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Style: Slouchy Denim Shorts

Hey boys, don’t cry, girls just wanna have fun!  We can’t help that we love the slouchy ease and look of boyfriend jeans.  So maybe it’s getting a little annoying that we beg, borrow and steal your jeans for our selfish fashionable reasons, but there’s just nothing like the feeling of worn-in, naturally distressed, buttery soft denim jeans.

Ladies, let’s give our boos a break and invest in a pair of our own slouchy denim shorts (without the DIY trashing of your man’s favorite worn-in jeans).  Still fresh and more popular than ever for the sunshiny season to strut, frolick or lounge around in.  As usual, these denim shorties can be worn in multiple ways for multiple occasions so, get your slouchy denim jeans on!

Sass & Bide Boyfriend DNM Shorts

Sass & Bide Boyfriend Denim Shorts, $295.00

Perfectly distressed, torn and cuffed slouchy jeans.  Vamp it up with mile high heels or for a more vintage rough and tumble look, pull on a pair of cowboy boots…hee-haw!


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J. Crew Denim Cut-off Short, $79.50

Faded, sheared and distressed just enough to make you feel like they’ve been worn for years.  Wear them with a romantic top and wedge heels for a softened up boyish look.


AE Slouchy Denim Bermuda Shorts

AE Slouchy Denim Bermuda Shorts $34.95

These slouchy light wash denim bermuda shorts are a staple for the girl on the move.  Wear it with ease, perfect with a neutral colored sandal and t-shirt.


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Gap Trouser Jean Cutoffs, $34.65

A slightly slouchy trouser silhouette, with just enough distressing. Pair these with a fitted blazer, statement necklace and stack heels for a chic polished look.


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted May 03 2010 in Uncategorized

Aloha Rag + Thakoon Launch Party


cardigans2Normally, when I make my way down to Greenwich Street it’s usually because I’m driving through traffic hell en route to cross the Holland Tunnel, but now that those days are thankfully over, my only destination in that neck of the woods is to get to Aloha Rag.  A long time favorite store of mine, they have a location at 505 Greenwich Street (at Spring Street). The store is well curated with coveted brands such as Balmain, Margiela, Balenciaga, and Comme Des Garcons, to name a few.  I bought my lovely R13 jeans there that I absolutely love.

A regular customer and fan of Aloha Rag’s simple cardigans is Thakoon Panichgul, the Thai-born, Omaha-raised, design darling of Anna Wintour. Thakoon recently showed his Fall 2010 RTW collection at New York Fashion Week.  After a mention of Aloha Rag’s cardigans being a uniform for him in an interview, Aloha Rag contacted Thakoon and the rest is history.

cardigansLast night was the debut of his men’s wear collaboration with Aloha Rag of two plaid unisex cashmere cardigans. I had the pleasure of meeting Thakoon, and of course, he was sporting his current obsession, plaid. With the saying that “little is more”, Thakoon fans are left wanting more of what he has to offer to men’s wear.  Perhaps, this is a little prelude to something more to come.  We certainly hope so!

Fortunate for New Yorkers, Thakoon’s cardigans are only available at the Greenwich Street store, but you can shop for more Thakoon at Aloha Rag’s online store.

Shop Aloha Rag

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 17 2010 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Thakoon Designs Cardigan for Aloha Rag, Minimal Intent: Rozae Nichols and Stella Ishii’s New Line, Off And Running: Alexander Wang

Happy Monday my fellow denimphiles!  

In today’s WWD breaking news, I’m highlighting three designers that I have in my closet: Thakoon, Rozae Nichols and Alexander Wang.  Three very different personalities and aesthetics, but all design gorgeous clothing.

Thakoon designs a cardigan for Aloha Rag’s private label.  Aloha Rag, has been my long time go-to online shop for designers that I love such as Henrik Vibskov, Martin Margiela, Comme des Garcons, Balenciaga, Lanvin and more.  Since they opened their free standing store in NYC, it’s been a nice shopping destination for catching up with what’s hot and in trend.  Lucky New Yorkers will be able to snag Thakoon’s cardigans as the NY store will only carry Thakoon’s cardigan, to drop in February.

Rozae Nichols starts a new collection called Ian with long-time friend Stella Ishii.  I own a few dresses from Rozae Nichols and always love the added little details that she puts on her clothing.  Her clothes are often simple and feminine with a touch of tactile stimuli both to the fingers and the eyes. In Nichols and Ishii’s Ian collection, they go minimal keeping things more basic, but always chic.

Alexander Wang continues his successful career in 2009 with footwear, eyewear (with the fantastic Linda Farrow),  a cheaper line called T and a menswear line.  A great basic dress to have in your closet from his T collection is the Stretch One Shoulder Dress.  Dalexander-wang2ress it up or down, wear it alone or over leggings or jeans.  There are a multiple number of ways you can rock this dress and at only $95, it’s a great buy!

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Read the WWD articles below.

–Nikki Cho Russo


Thakoon Designs Cardigan for Aloha Rag



Thakoon for Aloha Rag. Photo by Courtesy Photo

Aloha Rag??™s new private label is going to include a series of designer collaborations, and first up is a men??™s cardigan by Thakoon, the designer??™s first foray into men??™s wear but surely not his last. 

???I??™m dying to do men??™s wear, I really am,??? said Thakoon Panichgul. ???I think it would be so fun. I always have guys asking me when I??™m going to start. I think maybe in a year. Maybe.??? 

As reported, Tatsugo Yoda??™s Aloha Rag boutiques are launching a private label collection for spring that is available for wholesale as well. But the designer collaborations, which will include women??™s in the future, will be exclusive to Aloha Rag stores, located in New York and Honolulu. Only the New York unit will carry the Thakoon cardigan, arriving in February. 

???I love seeing designers create pieces that are outside of their comfort zone. At the end of the day, they are artists and my boutique is their gallery,??? said Yoda. 

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Minimal Intent: Rozae Nichols and Stella Ishii’s New Line



A look from Ian. Photo by Thomas Iannaccone

Two years ago, Stella Ishii visited the Dia:Beacon art museum in upstate New York with a close friend, designer Rozae Nichols. ???We saw [the work of] this conceptual artist Fred Sandback,??? recalls Ishii, president and founder of The News Inc., a downtown Manhattan showroom for young designers. ???There??™s a beautiful piece there where he defines space with thread.??? Something about those string sculptures, set against a spare, white-walled room, ultimately stuck. 

Fast-forward to spring 2010. Sandback has become the unlikely first muse behind a new contemporary collection launched by Ishii and Nichols, dubbed Ian. Look closely at the simple shirts and sheath dresses, for instance; there are subtle, stray lines tracing from front to back and side to side, reminiscent of Sandback??™s work. ???The world of conceptual and minimalist art is a really strong comfort zone for me,??? explains Nichols. ???It will continue to be a strong point of reference for the collection.??? 

rozae-nichols2Contemporary art also lies at the root of the co-founders??™ relationship. Ishii is married to an artist; Nichols, to an art director. The two were introduced nearly two decades ago by Los Angeles gallerist Marc Foxx. ???[Foxx] wanted me to see [Ishii??™s husband??™s] work,??? says the Los Angeles-based Nichols. ???I got a [mixed media piece] of his that day. We have been friends as two couples, sharing a dialogue of all the things we love in art and architecture, for all these years.??? 

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Off And Running: Alexander Wang


alexander-wangAlexander Wang is ???super psyched.??? It??™s early October in Paris and Wang, on a phone interview as he navigates his way through the city??™s winding streets, is talking about attending his first fashion shows in Europe. First up is Valentino, less than three hours away. Tomorrow comes the juggernaut, especially for this longtime Marc Jacobs fan and former intern: Louis Vuitton at the Louvre courtyard. ???I can??™t believe I??™m able to go,??? enthuses Wang, 25. ???I feel like I??™m a student sneaking into his show.???

 A decade ago, that very well might have been the case. Growing up, Wang was the clich?© fashion hound??”waiting by the mailbox after school for his fashion glossies to arrive, eagerly following his mom on shopping excursions and, once the Internet hit, obsessively following the collections online. Wang was so enamored with the industry, its bold-faced movers, models and shakers, that the San Francisco native used to scour eBay for tickets to the CFDA and VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, too.

Plenty has changed. Wang heads his own self-financed $20 million firm and, in five short years, has positioned himself as one of the more visible movers and shakers of fashion??™s next generation. His name already spawns off its own adjectives and nouns??”???A wangster,??? writes Dublin-based blogger Ana K., ???is a skinny urban girl who lives each day according to the gospel according to Alexander Wang?????”and the early ???Model-Off-Duty??? catchphrase of his, once used to describe Wang??™s signature easy, nonchalant look, is common industry lingo now.

And 2009 has become a year of major progress. Wang launched footwear, eyewear (with Linda Farrow), an e-commerce site, a secondary line called T and his first formal entr?©e into men??™s wear within that. He??™s making inroads internationally, too: Wang recently was named the hottest international designer brand in a survey by Japanese newspaper Senken-Shimbun??”double the votes of runner-up Givenchy??”and just introduced his own in-store shop at Selfridges in London. Also, Wang, in his second nomination, nabbed this year??™s CFDA Swarovski Award for emerging women??™s wear designer.

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Posted Nov 09 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires for Dudes: The Avant Gardist

What does a gentleman, who prefers to stand out of the crowd, put on to emulate a more creative look? Here are a few items that may help the dubious hipster to not only stand alone, but most likely ignite his own cult fashion following.


general-ideaGeneral Idea Black Printed Jeans, $182.00

Bumsuk Choi, the Korean designer behind the General Idea label, has a fresh take on denim jeans. Check out this black graphic jean with geometric black, white and grey triangle print with 5 pockets with 2 studs on each side of front pocket, zip fly with stud as button closure, upside down triangle logo pin on back of pocket. Visually fun and stimulating!

Buy General Idea at Oak NYC










martin-margielaMartin Margiela, 5 Pocket Pants, $495.00

Avant garde designer, Martin Margiela, does denim using unique washes, finishes and details resulting in his artful take on denim.

Buy Martin Margiela at Aloha Rag











carol-chris-pantsCarol Christian Poell Cotton/Polyurathane/Viscose Chainseam Spiral Pants.

The fall collection of Austrian designer Carol Christian Poell has unusual pants, denim, out of this world leather jackets and blazers and unbelievable footwear – the drip leather rubber sneakers are amazing!












Carol Christian Poell  Heavy Cotton Chainseam Spiral Pants 

Contact Atelier New York for prices.









–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Nov 02 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Aloha Rag Introducing Wholesale Range


Aloha Rag Introducing Wholesale Range


From WWD ISSUE 09/04/2009



A sketch from the Aloha Rag wholesale collections. (Photos by Courtesy Photos)

After nearly 15 years of championing emerging and underground labels, Aloha Rag, the Honolulu and New York-based store and e-commerce site, is launching a line of its own. Known for its high-end hipster sensibility, the company will introduce for spring men??™s and women??™s wholesale ranges under the name Aloha Rag. As owner Tatsugo Yoda and creative manager Jeremiah Mandel see it, the collections, made up of denim, graphic T-shirts, jackets and dresses retailing from $50 to $550, will round out the store??™s otherwise avant roster of merch, which includes Henrik Vibskov and Golden Goose. 
???We found that there were certain voids for basics or things that could go with the larger pieces,??? says Mandel. ???A lot of people are buying specialty items right now and [the Aloha Rag collection] will be an easier way to complete outfits.??? All items, designed by Yoda, will be produced domestically or in Japan. 

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–Nikki Cho Russo


Posted Sep 04 2009 in Uncategorized
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