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Charley 5.0, Head To Toe: 7 Looks To Wear On Your Winter Cruise Getaway


While some of us relish in making snow angels and hurling icy handfuls of slush at our friends all winter long, many of us will be setting sail for a warmer climate once the New York winter sets in full force. If you’re one such lucky lady, you’ll be happy to know there’s one brand that has all of your holiday & resortwear dressing needs on tap—New York based Charley 5.0. If you’ve read our previous reviews on this line, you know there’s more to their game than jeans. They specialize in innovative ways to work denim and chambray into the wardrobe with fashion-forward styling in mind.

Underlined by a rich selection of colored skinny jeans, denim shorts, and chambray fashion separates, you can sink your teeth into the urban bohemian goddess look far sooner than summer heat waves creep up on the weather map. Check out these seven fierce looks below that will compliment any warm weather vacation you’re planning in the coming months.

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Look 1. Boho babe.

This Tencel Denim Tie Front Blouse is an easy-on, easy-off compliment to the gorgeous Washed Silk Long Tank Dress in Aztec Print. The outfit is topped off with a floppy hat and wooden beaded necklaces for some serious boho flare. Put this outfit on, and you’re practically on vacation already.

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Look 2. Beach bum.

The “The Long & the Short of It” denim deep v-neck top in “Cool Blue” says you’re ready to have some fun on the beach (or wherever the winds take you), and these Salt Women’s Premium Denim Cut-Off Shorts in Blush add a bit of flirty fun to the mix. The oversized pendant and sunnies lend an aura of laid back worldliness (and let’s face it, that’s what the stylish strive for, even when they’re taking a break from the world).

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Look 3. Margarita!

If you’re looking for something with overt feminine appeal, the Washed Silk Button-Down Blouse in Golden Leopard Print is a promising pick, and the Salt Women’s Premium Denim Cut-Off Shorts in Lime are just the squeeze of citrus you need to take this fresh look from day to night in a snap.

 

Look 4. Tribal Beats.

Matching the first look in terms of bohemian flare, yet far more of the “I’m a professional vacationer and I will never go back to the office for the rest of my life” persuasion, the Washed Silk Fly Away Tank in Aztec Print is the ideal match for our favorite piece: the Tencel Denim Hippie Skirt in Faded Sky.

 

Look 5. Wild one.

A gorgeous, whimsical Washed Silk Basic Tee Shirt in Butterfly Jungle Print looks awesome against contrast Salt Women’s Premium Denim Skinny Jeans in cobalt blue. The navy wooden beaded necklace and hot pink turban add a few more flecks of resort-luxe to the mix.

 

Look 6. Tranquil & chic.

For something more subtle, go for the Washed Silk Button-Down Blouse in Cream, paired with the Salt Women’s premium denim skinny jeans in Light Coral—a color scheme that’s both tranquil and alluring with a spritz of turquoise and metallic around the neck. The best part? The fit of these jeans = smooth as butter.

 

Look 7. Sun Worshipper.

Finally, Washed Silk Tank in Cream makes for a perfect sunset separate when paired with the Salt Women’s premium denim skinny jeans in Lemonade, with delicate whisker fading. A red wooden beaded waterfall necklace brings the whole look together.

 

Ready to book your flight and pack a suitcase full of gorgeous? Check out Charley 5.0 online—we’ll let you know when these perfect holiday & resort pieces hit the racks.

 

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras, styling by Michelle Christina Larsen.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 26 2011 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It » Reviews: Brand

Stone Craft: Silk Screened Denim With Fresh Colors & Prints


When we first laid our eyes on Stone Craft, we saw the immediate potential for “new favorite denim line”. Their hand-administered silk screen prints and gorgeous palette of colors (with classic washes and playful two-tone options) stood out as a new take on what we already love. Their premium denim line is inspired by the California lifestyle, which comes through in pastels and warm hues, bohemian prints, and unique treatments (like one pair of peach jeans that appear striped from a few feet away, but have DIY-esque drips of white down the legs upon closer observation). A theme of re-attached waistbands reemerges in different styles, with a destroyed fringe edge and contrast-colors. Their denim workshirts are just as unique, with patch pockets and collars in contrast fabrics with wild prints.

stone craft printed denim by Orly Dahan

stone craft printed denim by Orly Dahan

 

Stay tuned as we follow Stone Craft and bring you the latest on this gorgeous new brand!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 17 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Artisan de Luxe’s Latest Collection Celebrates Hand-Craft & Boho


A stroll around Coterie revealed the denim trends of both fall and spring, and in the case of Artisan de Luxe designer Philippe Naouri, it’s all about the hand-crafted details and bohemian edge. Living up to its name, the artistic quality of each piece is underlined by thoughtfully appropriated trims of beads, fringe, cut-outs and fabric distressing that makes the collection look like there’s a history behind it—as if each piece could be a character in a film. Jackets were the perfect unison of utility (denim patches) and tribal influence (saturated South American textiles). Jeans had ’70s flare legs and designs (like peace signs and overlapping abstract scissor silhouettes) affixed with stitching in sand-color thread. Overall, a collection a New York girl can slip into to put a little more West Coast nomad-chic into her life.

Artisan Deluxe's Latest Collection Celebrates Hand-Craft & Boho

 

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 21 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Le Blog De Betty: Skinny Jeans & Ethnic Prints


Ethnic prints are all the rage, and blogger-darling Le Blog De Betty is more than happy to jump on the bandwagon with a recent street style snap. Vivid and loud, yet muted in color, the outfit includes a Navajo-patterned t-shirt from WkShp Clothing, bronze coated skinny jeans from Lee Anglomania, and the very-cool black & white contrast sandals from the H&M Against Aids collection. This is something we might wear towards the end of the summer (right now it’s over-90 in NYC, most of us cannot even imagine wearing jeans… poor Renee & Gordon!). None the less, this styling is red-hot.

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Images via Le Blog De Betty.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

 

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Posted Jun 09 2011 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Tip of the Day: Denim With Mixed Textures for Cool ’90s Look


Mix textures added to your denim creates a semi-retro fun ’90s look. You can match a floral denim print with an acid-wash pair of jeans, for example. This amps up the excitement factor of your outfit while still keeping it within the realms of chic. Just be sure the rest of your separates are solid colors to avoid looking like a confused ’90s overload. Check out some of these cool mix-textured denim looks below!

Bobby R. pairs an awesome ethnic-print scarf with a loose bohemian top and light acid-wash jeans.

 

Pixie L. paired a flowy floral top with acid-wash cut-out light wash jeans and killer black ankle boots with plenty of hardware.

 

Rachel-Marie I. styles her geometric body-hugging dress with a thick black belt and an acid-wash jacket. The look becomes super-mod with two-tone platform wedges.

 

Olivia H. does classic ’90s grunge to perfection with an oversize flannel, sheer black tights, and high-waisted acid wash shorts. Though recent history, this combo is coming back strong on the street style circuit.

 

Celeste C. paired a super-cute lip-print top with her vintage acid-wash high-waisted shorts fo a perfect summer beach-side look.

 

Nadine C. mixes an acid wash dress with pop-color earrings and neon mutli-color tights. A perfect match for her uber-edgy hair.

 

Need a texture hint aside from acid-wash? Check out our floral denim round-up!

 

Sandoval Gomez & Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 19 2011 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Therapy

Artisan De Luxe Fall 2011 Denim Preview


Artisan De Luxe is a premium denim brand that prides itself on the fashion that brings the beauty and imperfections of the individual artistic touch. Each piece is unique in its craftmanship and the Fall 2011 collection does not differ nor disappoint in any way. You can see this in the Mexican Blanket inspired jacket, as well as the Aztec scarves, and colorful prints that could electrify any wardrobe. Founder and Designer, Philipe Naouri says: Fall ’11 is pure American Vintage with a Southwest Influence”. We’d like to have one of each! Here is a sneak peak into Fall 2011.

You can also read our exclusive interview with Philipe Naouri himself.

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Apr 13 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks
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