Preview some of our favorite styles from the PROJECT floor below.
We love Gilded Age‘s spray-dyed and worn in vintage denim, but it was their newest men’s t-shirt collection that caught our interest at PROJECT today. The designer opted to pay homage to vintage car companies with each style, screening the company logo on a desaturated tee and including information on the hang tag (such as the lifespan of the company and what models they produced). He chose lesser known companies—like The Horseless Age, Simplex, and Knox—some of which only stayed in business a few years. We rounded up our favorites below.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Gilded Age, men's t shirt, Project NY, project show, vintage car, vintage t-shirt
For New York Fashion Week, we pulled together seven fashion brands that drove denim to new levels and offered inspiration on what should be made in denim. We were so in love with some pieces that were not quite denim, that we threw those photos in for your ogling. We think you’ll forgive us.
Band of Outsiders—We’ve known for a while that the fashion houses have been fixated on Great Depression and Dustbowl era fashion, and there’s still a bit of this here, but with a mix of glam and luxury fabrics (we count suede and fur collars), there’s a sense that the sun-kissed models in workwear-inspired denim jumpsuits and white-collar attire, offers hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Images via Style.com.
Diesel Black Gold—From red to blue denim, not only has Diesel gone gaga over color, they’ve gone Jackson Pollock with their side-tie pants and cropped jeans. With a definite homage to an 80′s fashion trend, the paint splashes and printed jeans serve as a contradiction to their progressive leatherwear. We couldn’t escape the sense of a Mad Max meets Highlander effect when everything was pulled together. Images via Style.com.
Gilded Age—Stefan Miljanic brings motorcycle culture to the stage for fall, except with more refined touches in layering pieces and clean lines, even in their colored and gray jeans. Images via GQ online.
Nicholas K—Designers Nicholas and Christopher Kunz have made her collection all about draping and furthering the Depression era vibe utilizing desert hues: models wore flapper wigs and Silent Film cosmetic work; Western touches were seen throughout. Hints of denim made its way in, including a hooded denim shirt and an homage to the denim jacket. Images via
—Who knew she was also an apparel designer? Known largely for her handbags, long-time followers have looked forward to her return to clothing design, her first passion. We think her bright legging pants may as well segue into
. Her apparel debut at New York Fashion Week featuring an opening performance by
, made a big splash. Images via
While the consistency of denim fiber poses some limitations on what types of garments can be created with it, the wide range in denim options comes instead from washes and treatments. Gilded Age designer Stefan Miljanic answered some questions for Gilt on his exhaustive process, wherein he uses natural elements to carry out his “antiquated” aging/treatment process. Check out the denim designer’s interview.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: aging denim, denim treatment process, Gilded Age, Gilt, Stefan Miljanic, the art of denim
Men’s Spring 2010 Trends
From WWD ISSUE 09/24/2009
New York designers put their own spin on the trends that roared out of Europe this summer. See all the trends:
Patrik Ervell RTW Spring 2010
Gilded Age RTW Spring 2010
Lacoste RTW Spring 2010
Michael Bastian RTW Spring 2010
Monarchy RTW Spring 2010
Nicholas K RTW Spring 2010
Rag & Bone RTW Spring 2010
Spur RTW Spring 2010
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-Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Gilded Age, Lacoste, Michael Bastian, Monarchy, Nicholas K, Patrik Ervell, rag & bone, Spur
Gilded Age, a New York based denim label, gets as old school as you can ever imagine. With attention to detail, their products are handcrafted using some of the oldest machinery, oldest natural dyes and methods of construction known to man. The outcome is a beautifully unique vintage, imperfect and weathered appearance.
Going back in time, dye methods using volcanic mud dye, parchment, natural charcoal, tea, logwood, Japanese Alder and natural indigo are used in a variety of their products. Their jeans are made of natural indigo dye taken from the natural indigo plant, a rare method used today by a very small number of denim companies. Some of their knitted garments are made of 100% organic cotton created in the small artisanal natural dye studios. In the spirit of years gone by, some knitted garments are knitted on “Hung Up” jersey machines which were a staple in knitting from 1870′s through the 1960′s. There are very few machines in the world of this kind. Some of their knits are also hand knitted the old fashion way with needles and yarn using the finest Mongolian cashmere for its’ compact, tight knitted softness.
How much more authentic can it get? I suppose “mass production” are blasphemous words for the Gilded Age, but with that you’ll be paying a premium for such carefully crafted garments. Prices for jeans start at $298 for the “Gotham” straight leg with red selvage to $548 for the “Gotham” straight leg vintage wash with red selvage. Currently they only offer a men’s line, but a women’s line is soon to come. Hats off to Gilded Age for keeping it real!
Gotham Straight Leg Jean with Red Selvage
Gotham Straight Leg Vintage Washed with Red Selvage
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Gilded Age, Japanese Alder, Logwood, Natural Charcoal, Natural Indigo, Parchment, Tea, Volcanic Mud Dye