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Denim Dose: News & Links

Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and other irresistible tid bits of denim industry inside info & our personal picks after scanning the web. 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. Check out Armie Hammer on the cover of the October issue of Details Magazine, in the Jake Jacket in Clip wash by AG. Looking sharp!

2. Earnest Sewn dropped their latest style of twill jeans for men—a few new hues in their most popular fit, The Fulton. With closure options and a bit of stretch, this is a great jean for fall. Check out the full spectrum of colors.

3. Jane Aldridge from Sea Of Shoes wears an incredible Ralph Lauren denim patchwork jacket from spring 2006 season—and we love the way she’s interpreting it.

4. Here’s a denim pick we can’t stop daydreaming about—this MiH jeans button-up Melbourne denim skirt is the ultimate fall wardrobe staple, and it’s worth the $185 investment.

5. Twilight star Ashley Greene is the new face of DKNY, via one year contract to represent their denim line. Says Ashley, “I’ve always loved Donna Karan’s creations. To be a part of the brands’ message is incredibly exciting because it feels like such an organic fit.”

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 24 2011 in Denim News

Denim Dose: News & Links

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. 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

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Posted Oct 13 2011 in Denim News

Streetwise: DKNY Jeans Spring 2011 Campaign

The DKNY Jeans spring 2011 campaign features the fierce American model Heidi Mount in a spread that exudes New York City-cool. The spectrum of blue and gray attire is a perfect match to the concrete Gotham landscape, but the clothes come to life in the hustle and bustle of curiously attractive passers-by clad in head-to-toe in our favorite fibers. Skinny jeans cuffed at the  bottom seam to be the recurring trend this season, with hip-length denim jackets and white wash jeans of all treatments. We’ll wait and see if these city-staged styling tips start showing up on the streets of Manhattan once the warm weather hits.




See the full editorial here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 15 2011 in Campaigns » Denim News

Mother’s Day is 3 Days Away! Mama Needs a New Pair of Jeans!

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!

2JBrand Legging in TawnyJBrand Legging in Tawny

J Brand “901” Denim Legging, $156.00

Your everyday ultra comfortable and so sexy denim legging.


2Current:Elliott Moto Skinny in NightCurrent:Elliott Moto Skinny in Night

Current/Elliott Moto Skinny in Night, original price: $238.00, sale price: $143.00

Rev things up with these sexy moto skinny jeans.


Helmut Lang Denim Chambray Pleat Pants

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.



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.

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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.


2PZI Lily Boot JeanPZI Lily Boot Jean

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.


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DKNY “Soho” Plus Size Jeans, $48.00

DKNY  “Soho” jeans are basic boot cut jeans with a touch of stretch for the perfect fit.



What do you get the mom that has everything?  Always chic, impeccably put together and cosmopolitan.

2YSL Mid-rise kick-flare jeansYSL Mid-rise kick-flare jeans

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.


Acne:Lanvin Melody dress

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

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Posted May 06 2010 in Uncategorized

WWD News: 2010 Men’s Spring Trend: Denim Bar, Citizens of Humanity Partners With Will Lemon

2010 Men’s Spring Trend: Denim Bar

by Alex Badia

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. 


Citizens of Humanity Partners With Will Lemon

by Khanh T.L. Tran

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

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Posted Aug 27 2009 in Uncategorized

DIY: Jean Skirt


Nicky Hilton in Abercrombie & Fitch

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















Abercrombie & Fitch Elizabeth Light Destroy Denim Skirt, $60 (as seen on Nicky Hilton)

Buy It!

DKNY Denim Skirt, $59

Buy It!

Mango Denim Skirt RVM Rotos $28.99

Buy It!


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 20 2009 in Uncategorized

Hilary Duff To Launch Femme Line for DKNY



From WWD ISSUE 02/05/2009

dkny-hillary-duff3As 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.



dkny-hillary-duff21“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 for the full story .

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 05 2009 in Uncategorized

DKNY Jeans Gets Sartorial!


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 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

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Posted Feb 04 2009 in Denim News
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