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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

How To Make Double Denim Look Expensive


Once upon a time, the phrase double denim called to mind images of “Canadian tuxedos” and horrific family photos from the 90s featuring multiple generations wearing jean shirts and jeans. But then, a couple years ago, double denim became a thing. The chicest models-off-duty and fashion editors began sporting the look to fashion week, and then style bloggers ran wild with it. Fall is a denim-heavy season to be sure, so to gear up for it, we’re breaking down ways to make your double denim look expensive and stylish, with the help of this great outfit from Viva Luxury.

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Images via Viva Luxury.

Tips:

1. Mix washes. Pairing two medium wash denim pieces together? Bad. Mixing a medium-to-light wash chambray button down with acid wash jeans? Perfection.

2. Tote a chic bag. Head-to-toe denim with a fabric bag over your shoulder definitely looks casual-cool, but not “expensive”. Do yourself a favor and grab your vintage chanel clutch or other cute purse to keep the look high end.

3. Wear fresh kicks. Nothing says “I am effortlessly stylish and I make more money than you!” than a pair of fresh, clean kicks to punctuate your outfit. Bonus points for metallics.

Love this look? See more photos here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 22 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Style Bloggers (Still) Love Denim On Denim


Top fashion blog a pair & a spare revealed a double denim look recently, providing evidence that this double application of our favorite fiber hasn’t left the realm of on-trend just yet. And really, it may never fade. Why? Because it’s seriously chic, and there are as many ways to approach it as there are denim washes.

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Visit the blog to learn more about this look.

—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 22 2013 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Is The Double Denim Trend Only Just Getting Started?


We’ve got to say, double denim (or the Canadian Tuxedo, if you will), is sort of a standard for us at this point. We don’t bat an eyelash if we’re strolling through Brooklyn and spot someone stylishly sporting this mono-denim combo. WWD says it’s only just getting revved up, though, and it may be that the two-toned denim-on-denim trend is about to streamline into same-wash territory. Excited? Horrified? Either way, click through to see their slide show and figure out whether this trend progression is for you.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 19 2012 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Quote of the Day: Justin Timberlake Regrets That Denim Suit


Apparently this guy doesn’t know he was channeling sex gods, but he openly admitted he regrets a lot of his style-decisions in the past, from corn rows in his pop-star days to the denim-on-denim suit he wore to the American Music Awards in 2011.

He commented:

God, I feel I’ve gone to therapy just to erase some of them. The cornrows I wore with ‘N Sync. That was pretty bad. Britney and I wore matching denim outfits [to the 2001 American Music Awards]. Yeah, another bad choice. I’d probably pay good money to get some of those pictures off the internet.”

Too late, rhinestone cowboy.

Quote from Fashionista via Playboy Magazine.

—DT Staff

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Posted Jun 16 2011 in Denim News
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