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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. Into the Navajo trend? These Isabel Marant Renell jeans are the perfect pick for you. They’re stretch denim for a great fit and feature an amazing graphic along the side seams.

2. Wonder what the top selling styles for jeans are on eBay? Whether you peruse to buy or you love to sell, you might be interested in these figures.

3. Eat Sleep Denim does a study on the charming combination that is flats and skinny jeans (styling eye candy from the knees down!)

4. Marni is about to launch a full-fledged women’s denim collection with quirky details like contrast pockets and printed turned-up cuffs. Here’s one jacket to give you an idea.

5. We didn’t realize just how dramatic a pair of H&M denim overalls could look until we saw them in this post-war depression era editorial shot by Oli McAvoy.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 05 2011 in Denim News

Up to 80% Off Designer Denim Now Through Friday

In the mood for some spring shopping? How does 80% off sound? Jump on this designer denim discount deal over at ebay, including Paige Premium, William Rast, Rock & Republic, and more! Sale ends May 13th, so don’t delay…

—DT Staff

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Posted May 09 2011 in Denim Buys » Sales

ebay Sale! Up To 75% off 7 For All Mankind

Think fast! This week only (ending on April 22nd), the Fashion Vault on ebay is having a 7 For All Mankind sale that’s seeing products marked down up to 75% off! Now’s your chance to grab awesome items like the sleeveless denim romper, cropped boyfriend jeans, Dojo flared dark-wash jeans, and more. Click through for 7 For All Mankind dicounted products, now!

—DT Staff

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Posted Apr 20 2011 in Denim Buys » Sales

WWD News: Stella McCartney’s Kid Rock, Stella’s Cheeky Take on Lingerie, Scoops: Margiela’s Library Rules… Jeffrey Sebalia’s New Project…, Night Lights: Kylie Minogue and Julianne Moore at First Annual Art Awards, YSL’s Masquerade Ball: French Kiss

Happy Monday everyone!  Remember that Stella McCartney’s children’s line are launching TODAY at select Gap Stores, so get your goodies today!

–Nikki Cho Russo

Stella McCartney’s Kid Rock



Patrick Robinson and his son Wyeth. Photo by Courtesy Photo

Patrick Robinson and his son Wyeth. Photo by Courtesy Photo

???I did a lot of looking at my own kids,??? Stella McCartney said on Thursday evening of the inspiration for the lines she was launching for GapKids and BabyGap. Acting as ringmaster for a wild scrum of little ones at the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village, McCartney offered a quick collection assessment: Of the band-major jacket with brass buttons, McCartney said with a laugh, ???No, it??™s not Sgt. Pepper. If I did that, I??™d have done it in bright blue.??? There was a lion-covered sweater dress, plus plenty of staple pieces like henleys and Ts. ???All the women in the office have them,??? said Gap creative director Patrick Robinson, whose son, Wyeth, stood nearby in head-to-toe Stella for GapKids. ???They??™re just cool, adorable clothes.???

 The launch was also an early celebration of Halloween on the school??™s fourth floor, where Gap billboards lined hallways and waiters dressed as bumblebees proffered vegetarian appetizers to the under-10s. A decidedly low-key, let-the-cupcake-crumbs-fall-where-they-may vibe dominated, with kids climbing the walls as parents,

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney. Photo by Courtesy Photo

including stylists Tabitha Simmons, Alex White and Teen Vogue??™s Amy Astley, commingled.   

???With kids, they start as this blob that you have to dress, and then they??™re running around and you just have to get it over their heads, and then they??™re nearly teenagers,??? McCartney said. ???I tried to cover all of that.??? With her sister Mary and her father Sir Paul??™s girlfriend, Nancy Shevell, nearby, McCartney admitted that ???I??™d be lying if I said I hadn??™t thought??? of designing a line of children??™s clothes under her own name.  As for the Halloween plans of her own three children, who stayed in England? ???Oh, you know, a sheet and two eyes cut out,??? McCartney said wryly. ???We really go for it in my house.???


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Stella’s Cheeky Take on Lingerie


A vintage-inspired slip from the Billie Twirling group.

A vintage-inspired slip from the Billie Twirling group. Photo By Kyle Ericksen

Stella McCartney continues to have a steamy love affair with lingerie. 

The designer, a self-described aficionado of undergarments who has had a passion for lingerie since she was a child, will unveil her spring collection of Stella McCartney intimates at the Bendon showrooms today. Licensed to New Zealand-based Bendon Ltd., the first collection was launched in the U.S. in spring 2008. 

Each of the 15 groups is named after women in what McCartney describes as cheeky situations, such as Rosie Plotting, a silk chiffon printed range featuring a black-and-white feather print from the Stella McCartney ready-to-wear collection; Eva Scampering, a playful silk chiffon ladybug-printed group with a cami, a chemise and a matching brief; Billie Twirling, a vintage-inspired knicker and chemise with scallop hem of silk satin with a matte-and-shine contrast, and Ines Sneaking, a pale pink lace and silk crepe de chine contour bra, underwire bra and coordinating undies. 

The collection, which received strong reaction when previewed to select stores this month, features vintage-inspired styles, detailing, and fabrics such as tulle and mesh. The color palette includes a range of neutral pales, and dusty pink and lavender with accents of ink blue and gray alongside pretty florals and graphic prints. 

Bras retail from $75 to $85; chemises are priced at $150; bodysuits are $135, and briefs sell for $40. McCartney??™s popular Knickers of the Week have been reworked to create silk and cotton-blend Monogram Knickers of the Week with raised embroidered vintage monogram letters, priced at $195. There??™s also a Happy Birthday embroidered cotton bikini for $45. 

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Scoops: Margiela’s Library Rules… Jeffrey Sebalia’s New Project…

by WWD Staff

The Library at Cafe Select.

The Library at Cafe Select. Photo by Courtesy Photo



BOOKISH: No cryptic concept here. To celebrate its new book ???Maison Martin Margiela??? by Maison Martin Margiela, published by Rizzoli, the house, or at its least lab coat-wearing p.r.s, decamped to New York last Thursday and set up Caf?© Select in SoHo like a library. White hoofed footprints on the floor led through the kitchen to a spare installation space furnished with white desks, lamps and chairs, and wallpapered with a black-and-white photo print of stacks ??” quiet and low-key, just like the party going on up front. Among the small group of editors and arty types were Terence KohTerry Richardson ??” one of the book??™s many contributors ??” and Margiela fanboy Michael Stipe, who??™s been a follower since the Eighties, ???before they even did men??™s wear,??? he said.

EBAY??™S HOLIDAY SPOT: EBay will open its first holiday store, a 5,500-square-foot pop-up at 3 West 57th Street operating Nov. 20 to 29, except Thanksgiving Day, and stocked with a selection of Norma Kamali??™s exclusive fashions for eBay, L.A.M.B shoes, handbags from Michael Kors and Dooney & Burke, Anthropologie dresses, cosmetics from M.A.C., Smashbox and other brands, and the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Vera Wang Princess fragrances. Electronics, toys, home and garden items will also be displayed, but shoppers will have access to the entire eBay marketplace via Internet kiosks, handheld tablets and the eBay mobile phone application. EBay will trumpet the shop with a cocktail party Nov. 19 and on Black Friday, a limited quantity of ???daily deal??? items will be awarded to the first 100 shoppers who visit the store. Dollars spent in the holiday shop, up to $200,000, will be matched by eBay to support Global Giving, Grammy in the Schools, Oxfam America, Right to Play, Save the Children, Share Our Strength, St. Jude Children??™s Research Hospital, Starlight, Toys for Tots, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and YouthAIDS EBay.

PEP TALK: ???I love the dolly bird vibe ??” anything with a heel and an ankle strap is just me,??? said Tamara Beckwith at the launch of the 72-hour pop-up shop for Jimmy Choo??™s Project PEP at Seldfridges on Thursday night. The brand unveiled the 12-piece, limited edition collection at the store??™s Wonder Room. Twenty-five percent of net sales of the stilettos, totes and cuff bracelets will go toward the purchase of anti-HIV drugs for women and children at a rape crisis center in South Africa. Guests including Guy RitchieTheo Fennell, Beckwith and Melissa Odabash munched on fish and chips, a dish Tamara Mellon ??” dressed in a bright red Valentino dress ??” said she loves. Ritchie??™s mind, however, was miles away from the fried fish and fund-raising. ???I??™m all about the films at the moment, and I have Sherlock Holmes out in December,??? he said.

JEFFREY SEBELIA??™S NEW PROJECT: ???Project Runway??? winner Jeffrey Sebelia is injecting his rocker??™s edge into Fluxus as the Los Angeles-based casualwear label??™s new head designer. Sebelia, who scowled on millions of TVs during the reality program??™s third season before winning with his zipper-edged rockerwear, revamped Fluxus??™ lineup for spring with special wax treatments, sheer Modal and black stripe burnout. With retail prices between $66 and $300, Fluxus operates two stores in Los Angeles and also sells at retailers such as Atrium, Bloomingdale??™s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Revolve.

PHILIP GREEN, FOR SALE: Fans and competitors will be able to ???buy??? a piece of Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green??™s very big brain at an upcoming charity auction. Krug??™s inaugural online Mind Share auction went live last week at offering 60 minutes with Green, Natalie Massenet of Net-a-porter, and a host of other VIPs in exchange for money for the thinkers??™ favorite charities. The three highest online bidders for each person will be invited to slug it out during a live auction at Christie??™s in London on Thursday. Green said he plans to donate his proceeds to the Autism Trust.

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Night Lights: Kylie Minogue and Julianne Moore at First Annual Art Awards

by WWD Staff


Julianne Moore, Francisco Costa and Kylie Minogue.

Julianne Moore, Francisco Costa and Kylie Minogue. Photo by Steve Eichner

Rob Pruitt presented his First Annual Art Awards at the Guggenheim Museum with Calvin Klein Collection and in association with White Columns. Kylie Minogue, a presenter, dressed for the occasion in a spiraled Calvin Klein Collection frock. ???I match the space,??? the petite singer said, glancing at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda. Performance artist Kembra Pfahler turned heads of guests like Nate Lowman, Julianne Moore and James Franco when she arrived wearing nothing but knee-high boots, a giant wig and blue paint. She took her seat next to Artist of the Year winner Mary Heilmann, with a napkin delicately placed between her blue bum and the Plexiglass chair. ???That??™s worth waiting for,??? Francisco Costa said.

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YSL’s Masquerade Ball: 
French Kiss

by WWD Staff


The MisShapes. Photo by Scott Rudd

The MisShapes. Photo by Scott Rudd

Yves Saint Laurent got an early start on Halloween revelry when it threw a blowout masquerade ball Thursday night to celebrate the launch of its new women’s fragrance, Parisienne.


The brand made over the Angel Orensanz Foundation with blush pink backlighting, vase upon vase of lush roses and antique-looking chandeliers with flickering votive candles. And if that didn’t set the mood, the perfume’s ad campaign featuring a very suggestive Kate Moss played on a loop on flat screens throughout the venue.

 An eccentric mix of editors, models and Lower East Side night owls crammed the space to such capacity that security on Norfolk Street had to keep aspiring attendees at bay. “I haven’t been out for a while,” said one publicist as she scanned the dance floor for a familiar face. “I was wondering if I’d suddenly gotten behind and didn’t know who anyone was.”

 Surely the “mask required” dress code didn’t help matters. “I made mine at 4 am,” said Leigh Lezark, who, along with the Misshapes, shared DJ duties with Alexandra Richards. Dancing nearby, Becka Diamond was giving her vision-impairing mask a breather. “No one wants to see a pretty girl on the floor,” she joked.

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Posted Nov 02 2009 in Uncategorized

Balmain Denim: Get Inspired!




Straight from the runway of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 09 collection is a Sgt Pepper inspired jacket paired with distressed, slashed and acid washed jeans.  Cool, chic and playfully rock ‘n’ roll!  Perhaps a cue taken from the Beatle’s or could it be Coldplay? Nevertheless, this military/band inspired ensemble is truly a sizzling look for the spring season.

Can’t afford the Balmain price tag?  Most of us can’t, but we certainly can be inspired and get the look for less.


Balmain Ripped Jeans, $1,199.54      Buy it now

Balmain Military Style Denim Jacket, $3,633.50   Buy it now

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Studded Sandals,  $1,546.94   Buy it now

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JBrand 912 Thrasher Ripped Jeans, $218  Buy it now

3.1 Phillip Lim Cadet Jacket, $595  Buy it now

Bebe Charla Embellished Leather Gladiator Sandal, $139  Buy it now

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Forever 21 Chelsie Frayed Straight Jean, $22.80   Buy it now

The Limited Military Style Jacket, $79.50  Buy it now

My Diva’s Closet Studded Gladiator Sandal, $22    Buy it now

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For a more authentic version of the military/band inspired jacket, I would scour vintage stores and ebay.  You will probably find a much more stylish and cheaper jacket such as this one at a starting bid of $9.99!

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 03 2009 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand
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