When spring is here-again, gone-again, figuring out what to wear in the morning is tricky. Staples like the denim jacket never let us down, providing a chic and easy layer that can be worn in a broad spectrum of temperatures. From light to dark wash, prints to bleached out textures, there are almost too many options to choose from. We’ve made it easier: here are 6 of our favorite denim jackets now:
DT attended the Levi’s Fall 2012 Global Collection Preview last week, witnessing an array of innovative exhibition-style representations of Levi’s brand DNA and current projects. Exhibits included a table full of utilities that represented the lifestyle of the commuter and jeans trapped in giant blocks of melting ice—the latter, a representation of the Water<Less effort.
A multi-tiered showing of the line included a presentation backdrop of models “getting dressed”, and a foreground runway show. The collection was a simplistic and sharp modern rendition of standard Levi’s principles, with crisp dark-wash denim, tailored tops, pop-colors, and a distinct kind of sex appeal that occurs because of clothing (rather than in its absence). Check out our photos and video of the event below—watch for the end of the runway show, which caps off with a live banjo performance.
For their spring/summer collection, BLEND isn’t going the sunny, sherbet-tinged route that we all know and expect (but still love!). Instead of designing for a day at the beach, the European brand is channeling Parisian springtime. Imagine traipsing through verdant lawns and sunny skies in their slightly boyish outfits, topped off with a precisely applied pop of red lipstick. Sounds great, right? The line focuses on pared down looks, from a dark-rinse A-line dress to gamine-approved cuffed skinnies and striped shirts. The menswear selection is equally cool, drawing inspiration from New England dockyard workers, but looks no less polished. You can tell they’d go great together!
The Fall 2011 Mens Collection from the Italian brand JFour has all the clothes you need for an edgy, but put together look. The denim is not limited to just their jeans, but a rich dark-wash chambray workshirt, and a great denim blazer that can casually dress up any outfit. Their long-sleeve knits portray Native American imagery, which is a definitely change from the usual print interpretation we see of this trend, but the graphics can be a bit loud. The jeans range from light to dark washes, so it is super easy to pair them with one of the work shirts or the blazer and rock the denim on denim look without matching too much. Next time we’re overseas, we know right where we’re headed.
Naked & Famous‘ Mens Spring/Summer 2012 line is sticking to its roots with authentic, top-quality, raw denim, but while increasing the options you have to get your hands on it. They have taken their skinny, mid-rise, and tapered cuts and released them in new colors such as red and wine, constructions, and surfaces. So now you can really find the pair of jeans that is best and most comfortable for your body, and still know that you’re wearing some of the most rare and unique denim, straight from Japan. What we’re really jealous of are the raspberry scented low-rise jeans—we mean, amazing denim that smells amazing too? Yes please. Besides the colored denim, they also are offering slim-fitted button downs to patch their red denim palette, along with a crisp, dark-wash jean jacket which is a definite must-have if your guy still hasn’t caught on to this classic trend yet.
The best thing about these selvedge denim tote bags from Pure Blue Japan is how classic their design is. Way too often we see denim over-embellished or made into something that hardly even resembles the actual fabric, but not here. Because of their clean simple look, these totes are the perfect choice for both men and women. We love how they are offered in a dark-wash, medium-wash, and a beige color, so you can pick the tote that goes best with your own personal style. So no matter who you’re gift shopping for this holiday season, these totes are a great option! Get yours online at Pure Blue Japan.
While many brands are riding the colored denim train ’round and ’round the color wheel, some brands are sticking to a palette of classic hues this spring. Fidelity Denim is one such brand, with their spring 2012 line of gorgeous washes in denim jeans, skirts, and vests. They showed us a perfect high-waisted button-up skirt in dark wash, as well as a more playful pintucked acid wash counterpart (90s influence? We adore it). Jeans appeared in a sought-after boyfriend fit, a high-rise flare leg vintage-inspired trouser jean, and a beautiful light wash denim vest that would literally go with anything. We love creativity, novelty, and color, but as Fidelity Denim knows, the classics will never go out of style.
We are so happy to see SO much denim in the Damyller’s 2012 Spring Summer Campaign! What we really love is how they have more than just your average blue jean, but don’t have to take crazy risks to make their denim stand out. Take the extreme wide-leg light-wash jeans—so on trend right now and so comfortable (win-win!). Another great part about this collection is the mix of light-wash, dark-wash, and distressed denim that is available for both men and women. Any combination of these styles make for an easy way to rock the denim on denim trend, so putting an outfit together would be a no-brainer. This may be this Brazilian brand’s Spring Summer collection, but we’re super excited that their denim workshirts, flared jeans, and jean skirts are pieces you can wear all year round! Check out the Damyller Online Site to find the nearest store to you.
Australian brand Ksubi‘s latest lookbook, laid out on a backdrop of tv screen explosions, aerial views of city blocks, and snow mountain ranges, is all about urban warfare and survival fabrics. The army-green sportswear separates (like extra-long hooded jackets and patch pocket shorts) play alongside a spectrum of dark and light wash denim for both men and women. We especially love the drop-crotch boyfriend jeans for ladies and the contour studded denim jacket—you wouldn’t mess around with a gal in these clothes! Hem zipper details and color blocking add interest to the looks, while jackets are tied around waists and an overall sense of function is key. Also featured, graphic t-shirts, two-toned size-zip knits, and leopard print accents where you might not expect they’d work (but they do).
The G-Star Raw by Marc Newson Spring 2012 Collection is all about outerwear and classic denim cuts. We’re a big fan of the aqua hooded jacket which is great for those those rainy spring days, but also a bright enough to keep our spirits up! After all, who wants clothing that makes them look and feel gloomy? Not us! The jean jacket stands out thanks to the contraststitching and two-tone denim collar & pockets. The dark-wash jeans also caught our eye thanks to the faded blue to white cuffs. Definitely an interesting look but we would really only like them paired with something that matches that electric blue shade–not always an easy task. The collection will be available in the coming months at the G-Star Raw Online Shop.