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5 Men’s Luxury Denim Pieces We Love at Mr Porter

Mr. Porter, a new retail spin-off from international e-commerce darling Net-a-Porter, quietly opened some exclusive shopping hours for their “Founding Members” today, so we thought we’d share 5 of our favorite luxury denim pieces with you.  The high-end men’s online retailer opens to the masses tomorrow morning (Tuesday), so get some drool time in now!


1. These will endure all your abuse and still love you back. Acne Mic Rigid Straight Jeans ($200).

2. A lighter weight jean with creamy contrast seams: both eye-catching and comfortable. Burberry Brit Steadman Straight Leg Jeans ($195).

3.  Really, is there an explanation needed for this? Lanvin Denim and Leather Sneakers ($415).

4. The Sartorialist can’t seem to resist a solid, denim jacket, so be prepared to be his next photo subject! Maison Martin Margiela Denim Blazer ($1,150).

5. Individually hand-crafted selvedge for the discerning man. Jean Shop Rocker Straight Leg jean ($290).

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 22 2011 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear

Summer Denim Sneaker Must-Haves!

Sneaker-heads, sneaker-pimps, and denimphiles unite!  When two of your favorite fashion staples collide it’s sheer fireworks!  There’s a lot of amazing kick-ass-kicks on the market this season!

lanvin-limited-editionLanvin x Acne Spring/Summer 2010 Medium High Trainer

One of the best couture fashion and denim collaborations ever, Lanvin x Acne, continue to wow us with their fantastic denim collections.  The Lanvin x Acne Spring/Summer 2010 Medium High Trainer comes with a denim upper with light piping, unlike last season’s dark piping.  Shown here with the silk navy with red zigzag Medium High Trainers.



Tretorn x Comme des Garcons Shirt Spring 2010 Canvas Sneaker

Swedish label Tretorn and cult Japanese label Commes des Garcons has collaborated on a low-profile canvas sneaker.  The Tretorn x Commes des Garcons navy canvas low top sneaker with a green foxing band and white sole are simplicity done to perfection.  An effortless style in a classic silhouette, perfect for a sunny summer day.



Vans x Supreme Pack

From the masterminds of New York skate and streetwear, Supreme, have come out with another great collaboration with Vans.  This new Vans x Supreme pack includes the Era lowtop and rarely seen Sk8-Hi Mid.  There are two pairs of Eras, one with a white/blue mix and another in grey canvas, while the Sk8-Hi Mids go with the bleached look on the side panels with grey suede on the forefoot.


visvims-skagway-sneakersVisVim Skagway Hi-tops

Clearly inspired by Converse Chuck Taylors, the Skagway Hi-Tops from Japanese design house visvim’s Summer 2010 collection are made entirely of denim, not canvas.  Gorgeous!


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jun 10 2010 in Uncategorized

Lanvin/Acne 2010 Collection – Better than ever!

My deep love for anything and everything Lanvin grows deeper and deeper with every season.  Alber Elbaz is pure perfection with the keenest eye for what a girl wants in all her frocks, frills, and over all fashion fabulousness!  A match made in heaven, the 2010 collaborative collection is a true testament to the divine synergy of this ongoing love affair. The fiery and playful t??te-? -t??te between Lanvin’s signature silhouettes with Acne’s confections of soft washed denim re-defines what a chic 2010 woman should be.

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Dress: LF 202D, $1,170.00

The ultimate lady that lunches elegant summery sleeveless dress in soft Japanese denim. Drape bow detail at waist with pleats running across bust and waist.

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Dress: LF 203D, $900.00

This dress has a little more punch to make a grand entrance at a casual power lunch.  A ruched shoulder dress with a beautiful, feminine fit. The ruching sits over the left shoulder, with pleats running across the bust. The right shoulder is sleeveless.

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Dress: LF 200D, $1,380.00

My absolute favorite from this collection, the quintessential sihouette of Lanvin with the one shoulder, ruching and draping.  This summery one shoulder dress is in soft Japanese light weight denim with ruched left shoulder with drapes running across the bust towards a gathered waist. A flower made of raw edged denim fabric adorns the chest.  My perfect cocktail dress!

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Skirt: LF 401D, $930.00

The must have item that will stand up to the test of time is this elegant pencil skirt in fine Japanese denim. Closes at side with a zipper hidden by pleated details. The side detail fabric is attached at the waist with a press button.

Blouse: LF 613D

Feminine western shirt in soft, lightweight Japanese denim. Closes with Acne Lanvin signature press buttons and ribbon detail at the collar.

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Jacket: LF 701D, $2,580.00

Worn with the skirt as a beautiful suit, alone with slacks or with leather jeans for a more rock ‘n’ roll look, this glamorous denim jacket in washed Japanese denim, embellished with silver beads is versatile for day and evening all throughout the year.

Skirt: LF 400D, $840.00

I’m so glad 90’s fashion is making its’ way back in trend, this denim pencil skirt, with pleated back details, made in fine washed Japanese denim is a playful nod to the 90’s and Elbaz’s signature bow.

Shop the Lanvin/Acne 2010 Collection

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 18 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Accessories: Divine, Delicious, Delightful Denim Bags!

Denim could not be more luxe than in these gorgeous denim bags.  Don’t get the cold shoulder anymore, sport these fantastic denim bags and be the chicest lady in town!

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Martini Jeweled Clutch

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Martini Jeweled Clutch, $1,295.00 – Fun, sparkly, perfect for a cocktail party.

Dolce & Gabbana @ Neiman Marcus

Denim Petal Tote, Blue

Valentino Denim Petal Tote, $1,395.00

In full bloom, this bag will draw all the right attention and packs in all your necessities.

Valentino @ Bergdorf Goodman

Lanvin Large Denim Shopping Bag

Lanvin Denim Shopping Tote, $1,056.77

For the ultimate bag lady, this denim shopping tote adds a wink and a smile to your day.

Lanvin @ Mytheresa

Lanvin Denim Amalia Shoulderbag

Lanvin Denim Amalia Bag, $1,675.00 – Very lady-like denim done for the posh girly-girl.

Lanvin @ Bergdorf Goodman

Miu Miu Denim Pocket Tote

Miu Miu Denim Pocket Tote, $1,150.00 – Fun, sporty and versatile.

Miu Miu @ Bergdorf Goodman

Botkier Convertible Trigger Bag in Washed Denim

Botkier Trigger Moto Convertible Bag, $295.00

A nice little edgy bag to take you from day to evening.

Botkier @ Shopbop

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 08 2010 in Denim Fashion

Denim Desires: Lanvin Denim Pump At Barney’s Sale

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I don’t like to overdo it with the denim look, but I do love Lanvin, the couture house that brings us these lovely denim pumps.  They are stacked rather high, but I can see a retro babe sporting these with her cropped jeans, clamdiggers or some other Betty Page-esque rendition.  Another great pairing would be a khaki trenchcoat to highlight the natural, wooden heel.  It’s the modern Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman’s character in “Casablanca”), bidding adieu at the airport.  Ah, romance!

On sale now, online at Barney’s for a fraction of the original price, and you can get free complimentary ground shipping to receive your order by December 25.


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Dec 18 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires: Step out in Denim

I wouldn’t consider denim footwear to be all that appealing, apart from great collaborations done by Lanvin, Acne and Converse (to name a few amongst a very few), as most walk the fine line of looking too cheap or kitschy. But once in a while I’ll come across some shoes that are actually done well and worth checking out.  Here are a few finds that I think are chic and great for jazzing up an outfit with an added touch of denim.




A denim dandy’s dream shoe, SS09’s Lanvin Richelieu cap-toe brogues, a great example of denim shoes done superbly!  






Denim Footwear Finds:


Valentino ‘Petale’ Denim Ballerina Flat, $495.00

From the Cruise 2010 collection, this leather-lined ballerina flat has an oversized bloom that graces the toe with a comfortable elasticized collar.  Adorable to wear with leggings, jeans, or a sweet dress.

Shop Valentino @ Nordstrom






Sperry “AO” Denim Boat Shoes, $59.99

Sperry Top-siders are back in style.  From street to sea, hit the deck in style with these cool denim boat shoes from Sperry, featuring genuine hand-sewn Tru-Moc Construction for durable comfort. These will look super snazzy with a seer sucker suit or simple khakis and polo shirt.  

Shop Sperry @ Lord & Taylor






Ugg “Lo Pro Button” Boot, $120.00

For all you Ugg fans, now you can have them in denim!

Shop Ugg @ Dillards








–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Nov 12 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires: The Sneakers Have It

Denim Sneaker by LANVIN, available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Denim Sneaker by LANVIN. CLICK TO SHOP!

If you must, must, must incorporate denim into your streetwear without actually wearing jeans, then try sneakers. It’s a hint of denim without the in-your-face “look at my fancy back pocket!” Believe it or not, some people don’t like to wear jeans, but they are peer pressured into sportin’ the latest and greatest ill-fitting premium denim labels, which turns out (no shock), doesn’t work for them. Not that I know anybody like that (well, actually…).

Nike Blazer Mid Premium Selvage Sneakers. CLICK TO SHOP!

Nike Blazer Mid Premium Selvage Sneakers. CLICK TO SHOP!

So I do declare, “sneak” your denim in where you can. These sneakers are a quaint surprise. You can be classy, casual and cool, which can translate to a style Baller who doesn’t need to act like they threw up selvage all over the place.

ADIDAS X KAIHARA Adicolor Selvage Sneakers. CLICK TO SHOP!

ADIDAS X KAIHARA Adicolor Selvage Sneakers. CLICK TO SHOP!



Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Nov 07 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires for Dudes: The Artfully Disheveled Dandy

I love a good eye candy dandy.  Bon vivants who are not afraid to sport pink, covet Saville Row suits, passionate for well crafted shoes, and a perfectly fitting denim jean. The modern artfully disheveled dandy has that “just threw it on” look with aristocratic pizzazz.  Get the look anchored by some great denim jeans.


acne-jeans-mod-aAcne Jeans: Mod A, $199.00

Mod is one of our most relaxed men??™s denim styles. It has a tapered, slightly carrot shaped leg and a high waist that sits low on the hip. The acne-jeans-mod-a2jeans are loose over hip and thigh and get tighter from the knee down. Characteristic for this style is the tilted belt loops and the crotch rivet. Mod is the brother of the women??™s style Hug.

This style comes in a high quality Japanese raw denim. with a beautiful dark blue tone.

Buy @ Acnestudios







lout-dalton-denim-shirtLou Dalton Denim Shirt, $235.65

Lightweight chambray shirt from British designer Lou Dalton with a contrasting black velvet collar. Shirt has simple lines, fastens with contrast white buttons and is dry clean only. Perfect casually with jeans or more dapper with an added bow-tie and blazer.

Buy Lou Dalton @ oki-ni









Lanvin Bengal Striped Sport Coat, $2,960.00

A gorgeous sport coat that is easily thrown on over jeans, t-shirt and scarf for a high-low posh look.  Wool three-button sport coat with bengal striped panel, notched lapels, chest pocket and flap pockets. Solid sleeves. Center vent. Available in Black. Wool. 

Buy Lanvin @ Barney’s









freemans-sporting-club-shacketFreemans Sporting Club “Shacket”

(call for price and availability)

The shirt-jacket is an unlined light jacket with interior French seams to make it perfect for layering. The shacket is versatile and equally at home with shirt and tie as it is with t-shirt.

Buy @ Freemans Sporting Club






Barbour x Tokito

Barbour X Tokihito Driving Jacket, $850.00 

For a touch of outdoor charm, check out Barbour x Tokihito’s Driving Jacket.  Tokihito??™s collaboration with barbour brings the finest in japanese tailoring and design to the classic heritage brand. This jacket features a detachable, draw string, button-fastened hood, chest pockets, waist pockets, draw string hem, lined chest pocket, elastic hem. outer: 55% polyamide, 45% polyester, inner: 100% cotton, filling: 100% polyamide. available in brown. 

Buy Barbour x Tokihito @ Opening Ceremony








eternity-scarfUrban Outfitters Eternity Scarf, $34.00

Soft knit, solid eternity scarf is one chunky, giant loop of coziness that wraps around the neck two or three times for superior warmth. Finished with a rounded knit hem. Exclusive to Urban Outfitters.

Buy it @ Urbanoutfitters







florsheim-x-duckie-brownFlorsheim x Duckie Brown Laceless Wingtip Shoes, $295

A beautiful shoe and perfect marriage between the century old American footwear brand Florsheim and a modernist designer Duckie Brown resulting in a refined and fresh wingtip shoe for the modern dandy.

Buy Florsheim by Duckie Brown @ Odin











Dieppa Restrepo Tan Charlie Loafer, $280.00     

A slip on loafer with a modern twist by Dieppa Restrepo.  A super chic touch to a pair of jeans and sports jacket for a luxe casual look or to complete a suit.

Buy Dieppa Restrepo @ Tenoversix










sockless-wingtip-slipConverse by John Varvatos Sockless Wingtip Slip On, $145

A classic sneaker modernized with a wingtip toe AND it’s slip on! Brilliant!

Buy it @ Converse








Lanvin Mink Scarf, $3360.00

For the man who has everything, this is the ultra luxe scarf in mink with silk knit back. Available in Grey. Fur/silk. 

Buy Lanvin @ Barney’s









–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Nov 04 2009 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

WWD News: Lanvin Stages Spring Show in Tokyo, Pierre Bergé Establishes AIDS Fund, DailyCandy to Launch E-Commerce, Memo Pad: Gentlemen’s Ball, Maybe Not…

Lanvin Stages Spring Show in Tokyo



Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz. Photo by Yuki Kasuga

TOKYO ??” Lanvin melded the worlds of fashion and sport here by staging a fashion show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium. 


The Lanvin spring show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium in Tokyo.

Wednesday night??™s event, a reprise of Lanvin??™s spring women??™s and men??™s collections, attracted more than 1,000 guests, including Kanye West, who camped out in the second row with his entourage and attempted to conceal his identity with a black hooded sweatshirt and a scarf covering his face. Ai Tominaga opened the women??™s portion of the show in a black asymmetric dress with a ruffled collar and a glove on one arm. 

Creative director Alber Elbaz said he and his staff considered several potential locations for the show, including museums and temples, but the sumo stadium appealed to him for two reasons: He??™s a fan of the sport, and he couldn??™t miss the chance to break a cultural taboo. 

???First of all, I love sumo,??? the designer shared over breakfast at the Park Hyatt Hotel. ???I watch it on TV, and I think that sumo wrestlers are gorgeous.??? 

lanvin3Traditionally, women are prohibited from entering the stadium??™s center ring, which is considered a sacred space. But Lanvin managed to secure permission to build a runway and scaffolding on top of that very spot. A gyoji, or sumo referee, clad in emerald silk, read from a scroll to announce the start of the show. 

Elbaz said he sees parallels between sports and fashion. By way of explanation, he also made a dig at celebrities looking to leverage their fame into clothing lines. 

???They may think that all it takes to do fashion is to be famous,??? he said. ???[But] you have to devote your life. You have to work hard. Imagine if I tell you I want to be a ballerina??¦.I mean, I cannot even jump two centimeters, but can I be in the opera and jump? No. So I let the ballerina dance and the chef cook and the actor act and designer design.??? 

Click here to read the full article


Pierre Berg?© Establishes AIDS Fund


PARIS ??” Pierre Berg?© is setting up a fund to help fight AIDS. 

The late Yves Saint Laurent??™s longtime companion and business partner has pledged 10 million euros, or $14.9 million at current exchange rates, over five years to France??™s largest private anti-AIDS group, Sidaction, over which he presides. 

Part of the funds will be raised between Nov. 17 and Nov. 19 at a charity auction of furniture and works of art from the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berg?© collection, expected to fetch up to 4 million euros, or $5.7 million. 

An earlier auction in February raised 373.5 million euros, or $484.6 million, from the sale of 700 items collected by Saint Laurent and Berg?©.


DailyCandy to Launch E-Commerce


NEW YORK ??” DailyCandy is jumping into the online private sale phenomenon. 

The company, long known for its shopping, trend and travel recommendations and offers both on the Web and in newsletters, will next month launch e-commerce with the introduction of a members-only site, Swirl, Sample Sales by DailyCandy. 

The new site will host three sales a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each sale will last 72 hours, and include both established and up-and-coming names in apparel and accessories like Leifsdottir, Leigh + Luca and Lauren Merkin. While the two sites are positioned as separate entities, DailyCandy editors will choose the goods sold on Swirl. The new site will be based in Los Angeles, and DailyCandy editor in chief Eve Epstein will leave her post to become creative director of Swirl. Swirl will soft launch Nov. 16 to a group of DailyCandy subscribers, and officially launch in January. 

???We have an immensely loyal following,??? said DailyCandy founder Dany Levy of the company??™s 3 million subscribers. ???They trust us with the things we recommend.??? 

Private online sale sites have been one of the most popular growth sectors of retail in the few years. Sites such as Gilt Groupe, Ideeli, Rue La La and others have acquired thousands of members and attracted significant investment. This week, Rue La La was acquired by GSI Commerce Inc. for $350 million (GSI, ironically, is doing the backend operations for Swirl). Even established retailers have broken into the online private sale race, with both Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue holding them. 

DailyCandy, founded in 2000, has some advantages over its competitors in launching e-commerce with a built-in network of subscribers to market the sales to and a trusted editorial voice to hand-pick designers. However, one disadvantage it faces is that the Swirl sales are only three days a week ??” Gilt, Rue La La and similar sites offer deals daily, and some offer products beyond fashion, including travel, electronics and home goods. 

???This is like putting the Oprah factor into something,??? said NPD Group??™s Marshal Cohen. ???In fact, it??™s more educational than promotional. The value DailyCandy will bring to the party is they??™ll educate their community. They??™re going to have experts help their consumers make decisions.??? 

So why did DailyCandy wait so long to launch e-commerce? ???Everything we do, we research very carefully, and want to be in the right place at the right time,??? said Levy. ???Editorial is a very different animal than retail. For us to claim we could do it [too soon] would have been a sad mistake.??? 

DailyCandy was purchased by Comcast in 2008 for a reported $125 million after former AOL chief operating officer Bob Pittman flipped his stake in the site. Now, DailyCandy is part of a media conglomerate that includes Fandango, Style Network, and E! It services 28 different e-mail newsletters covering 13 cities as well as subjects like kids, travel and weddings. DailyCandy launched a Web site in September that includes archived content from past years and new information from each city and subject in one place. (Readers also have a chance to comment back to the editors in a public forum.) 


Memo Pad: Gentlemen’s Ball, Maybe Not… 

by WWD Staff

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher at the GQ Gentlemen??™s Ball Tuesday night. Photo by Courtesy Photo

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher at the GQ Gentlemen??™s Ball Tuesday night. Photo by Courtesy Photo


GOOD DEEDS, BAD DEEDS: Attendance was considered an act of kindness Wednesday night at GQ??™s Gentlemen??™s Ball held at New York??™s Edison Ballroom. ???You??™re all gentlemen tonight, because you showed up here instead of watching the Yankees win game one of the World Series,??? said Josh Lucas to a crowd that included Ashton Kutcher, Adrian Grenier, Akon, Kid Cudi, Michael Bastian, Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Burke and Thom Browne, along with Demi Moore, Chanel Iman, Emmy Rossum, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Universal Motown??™s Sylvia Rhone and a slew of fashion elite. (The Yanks lost later that evening.) The event honored several do-gooder guests supported by GQ??™s Gentlemen??™s Fund, which helps advertisers enter partnerships with celebrity ambassadors and nonprofits. But other guests??™ antics weren??™t so gentlemanly. Akon, who performed several songs including his cover of Michael Jackson??™s ???Wanna Be Startin??™ Somethin??™,??? asked one woman what color her nether regions were. His crassness didn??™t deter Kutcher, Moore and others from dancing with the rap star. And though Kid Cudi was gentlemanly enough to ask GQ publisher Pete Hunsinger if he wanted a shot from the bar before dinner, Cudi later excused his performance to the crowd by saying, ???I??™m a little tipsy.??? Finally, while most guests wore their cocktail finest from Burberry (Restoin-Roitfeld, Lucas), Ralph Lauren (Iman), GQ fund sponsor Nautica (Grenier) and Calvin Klein (Kutcher, Cudi), Wahlberg opted for a more casual jeans and a T-shirt, as he arrived straight from a movie shoot. Attendees gave one suit in particular a standing ovation: Master Sergeant William ???Spanky??? Gibson, who, dressed in uniform, picked up an honorary award from the Pat Tillman Foundation and Ketel One vodka.

??” Stephanie D. Smith


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Posted Oct 30 2009 in Uncategorized

The Hunt: Luxe Denim

What recession?  For the die-hard denim aficionados, luxury comes at a hefty price. How high are you willing to go? Perhaps not as radical as young Japanese women who starve themselves, living on noodles, just to save up for a prized designer item, but wishful thinking is not a bad thing. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams my friends, reach for the stars!  If not, admiring from afar is easier on your wallets.

Balmain Biker Jean

Balmain Biker Jean


Balmain Biker Jean, $2,098 

Be the leader of the pack in these distressed skinny biker jeans. With ribbed patches and seam detailing at the knees and waist. Front, back zip pockets. Zip detail at ankle. Banded waist. Front zip closure.

Shop Balmain at Kirnazabete










Nike Selvage Denim Blazer High Premium 

Price upon request

How sublime are these kicks!  Part of Nike’s much anticipated Selvage Denim Pack, which consists of these Blazers and the Terminator Hi. The raw selvage denim is two-toned in a darker and lighter version with contrast stitching like premium denim.  Retro classics revived with updated fabrics and material.  What better material than premium selvage denim to kick it up a notch!

Shop Nike





Emilio Pucci Denim Shoulder Bag

Emilio Pucci Denim Shoulder Bag


Emilio Pucci Blue Denim Shoulder Bag, $1,295

Pucci’s denim shoulder bag with gold-tone chain strap is a piece of fashion hardware that will update your fall staples.

Shop Emilio Pucci at










We all love Lanvin and so does First Lady Michelle Obama.  Fancy kicks with presidential appeal and a little clutch to add denim chic to any outfit.  


Lanvin Pop Jeans Pouchette – Blue Marine, $900.00

Cotton denim flap front clutch with turnlock closure, open pocket and zipper pocket. Lanvin jacquard fabric lined interior with zipper pocket and patch pocket. 7″ x 12″ x 3.5″. Available in Blue Marine.




Lanvin Cap Toe Sneaker – Dark Blue, $540.00

Denim sneaker with patent leather cap toe and grosgrain ribbon laces. Rubber sole.

Available in Dark Blue. 

Shop Lanvin at Barney’s






manolo-blahnik-kika-denim-ankle-bootsManolo Blahnik Kika Denim Boot, $995.00

Pair these up with a leather dress for a hot fall look.  Denim pointed toe ankle boot with ruched shaft and nappa leather lining. 90mm patent covered heel. Leather sole. Available in Denim. 

Shop Manolo Blahnik at Barney’s









–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Sep 02 2009 in Denim News » Reviews: Brand » Trend Alert
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