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3 Men’s Denim Looks Worthy of Kanye’s Approval


For those of you who haven’t been following Kanye West‘s foray into the fashion world, from secretly apprenticing under some well-known fashion houses to becoming a permanent fashion show fixture in Europe, we thought we might shine a light on men’s denim fashion that would earn Kanye’s approval.  We’ve pinned down some key classic looks, inspired by music pal Jay-Z—who is known for rocking double denim—while referencing Kanye’s own penchant for juxtaposing a sartorial suiting look with a sportswear twist.  Throw in a lightweight shirt for spring weather and you’re good.  Tip:  don’t overkill; avoid bling, embroidery and loud, distracting top stitched jeans, and you’ll do just fine.

Denim Menswear Look #1

1. BLK DNM Black Denim Jacket

2. A.P.C. Lightweight Jean in Light Gray

3. Cheap Monday Stitch Sunglasses

4. Rick Owens Black Georasket Sneakers

 

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5. Levi’s Trucker Jacket in Grey Rigid

6. AllSaints Rubble Gun Jeans

7. Alexander McQueen Plastic Skull Aviator Sunglasses

8. Kris Van Assche Black Leather Sneakers

 

Denim Menswear Look #3

9. Dolce & Gabbana Slim Fit Wool & Silk Blazer

10. Scotch & Soda Snatch Regular in Kilda Ink Wash

11. Kris Van Assche High Top Sneakers

12. Burberry Woven Silk Bow Tie

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Apr 16 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear

Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and other irresistible glimpses of inside info. Catch up on what’s happening (and what’s definitely not happening) and browse our personal picks after scanning the web this morning. 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!

January 17, 2012: Your daily denim dose of news and links from Denim Therapy.

1. Project Global Trade Show (#projectshow) is in its second day in New York City.  Lots of denim brands are exhibiting, and Denim Therapy is on the scene to cover it.  Look for our latest updates throughout the day.

2.  True Religion is launching their Spring-Summer 2012 campaign today.  The brand itself revamped their e-commerce site, for a smoother user experience.  Their new range of jeans for women and men incorporate subtle details and finishes while retaining the True Religion brand heritage.  Look for more coverage of the True Religion campaign launch on Denim Therapy.

3. As you know, Kanye West has fallen in love with being a fashion designer (we spotted him recently at Pitti Uomo Men’s Fashion Week).  His early influence was his mom.  ”My Mom would wear blue jeans with a fur and an embellished “Cosby Show” sweater : ) to pick me up from school.” (via Twitter)

4. Denim-driven online retailer Lamb & Flag has opened up a new brick-and-mortar store in Brea, California, with another one in the works.  By the way, they carry brands like [blanknyc], Kill City, Levi’s Made & Crafted and WeSC.

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Jan 17 2012 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!

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1. Our good friend and fellow denim-head The Denim Guy is embarking on his own Raw Denim Project, with a pair of AG jeans.

2. Kanye West looks great in these destroyed vintage levi’s jeans! We’re not usually huge fans of Kanye’s styling, but this time he nailed a classic look, and we love it.

3. Go behind the scenes with James Jeans and see what their latest lookbook production involved. Hint: lush greenery and denim!

4. Want a fresh perspective? We love the Dr. Denim blog. It’s loaded with anecdotal photography and (of course) great jeans.

5. Chanel wasn’t the first or last to conjure up denim-inspired nail polish, but now it’s sure to become a trend. NUBAR has released a line of denim inspired colors for about $20.00.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

 

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Posted Sep 27 2011 in Denim News

An Exclusive Q&A with Gridlock Denim


There is a denim revolution happening right now. The new Los Angeles-based women’s denim line, Gridlock, offers an innovative way of personalizing your style in a matter of seconds. They boast removable back pocket jeans that can change your whole look in a matter of zips & snaps! Gridlock denim jeans include more than 20 pocket designs to showcase every season from leather dye cuts pockets to a variety of custom skins (you can collect them all). We had the chance to interview the designer and hear it all firsthand.

 

Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning.  How did you know you wanted to be a designer?
Gridlock Denim: I always had a passion for design and creation. When I was in high school I used to design my own shoes and bags. So later on when I worked for Diesel and Replay in NY I was really inspired with denim. When I moved back to LA and had started a Company manufacturing Men’s Undergarments and Lingerie for 5 years. I thought it was time to start a new venture that had my personal touch. After bouncing ideas back and fourth the idea of changing your pockets with different designs came about. At that time pocket designs were everything. After registering the Patented idea Worldwide I then started with the whole collection. Including picking a unique name that was unisex.

DT: Are there other denim brands you consider your immediate competition? How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?
GD: I don’t consider any Brands a competition b/c no other Brand out of 100 Brands has my concept. I differentiate my brand with being able to be a classy jean and when my customer wants to change up the pockets they can. It’s like having a couple pair of jeans.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
GD: One of my rituals is going on the style blogs and the other is heading to Coffee shops, bars, walking the streets and seeing what denim different people are wearing. I also like to travel out of LA and get inspired by different cities and cultures.

DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
GD: The Customer in mind is a woman/man that is age 21-35 that’s either in School or has a 9-5 job and likes to change his/her denim when they are out and about.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?
GD: Spring Collection is out you can view it on www.gridlockdenim.com as for my “Fall Collection” this will have darker washes of denim with unique details. I will be also coming out with a series of Cigarette Corduroys in Bordeaux, Army Green, Black, and Grey. We will also be introducing the Gridlock 100 Edition Collection without our Patented Pocket Overlays.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
GD: My dream collaboration would be with Diesel Jeans or Replay, or an amazing musician ie: Will i am, Lady Gaga, RHCP, Kanye West.

DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
GD: My favorite washes so far are the Marina, Railroad, and “I-core vintage”. My personal favorite is the Cigarette cut in marina or i-core vintage. I would wear the cigarette jeans in Railroad with my Statue of Liberty pocket overlays, Black Heels, Tan low cut v neck Henley, and a Scarf. For the 2nd Style I would wear the straight leg in i-core vintage with my gun metal studded pocket, black boots, and a black low cut v-neck.

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
GD: Let’s start with my least favorite jeans now. It’s a jean with too many details all over the jean. My favorite denim trends that are back are the Skinny Flare. Takes me back to high school and is a good change from the cigarette’s being the Trend.

DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing?
GD: Being that I grew up around street style I am very influenced by it. It definitely plays a part in my design and I really am happy that it has inspired high-end labels as well.

DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
GD: I used to own about a 100 Pairs of denim. I cleaned my closet out and only wear Gridlock now.

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Apr 27 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

WWD News: Home Grown: A New Course for L.A. Fashion Week


Home Grown: A New Course for L.A. Fashion Week

by Rachel Brown and MARCY MEDINA

From WWD ISSUE 10/07/2009

 

a-look-from-oy-meets-girlLOS ANGELES ??” Fashion week here, which now stretches for several weeks, is trying to overcome an identity crisis. 

Many in the industry thought Los Angeles Fashion Week would implode with the exit of event producer IMG a year ago after a five-year run, but organizers have been able to return to the original goal ??” shows featuring local designers, timed with the city??™s two apparel markets, and staged in landmark venues in the garment district and in Hollywood. 

Although sponsors are still scarce, the activity hints at optimism for the city??™s fashion scene. 

???I have watched so many fashion weeks fail, so part of my mission is not just to be an exhibition space for designers, but also to support the industry??™s new talent,??? said Barbara Graff, a partner in the returning Downtown Fashion Week with Leanna Lewis and Juan Rodriguez. One of its shows featuring emerging designers is being sponsored by the city??™s Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Other new players also see opportunity in the region with the biggest retail market and clothing production center in the U.S. 

a-look-from-tristan-and-trista???People were disappointed with events in the past, but I see potential to build a fashion monster,??? said Nicole Purcell, a partner in New York-based Rock Media and Entertainment. The firm recently merged with Gen Art, which has staged biannual events in Los Angeles since 1997, to become RMGA LLC. Their new three-day event, Rock Fashion Week L.A., will open with Gen Art??™s Fresh Faces in Fashion show Oct. 29 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. 

???Our merger has given Los Angeles Fashion Week an important anchor,??? said Gen Art founder Ian Gerard. ???It??™s been flailing in the wind in terms of being a cohesive week, and everyone??™s looking to someone to organize it. Creating multiple days in a well-regarded location is the first step to getting other groups to rally around the same time frame.??? 

The IMG-produced Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City was criticized for subpar designers, lack of press, D-list celebrities and out-of-the-way location. 

???That was a tough draw because it is an industrial area,??? said Mikey Koffman, who is producing a new event this season, L.A. Fashion Weekend, at Sunset Gower Studios. ???Not a lot of celebrities and buyers want to go [there] because it is off the beaten path, and it doesn??™t really have anything to do with fashion. By making the move to Hollywood, we are trying to give fashion week a Hollywood image.??? 

Koffman acknowledged the past few seasons without Smashbox Studios co-owners Dean and Davis Factor have been ???a little frustrating.??? Davis Factor has said he will return to fashion week when the economic climate improves, adding, ???I want to wait until I can do it right.???

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Rock-Themed Apparel Shows Strength in Market

 

 

 

by VALERIE SECKLER

From WWD ISSUE 10/07/2009

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Don??™t knock the rock.

Rock ??™n??™ roll merchandise ranging from graphic T-shirts ??” the hottest sellers at live shows ??” to hoodies, tote bags, bracelets, key chains and more, are showing staying power at concerts and gaining traction at major stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and J.C. Penney, said executives of Bravado, Live Nation Merchandise and The Thread Shop, key marketers of the artists and their products.

These purchases, with teens said to be the best customers, are translating into a business estimated at $2 billion to $3 billion worldwide annually at concert venues and in stores ??” half of it in the U.S. 

The allure of rock, pop and hip-hop musicians, including the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Metallica, AC/DC, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney, is sparking concertgoers to spend an average of $10 to $15 per head to mark their experience at a show staged by the hottest acts, whose products command the highest sales. Besides the cachet of the stars themselves, demand is stoked by a desire to show the world that an act has played one??™s town and the concertgoer was there by wearing a T-shirt bearing markers of the occasion: the tour??™s name, date and location.

???Bands can do hundreds of thousands of dollars a night, depending on how big they are,??? Michael Krassner, executive vice president of retail and licensing at Live Nation Merchandise, said of audience demand. ???The issue is: Are the tickets being sold, rather than are the merch numbers the same???? 

While many of these souvenirs are priced within a predictable range, say, T-shirts at $15 to $40, big draws can pull considerably more for an item: an AC/DC leather jacket for $250 and hockey jersey for $150, or a Paul McCartney hoodie embellished with peace fingers and ?????™09??? on the breast for $70 and an oversize program on heavy stock for his Summer Live ??™09 tour for $30.

???Apparel is the biggest driver in this business,??? said Mathew Vlasic, vice president of merchandising at The Thread Shop, a Sony Music venture Vlasic started about two years ago, which he said has grown into a ???multimillion-dollar business??? through its wholesale unit and online boutique. In the U.S., T-shirts typically generate 80 to 85 percent of concert sales, versus 70 percent in the U.K. and 40 percent in Japan, said Dell Furano, chief executive officer of Live Nation Merchandise.

???The Brits and the Japanese love their programs and books,??? Furano added of the two nationalities that spend 30 percent and 60 percent, respectively, of their outlays during live music events on such items.

At performances of artists considered a notch below megastars in their power to build audiences and sell product, like Lady Gaga, concertgoers are spending $5 to $10 per head, said Tom Bennett, chief executive officer at Bravado, a unit of Universal Music, whose sales of rock merchandise account for one-third of the sector??™s business.

Among the artists whose live shows are resulting in top-performing merchandise sales this year, entertainment executives said, are Coldplay, Pink, Kings of Leon, Madonna and Iron Maiden. Big numbers are anticipated for U2, now on a tour that kicked off Sept. 12 in Chicago; Kiss, which hit the road Sept. 25 in Detroit, and Depeche Mode, which resumed concerts Oct. 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Beyond the sheer popularity of bands, cravings for collectibles ??” and simply to have something tangible in hand ??” during a time of music and movie downloads is keeping demand for rock memorabilia growing at a low-single-digit rate. 

???There??™s a need or a want for stuff,??? said Tom Cording, vice president of media relations at Sony Music-Legacy Recordings. ???Even though we download music to our iPods and our cell phones, there??™s nothing that??™s going to replace buying a T-shirt at a concert. Everybody??™s very merchandised. There??™s everything but floor wax, at this point.???

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Memo Pad: More Changes at Cond?© Nast…

by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 10/07/2009

gqWAIT, THERE??™S MORE: Changes at Cond?© Nast continued Tuesday morning: Steven Deluca, publisher of Details since April 2008, was pushed out as the men??™s title was moved under the purview of senior vice president and publishing director Bill Wackermann. Lucy Kriz will remain as Details??™ associate publisher and will report to Wackermann. Deluca was notified late Monday afternoon he was being let go.


The move should put to rest rumors that Details would be closed after Cond?© Nast folded four unprofitable magazines Monday: Gourmet, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride and Cookie. Speculation over Details??™ future, as well as that of other Cond?© Nast titles, flourished as McKinsey & Co. was hired to advise on how to prune the firm??™s unprofitable magazines and position it for growth. Details has seen its fashion and luxury advertising base decline during the crippling ad recession. Through October, ad pages fell 34 percent, to 627, while its larger sibling, GQ, saw a 32 percent drop in ad pages to 886. Details??™ circulation has remained flat over several years at about 425,000, or about half that of GQ??™s. Details now publishes 10 times annually after the magazine stopped producing an additional holiday issue last year.

However, Wackermann was positive about Details??™ future, saying the title has a place at the company given its younger audience and edgier editorial voice. He also said editor in chief Dan Peres was the right man to steer the magazine into 2010. ???I am honored to be involved with Details again, and the opportunity to work with Dan Peres. The market needs Details??™ edgy and smart edit. There is nothing else like it,??? said Wackermann.

And more changes at Cond?© Nast lie ahead. While 180 employees are exiting the building this week after the closures Monday, more are expected to follow suit as the remaining magazines finalize their 2010 budgets. Editors and publishers are charged with cutting their spending by as much as 25 percent by whatever means they choose ??” including job cuts, some of which could happen as soon as this week. ??” Stephanie D. Smith

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Brit Fest

by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 10/07/2009

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Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland and Gareth Pugh (Photo By: Delphine Achard)

BRIT FEST: Joan Burstein, founder of London??™s Browns boutique, feted British designers in Paris on Monday night, inviting Gareth Pugh, Henry Holland, Jonathan Saunders and Charlotte Dellal to a sumptuous apartment with a view of the Tuileries. Dellal graciously twirled on demand, purring, ???It??™s my mother??™s vintage Lacroix.??? Meanwhile, Alexandra Lanvin (wife of Hubert Lanvin, a direct descendent of Jeanne Lanvin), said she had just tapped Turkish-born, Berlin-based designer Burak Uyan to launch a new shoe line called Aperla??, which is being unveiled in Paris this week.

 

–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Oct 07 2009 in Denim Therapy

J Brand + Hussein Chalayan


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The much anticipated collaboration between Hussein Chalayan, master of ‘the art’ of fashion design, and J Brand is currently available at Barney’s New York.  Most would expect something extraordinary from Chalayan, knowing his chimerical aesthetics, but the outcome of his capsule collection for J Brand is a carefully controlled take on three trends that dominate the market place; the boyfriend jean – lovingly named the Beau jean ($247), the skinny jean – appropriately named the Legging jean ($249), and the harem style jean named the Circuit ($257), because, I am guessing, you need to be styling to work it in the fashion circuit and harem style pants continue to be hot amongst the edgy fashionistas!

It is no surprise that at the private dinner party to launch the collaboration at Hotel Griffou, hosted by Chalayan and J Brand, the who’s who of both the fashion and art worlds came together along with future designer to be, Kanye West, and his muse/girlfriend Amber Rose.  The line-up of guests included  Vogue Editor – Sally Singer, Vogue Associate Publisher - Lottie Oakley (looking gorgeous as ever from my days at Vogue), John Currin, Rachel Feinstein, Hope Atherton and Chanel Iman, to name a few.

 

View the video of Chalayan’s line for J Brand

 

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Aug 06 2009 in Uncategorized
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