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Babakul Brings Hippie Jeans Back For Spring 2012

Clothing label Babakul picked models that remind us of Jane Birkin and her It Girl daughter, Lou Doillon, for their Spring-Summer 2012 range of Hippie jeans, and we do mean 70s fashion redux. After all, Babakul is a French translation for “hippie.”  This consistent collection of classic denim silhouettes—featuring flared wide leg jeans in high waists, soft denim shorts and a flirty denim dress—are sure to be great music festival fashion staples.  We suddenly wanted to put on some Serge Gainsbourg and fiddle around with an acoustic guitar (even if we can’t play one).  Babakul is simply killing us with their tranquil, laid-back styling, a product of the Los Angeles-based company founded by denim industry veterans who have together founded True Religion and Taverniti jeans.

Babakul conjures up Jane Birkin style for their Spring-Summer 2012 collection.

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—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Feb 24 2012 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

It Jeans: Dittos Offers Denim in 20 Colors for Spring 2012

Remember Dittos jeans?  The ’70s-inspired denim brand is back and bold for Spring 2012.  Offering a spectrum of candy-colored jeans and shorts (no surprise!) to satisfy your lust for, well, color, you could say there won’t be a dull day this spring.  After all, there are 20 colors to work with!  And, you can get a little wild with their animal print shorts, too.  Featuring front besom pockets, saddle back yokes and double back yokes, the butt-flattering jeans are likely going to be a great repeat in your fashion rotation.  Juicy, sassy and classy: Dittos has a little bit of something for everyone in this collection.  The boys of yesteryear were hot for girls in Dittos jeans and we think history is about to repeat itself.

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Check out Dittos on Facebook for more information!

—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Jan 09 2012 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Court Jeans Spring 2012: It’s All About High Waisted Daisy Dukes & High Waisted Jeans

For Spring 2012, Court Jeans wants us to wear short denim shorts and be embraced by high waisted jeans.  You may have seen the trend on cropped tops, so the high waisted jeans will be a great complement to your street style look.  We are loving this extension to the 70s trend, because of the Daisy Dukes and Farah Fawcett appeal.  We’re also loving the nostalgic touches throughout the collection: the star print shorts (very Wonder Woman TV serise) and the Joanie shorts (a nod to the “Joanie Love Chachi” TV series?); and the vintage washed high waist bell bottoms.

Court Jeans Spring-Summer 2012: It's all about the high waisted Jeans.

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Denim shorts lookbook images and high waisted jeans lookbook images via Denimology.  View more jeans at Court Shop online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Dec 14 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

HUDSON Collection SS2011 by Hudson Jeans

The new HUDSON Collection by Hudson Jeans just dropped, which takes inspiration from “early 1970s Venice, California with European flair.”  For Spring-Summer 2011, the collection features a wrap denim jacket, high-waisted jeans with graduated bell bottoms, harem pants and layering pieces with unfinished edges.  It’s a decidedly laid-back collection for going about town looking like you’re street chic with a vintage spirit.  We’re particularly enamored with the white bell bottom jeans (featured below) which highlights a waistband which has been cut out.

HUDSON Collection by Hudson Jeans just dropped, featuring a 1970s spirit: bell bottom jeans and faded layering pieces.

To shop the collection, go to Hudson Jeans online.



—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Jun 22 2011 in Denim News

Flare Jeans, Street Style

One of the leading denim trends right now is the ’70s style flare leg jeans, but is anybody really wearing it off the pages of a magazine?  Who What Wear has documented a few stylish ladies from the Stockholm streets to New York City.  Note from WWW: do not go all-out and take the ’70s vibe literally.  You can look elegant and on-trend by pairing your fluid wide leg jeans with a structured blazer or a body skimming top to off-set the looseness of the jean.


To read about suggested wide leg jeans (including the high-waisted variety!) and what else to wear with your flared jeans, go to Who What Wear online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Mar 31 2011 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Denim Insider: Twelve Years of Frankie B. Jeans


1. May, 2002: Carmen Electra in Frankie B.
2. Megan Fox wears her Frankie B. “Heart of Steel” in 2010.
3. Frankie B. Spring/Summer 2009.
4. Frankie B. Spring/Summer 2005.
5. Frankie B. Spring/Summer 2007: Daniella Clarke with husband, Gilby Clarke.
6. Frankie B. Fall/Winter 2008.
7. Frankie B. Spring/Summer 2011: Toxic Love Legging ($196) – buy it at Frankie B.

In February, Frankie B. Jeans will mark its 12th year anniversary, and we thought it would be fitting to talk to Daniella Clarke, the founder who started out DIYing her own jeans as a teenager by ripping out the waistbands.  As a pioneer in the denim industry, we really wanted to find out what she’s up to now (besides being sought to resurrect the 1970s denim brand Dittos Jeans) and how much of a denim freak she is.  We also found out she is a bit obsessed with Kate Moss and lots of male musicians wear Frankie B. jeans.

daniella-clarke-frankie-b-jeansDaniella Clarke, Founder of Frankie B. Jeans

DT: So Daniella, do you own a lot of jeans?
DC: I think I have about 300 pairs of jeans but it’s kinda [sic] silly because I seem to rotate the same 5 pairs on a daily basis.

DT: What is the longest you have worn one pair?
DC: Yikes! This is an embarrassing question, but I’m going to be honest. Sometimes I wear a jean about 4-6 times before I wash them! I just love the way my jeans fit and don’t want to wash the fit out of them once I wear them in. I also don’t wash them often if I’m trying to preserve the dark indigo wash.

DT: Are you working with any new textiles or technology?
DC: I really love this new denim were working with called Black Gold. It’s a coated denim; often coated denim can be stiff but this is so soft and just pretty with a bit of a shimmer.

DT: What do you think of the 1970s vibe hitting this year?
DC: I love the 1970s trend… I’m a huge fan of the flared and wide leg – so sexy!  My personal favorite for sure! I also really love those terracotta colors from that time period and hoping to incorporate that into the line in ways of colored denim.

DT: What advice can you give when shopping Frankie B. jeans?
DC: We are not as low as people say and our fit is amazing.  If you’re looking to accentuate a small derri?re, try one of our Rosie Bow butt skinny’s. We run pretty true to size.


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Frankie B. jeans have been worn by numerous celebrities and has a cult following among denim aficionados.  In consequence, counterfeits have been found online at such sites as eBay.  Shop Frankie B.’s own Web site to get the real deal.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 24 2011 in Interviews » Lookbooks
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