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1. Uniqlo is opening up their huge 5th ave location this Friday—and to celebrate, you can pick up a pair of limited edition skinny jeans for just $9.90. Wanna look inside the store before the masses pile in?
2. Christa Michalaros has been named the DKNY Jeans President. Having left footprints at Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Claiborne, and other noteworthy brands. “DKNY Jeans has such amazing brand recognition and it reaches so many women at many different levels,” Michalaros said. “I believe there is tremendous opportunity by bringing the brand back in-house.”
3. It’s so nice to see models smiling! So nice, that it’s the concept of Blanco’s “Autumn Smile” Campaign—featuring Rianne Ten Haken & Giedre Dukauskaite (and some great denim).
4. Still in the market for the perfect denim tote bag this fall? Rawr Denim introduced us to the Pure Blue Japan Selvedge 5 Pockets Tote Bag, and we want one bad.
5. Earnest Sewn is hosting a raffle for a denim iPAD case this Friday at their Fashion Island store in Newport Beach. Want in on this? Stop by between 9AM – 9PM with a receipt for your new iPhone 4S from the apple store to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win!
The Earnest Sewn Co.
1075 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: $10 jeans, Blanco's “Autumn Smile” Campaign, cheap jeans, Christa Michalaros, denim accessory, denim iPad case, denim tote bag, DKNY, Earnest Sewn, Giedre Dukauskaite, iPhone 4S, limited edition denim, models smiling, Rianne Ten Haken, Uniqlo
Mother’s Day is only 3 days away! Scrambling to find a great gift for your mother, wife, baby-mama or just for your own wish list? Why not a pair of great jeans. Yes, there’s always the safe bet of flowers or candy, but just like diamonds (always the preferred gift, of course), denim jeans are forever AND like mama, only gets better with age…uh hum, at least what you should be saying to her.
This hot mama is up on the latest trends, young at heart, and loves to show off her slammin’ figure that gives the 20-something gals a run for their money!
J Brand “901” Denim Legging, $156.00
Your everyday ultra comfortable and so sexy denim legging.
Current/Elliott Moto Skinny in Night, original price: $238.00, sale price: $143.00
Rev things up with these sexy moto skinny jeans.
SHOP CURRENT/ELLIOTT @ IVY BLUE
Helmut Lang Denim Chambray Pleat Pants $241.00
Still a hot trend for this spring/summer is the cropped harem pants. In faded indigo chambray denim, a great alternative to the slouchy boyfriend jean.
SHOP HELMUT LANG @ SSENSE
This mama is constantly on the move. With soccer, ballet, playdates or the PTA, she’s on a budget and looks for comfort that hides all the post baby bulges (and late night snacks) without giving up too much style.
Miraclebody “Miracle” Jeans, $110.00
Slip into flattering style in a miracle minute. With twice the spandex as the average jean, plus exclusive Miratex fiber to slim the thigh, Miraclebody Jeans lift the rear and control the tummy for a beautiful and comfortable fit. Recommend ordering one size down.
PZI “Lilly” Boot-cut Jeans, $79.00
PZI’s “Lilly” boot-cut jeans with mid-rise has just enough stretch to flatter any full figure.
DKNY “Soho” Plus Size Jeans, $48.00
DKNY “Soho” jeans are basic boot cut jeans with a touch of stretch for the perfect fit.
SHOP DKNY @ MACY’S
What do you get the mom that has everything? Always chic, impeccably put together and cosmopolitan.
Yves Saint Laurent Mid-rise kick-flare jeans, $350.00
Yves Saint Laurent’s white mid-rise jeans are a timeless addition to your denim collection. With a flattering flared cut and extra-long leg, these sleek separates will form the basis of your warm-weather wardrobe.
YVES SAINT LAURENT @ NET-A-PORTER
Acne + Lanvin Melody Denim Dress, on sale for $255
Inspired by an old picture of Brigitte Bardot wearing nothing but a towel, this was one of the key pieces of the 2009 spring/summer collection. A timeless piece on sale now!
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Acne/Lanvin, DKNY, Helmut Lang, MIRACLEBODY, PZI, Yves Saint Laurent
2010 Men’s Spring Trend: Denim Bar
From WWD ISSUE 08/27/2009
After a period of immaculately clean superskinny fits dominating the jeanswear market, the big news for spring is the straight-leg distressed look ??” coupled with extreme ripped denim, soft whiskering and splattered paint-aged effects. Here, five denim trends gaining momentum for the upcoming season.
Photo By: Robert Mitra
Acne??™s cotton denim jeans and DKNY Jeans??™ cotton shirt. Clae sneakers.
Polo By Ralph Lauren??™s cotton denim jeans and J. Lindeberg??™s cotton shirt. Keds shoes.
J Brand??™s cotton denim jeans and What Comes Around Goes Around??™s cotton shirt. Clae sneakers.
Photo By: Robert Mitra
Replay??™s cotton denim jeans and Buckler??™s cotton shirt. Keds shoes.
Diesel??™s cotton denim jeans and Threads 4 Thought??™s cotton shirt. Sperry Top-Sider shoes.
Levi??™s ripped cotton jeans worn with a TSC cotton shirt.
Citizens of Humanity Partners With Will Lemon
From WWD ISSUE 08/27/2009
LOS ANGELES ??” Premium denim brand Citizens of Humanity is giving a twist to T-shirts through a collaboration with artist Will Lemon.
The Huntington Park, Calif.-based company is sprucing up tanks, short-sleeve Ts, tunics and three other women??™s spring styles with Lemon??™s technique of blending screen-printing with hand-painting. A tank top pops in a blue snakeskin print mottled with what resembles neon oil spills, a gray scoop-neck T-shirt is enlivened with a bold splash of azure and ruby raindrops fall all over a yellow tank dress. All will retail for approximately $135.
???I envisioned an outdoor scene and I first saw a snake sunbathing in a field of tall, verdant grass,??? said Lemon, whose previous fashion collaborations were with Marc Jacobs and MAC. ???I also imagined a small stream with a slight waterfall nearby and these first three images that were there in my mind became the metaphors for the prints that eventually ended up on the T-shirts.???
Cut from a soft, light cotton knit, the pieces are also washed and dyed by hand at Citizens of Humanity??™s laundry.
???The collaboration with Will is a highlight of the special things that we can do,??? said Adriano Goldschmied, executive vice president of design at Citizens of Humanity, which also owns his denim brand GoldSign. ???We own already a lot of technology and know-how that we can apply to our T-shirt. We own our own dye house and laundry. Our goal is to make something different.???
Choosing to collaborate with Lemon helps Citizens of Humanity differentiate itself from competitors in a challenging economy as it seeks to expand its jeans business with complementary categories such as T-shirts. Goldschmied said the company is also considering applying Lemon??™s screen-painting technique to jeans and men??™s T-shirts.
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Buckler, Citizens of Humanity, Clae, Diesel, DKNY, J Brand, J. Lindeberg, Keds, Levi's, Polo by Ralph Lauren, Replay, Sperry Top-Sider, Threads 4 Thought, TSC, What Comes Around Goes Around, Will Lemon
Nicky Hilton in Abercrombie & Fitch
Jean skirts are back in fashion this season. Update a typically bohemian or western look with a boyfriend jacket and ankle boots a la Nicky Hilton for a fresh, casual and edgy look.
D.I.Y. instructions to create your own Jean Skirt
(Source – Life & Style):
Tools needed: Scissors, tape measure, utility knife, sewing machine
Step 1: Cut jeans to desired skirt length
Step 2: Rip open the inseam (inside the legs) with a seam ripper or utility knife
Step 3: Use excess fabric (from the legs that were cut off) to make a patch insert.
Step 4: Sew patch onto inseams in front and back, then trim the hem so it’s even. Wash, dry and wear!
Tip: Jean skirts are great for showing off legs, so keep the length well above the knees. Skirts that are too long can look bulky and dowdy.
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch Elizabeth Light Destroy Denim Skirt, $60 (as seen on Nicky Hilton)
DKNY Denim Skirt, $59
Mango Denim Skirt RVM Rotos $28.99
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Abercrombie & Fitch, Denim Skirts, DKNY, Mango, Nicky Hilton
by JULEE KAPLAN
Posted THURSDAY FEBRUARY 05, 2009
From WWD ISSUE 02/05/2009
As DKNY Jeans’ latest celebrity design collaborator, Hilary Duff is determined to prove her days starring as Lizzie Maguire are long gone.
The 21-year-old actress-singer-designer showed up early for her 11 a.m. meeting at the DKNY Jeans showroom at 240 West 40th St. to discuss her new brand, which she’s calling Femme for DKNY Jeans. She’d just flown in from Los Angeles, and there were no publicists, managers or entourage in tow. She was staying at her friend’s Manhattan apartment, wheeling two suitcases behind her.
“One of the hardest things is to come up with a name,” said Duff of her new line, which she was wearing: a gray fringe T-shirt, leggings and a vest. “But I think Femme works really well and explains the line perfectly as feminine but tough all at the same time. It’s aggressive, but in a good way.”
This isn’t the first time Duff had to come up with a name for her own fashion collection. Five years ago, as a teenager, she launched Stuff by Hilary Duff, which used to produce everything from T-shirts to bedsheets. That line is now being phased out and, with the exception of eyewear, there is no longer product on the market.
“I’ve lost interest in it, and I’m ready to move on and do other things,” she explained of the line, which sold at retailers such as Target, J.C. Penney and Kohl’s. “I feel like the brand was for younger girls, and I want to do things for girls my own age now.”
The partnership with the Liz Claiborne Inc.-owned DKNY Jeans is a big move for Duff – one she plans to be involved in every step of the way. And while she isn’t the first celebrity to partner with the company – Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz was first and actress Rachel Bilson was second – she’s nonetheless dedicated to it.
“I’ve been learning so much about how the process happens from how much certain things cost to shipping schedules – it has been an amazing learning experience,” she said.
The Femme for DKNY Jeans line will launch in stores this fall. And while Wentz’s and Bilson’s collections only sold at retail for one season, the company has signed Duff for two – fall and holiday – with the option to extend the agreement depending on performance.
“From the feedback we’ve gathered from our customers, they wished these collaborations were available to them for a longer period of time,” said Kevin Monogue, president of DKNY Jeans. “They wanted to see more, which is what led us to working with Hilary and making her partnership last longer.”
Go to WWD.com for the full story .
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: DKNY, Femme for DKNY Jeans, Hilary Duff
DKNY has always had ad campaigns centered around the Big Apple. So this spring, DKNY jeans will be partnering with the street style photographer extraordinaire, Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist. They will be collaborating in creating the new spring/summer 2009 ad campaigns.
The line-up for faces to grace the ad campaigns are to be Chanel Iman ( I love this young model), Daisy Lowe (now global ‘it’ girl and love child of Pearl Lowe and Gavin Rossdale), Luc Worrell (a popular English model and boyfriend to Kelly Osbourne) and Sean Lennon (we all know who he is).
Go to www.dkny.com for a look at their line of jeans. For an all around great fitting jean try the Soho Jean Short 30. This stretch denim is in a dark rinse with a traditional 5 pocket style and contrast top stitching throughout. They are comfortable with a slight low rise and boot cut leg that flatters most figures across the board. At only $48, they are so worth it!
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: DKNY, Soho Jean Short 30, The Sartorialist