Do you ever wonder what designers wear back stage at fashion shows? We scoured through the recent spring-summer 2012 fashion shows to see who should, might and could rock a pair of jeans, even under intense stress and poorly-ventilated conditions. One of the first names who came to mind were Rick Owens, Rad Hourani, Robert Geller, Frida Giannini (Gucci) and Sharon Wauchob (Edun); but sadly, they did not deliver. Mind you, most designers pop their heads out for only a few seconds before running back from whence they came. However, the photogs were able to capture these 15 designers who chose to take a bow in jeans. Who do you think rocked their look?
Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!
1. Our good friend and fellow denim-head The Denim Guy is embarking on his own Raw Denim Project, with a pair of AG jeans.
2. Kanye West looks great in these destroyed vintage levi’s jeans! We’re not usually huge fans of Kanye’s styling, but this time he nailed a classic look, and we love it.
3. Go behind the scenes with James Jeans and see what their latest lookbook production involved. Hint: lush greenery and denim!
4. Want a fresh perspective? We love the Dr. Denim blog. It’s loaded with anecdotal photography and (of course) great jeans.
5. Chanel wasn’t the first or last to conjure up denim-inspired nail polish, but now it’s sure to become a trend. NUBAR has released a line of denim inspired colors for about $20.00.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Chanel, denim nail polish, destroyed denim, Dr. Denim, James Jeans, Kanye West, nubar, The Denim Guy, vintage Levi's
When you fall madly in love with a denim brand, you just can’t help but be loyal! Perhaps that’s the story behind Fidelity Denim‘s name. They stay true to the blue with their fabric, fit, and finish. They have an endless variety of basics with unique seaming, dual stitch color, and aged hardware for both men and women that give a distinct character to their line, making it very hard to cheat on (sorry, we can’t help ourselves from making fidelity puns!). Read on to hear what designer Jason Trotzuk had to tell us…
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?
Fidelity: I started with hand painting blue jeans in my parents basement. Selling them on Robson St in Vancouver at a few hundred dollars a piece. It eventually led me to my love affair with denim and I started up my first company. I founded Fidelity in January of 2005 and the rest is history!
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?
Fidelity: NO immediate competition to speak of, we feel that our fit and quality is high above the rest. We have an incredibly loyal following which I believe is a true result of our amazing product.
DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
Fidelity: MUSIC…a pre design ritual is getting a heavy dose of get all fired up and kick the shit out of the fashion norm…. My always dependable go to favs are AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen…newer stuff that gets me going are the Black Eyed Peas, Arcade Fire, Keisha…anything that gets your heart pumping
I always like to sit down and review the past few seasons of Fidelity’s fits and washes. From there I review current trends and runway fashions while continuously thinking about culture and lifestyle of our customer.
DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
Fidelity: I would say that our mission is to design premium product that incorporates style, fashion and quality.
DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?
Fidelity: Our current Spring line is heavily influenced by the 70s, the Summer line goes with a relaxed, classic beach house esthetic and Fall will round us off by going back to basics with seductive silhouettes and a darker colour palate.
DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
Fidelity: I would have to say that Chanel would be the ultimate dream collaboration. Chanel has an incredible history and defines high end. Everything they do is perfection…timeless perfection.
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
Fidelity: Currently the Scoop (low rise skinny) and Sequoia (low rise skinny boot) are huge hits. The great thing about these styles is that they can easily be dressed up or down. For Spring the Aloe (wide leg) has been gaining some press coverage as it is perfect for the 70s vibe this spring season.
DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
Fidelity: Our new premium flex fabric from Japan (used for Ace) is going to become a favourite for everyone.
DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing?
Fidelity: Street style impacts our design because of the influence that these individuals and bloggers have on our customer. Street style is now a part of our culture and in turn has a large influence on the design aspect of the industry.
DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
Fidelity: Funny thing- although I own more pairs then I can count, but I have 3 favourites, and I just wear those…you don’t need lots of jeans…just the right ones…that’s why people need to try Fidelity…its the only pair you’ll need and want to wear…no kidding!!!!!
DT: Favorite celeb wearing your brand?
Fidelity: Ashley Greene has been spotted out and about multiple times rocking a pair of Fidelity’s as well as other fabulous people such as Rihanna and Megan Fox!
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Tags: AC/DC, arcade fire, Ashley Greene, Black Eyed Peas, Chanel, Fidelity Denim, jason trotzuk, keisha, led zeppelin, megan fox, rihanna, van halen, vancouver
Monday Monday, so good to me…if only I could wake up to a cup of hot coffee and a brand new Chanel Coco Cocoon quilted Bowler bag sent to me for free. Oh, how nice that would be!
Well, my motto has always been “champagne wishes and caviar dreams”, nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. So, come-come my friends, take a look at a few denim related items that I adore that may tickle your fancy.
Acne, ”Ambition to Create Novel Expressions”, the fantastic Swedish denim company continues to create beautiful and contemporary collections season after season. For their RTW SS2010 collection, featured are body-con jeans with futuristic metallic glam. Without a doubt, to be a bold statement and conversation piece. There are so many ways you can wear these jeans, but for a chic and well curated look, keeping things simple with neutral colors is the way to go. J’adore!
Contact Acne for more information.
Helmut Lang Skinny Leather Pants, $875.00
Super hot for this season are denim-inspired leather pants. Whether they are real leather or faux, the look is a mix of luxe and casual, downtown and uptown, in short, perfect in every way.
Buy Helmut Lang at Intermix
Alexander Wang Coco Duffel (Exclusive to shopbop), $850.00
This super-soft distressed leather bag has the look of denim. A nice big size to fit all of my daily needs of makeup, gadgets, phone, etc. with an added hip feature, metal studs at bottom.
Buy Alexander Wang at shopbop
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Acne, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Helmut Lang
Ladies, when you’re out on the prowl dressed in your sexiest jeans, what’s the denim jean’s wing-man? Shoes, of course. Let’s talk about the perfect way to lure in that cute boy you’ve been eyeing with some captivating sexy footwear. Before you know it, you’ll have to beg the poor pup to “heel boy heel!”
Here are a few “IT” boots and shoes that are currently hot! In addition, more sizzling trends for the upcoming season as inspiration and lower priced alternatives to get your juices flowing!
Ice-Ice Baby! Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga had the mind blowing rubber and latex boot this F/W. These futuristically architectural boots are something that I would imagine wearing around in Superman’s ‘Fortress of Solitude’. Illuminating and avant garde, with these on you will be a force to reckon with! One trend to look out for this coming spring and summer are lucite heels. Check out Stella McCartney’s gorgeous lucite-heeled sandals from her S/S 09 collection (inquire at Stella McCartney stores for more info and price). I would go as minimal in dress as possible to showcase both the shoes and your oh-so-fine figure and derriere. Get a jump start on the jumpsuit trend and try these shoes with Thayer’s denim romper ($169, www.shopbop.com).
But for most of us, who’s kryptonite is the paralyzing recession, let’s take a look at more modest takes on the two styles. Nothing can compare to the Balenciagas so we won’t even try, but there are plenty of fashionable alternatives. If you want to invest in a pair of pricey shoes, make sure that they are either really special or classics that you can keep forever. Otherwise, ride the trend wave and shop around for the best inspired looks at bargain basement prices.
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- Nine West – “Taffela” Booty on sale for $99.99, originally $189.00 (www.ninewest.com). Get the versatile ivory color, great for all year round. Comes in Ivory or Black leather.
- Stuart Weitzman – “See All” Lucite Wedged Heel Sandal in silver on sale for $99.95, originally $298.00 (www.shoebuy.com).
Sex on the Beach or Shirley’s Temple? Whether you are looking for some “Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Man” or a little more romancing the stone, show up wearing Chanel’s strappy ankle boot with translucent detail and a 105 mm whirlwind heeled cut-out open toe ankle boot ($850, available at Chanel stores). Pair these bad-boys up with Pratt Denim’s ‘Norton’ black oiled skinny motorcycle jeans on sale for $119, originally $198 (www.bluefly.com). For a little twist, add something more chic and feminine on top with J. Crew’s metallic ‘Astrid ‘ jacket on sale for $99.99 plus an additional extra 30% off on top of that (code: EXTRA30), originally $375.00 (www.jcrew.com).
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- Nine West ‘Yung’ Ankle Boot (www.ninewest.com). This strappy open-toe ankle boot comes in black patent or silver patent on sale for $69.99, originally $119. What a bargain!
Friends with Fringe Benefits? Thinking about doing a little drunk dialing and making that booty call? Well, how about greeting him at the door with Sergio Rossi’s ultra luxe – ultra sexy ‘Yvette’ Ankle Fringe Python Sandals ($1,295.00, www.intermixonline). Snakeskins and animal prints are hot trends for this spring! Second to being au natural, try pairing them up with Trina Turk’s sexy ‘Royale’ dress in dark-wash denim on sale for $194.60, originally $278.00 (www.shopbop.com).
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- Frederick’s Top Fringe Sandal, $24.99 (www.fredericks.com). Comes in black and natural. Practically giving them away!
Love is a Battlefield! Down a couple of drinks, take a deep breath and get out on the battlefield (a.k.a the dance floor) and outshine the competition! You are beautiful, smart, confident, and on the prowl! Get a leg up on the other ladies with Robert Clergerie’s ‘Diane’ black platform gladiators, $760 (www.barneys.com). Slide into Current/Elliott’s Super Stretch Legging jean in washed out black on sale for $174.40, originally $228 (www.bijouapparel.com) topped off with H&M’s white motorcycle jacket, $49.90 (www.hm.com) for a look that will surely bring him to his knees.
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- Glaze Zippered Gladiators, $49.90 (www.flyjane.net). Insanely cheap!
- Abaet?© for Payless Gabriel Gladiators, $38.00 (www.payless.com). You can’t pass this up!
Pin down that stud-muffin! Show him who’s boss with some sexy studded sandals. Step out in the ‘Caucaso’ leather studded wedge with studs and back zipper by Sigerson Morrison, $845.00 (www.shopzoeonline.com). Pair them up with Alexander Wang’s baggy denim shorts with holes and distressing, $285.00 (www.shopbop.com) topped off with an Ombre fringe tank top $17.80 (www.forever21.com) for a sexy boyfriend look.
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- Baker’s Danaka T-strap Studded Platform Sandal, $69.95 (www.bakersshoes.com) Sexy!
- Jeffrey Campbell’s Studded Heel Pump, $148.00 (www.urbanoutfitters.com), for a studded pump alternative.
Oh, do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight!
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Abaete, Alexander Wang, Astrid jacket, Balenciaga, Chanel, Current/Elliott, Forever21, Fredericks, Glaze, H&M, Nine West, Pratt Denim, Robert Clergerie, Sergio Rossi, Sigerson Morrison, Stella McCartney, Stuart Weitzman, Thayer, Trina Turk