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15 Denim Standouts From The Menswear Fashion Shows, Fall 2012


New York Fashion Week may be in full swing,  but we didn’t want to blow through the week without acknowledging the menswear fashion shows in Europe.  Decidedly more subdued this time around, not to say there weren’t theatrics in play (Jean Paul Gaulter and Ann Demeulemeester notwithstanding) nor performance art (check out Thom Browne’s presentation), many brands incorporated denim into their Fall-Winter 2012 menswear collections while continuing to reach far back to source 300 years of fashion.

Agnes B FW2012: sleep jeans serve as a canvas for their genre-eclectic collection.
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infused denim into its Fall 2012 collection, which started off as a predictable menswear show, until it took a sharp turn towards androgyny with the introduction of a denim wrap skirt and tunic silhouettes which softened the male silhouette against cuffed, loose-fit jeans.   Some of the models were styled with ballet flats, which was not lost on us.

Balmain Fall 2012: still rock 'n' roll and military, but less gritty.
Olivier Rousteing isn’t trying to rock the boat too much at Balmain, after stepping in for Christophe Decarnin.  As you can see, jeans for men continue to be biker-chic, while the rest of the collection invokes the aristocracy of the Napoleonic era.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall-Winter 2012 continues to source from the past to reinvent dapper style.

Your Milk Man or Soda Jerk is reincarnated, thanks to Dolce & Gabbana‘s continued retro motif, juxtaposing a bit of Dandy style with some Blue Collar appeal.  Heavily whiskered jeans with a deep cuff signals a changing of the guard: the inseams and the rise are going up.
Dries Van Noten FW2012: efforts made to work with denim in graphics and color processes.

Dries Van Noten may be showing his appreciation for Dutch master painters (though he, himself, is Belgian): a warm orange jean is both trendy and classic-looking against the collection’s wild and experimental takes on the classic denim jackets. Evidently, the brand is not afraid to work outside the box.
Dsquared2 Fall-Winter 2012: a continued experiment in denim from top to bottom.

Dsquared2 has moved out of the Old West and continues to re-work denim in its various forms: a classic denim jacket holds metal appliques on its sleeves; drop-waist, contrast fabric waistband jeans are becoming the brand’s signature look, and an Argyle-washed chambray shirt was a creative turn and proof that the brand has placed a considerable amount of investment into denim fashion.
Images via Style.com.  Stay tuned for more fashion show coverage, this time from New York!

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 10 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Runway

Vogue Paris Editorial Showcases Leading Denim Brands For Instant Inspiration


Where can you find amazing brands like G-Star, Plein Sud, Hudson, Just Cavalli,  One TeaspoonIsabel Marant, and Dsquared2 all in one place? Right here in this beautiful editorial from Vogue Paris! It features Natasha Poly and Sasha Pivovarova and was styled by Emmanuelle Alt. Due to the great variety of brands that are featured, you are able to see a ton of hot looks that you can takeaway as inspiration for your own wardrobe, no matter what your personal style is. Our favorite item from the shoot was the Isabel Marant jean shearling lined jacket, and in a close second came the printed Just Cavalli jeans. Take a look at the complete editorial and become just as envious as we are (trust us, it’s going to happen!).

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Images via DenimBlog.

Elyssa Linden

 

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Posted Nov 11 2011 in Denim Fashion » Editorials

Denim Roundup: Menswear SS2012 Fashion Week Part 1


What’s black and white and gray all over? That would be Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani and Gucci‘s Spring-Summer 2012 menswear collection. For Milan Fashion Week, there were liberal amounts of gray separates and suiting, but brands didn’t really feature a lot of denim. As for D&G, that’s an entirely different story. We weren’t sure we loved it or hated it, but it was certainly visually appealing: denim for men was found throughout D&G SS2012 as a sort of trim: the waistbands of jeans were cut out and sewn into silk or linen shorts; silk scarf fabric was sewn into a chambray shirt and vice versa; and sometimes all three fabrics seemed to meld together in a seamless mashup of textile orgy.  Check out the gallery for detailed features from D&G and DSquared2.

The menswear shows in Milan for SS2012 featured a return to neutral tones, while still maintaining pops of color for a few fashion labels.

D&G (left) sews jeans waistbands to various fabrics for SS2012, while Moshino goes retro and Rockabilly.




Dsquared2 was among the few fashion labels to retain bright colors in their collection for the season, while a great number of brands signaled their return to neutrals and muted tones in Milan.  In Paris, that was a different story!  Even as patterned suiting is returning in a big way, fashion brands seem to use denim as merely a backdrop in SS2012.  Prada took a page out of Lily Pulitzer’s spring sketchbook all while going golf resort-chic, while others like Burberry Prorsum, Bottega Veneta and DSquared2 channeled the seaside dock worker, complete with pea coats, woven tams and newsboy caps.  In Milan, no other fashion label showcased denim like D&G this season.  It’s a shame that many fashion houses still think that denim does not belong on the runway.  What brand do you think should have made denim a bigger deal in their SS2012 collection?

For more menswear fashion shows, check out our coverage of Bottega Veneta SS2012 and Burberry Prorsum SS2012.  All images via GQ Magazine UKStay tuned for our Menswear Denim Roundup Part 2 next week!

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 24 2011 in Denim Menswear » Denim News

AW 2011 Menswear Round Up Part 1


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Posted Jan 25 2011 in Denim Menswear » Runway

Denim Runway Showdown at Just Cavalli and Dsquared2 for Milan Fashion Week


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Spring 2011 Fashion shows continued this week in the beautiful city of Milan. Famous Italian Designer, Roberto Cavalli, showed a strong denim aesthetic in his Just Cavalli collection.  His look is not for the faint of heart, it featured flower and lace appliqu?s and head to toe denim looks complete with hats. One denim jumpsuit was made up of a myriad of blues. The denim hats and large belt buckles added to the cowgirl vibe. In comparison, the men’s denim look was tame with just a plain white tee on top.
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Dsquared2 also featured several wearable denim options for spring. The loose denim button up brought sex appeal to an outfit of khakis and a great glasses and hat combo. The cuffed capris under a trench make the idea of going out in the rain plausible. Add a bright tote and voil?, instant ensemble. The denim shorts with a cardigan is a simple look yet elevated by the accessories. I love the long gold chain peeking out of the white top. Considering I lived in my denim shorts this year I’m glad to see their appearance on the runway, even though I would have worn then again anyways. Needless to say, these were my favorite looks from Milan.

I am hoping to incorporate some inspiration from the shows into my fall look.  I know it’s meant for spring but who wants to wait 6 months?  To the closet!

– Laura Kealey

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Posted Oct 01 2010 in Uncategorized

Who’s That Girl: Anja Rubik for Gap


Anja Rubik for Gap. Photo taken in San Francisco. Click for Source.

Anja Rubik for Gap. Photo taken in San Francisco. Click for Source.

 

What?  Is Gap condoning a matchy-match jeans and denim jacket pairing?  Not exactly.  The jacket is a darker rinse, but no matter.  Anja Rubik makes it look good as any model only could. 

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anjarubik_jeansanjarubik_tods1Who is she, you may ask?  She’s been one of the numerous pretty faces that have graced the covers of V Magazine (following in Gisele Bundchen’s footsteps) and Vogue Deutsch, Nippon and Paris editions, among others; and, with legs that seem to go on for miles, has struck a fierce pose for Chloe, DSquared2 Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, Gucci, and many more. 

 

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She's got legs, and she knows how to use them.

Rubik is certainly not a nobody in the world of modelling.  Even though Rubik’s career has not been centrally-focused on denim campaigns, this feature with Gap Premium Jeans could possibly position her for Supermodeldom.  After all, designer and premium jeans have been the darling of the retail establishment and a huge draw among the desired consumer demographic set.


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Posted Aug 18 2009 in Campaigns » Denim News

Must Have: Denim Shirt


A wardrobe staple for every man should be a great fitting denim shirt.  The versatility of a denim shirt will take you from work to play, day to evening and the best part is that they just get better with every wear.  

 

J Crew

J Crew

J Crew Denim Workshirt, $128

Buy It!


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DSquared2

DSquared2 Denim Short Sleeve Shirt, $98

Buy It!

 

 

G-Star

G-Star

G-Star New Port Denim Shirt

Buy It!

 

 

Levi's

Levi's

Levis Vintage Clothing Denim Shirt, $54

Buy It!

 

 

Converse One Star

Converse One Star

Converse for Onestar Denim Shirt, $19.58

Buy It!

 

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 07 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Stylefinder: Jacket Required


 

CURRENT/ELLIOTT The Biker Jacket in Sundrenched Chambray.

CURRENT/ELLIOTT The Biker Jacket in Sundrenched Chambray.


I have been reinspired by this summer’s interpretations of smart denim jackets that can go with just about anything.  My only fashion pairing caveat is that folks not wear actual denim jackets with matching denim jeans or shorts.  The last I checked, this blog has banned the Canadian Tuxedo.  How Justin Timberlake recovered from his Red Carpet faux pas — back in the Britney days — to become the Denimisto that he is today with the popular William Rast denim label, is nothing short of an ironic miracle.

BBLESSING Chambray Jacket, available online at BBLESSING.

BBLESSING Light Blue Chambray Jacket, available online at BBLESSING.

Check out these denim and chambray jackets!  It’s a mix of classic, never out of style, to retro interpretations that boldly go where few have gone.  A word of caution:

Don’t even think about walking into a Michelin-starred, jacket-required restaurant with these babies.  They probably don’t count as “proper attire.” 

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show them off at lunchy places, nightspots and other hip and swanky establishments that allow you to express your fashion-forward side. 

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throw your denim-inspired  jackets over your favorite summer fashion finds.










MISS SIXTY Denim Outerwear, available online at MISS SIXTY.
MISS SIXTY Denim Outerwear, available online at MISS SIXTY.
DIESEL Denim Gallery Jacket, available at THECORNER.

DIESEL Denim Gallery Jacket, available at THECORNER.

DSQUARED2 Denim Peacoat, on sale now at eLUXURY.

DSQUARED2 Denim Peacoat, on sale now at eLUXURY.





















Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 23 2009 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It
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