If you were tuned in earlier this week you caught our coverage of the revived ’80s super-denim-brand Les Halles and their newest line of super-fresh jeans and separates for spring 2011. Now we take you behind the scenes with Marlene and Stephen Baum’s daughter Remy, the third leg and inspiration of the 2008 re-launch. See what she has to say about their influences for upcoming seasons, and how many pairs of jeans she owns!
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. Give us a brief overview of Les Halles as a brand and your inclusion in the re-launch. What inspired you to take part?
Remy: Les Halles was started by my parents, Marlene and Stephen Baum in 1979. They rose to become one of the most influential denim brands in the United States, but it came to a halt in ’83 because they wanted to focus on family. They went on to design for different top tier denim lines (Jordache, Guess, Gasoline).
The idea for the re-launch came about as I was helping my mother clean out her closet and stumbled upon a pair of her original Les Halles baggie jeans from ’79. I tried them on and couldn’t help but notice that they resembled a pair of jeans that were new to the market and gaining momentum at the time. I approached my parents with the idea of bringing back Les Halles for the next generation. They were thrilled—they loved the idea that the re-launch of Les Halles could become a family affair.
DT: Are there other denim brands you consider your immediate competition? How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?
R: We don’t worry about what other brands are doing, but we’ve differentiated ourselves by staying ahead of the curve with fit and working together as a family. All three of us offer a joint perspective unlike any other denim brand: we combine the past and the present. We also maintain a keen sense of what’s next, and try to be fearless with our risk-taking in that sense. We hope to make Les Halles a dominant leader in the denim industry again!
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Tags: 1970's, 1980s, bell bottoms, flare leg jeans, interview, jeans, Les Halles, Marlene and Stephen Baum, q&a, Remy Baum, vintage denim
If you’ve been around for a minute you know how we feel about Current/Elliott (imagine the heart-shape we’re making with our hands right now), so when they dropped these gorgeous jeans on the market, we had a little denim-addict moment in the office. The Fuel Flare Jeans—a perfect pair to start off with if you’re still on the fence about going ’70s-chic this spring—are an easy-to-style, classic wardrobe staple. They retail for $218 and are now available at Atrium.
Destructed Tie Dye Top by Raquel Allegra ($325), Claudia Leather Bomber Jacket by Closed ($768), Fuel Flare Jeans by Current/Elliott ($218) – all available at Atrium.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: 1970's, Current/Elliott, flare leg jeans, Fuel Flare Jeans, new denim, vintage style
We left off last week with Moussy’s newest campaign featuring Lindsey Wixson, which was pretty dark and sexy… but their newest lookbook has a strictly summer mood. The vintage-filtered outdoor shots of gorgeous denim outfits will have you craving for sunshine the moment you click. Denim cut-off shorts and wide-leg jeans are mixed with headbands and cowboy fringe amidst palm trees and wood paneled interiors. The ’70s rock’n'roll vibe plays alongside a more contemporary theme with items like a tailored vest and graphic tees. Scroll through to rev up your warm-weather inspiration!
Images via Moussy.
—Michelle Christina Larsnen
Tags: 1970's, coordinate, Japanese denim, LookBook, Moussy, Spring 2011, summer 2011, VinTage
Ashlee Simpson was spotted doing some last-minute Christmas shopping at the American Vintage store on Melrose Avenue wearing her Dittos jeans. Dittos is a denim brand that dates back to the 1970′s however it was relaunched in 2007 with a full collection that is both modern and has a vintage perspective. Ashlee Simpson has been seen wearing the Dittos brand very often (especially this specific flare-leg style).
We love the black and white ensemble including the incredible Chanel earrings- now that’s bringing vintage back (the blonde short hair suits her well too)! You can check out Dittos’ looks and shop the website to see more of what we’re talking about.
– Jackie Racer
Tags: 1970's, american vintage, Ashlee Simpson, Chanel, dittos, flare leg, melrose avenue