With so much rain, sleet, and snow lately, what better way to remedy your cabin fever than to weather the storm and go shopping! There’s plenty of denim that will put a little snap, crackle and plenty of pop into your wardrobe (and spirits).
Alexander Wang Denim w/belt, $170.00
Black denim pants with leather belt detailing and metal hardware. Mad Max for the modern woman.
Alexander Wang @ Aloha Rag
Rock & Republic Crazy Low-Rise Malevolent Jeans, $248.00
Gorgeous edgy jeans in a metallic black/silver wash for the fashionable rocker chick.
Rock & Republic @ Bergdorf Goodman
Marc by Marc Jacobs Diamond Denim Dress, $298.00
This fabulous tribal print denim dress is a breath of fresh air for any spring wardrobe.
Marc by Marc Jacobs @ Shopbop
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, $275.00
A sexy denim tube dress easy to slip on and easy to slip off.
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela @ Shopbop
Andy Warhol for Pepe Jeans
Andy Warhol makes Pepe pop with iconic prints.
Just in time for the spring, it’s La Dolce Vita! The Italian powerhouse, Missoni, has gotten Chuck’d and taken for a whirl-wind of a ride in a collaborative love affair with the American All-Star rock ‘n’ roller. Dropping in selected stores in April, Missoni’s iconic pattern graces the Chuck Taylor in two color patterns at $200 a pop! Sizzling!
Jimmy Choo NixenPlatform, $795.00
Rock that 70s style in these platform corked heel sandals. To complete the retro look, add the Martha clutchindenim with jazzy lightening bolt and star print, $1050.00
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander Wang, Andy Warhol, Converse, Jimmy Choo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Missoni, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Pepe Jeans, Rock & Republic
Terence Koh x Converse Chuck Taylor Allstars
Genevieve Jones, Humberto Leon, Terence Koh (Photo by Elizabeth Lippman)
Carol Lim and Phillip Lim (Photo by Elizabeth Lippman)
Last night, Converse held a launch party for the collaboration of Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars at the Cooper Union Foundation Building in NYC. As the elevator opened up to the thumping music dj’d by Aaron Bondaroff, I grabbed a Colt 45 and joined the intimate gathering of downtown hipsters and press to view the new Chucks by the controversial artist. Half naked models dressed only in fresh white underwear and fresh white Converse Chuck Taylors, designed by Koh, sat on stools air painting on white canvases. I thought to myself, “no mini-gold plated feces?” not even a miniature one dangling from the shoe laces, not a trace.
Koh??™s approach to the design of his shoe focused on subtraction. ???I wanted to keep the DNA of the Chuck Taylor intact, while reducing the seams, and smoothing out the shoe??™s surfaces as much as possible???. Terence replaced the usual curve of the ankle with a vertical construction to give the shoe a clean square look. A smoothed-out version of the signature Converse tread on the sole combines with a white on white All Star rubber license plate on the heel to round out the ultra-clean look and feel of the shoe.
Terence Koh, born in Beijing China who grew up in Mississauga, Ontario – Canada, is self described as “the Naomi Campbell of the art world,” in the New York Times. Koh is an artist with work that includes sculptures, installations, performances and artist books. Categorized as an artist of New Gothic Art, Koh has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. His work has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions including Love for Eternity, a mid-career retrospective at MUSAC (Leon, Spain); Captain Buddha, Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, Germany); Dirty Blind God, de Pury & Luxembourg, (Zurich, Switzerland); Terence Koh Whitney Museum of American Art, (New York). Most art collectors don’t put up with a lot of bullshit, but Koh has gold-plated and sold his feces for $500,000 to collectors! Holy shit! Genius.
Chiun-kai Shih (Fashion & Photo Editor - Cond?© Nast China/GQ Taiwan), Ian Ginoza (Converse - Director of Premium Collaborations), Philip Russo (Converse - Global Creative Director of Footwear)
As a contributor to 1HUND(RED), 10% of the net wholesale price of Terence’s shoe will go to The Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa, giving consumers an opportunity to become agents of change and offering a way to turn design into power. The Terence Koh for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoe launches exclusively at Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles Saturday, November 21st and select retailers globally. Shoes will retail for $150 and will be available in sizes 7 – 13.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Carol Lim, Chiun-kai Shih, Chuck Taylors, Converse, Genevieve Jones, Humberto Leon, Ian Ginoza, Nathan Jobe, Opening Ceremony, Phil Russo, Phillip Lim, Terence Koh
The Beatles x Comme des Garcons Bag. Photo by Courtesy Photo
Rei Kawakubo, founder and creative force behind the global success of Comme des Gar?§ons, will be launching her highly anticipated collaboration with The Beatles on November 20th in Tokyo at the Trading Museum, a new Comme store concept in the Gyre building. Dover Street Market, Kawakubo??™s multibrand emporium in London, is to host the British launch on Nov. 27, with a further commercial rollout planned for 2010.
Here’s a little background on Comme des Gar?§ons. The label was founded by Kawakubo in 1969, which started as a women’s line and with growing success added a men’s line in1978. Best known for her controversial use of predominantly black and distressed materials with the undercurrent theme of marrying feminine with masculine silhouettes, Kawakubo was often misunderstood artistically by the fashion world outside of Japan. She debuted her collection in Paris in the early 80’s and hit her stride in the mid 80’s and has been successful globally ever since.
Converse x Comme des Garcons
This collaboration with Apple Corps Ltd., the London-based company that manages the legacy and musical catalogue of the Beatles, is one of the many collaborations that Comme des Gar?§ons has had in the past, most recently with Converse Chuck Taylors with the Play CDG iconic bug-eyed heart symbol by graphic artist Filip Pagawski. The primary design, is in fact, based around the logo of Apple Corps, an apple, that is printed side by side with Kawakubo’s signature polkadots of the core product, travel bags, along with shirts and t-shirts. Prices will range from around $115 for a t-shirt up to $860 for the most expensive bag.
Now you can be the apple of your loved one’s eye sporting a cute bag and t-shirt that will go perfectly with a pair of jeans!
Read WWD’s article on The Beatles/Comme des Garcons
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Comme des GarÃ§ons, Converse, The Beatles, WWD
Always a step ahead of the rest, Converse housed and showcased their SS2010 collection at the infamous Chelsea Hotel to add a little rock ‘n’ roll spin. As Nylon Magazine editors discovered, each collection was cleverly displayed in multiple rooms and floors with designs that amplified the heart and sole of what makes Converse so loved by die hard fans.
Included in the collection were Converse eyewear, a collaboration with the Clash for their “London Calling” album, John Varvatos for Converse, chock-full of Chucks and a rainbow connection of One Stars.
Get ready, get Chucked, get Converse!
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Chelsea Hotel, Converse, The Clash
Inside the Bryant Park location for New York Fashion Week the vibe wasn’t all hustle and bustle as it was in previous years. Now that locations have been spread throughout the city between Milk Studios, galleries, hotels and whatever designers these days can budget for, the crowd inside the tents were thinly spread out with a lot of leg room to spare. But, I did eye a few fashionistas wearing interesting denim looks.
Heel boy heel! A whole new meaning for "boyfriend" jeans. Photo by Nikki Cho Russo
Skinny Levi's with falls trend of over the knee boots. Photo by Nikki Cho Russo
The city was alive and Fashion’s Night Out events had retailers serving up free booze and food. I downed a glass of champagne at Ferragamo and made a b-line to three pretty boys donning great denim ensembles.
Wilson, William and Bryan. Photo by Nikki Cho Russo
How adorable are these three?
(Left to Right)
Wilson: Vintage military inspired jacket, Levi’s jeans, Cole Haan shoes, Armani socks (he wanted to make sure I got that in).
William: Vintage JCPenny denim jacket, Levi’s jeans, Bess Boots (absolutely loved these studded boots).
Bryan: Costume National jacket, Marc Jacobs shirt, Etro bow-tie, Diesel jeans, Diesel boots .
Preppy chic! Photo by Nikki Cho Russo
And finally, this cutey, wearing Seven for All Mankind jeans, shirt, cardigan and blazer all by Club Monaco and artfully disheveled Converse sneakers . Preppy chic never looked so good!
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Bess Boots, Club Monaco, Cole Haan, Converse, Costume National, Diesel, Etro, Ferragamo, JC Penny, Levi's, Marc Jacobs, Seven For all Mankind
Levi’s Brain Dead Jeans…Comme des Garcons and Converse, Again
From WWD ISSUE 08/17/2009
The Levi??™s Vintage display at the SoHo J. Crew store. Photo By Steve Eichner
GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST: Dying for a pair of Levi??™s Brain Dead jeans? Well, J. Crew men??™s stores in lower Manhattan recently snapped up the last of Levi??™s Vintage Clothing stock and are selling the jeans (and one style of sack coat) exclusively at its new shop at 484 Broadway as well as the Liquor Store unit on West Broadway. The selection ??” which is limited edition and re-created using the original techniques from 1873 ??” include the Dead Stock from 1967, the Brain Dead from 1947 and the Barren Land from 1937. They retail from $195 to $395. The Sack Coat is from the Twenties and sells for $298. Frank Muytjens, J. Crew??™s vice president of men??™s design, said the iconic pieces ???replicate the fabric and wash??? of the originals and are even ???woven on the original looms.??? As of Thursday, there were between 40 and 110 pieces of each style, Muytjens said, ???and when they??™re gone, they??™re gone.???
A Comme des Gar?§ons-Converse collaboration. Photo by Courtesy Photo
COMME DOES CONVERSE, AGAIN: After the successful launch of its shoe collaboration in Japan, Comme des Gar?§ons and Converse are dashing into a wider market ??” this time with four styles (two high-top, two oxford). The shoes will be sold at the end of August in Comme des Gar?§ons stores in New York, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Seoul, including select retailers that sell Comme des Gar?§ons Play, and in October, distribution will grow with a second launch in the same Comme des Gar?§ons stores as well as top Converse retailers in the U.S., Canada and China (the collaboration will be known as Comme des Gar?§ons Play for Converse). According to a spokesperson, ???Converse has a long history of being on the feet of those who have chosen to disrupt the status quo???; the collaboration was born out of Rei Kawakubo??™s affection for a particular Chuck Taylor All Star model from the Converse archives that was originally produced in the Fifties for the U.S. Army. Using details from that model, Converse and Kawakubo came up with the four prototypes, which will retail for $100 each. Comme des Gar?§ons isn??™t the only high-fashion brand with which Converse is aligning itself: The company plans collaborations with Missoni and (N)umber (N)ine later this fall.
Legging, Vintage Styles Drive Kingpins Show
From WWD ISSUE 08/18/2009
Kingpins featured 20 exhibitors. Photo by Stefanie Keenan
LOS ANGELES ??” Legging jeans and vintage styles topped the list of fall trends for premium denim designers who scouted the Kingpins textile show for the newest stretch materials and durable fabrics.
The West Coast edition of Kingpins, which ran here Aug. 11 and 12, featured fall offerings from 20 exhibitors, ranging from mills and laundries to trim suppliers and factories in Turkey and China. Among the attendees were GoldSign founder and denim industry icon Adriano Goldschmied, Seven For All Mankind creative director Tim Kaeding, Vintage Laundry??™s Alex Caugant, Agave chief executive officer and designer Jeff Shafer, Genetic Denim creative director Ali Fatourechi, Oligo Tissew founder Christopher Enuke, and designers from Levi??™s, Tommy Bahama and BCBG Max Azria Group.
While price remained a priority, attendees and exhibitors said business has been improving over the past six months. Underscoring the vibrancy of the denim market, Kingpins will host its first show in Hong Kong on Oct. 7 and 8.
???There??™s definitely a renewed energy and excitement in the marketplace,??? said Agave??™s Shafer.
However, attendees acknowledged the challenge of appealing to consumers who have grown accustomed to receiving incentives to buy, whether it??™s the U.S. government??™s Cash for Clunkers auto program or discounts at stores.
???The consumer is quite spoiled right now,??? Shafer said. ???Price is a major issue.???
Vendors appeared willing to do as much as they can to help designers stay on budget.
Turkish manufacturer Denim Village said although its prices sit between its competitors in Italy and China, it can produce vintage-inspired looks with 3-D whiskers, pigment spots and cotton and leather patches. China??™s Zhonghe Marketing Co. Ltd. sought to attract customers as a one-stop shop, which can spin cotton and blends mixed with Tencel or wool, dye the material and sew the garments. Japan??™s Amhot International Inc. said it can produce its yarn-dyed cotton and other fabrics in China, where costs would be half as much as in Japan.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Comme des GarÃ§ons, Converse, Kingpins, Legging Jeans, Levi's
J. Crew Men’s Store Opens in SoHo
by JEAN E. PALMIERI
Source: WWD ISSUE
Location, location, location.
J. Crew will open its third men??™s-only store today at 484 Broadway in Manhattan, sandwiched between the new Topshop/Topman and the company??™s Madewell women??™s concept.
The 3,406-square-foot men??™s store is in a 19th-century building in SoHo and features a curated and edited assortment of J. Crew standards, limited edition product and vintage pieces. It also houses the company??™s first Suit Shop space dedicated to tailored clothing.
???As we started to develop our men??™s business from a design, edited and curated point of view, we felt we couldn??™t effectively articulate the assortment in our normal J. Crew store,??? said Millard ???Mickey??? Drexler, chief executive officer. ???We saw an opportunity in the marketplace for a store that is dedicated to men only, where a man would see it as his world and he didn??™t have to share it with women??™s or Crewcuts [the company??™s children??™s wear concept].???
As a result, the company removed men??™s from the 2,600 square feet that it occupied on the lower level of the 13,000-square-foot J. Crew store on Prince Street, a few blocks north, to give men??™s its own home. The decision also allowed the retailer to expand its women??™s collection and Crewcuts selection on Prince Street, Drexler said.
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If you are not already aware, J. Crew can be a one-stop shopping venue for all your styling needs to put together a sharp ensemble for both work and play. Here’s the 411 on what all the possibilities can be.
J. Crew offers a nice list of designer collaborations with labels such as Mackinstosh, Tomas Mason, Barbour, Converse, and Ray Ban, to name a few. Accessories such as shoes, bags (check out the great Globe Trotting suitcases), watches, wallets, belts and ties du jour to complete your look is offered in an array of colors and patterns.
Vintage Slim Fit
Jack Purcell by Converse
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Barbour, Converse, J. Crew, Mackinstosh, Ray Ban, Tomas Mason