First there was Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in matching denim at the 2001 American Music Awards. The denim gown on Spears and denim tuxedo on Timberlake are forever ingrained on the impressionable minds of young millennials across the country. Then Katy Perry donned denim in an attempt to tug at the heart strings of her “90’s kids” fans with her date, Riff Raff, at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. In Perry’s famously kitschy fashion her gown was an obvious homage to the original worn by Spears.
Then Pharell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh wore matching double denim outfits last night at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and the whole fashion world was entranced once again. This time, however, it appeared the couple updated the double denim look in an honest act of self expression. Pharell was decked out in a white tee, denim jacket and jeans in a matching shade. Lasichanh wore a denim button up shirt trendily buttoned all the way to the top underneath a distressed pair of overalls. Pharell is known for being true to his sense of self and once you remember that he has joined G-Star to create his own line of denim products made from recycled plastics, G-Star RAW for the the Oceans, the denim outfit seems perfectly appropriate.
Dazed & Confused March 2013 features model Kasia Struss wearing denim-as-couture in the form of backwards-jean denim dresses, oversized jackets, and floor length gowns. Shot by photographer Josh Olins, the shoot features styling by Robbie Spencer, who put together more creative takes on your basic jeans and workshirt than you probably imagined possible. Check out the full editorial below.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Dazed & Confused March 2013, denim dress, denim gown, Denim On Denim, double denim, Josh Olins, Kasia Struss, Robbie Spencer
Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and inside info! Catch up on what’s happening and browse our personal picks for the most interesting what-not that turns up during our morning web crawl. 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. We’re all over the Vibram sole deck shoe as a perfect option for men’s spring anti-kicks. We’re thinking this subtle hint of mint is the best way to bring pastel into the unsuspecting man’s wardrobe.
2. Going hiking anytime soon, outdoor-lovers? Pack up your stuff in this rugged denim backpack.
3. Check out the too-cool-for-school Ksubi FW12 runway lineup (and start making your wishlist).
4. Denimblog has the Wrangler FW12 press preview day wrap-up, in case you missed it!
5. Caroline Trentini wore a denim ballgown by Olivier Theyskens to the MET ball. Honestly, one of the far more attractive dresses we saw walk the red carpet…
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Caroline Trentini, denim backpack, denim dress, denim gown, Ksubi fall 2012, met ball, Olivier Theyskens, Vibram sole deck shoe, Wrangler fall 2012
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.
“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.
Tags: britney spears, Canadian Tuxedo, denim gown, denim hat, Denim On Denim, double denim, formal denim, Justin Timberlake, playboy magazine, quote
Innovation is the life blood of fashion, even when we re-hash past trends to make them appealing again. Designers push limits, test waters, and take chances. And in the denim industry, that’s one taboo that gets people excited. To the average consumer, denim = jeans, vests, jackets, and the occasional hat or bag. But with each passing year of denim’s reign, denim-born garments are breaking the mold, and the results are a mixed bag…
Above, Kamila Hansen wears a denim shawl that looks like a cross between a complex couture piece and a denim jacket with its sleeves stuffed underneath it. She poses for Of the Moda #15, photographed by Jonathan Wolpert—and that’s all very interesting, but the real question is… would you wear it? We decided we might, if there was some fierce acid wash involved. Keep asking yourself that question with each denim creation below, as we peruse the best and the worst non-conventional uses of our favorite fiber!
1. We give this design props for being a big epic, runway worthy gown of denim that looks like it has solid construction and a great fit, but otherwise… what would you do with this after a few photo shoots?
2. Hot-as-hell Jean Paul Gaultier denim looks that we haven’t been able to get over since it hit the runway for spring 2010. The rough edged texture and street wear vibe was an exemplary use of alt-denim.
3. There is potential in the bodice of this denim gown, sans-sleeves. And forget the epic skirt. Sara Li-Chou Han designed it with the environment in mind, but it’s probably the most needlessly alarming item in the collection.
4. Probably the most awesome use of denim we’ve seen, our favorite new skinnies included. All we can think when we look at this denim kimono is, how heavy must this thing be?
5. This denim design does qualify for an exhibitionist or pop star’s attention grabbing attire, so it gets credit for being a performer’s piece and thus somewhat useful, but falls completely short of aesthetic appeal.
6. We really don’t comprehend denim wedding gowns, but apparently enough ladies do, so there’s some sort of market for them. It gives a new meaning to “princess seams”, doesn’t it?
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: denim couture, denim gown, denim jacket, denim vest, denim wedding dress, experimental denim, formal denim, Kamila Hansen, Of the Moda #15