canadian tuxedo once more about two 20 years later- this time in a white denim Tiger suit. Elvis is arguably the first true celebrity- saturated in the media and marketed globally as a product. Goto’s thorough exploration of his relationship with American culture and his impact on fashion makes this book a fascinating must-read.Elvis_cover

 

 

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Posted Jul 01 2016 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Reviews: Product

DT Loves: King Sophie’s World


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One of the best things about a denim jacket is that the fabric’s hardiness lends well to customization. Its strength and endurance makes it the perfect piece in your closet to keep for years as it gather’s scuffs and patches, reminders of where you’ve been with it and who you were when you wore it. This spring patches are a big trend on the runway and street style blogs. You can always purchase cheap patches to remove once the trend is over, but we think it’s far more worth your while to invest in a one of a kind patch that you’ll love in the longterm. If you have nimble hands make one yourself! If you’re a bit lacking in skill or time there are plenty of artists online making patches that work for any budget. The most vibrant patches we have found yet are created by UK based artist Sophie known better by her store name King Sophie’s World.

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The patches are hand embroidered with vivid metallic sequins. Sophie thinks of the patches as a mix between fine art and a fashion collection and there tends to be a different theme for each batch. In the past the patches have been inspired by emojis, aliens, heartbreak and horror movies. We were particularly smitten with the short run of patches focusing on carnivorous aliens with a taste for the human race.

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The patches range in price from $40 to up to $300 for the large intricate pieces (depending on the conversion rate). Custom commissions are available as well starting at about $55. It’s easy to see why these patches are beloved by stylists and celebrities allover the world.

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Photo: WireImage

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All photos credited to King Sophie’s World unless otherwise noted.

—Emily B. McIntosh

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Posted May 02 2016 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Gamine Workwear: Raw Denim and Workwear for Women


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Female denim-heads rejoice! The answer to your prayers is here. At long last a raw denim jean made by women for women. Gamine Workwear is a New England based company who specializes in no-nonsense workwear that is utilitarian yet easy on the eyes and most importantly on the body. The line is designed by Taylor Johnston, Manager of the Gardens and Greenhouses at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Johnston sums up the company’s values best herself-

Gamine is an exploration of femininity and worn character […] as Yankee gardeners and geologists ourselves– we aim to tread lightly by creating products that support sustainable manufacturing and the lost art of mending. We choose to work with textiles that are selected with great consideration for their ruggedness and ability to highlight the work and story of the worker. “

Gamine’s updated line of slim slouch dungarees now feature three different fits. The straight silhouette, a demi silhouette for more area in the hips and a bold fit for hourglass silhouettes designed with a roomier bum and waist area. The new line goes on pre-sale Tuesday March 1st on their website.

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Gamine also offers repair services including darning, boro, and Sashiko for merchandise bought from their shop to extend the life of your favorite pieces.

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Gamine has a variety of other products in their shop made and sourced with the same focus on local design and a sustainable and transparent production process. Pictured below is the hand-dyed indigo hemp tee who’s claim to fame is being one of the most rugged teeshirts on the market. They also have a handful of vintage overalls.

 

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All photos credited to Gamine.

Emily B. McIntosh

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Posted Mar 01 2016 in Denim Buys » Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Denim Street Style: SS16 London Fashion Week


London Fashion Week is in full swing this week. The runways write a paper for me may be full of hot Spring/Summer 2016 styles, but the streets of London are full of chic coats and long pants for the cool autumn weather. Phil Oh, the photographer also known as Mr. Street Peeper, has catalogued some great looks. Here are our favorite denim ensembles spotted by the famous street style photographer across the pond.

 

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Posted Sep 23 2015 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

DT Loves: ASOS Marketplace


After years of public school education the association between September and that back-to-school anticipation has been burnt onto our synapses. This antsy feeling often results in a strong compulsion to get prepared for the changes autumn brings, in other words, binge-shopping. The women on the Denim Therapy team always turn first to ASOS to satisfy this urge. The UK online retailer started in 2000 and launched ASOS Marketplace in 2010. This new expansion to their site serves as a platform for independent boutiques to sell their goods. We try to support our fellow small businesses whenever we can and ASOS Marketplace is a pretty good place to start if you like the styles the online giant sells. Check out our favorite denim pieces for fall sold on the Marketplace below.

 

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Left: Denim Crop Top by Mint Vintage, Right: Denim Crop Top by House of Jam

 

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Left: Reworked Denim Jacket by Avelinas Vintage, Right: Dark Denim BF Shirt by Cherry Cameto

 

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Left: Buckle Pinafore Dress by Re:Dream, Right: Button Down Mini Dress by Vulgar

 

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Posted Sep 23 2015 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Buys Under $100 » Denim Buys » Denim Fashion

Kate Hudson On The Go In Black Skinny Jeans


Kate Hudson was snapped in a black on black ensemble that we’re really into for fall. She wore faded black skinny jeans, a simple black halter-tank, and a gold pendant. She finished off the look with 70s-inspired shades that bring to mind our favorite images of Kate (of the Almost Famous variety, obviously). Grab a pair of black skinnies here and get her look.

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Posted Sep 17 2015 in Celebrity Style Watch » Denim Fashion

Chic Denim Street Style At #NYFW


Denim is one category that doesn’t need a twist or an angle to get excited about. As one of the chicest, most versatile fabrics out there, we are always down to see new ways to wear it. Luckily, the fashion crowd has it on lock. NYFW was crawling with great outfits, and Honestly WTF plucked the best denim street style looks from the mix and put them all on one page. Inspiration overload! Check them all out here, and some of our own favorites below.

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Posted Sep 17 2015 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Gigi Hadid In Destroyed Denim Cropped Jeans #NYFW


Gigi Hadid is a champion of street style, but she really knocked it out of the park during New York Fashion Week with this look. She matched a pair of destroyed denim jeans by Fidelity Denim with a crisply tailored white blazer and pointed heels. Her glasses add a fashion editor flare, and whether or not she looks happy being photographed in this moment, we’re so glad we have this look for reference.

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Get destroyed denim jeans here to get Gigi’s look.

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Posted Sep 15 2015 in Celebrity Style Watch » Denim Fashion

Kate Hudson Wearing A Printed Denim Shirt & Shorts


One of our favorite denim style icons, Kate Hudson, was photographed wearing a matching printed denim short and printed denim shirt set in chicessays.com(available for pre-order of you click through). Matching sets were all the rage a few seasons ago, but Kate keeps it fresh by translating this woven trend into denim, and the subtle print doesn’t register as busy when paired together. If you love printed jeans, check out our favorite picks for fall.

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Image via Denim Blog.

Click to purchase the printed denim short and printed denim shirt.

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Posted Sep 10 2015 in Celebrity Style Watch » Denim Fashion

Demi Lovato In J Brand Destroyed Denim Skinny Jeans


Demi Lovato was recently snapped looking calm and confident in a pair of J Brand’s 8226 Photo Ready Cropped Skinny Jeans in Remix—click for a similar pair. These jeans have everything you need to transition into fall, from a skinny silhouette and dark wash to edgy distressing at the knees and thighs. Pair them with a filmy tank and your favorite cardigan for a perfect fall look like Demi’s.

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Click here to buy a pair of J Brand’s 8226 Photo Ready Cropped Skinny Jeans in Remix.

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Posted Sep 07 2015 in Celebrity Style Watch » Denim Fashion
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