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Denim To Covet From 7 Fashion Brands at #NYFW Fall 2012

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.

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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

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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

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—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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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Posted Feb 22 2012 in Denim Fashion » Runway

Band Of Outsiders Men’s Denim Patchwork Shirt

By now you know we love an item that’s fashionably unconventional, and while patchwork denim may be happening right now, it’s not often you see a dude walking down the street in a chambray version of the blanket he used as a baby. Thanks to the muted tones and fitted silhouette of this Band Of Outsiders patchwork denim shirt, however, what might be kitschy becomes totally chic.

Want one? It’s yours for $265 at Aloha Rag.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 26 2011 in Denim Menswear

Denim Desires: Check Mate

A marriage made in heaven, this seasons theme of outdoorsy chic is the check patterned shirt with a fine pair of jeans.  Whether you want to go flannel plaid for a rogue woodsman look,  a simple check for a more refined rocky mountain high kind of flair, or a posh glen plaid for a glass of a single malt before going on a fox hunt kind of a look, just get your check on!


Today’s featured jeans:

cassette-vhs-denimHouse of Cassette VHS Denim, Was $242.00 Now $146.00

House of Cassette is a denim label by Peter James Lee, previously Creative Director for Hudson Jeans.  These jeans may come from LA, but they have little in common with most of the other faded, over embellished jeans produced on the west coast.  Simple, sleek and so hip.

Shop Cassette @ Acrimony





april77-cross-blue-selvedge-jean-in-rawApril 77 Cross Blue Selvedge Jean in Raw, $118.00  

April 77 sells an attitude and makes clothes inspired by underground music. All the clothes are affordable, so rock your wardrobe and not your wallet.

Shop April77 @ Revolve Clothing






Fabulous Blazers, Jackets and Cardigans to check out:

corpus-plaid-jacketCorpus Moto Blazer, $330.00

Awesome plaid blazer in muted black and dark green. Just enough subtle dandy details, that make this blazer a standout for fall. 

Shop Corpus @ Gargyle







ymc-gingham-biker-jacketYMC Gingham Biker Jacket, $100.00

Brown and hunter green gingham biker jacket from popular UK designers You Must Create.  The jacket has antique brass hardware, an asymmetrical front zip, front pockets, and sleeve zip detail.  A very gentlemanly take on a rebellious style.

Shop YMC @ Gargyle








ymc-check-cardiganYMC Check Cardigan, Was $200.00 Now $60.00

YMC check pattern button front cardigan is just the right amount of dapper for the downtown hipster. Relaxed fit to be worn as a layer or as an outerwear piece.

Shop YMC @ Acrimony









Shirts that cross every line:

dsm-x-comme-des-garcons-part-check-shirtDSM x Comme Des Gar?§ons Part Check Shirt, $291.64

Don’t want to go all the way?  Here’s a safe bet that may entice your fashion appetite. Premium, slim cut cotton shirt with contrast check detail from the debut collaboration between Comme des Gar?§ons and their own London flagship store, Dover Street Market. 

Shop DSM x Comme Des Garcons @ End Clothing







lyle-scott-longsleeved-check-shirtLyle & Scott Longsleeved Check Shirt, $124.99

Button-down long-sleeved shirt from Lyle & Scott Vintage. This is a new design for AW09, and features and all over check pattern, that works as well for smart as it does for casual wear. 

Shop Lyle & Scott @ End Clothing






band-of-outsidersBand of Outsiders Flannel Check Shirt, $214.00

Interpretations of classic shirting have been one of the key elements in Band of Outsider’s collections and this cotton flannel check shirt is a perfect example of this.            

Shop Band of Outsiders @ South Willard








gant-rugger-check-plaid-sport-shirtGant Rugger Check Plaid Sport Shirt, $125.00

Not just your ordinary plaid shirt, Gant goes hip with this amazing plaid shirt that looks and fits great.

Shop Gant @ Barney’s









barbour-reversible-cashmere-mix-scarfBarbour Reversible Cashmere Mix Scarf, $75.00

Premium cashmere and merino scarf featuring a large checked pattern on one side and block colour on the other with fringes at either end. This is a great example of Barbour’s premium knitwear, and is perfect for winter.

Shop Barbour @ Best Gear



–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Nov 10 2009 in Uncategorized

Man does not live by Jeans alone

Sure, jeans are a must have staple of any man’s wardrobe, but an outfit is never complete without a great blazer, shirt and accessories. With only three days left until Father’s Day, shop for some great gifts to polish off  dad’s Father’s Day look.




Engineered Garment  Andover Jacket, $219 

Engineered Garment’s classic cotton three button blazer.  A versatile spring/summer blazer worn effortlessly with jeans, chinos or shorts.

Buy It!






Alexander McQueen Gingham Placket Sport Shirt – Pink, $225.25

Brighten up his day and his look with this great fitted shirt.









Lauren Urstadt Black Leather Belt with Covered Studs, $125

This great understated rock ‘n’ roll belt gives you a little edge without being flashy.

Buy It!







Band of Outsiders Reconstructed Tassled Slip-on Shoes, $200  

Sperry Topsider redux for a sleek modern look that looks great with everything from jeans to dressy slacks.

Buy It!







For a vast selection of affordable ties, ascots, pocket squares and even shirts, the Tie Bar is a one-stop shopping on-line store.  

Buy It!


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jun 18 2009 in Uncategorized

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony: Crossing Over

Source: WWD.COM

by-samantha-conti-posted-monday-february-23-2009chloe-1“The references are all over the map,” said an unapologetic Chlo?« Sevigny, chatting about her latest collaboration with Opening Ceremony – a unisex collection she unveiled during London Fashion Week. The line, which she showed Sunday at the Double Club, was a “slight homage” to one of her favorite designers, Miguel Adrover, said the actress, but it also had dashes of what she called “gay lumberjack,” James Dean, preppy New England and English punk. Highlights included skinny moleskin trousers, Fair Isle, tiger and leopard-patterned knits, little tweed blazers, dyed thermals and oversize jackets that fall past the hip. It was conceived as a men’s collection that women could also wear.

Sevigny and Opening Ceremony have also collaborated with Bass on a selection of footwear, including two-tone Weejun loafers and saddle-shoe boots. Other accessories include checkerboard scarves, fabric backpacks with plastic patch pockets and beanies. Prices start at $95 for a fringed scarf and run to $945 for an overcoat. The line will be carried at Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles and stores including Barneys, Colette and Dover Street Market.













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Opening Ceremony is doing a last call on their discounted designer merchandise now at markdowns of up to 75% off. Be sure to hit this West Hollywood outpost within the next two weeks for sale men’s and women’s clothing from Acne, Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders, Alexander Wang, and their own O.C. line and more.  

Opening Ceremony, 451 North La Cienega Boulevard, (between Rosewood and Oakwood avenues); 310-652-1120

Shop Now!

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 24 2009 in Uncategorized
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